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IMG_0022Legal Drone Use For Business and Commercial Applications

Simply put, your commercial or business organization can now access drone technology.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved rules for commercial drone use.

The FAA now grants permission, in the form of a 333 Exemption combined with a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for the legal use of drones. The application process takes about six months. Currently all COAs issued require a licensed pilot to operate the aircraft and equipment registration, require preflight filings and monthly reporting.

This requirement limits 333-exemption holders who do not have licensed pilot and presents a challenge to companies who may have be using a drone in a commercial or business activity, without a 333-exemption.

To legally conduct drone aerial services, an approved exemption and a licensed pilot are required. OnPoynt is a FAA 333-exempt aerial services provider with licensed pilots.

Internal Drone Program vs. On-call Aerial Services Provider

Evaluating how best to utilize drone technology — developing your own internal program or selecting an external drone service provider is an important first step.

Full Internal Program To establish an internal drone program requires an FAA 333-exemption, aircraft, equipment, software and a licensed pilot on staff. There is the initial filing for the 333-exemption as well as regular administrative filing and maintenance burdens.

Hybrid Internal Program/On-call Aerial Services Provider An organization who holds a 333-exemption can use a pilot from a aerial services provider but would use their own equipment for a hybrid solution. This works for companies who may have specialized software.

On-call Aerial Services Provider For many organizations, relying on an FAA-approved aerial drone service provider with a 333-exemption and licensed pilot to perform is the best option. There are no equipment or FAA requirements.