After a bit of hard work, I have passed the FAA test to be a Part 107 Remote Pilot. This means that I can legally use drones in the real estate industry. While much of the work will certainly be geared to real estate photography here on the Palouse, the drone that I fly - the DJI Mavic 2 Pro - is a top-of-the-line piece of equipment that can inspect anything from inaccessible roofs to cell towers.
The Mavic is a dream to fly (hat tip to Jess Rainer at Windermene in Pullman for the great advice on drones!) The integrated software and hardware make it possible to take terrific photos and video right out of the box.
Early returns are very encouraging and I’ve already started booking work for the drone. In fact, the first job paid off the insurance for the equipment.
Yes, I carry insurance on the drone and on the drone operation. While there is no legal requirement, it is the prudent option.
I’ll be adding pictures from iconic spots around the Palouse and from the Lewis-Clark Valley every once in a while. I’ll also be building out a separate website for the drone business. While I intend to use the Mavic for inspections, it will be through a separate company.
I’ll keep you posted.