If you need to hire a drone pilot, it’s important to make certain that they are FAA-licensed to fly drones commercially. Federal law requires that anyone hired to fly a drone outdoors hold an FAA-issued Remote Pilot Certificate. If they don’t, both the unlicensed pilot — and arguably his or her client — could face federal legal action.
I’m Peter Sachs, drone attorney and advocate, author of Drone Law Journal, and TheDroneGuy on Twitter. I frequently get emails and calls asking, “Do you know of a drone pilot in…?” Although I do know many FAA-licensed drone pilots, I don’t know which ones offer services in which states.
Finding an FAA-licensed commercial drone pilot based on the states in which they offer services is not an easy task. You can’t search the FAA’s official licensed pilot registry by location. You may search it only by pilot name, and only after you submit your own personal information.
So, I created Commercial Drone Pilot — a searchable database designed to make it easier to find an FAA-licensed commercial drone pilot who offers services in particular states throughout the United States. (And you don’t need to reveal anything about yourself to use it.)
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This site provides you with an easy way to find an FAA-licensed commercial drone pilot by locations served. Whether you need aerial photos or video, surveying, mapping, inspection, search and rescue, or news media services or interviewees, you can start your search right here.
This site provides you with an additional, inexpensive means of marketing your aerial services, by making it easier to be found by those looking for FAA-licensed commercial drone pilots by the locations they serve. If you hold a current FAA Remote Pilot Certificate, you qualify to be listed in this directory. Sign up to be listed here.