Aerial images and photography in South Florida, including Palm Beach, Miami, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Dade, Broward, & Martin counties
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As the cost of drones plummets, our internet becomes more saturated with offers of cheap aerial photography. Sadly, we get calls from realtors, attorneys, developers, and even government agencies who have had bad experiences. There are several reasons to hire a pro, and typically, just one to hire a hobbyist.

Are you making your decision based on price alone? If so, who are you reaching out to? Are you hiring someone with limited, or any experience at all? What year was their business registered? Do they remit taxes, or will the IRS hold you responsible? Do they have insurance, and if not, what happens when they cause damage from work you've assigned them?

Please consider who you're hiring to operate in our congested, complex airspace.

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The FAA encourages the public to report unauthorized drone operations to local law enforcement, and to help discourage any dangerous, illegal activity.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by Aug. 9 of this year.

Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.

Pilots of a variety of different types of aircraft — including many large, commercial air carriers — reported spotting 16 unmanned aircraft in June 2014, and 36 the following month. This year, 138 pilots reported seeing drones at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet during the month of June, and another 137 in July.

Meanwhile, firefighters battling wildfire blazes in the western part of the country have been forced to ground their operations on several occasions for safety reasons when they spotted one or more unmanned aircraft in their immediate vicinity.

The FAA says it will continue to work closely with industry partners through the “Know Before You Fly” campaign to educate unmanned aircraft users about where they can operate within the rules. The agency is also supporting the National Interagency Fire Center’s “If You Fly, We Can’t” efforts to help reduce interference with firefighting operations.

However, the FAA also is working closely with the law enforcement community to identify and investigate unauthorized unmanned aircraft operations. The FAA has levied civil penalties for a number of unauthorized flights in various parts of the country, and has dozens of open enforcement cases.

So what are your options? Engage a licensed, experienced professional.

Consider hiring an aerial photographer that's been in business for decades. A firm that uses a crew with a commercial pilot, plus a seasoned aerial photographer. You may think you can't afford this, but the truth is, you can't afford not to take the legal route.

At palmbeachaerials, we fly a real manned aircraft, with a pilot sporting thousands of hours flight time. The photographer has been full time since the 1980's and well versed in producing quality, on time images. Our aircraft is safe, insured, and FAA certified, with regular mechanical inspections. Our camera gear on board is always state of the art, and we carry numerous optically stabilized lenses. Each lens cost thousands, and is typically more expensive than an entire drone.

Aerial images and photography in South Florida, including Palm Beach, Miami, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Dade, Broward, & Martin counties