Drone photography and video faq

Are you required to be licensed by the FAA to fly a drone/UAS for commercial purposes, ie. drone photography and video?

Yes,  under Title 14 of the Federal Regulations Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft Systems 


What is a commercial use of UAS?  

Any commercial use in connection with a business, including:  

  • Selling photos or videos taken from a UAS
  • Using UAS to provide contract services, such as industrial equipment or factory inspection
  • Using UAS to provide professional services, such as drone photography and video
  • Using UAS to monitor the progress of work your company is performing
  • Professional real estate or wedding drone photography
  • Professional cinema drone photography for a film or television production
  • Providing contract services for drone mapping or drone land surveys


Is HoverUp Imagery authorized by the FAA to operate drones ?

Yes, HoverUp Imagery LLC flight operations are conducted by a FAA licensed Remote Pilot, all drones are registered with the FAA.


Does HoverUp Imagery carry insurance?

Yes, insured by Transport Risk Management Inc., $1 million liability policy


Are there any limitations on where and when a drone flight can be completed?

Yes, each flight has to be researched to determine suitability for a safe and effective flight. Some areas that could prevent  a flight to be completed.

  • close proximity to airports and restricted airspace or any security sensitive areas.
  • overhead obstructions, like power lines, large trees or infrastructure
  • weather conditions, like high winds, precipitation and extreme cold weather

What are the UAS, drone, FAA operating rules? 

Although the regulations extensive below you find some  of  the main highlights.

  • Must fly under 400 feet above ground level (AGL).
  • Must keep the UAS in sight, either by the remote pilot in command or a visual observer
  • Must fly during daylight hours or civil twilight hours (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting
  • Must fly at or below 100 mph
  • Must yield right of way to manned aircraft
  • Must not fly over people
  • Must not fly from a moving vehicle unless you are in a sparsely populated area