You landed on one for me!
I suspect all of us have experienced bogus drone pilots flying commercially.
Like anything relatively new, it's an ongoing education process to those who wish to hire someone for sUAV photography.
Businesses and individuals who hire drone pilots don't 1) Ask questions about qualifications, or 2) Know the questions to ask, or 3) How to drill down on the response they receive.
I believe many, if not most prospective clients think that simply being registered by the FAA is good enough for commercial flight. And, I think many FAA registered hobbyists would tell a prospect they are legally registered by the FAA and that will suffice.
I was recently hired to shoot a 14 acre development site. It was a referral. The realtor did not ask me a single question other than how much and when? I bought her up to speed.
So my mission is the educate by personal contact when appropriate, social media, and local news interviews. I was fortunate to land an interview on our local NBC affiliate to discuss "Know before you fly". This was right after Christmas.
I have been invited to speak to 30 realtors next month about this....don't risk hiring the wrong drone pilot.
So my "elevator speech" to those who may want to hire a drone photographer is:
1) Are you an FAA Part 107 certified drone pilot? I'd love to see your license.
2) Do you carry at least $500,000 liability insurance for flight? Can you show proof of insurance? A hobbyist isn't going to have insurance other than maybe AMA...not valid for commercial flight.
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Thanks for sharing your experience!