Drones are one of the best ways to capture truly appealing images from a variety of unique perspectives.
A drone can take photographs and videos from angles and locations that help the property to look unique in a variety of ways and provides a scenic view of the property and the area that surrounds it.
Drones, which are also known as UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, have recently begun their rise to popularity in Canada, and they have become widely used for both commercial and recreational purposes. The regulations and laws that apply to commercial drone use are heavily enforced, and compliance is required to operate the drone with commercial intent.
When operating a drone, it’s required to adhere to specific guidelines and rules for the health and safety of the operating team, also of the surrounding people, and any manned aircraft located in the near vicinity. Here are a few tips from a Toronto Aerial Real Estate Photography Company
Required Operating Guidelines
- Daylight and good weather.
All drone flights are required to be taken in both daylight and relatively good weather.
- Must remain within sight always.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles must continuously remain within sight.
- Stay away from populated areas.
All drones are to stay a safe distance away from airport space, from populated areas and any busy roads (30 metres from buildings, people, aircraft, and highways), and they must not go vertically higher than 90 metres.
- Respect the privacy of others.
It’s prohibited for drones to be used for spying on anyone without their consent and cooperation.
While the majority of these regulations are oriented towards safety, they are also capable of affecting how someone is allowed to capture any aerial imagery and could be prohibitive of specific properties.
Finding a Drone-Friendly Property
When on the lookout for properties that you can photograph with a drone, there are a few requirements. First of all, there needs to be an adequate amount of clear space for the drone to be operated safely. Second, densely populated regions and urban areas, such as those near main roads, or close to crowded public areas such as parks and schools should not have drones operating within them unless you can maintain a 30-metre perimeter. Drones are also not permitted in controlled airspace.
Drones are not difficult to attain. It’s quite easy to get your hands on one, but acquiring the legal documentation required to operate it commercially isn’t. It’s a challenging and time-consuming process that can take up to a month. Most commercial operations regarding drones require a least an SFOC, also known as a Single-Operation Special Flight Operation Certificate. This is a document which requires the operator to provide confirmation of sufficient liability insurance, a good knowledge of meteorology, airspace regulations, and at times, even pilot training.
A realtor should never consider hiring a drone operator unless they have the required documentation. SkySnap, a specialized drone photography Toronto company stresses the importance of the necessary permits and operational safety planning. The SFOC is necessary to legally operate a drone with commercial intent. Emergency management, risk mitigation, and insurance coverage all have the same amount of implications for the realtor as they do for the operator.
Things to Consider Before Using a Drone
- Is the property safe for drone operation?
- Is it in or near a densely populated area?
- Is it next to a busy area or main road?
- Is the weather ideal for safe drone flight?