I've been waiting for Drone Rules/Regulations to be clarified before I jumped in. Time to jump. I'd like to hear some recommendations for a good first time drone buy, important accessories to buy, pricing and service terms for clients, Insurances acquired, and "If I knew then what I know now" start-up recommendations.
Yes, expect that you are not the only one that has these same questions. The new Part 107 Rule announced by the FAA a couple of weeks ago has got a lot of real estate photographers and Realtors thinking about these same things! First of all Part 107 rule is announced but not working until late August.
I would caution real estate photographers thinking about adding drone photography and video to their services to their offering: Drone photography is more difficult and risky than ordinary real estate photography. Go slow. It's compelling but harder and riskier than it looks.
I'm certainly no expert in this area but I know that there are a number of PFRE readers that have already been through this startup process and can offer us all some advice. One such PFRE reader is Stephen Mann. I passed Ray's questions on to Stephen and here are Stephen's answers to Ray's questions above.
One problem is there aren't simple answers that work for 3 through 5 below. The answers to these questions are highly dependent on your location. Drone regulations, pricing vary widely between countries and between states in the US.
Here are some basic ideas to get the conversation started:
Since this whole subject is evolving very rapidly I expect that we'll be revisiting this subject frequently in the near future.
Feel free to suggest resources in all of these areas!