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OmniaDMP

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We have been offering drone aerial photography for real estate for a while now with my company. Problem is you need an FAA Pilot license for drone work. We usually sub out a pilot. I'm thinking about studying for the drone pilot test and offering that service at weddings. We have gotten a few requests, but no actual bookings. Is drone photography popular in your area for outdoor weddings?

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djcrazychris

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i have a friend who is licensed and even contracts out work for the local government...i also have an uncle who jumped through all the hoops to become licensed...it seemed like a bit of an ordeal.... id say in more populated areas...every two bit wedding videographer has applied as well... so it may take a while to carve your way through the minutia and red tape

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OmniaDMP

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i have a friend who is licensed and even contracts out work for the local government...i also have an uncle who jumped through all the hoops to become licensed...it seemed like a bit of an ordeal.... id say in more populated areas...every two bit wedding videographer has applied as well... so it may take a while to carve your way through the minutia and red tape

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There is only one other company in my area offering these services, and that is for realestate stuff. The guy we sub out for realestate stuff is pricy, and I don't think there would be any bit of profit to offer that for weddings. Most of our events are not in the urban areas where like all event people have licenses.
 
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djcrazychris

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There is only one other company in my area offering these services, and that is for realestate stuff. The guy we sub out for realestate stuff is pricy, and I don't think there would be any bit of profit to offer that for weddings. Most of our events are not in the urban areas where like all event people have licenses.
Sounds like a good opportunity to get in early then!

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steve149

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I know @DJ Wes went through the certification process .. it took a bit.
 
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OmniaDMP

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I just registered for a prep course for the faa exam. 129 bucks. That is cheaper than my sub contract fees. I know nothing about aviation. I guess a part of the exam is dealing with weather, and I took a ton of weather courses in college. Hopefully that gets me a jump on some of this. From a business standpoint, it is not sustainable to sub out. I expect this to be a challenge.
 

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I was at an outdoor wedding ceremony this past weekend as a guest, and a drone was used. Many guests found the noise distracting, so when shopping for one I'd recommend looking for the lowest db noise level possible.
 
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OmniaDMP

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Well I registered for a FAA 107 training class. I have been passing the practice exams and passed the final exam for the course with a 98. I go next week for the FAA exam. I'm going to keep going over the material over the weekend so I don't forget, and do some other online practice tests. If I pass the test on Tuesday, I'll have a 120 day temporary license. Learned a lot! I can actually read air maps now!
 

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I was at an outdoor wedding ceremony this past weekend as a guest, and a drone was used. Many guests found the noise distracting, so when shopping for one I'd recommend looking for the lowest db noise level possible.
To me it's not the motors, it's the sound of the wind / air being pushed by the rotors. Kinda needed for a rotor machine, I understand, but I find that noise to be annoying.
 
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