Six tips you need to know before hiring a drone operator in Australia.

1. Certification

By Australian law. Drone Pilots flying drones over 2kg must be certified by CASA in order for them to be allowed to do business with you. Larger drones can carry better cameras thus giving a better result. Drones under 2kgs can only carry cameras unto a certain size, meaning smaller sensors and less mega pixels.

2. Insurance

It is a good idea to check if your chosen drone operator holds a current public liability insurance policy that covers the operation of a drone (RPA/UAS). Hiring an ammeter drone operator can land you in hot water if there is a crash or injury, you could be just as liable as the operator and end up paying much more than you first thought..

3. Relevant experience

It is always a great idea to ask your drone pilot how long they have been flying for, what relevant jobs they have done similar to your request and some examples of their work. Always check the show reel! You might be looking for chase scenes, 360 degree panoramics, photography or footage for a television Ad as examples of experience.

4. Weather

Weather is a critical part of any drone operation, it is always a good idea to consider this when planing your video or photo shoot. In most cases operators can not fly in high winds, rain or electrical storms. Planning your shoot around this will make sure you get the best outcome.

5. Area approvals

Sometimes drone operators will need to request an area approval from CASA, depending on the job location and other factors. You should ask your chosen operator about this before they commence the work as it could add additional costs to the project. Many places within the city and suburbs are No Fly zones, flying there without proper authorisation could land the operator and your project in hot water.

6. Planning

In order to provide the best service and you receive exactly what you are chasing, it is always a great idea to give your operator as much information on the location, take off and landing sites, angles, and finally what the footage will be used for. Filming for social media is much different than filming for television. Advising what the footage is for, means the operator can film in a certain frame rate optimal to what you need.