Don’t Just Fly, Soar: Certified Drone Pilots Elevate Your Business

It seems like drones are everywhere. Their familiar buzz can be heard in towns and neighborhoods, and it’s likely you know someone who owns one. Perhaps your niece or nephew received a shiny new DJI for Christmas, or maybe you’ve been eyeing a mini-sized model at your local big box store. Flying drones, particularly for capturing stunning aerial photos or videos, can be an incredibly fun and rewarding hobby.

Indeed, there’s nothing quite like the perspective you gain from the air. It’s no wonder many businesses are eager to utilize drones for promotional purposes. The idea of texting your relative to capture a spiffy new cover photo of your storefront for your social media channels sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

Before you jump into using drones for commercial purposes, it’s crucial to understand the restrictions and requirements involved. Even if you’re simply trading a handshake for a few drone photos to enhance your business, it falls under the category of commercial use according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

So, what does this mean for you? Well, the FAA mandates that any pilot operating a drone for commercial purposes must hold the appropriate certification. Obtaining this certification under the FAA’s Part 107 rule, which governs commercial drone operations, involves thorough preparation followed by an in-person exam at a designated testing center. These certifications must be renewed every two years. Additionally, any drone used for commercial purposes must be registered with the FAA and renewed every three years.

Drone imagery can be more than just sweeping landscapes, as evidenced by this telephoto lens shot.

A significant aspect of Part 107 training involves understanding the limitations on drone usage for commercial purposes. For instance, flying over people, moving traffic, or within the vicinity of an airport is generally not permitted. Even areas miles away from an airport may be restricted or require authorization to take off. As drone technology evolves and regulations change, it’s essential for remote pilots in command (RPIC) to stay updated on these regulations. Any violation of these rules may result in federal penalties, which include fines or even imprisonment.

A C2 Strategic drone pilot operates an advanced cinema drone at a construction site.

This is where we at C2 Strategic Communications come in! Our FAA-certified drone pilots are fully insured and boast years of experience with hundreds of flight hours. We meticulously prepare for successful drone flights by monitoring weather conditions, reviewing FAA notices and temporary restrictions, and obtaining proper airspace authorizations when necessary. Beyond knowing where to fly (and where not to), we excel in capturing compelling perspectives and cinematic-quality images through our extensive work with clients across the region. With C2 Strategic, you can rest assured that all proper procedures are followed and that you’ll receive some of the best-looking visual assets around!

The Mountain Parkway Expansion project, near Salyersville, Kentucky.

Do you have a BIG project on your hands? No problem! We’ve handled some of the largest ones out there. From major transportation initiatives like the Mountain Parkway Expansion to significant construction undertakings like the Sherman Minton Renewal, we’ve honed our aerial skills on a grand scale. Take, for instance, Ford’s BlueOvalSK battery plant in Glendale, Kentucky — a colossal construction endeavor that greatly benefits from the aerial perspective.

Construction of the BlueOvalSK Battery Park in Glendale, Kentucky.

When it comes to showcasing your construction project from start to finish, nothing beats hyperlapse videos. We’ll set up waypoint-programmed flights with your finished project in mind. By revisiting and flying those same flight paths repeatedly throughout the construction process, the entirety of your project gradually comes into focus in a unique and attention-grabbing manner.

Businesses and projects of any size can benefit from the unique perspective that drones provide. Some of our most memorable drone work has been conducted in larger indoor spaces, showcasing the creation of production line equipment at Raque Food Services or the printing of t-shirts on a press at Print My Threads.

Drones offer a unique perspective, even in indoor spaces like this one at Print My Threads in Flatwoods, Kentucky.

Our technical experience spans the spectrum from consumer-level drone models to top-of-the-line cinema drones utilized in major Hollywood productions. Furthermore, we’re dedicated to continuously enhancing our capabilities and offerings. This includes expanding into highly precise 2D mapping and 3D modeling, as well as surveying and inspection services.

Whether you’re seeking to enhance your business’s visual presence with captivating aerial imagery or you need more advanced solutions, our certified drone pilots at C2 Strategic Communications are here to turn your vision into reality. Reach out to us today to explore how our comprehensive drone services can help you achieve your goals.

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