The Problem With Big Companies Using Drones

The drone industry is developing in such a way that it is becoming cost prohibitive for large companies to run in-house drone departments.  When you consider all the changing regulations, and requirements for training and operations set by Transport Canada, as well as the logistical pain that accompanies trying to organize multiple simultaneous UAV operations (weather is a huge headache!)... it makes sense to outsource drone pilots to complete that work!

So the result is, that there's all these independent drone operators flying around, some of them are trained, many are not, and nobody knows where they can find someone they can trust!

You've got New Drone Guy Jim who just took his drone out of the box yesterday, and has an ad up online today offering "Expert Aerial Photography Services..." but what happens when Jim loses control of his system and hits your new car in the driveway?  Or he has a flyaway in the middle of the city and causes an accident?  What if Jim doesn't have the required drone liability insurance?  Who is on the hook then?

There are major liability concerns surrounding the industry right now, that people looking for a drone operator need to think about... 

In order for Drone pilots to operate within cities or "built-up areas," they must have in place a complete set of operating procedures to maximize safety and minimize risk.  This image of the Canadian Mennonite University was taken at the 2017 Crohn's & Colitis Canada Gutsy Walk.  M3 Aerial Productions had a crew onside of 9 people, who were responsible for ensuring proper distances from the UAV to the public were maintained at all time, as well as to alert people of the operation, in case of an urgent situation.

In order for Drone pilots to operate within cities or "built-up areas," they must have in place a complete set of operating procedures to maximize safety and minimize risk.  This image of the Canadian Mennonite University was taken at the 2017 Crohn's & Colitis Canada Gutsy Walk.  M3 Aerial Productions had a crew onside of 9 people, who were responsible for ensuring proper distances from the UAV to the public were maintained at all time, as well as to alert people of the operation, in case of an urgent situation.

So, while it makes sense to outsource, these companies need to ensure that who they hire meets an appropriate level of training standard.  The M3 Aerial UAV Pilot Ground School Program holds the highest standard of training in the country.  We are proud to certify our program graduates as UAV Pilots, and help them on towards their application for their Special Flight Operations Certificate.

If you are interested in taking out training, or if you are a large company looking for pilots, please Contact Us for more information, and we can put you in contact with pilots in your area.

Matthew Johnson

M3 Aerial Productions, Wolseley, MB,

I am a professional educator, serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, UAV pilot, and owner of M3 Aerial Productions.

I am pleased to provide the community with amazing images they have never seen before, of their homes, farms, cottages, and more.