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  1. I'm just getting my business up and running (Grandview Drone Photography) and was concerned that I would have to buy hour by hour insurance until I had logged 50 to 100 hours flying time to get an annual policy. Just for the heck of it I sent a quote request to BWI --and was pleasantly surprised to get an offer, even though I only have about 36 hours of flying time. It's for an annual policy with $1,000,000 liability as well as coverage for the value of my drone. At any rate, I just thought I'd pass that info along.
  2. Hi everyone, I recently got a DJI Mavic Air which I'm planning to bring with me when I travel. Can I get some advice on how drone insurance works, whether or not insurance policies have international coverage, and how much can I expect to be paying annually as a hobbyist? I'm not using the drone for commercial purposes, purely just to take nice photos and videos during my travels. Do I even need drone insurance? Will I get arrested/fined by foreign countries if I don't have drone insurance?? Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a good insurance company, please feel free to share the info with me too. I'm very new to this and would appreciate any advice. Thank you!
  3. Hello fellow dronists! I made a short guide full of tips when travelling with your drone. I organized the tips into stages such as preparation, pre-flight and flight just make content a bit more digestable. Feel free to give your own advice to help those who are looking to travel in the future. Any suggestions would be good too! As a disclaimer, this is my entry to the Epic Aerial Guides contest. I hope you enjoy it!LINK HERE
  4. Hello fellow flyers! I just finished a light-hearted guide when it comes to travelling with your drone. I split the tips into phases such as preparation, pre-flight and flight just to organize the content a bit better. Feel free to input your own advice so those who are looking to travel may be more equipped with the potential challenges. Any feedback would be good too! As a disclaimer, this is my entry to the Epic Aerial Guides contest. I hope you like it!LINK HERE
  5. Looking for drone insurance? Last week I wrote about a new on demand drone insurance company called SkyWatch.AI—using a unique combination of factors, they're allowing drone pilots to get inexpensive, on demand insurance for their drone operations. Three main factors allow SkyWatch.AI to offer inexpensive insurance to drone pilots: Algorithms based on A.I. analyze the potential risks for a given mission by weighing factors like weather conditions, proximity of roads, airports, and crowds. SkyWatch.AI's unique Safety Score, which rates a pilot's safety based on missions they've flown, assesses a pilot's safety and helps drive down potential costs (assuming their score is high!). And SkyWatch.AI's Insurance Experience rating—which is simply how much time a pilot has had insurance—also helps drive down the cost. The SkyWatch.AI app is compatible with DJI drones, helps pilots plan missions and identify hazards while in flight, and has an integration with DroneDeploy that lets you pull in flight logs for insurance discounts, and they provide up to $10M in liability coverage. If you'd like to try it out, you can download the app here. Let me know if you give it a try—we'd love to hear about your experience! Trying to decide if you need drone insurance? Check out our step-by-step guide to drone insurance here.
  6. OK, so I have my Part 107 certificate and I have the Drone Pilot Ground School certificate, I must be finished with UAV Coach, right? Not so fast. I just finished the last of the BONUS interviews that are provided as part of the Drone Pilot Ground School. The information there is really incredible! There is a goldmine of knowledge and information in those interviews. So, for anyone who is taking this course or has completed the course and obtained their Part 107 certification, I think it is very important that you finish the course and listen to each one of the interviews. I've listed them here even though they are clearly marked at the end of the course lecture listings. Ask a Drone Lawyer: Key Legal Considerations for Starting a Drone Business (32:26) Using Drones To Do Real Estate Marketing Understanding Drone Liability & Hull Insurance (22:27) Transitioning From Part-TIme to Full-Time Professional Aerial Services Running a Commercial Drone Program With Skyward (38:49) These are an important part of any drone pilot's education. Take advantage of them. The resources chosen to participate are top-notch indviduals as well. They know their business and they know what you will encounter in yours. Stan Nickel
  7. Hi all, My name is Ilan and I'm from SkyWatch.AI , a startup focused on creating a flight safety, risk analysis, and insurance platform. In the past couple of months, we've been running our beta version within our commercial drone pilots test group and two days ago we released our official mobile app in the US, currently available for iOS and Android. We got some amazing feedback from commercial pilots that helped us improve our service and safety solutions. I invite you to try our app and if you have a comment, suggestion, question or any relevant feedback I'd be happy to hear and assist. Get the app here
  8. Have any of you UAV Coach - Drone Pilot Ground School graduates used the certificate of completion to request and achieve a discount on commercial drone operation insurance rates?
  9. AMA members are already covered for recreational flying but they just introduced discounted insurance coverage for AMA members flying commercially. https://quote.amadroneinsurance.com You need to be a member to purchase the insurance but not to get a quote.
  10. Hello everyone! I'm Amanda from Insurance for Commercial Drones! We are a division of Insurance Office of America, one of the largest and highest rated independent insurance agencies in America. As an independent agency, we have access to rates from many different insurance carriers, ensuring we get our clients the very best protections. We provide coverage for every drone related industry, from drone racing leagues to manufacturers to photographers. If you ever have questions about insurance for your drone business, contact us! We are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a complementary insurance review! Thanks!
  11. Alan Perlman asks new members to introduce themselves, and here I am. I am a Graduate of the University of Dubuque's Aviation program and Aviation Advisory Board Member for them. My full time job is with John Deere, and in agriculture, there are certainly growing opportunities evolving. I am also looking at business opportunities within the drone industry form ag to real estate, not necessarily US based. I am amazed at how drones help in managing crops from pest control to nutrient management and storm damage assessment. I see in California, Yamaha utilizes large RC helicopters to spray specialty crops and I see this as a good market for drones. I feel drones have their place with good rules and management of those operating the drones. I want to support this to grow a viable industry for career opportunities.
  12. Hi Everyone, I am drone pilot for more than 3 years, therefore I decided to run my Thesis on Drones, Drones are the future of humanity, for patrolling, shipping, lives savings, inspection, transportation and other applications,As part of my Thesis I decided to run a study regarding pilots main concerns, as a drone pilot my main concern is Hitting someone due to a drone malfunction or even to be liable of 3rd party damages, study results are not confidential, I will be happy to share them, Hopfully many of you will participate so we get better understanding regarding your concerns. This research is meant for our use and your personal detail won't be shared with anyone (you may also answer anonymously.)https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUur5suCUiv4H794qC6KyxsrsSBKtodsOy8NVOVvkERrPObQ/viewformHope its oK,Thanks!
  13. Are you thinking about becoming a commercial UAV pilot under FAA part 107? If so, UAV insurance should be a main concern of your new business. A vast majority of "standard" liability insurance policies exclude anything that has to do with aircraft. Since UAVs are under the purview of the FAA, they are considered to be aircraft by most insurers. So how do you get your new UAV operation insured? Easy, contact an aviation specific insurance broker (I happen to be one). If this sounds intimating, you are not alone. However, once you understand the basics of insuring an aircraft, you will be an aviation insurance wizard. The base policy in the aviation insurance industry is liability only. The limits on liability only policies range from $500,000 each occurrence all the way up to $5,000,000 each occurrence. However, if higher limits are needed, they can be negotiated. This liability coverage will protect you from any Bodily Injury or Property Damage claims that may arise from your operation of your insured UAV(s). Fly through a window while shooting a real estate video and land on somebody's grand piano? Covered. Hit a passerby and cut their finger? Covered. After you have purchased liability coverage, and are looking for more protection, you can then add "hull" coverage to your policy with some of the aviation insurance companies. Hull coverage is physical damage to your UAV itself. This is a "Stated" or "Agreed" value. Let us say you have a basic DJI Phantom 3 Professional that you have insured for $1000. You slam this aircraft into a tree and completely destroy it. The insurance company takes a look, sees that it will not be feasible to repair it, and they deem it a total loss. In this scenario, you would get a check for $1000 minus any applicable deductibles ( UAV deductibles are usually 5% - 10% of the insured value of the aircraft). Same logic applies to any other UAV. However, if you have an inspire 1, with a very expensive upgraded camera, you would want to "schedule" the aircraft and the camera separately. The upgraded camera can be added to most UAV insurance policies as "payload" equipment. Liability and Hull coverage are the main coverages that you should be concerned with as a commercial UAV operator. There are some other "ancillary" coverages that I will address in future posts. Thanks, Joe Ernster Bullock Agency, Inc. joe@bullockagency.com
  14. Hi everybody. Alan Perlman (UAV Coach) recently sent an email that startedt: As more people are picking up drones, flying them, and starting businesses, the question inevitably arises: Do I need drone insurance? He went on to say "the short and sweet of it is, it’s a smart move if you’re conducting business. (So if you’re a recreational pilot, you probably don’t need it.) This alarmed me. Everyone should be insured. As a long-standing model aircraft enthusiast myself (for radio-controlled aircraft) we absolutely need insurance to cover any damages or death caused by our (unmanned) aircraft. Drones are no different in this case. Alan, Would you reconsider your stance and advice on suggesting non-professional don't need insurance. Thanks, Gavin
  15. California Film Commission #DroneInsurance requirement $2mm and must show the drone being used. http://www.film.ca.gov/res/docs/CFC%20Insurance%20Requirements%20REV%206-30-16.pdf
  16. California Film Commission #DroneInsurance requirement $2mm and must show the drone being used. http://www.film.ca.gov/res/docs/CFC%20Insurance%20Requirements%20REV%206-30-16.pdf
  17. Many exciting developments are underway in regards to drones and drone insurance. At the forefront of these innovative offerings stands Skyvuze Technologies. UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are not the only thing that our agency has launched recently. We are constantly working around the clock to provide the most efficient offerings in the entire drone industry. Among the list of programs we are piloting soon, include a contemporary online quoting platform for businesses in need of commercial UAV insurance. The new digital program will make insurance quoting easier than ever for organizations who wish to protect their company from airborne exposures. This is way more than just a profession for us. Our Fly Safe, Not Sorry™ motto originated when our Co-Founders (Alexander Sheard and Drew Hoffmann) parlayed their passion for drones into revolutionizing the UAV industry forever. Skyvuze Technologies is thrilled to take part in skyrocketing the industry to new heights! Puns aside, we assist businesses by saving them time, money and headaches by giving comprehensive quotes in a timely manner. Now that the drone industry has taken off (sorry, we promise that’s the last pun,) companies are utilizing our full-service solutions to ensure that their assets are insured. Commercial drone operations are using UAV technology ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars (XACTSENSE). One minor accident could warrant expensive repairs or even a total replacement. Moreover, since most business liability policies exclude aircrafts, an accident could open the door for years of court proceedings and millions of dollars in damages. Drones and other UAVs are constantly combating the elements when navigating the skies. There are many uses businesses have for drones: ● Photography & Videography - Capture those perfect HD moments from an aerial view that only a drone can. Record every memory at this year's upcoming company picnic by inviting your favorite drone operator. ● Deliveries - You’ve probably heard the rumors that Amazon utilizes drones for conveniently delivering packages to customers. One day the same could apply the next time you order from your favorite local pizza parlor. ● Wireless Networks - Once solar drones are more prominent, they can serve as mobile wireless access points across the world. These devices can reportedly stay airborne for up to five years! ● Security - The military already uses UAVs to gain intel around potentially dangerous areas. Soon, they will be a standard part of every company’s security system. Drones can effectively survey the premises while keeping employees out of harm's way in the event of an emergency. Those are just a few examples of how drones can help your business cut costs while improving everyday operations. Here are three reasons why Skyvuze Technologies is at the top of the UAV insurance game: 1. Complete Drone Solutions – We are not your typical 9-5 insurance agency who added a drone market to keep up with the industry. We are drone enthusiasts who have educational background in risk management. Put them together you have a team working 24/7 to service your needs, whether it’s adding endorsements to your insurance policy, adding a drone to your fleet, adding a crash warranty to your new drone, or getting your broken drone repaired. We become our partner’s wingman. 2. Convenient Online Application - The form is quick and easy to complete. And, don’t forget, the new online quoting platform will be going live very soon! It’s simple, we capture all the necessary information up front, avoiding endless back and forth emails. From there, we will get you a proposal that you can sign with the touch of a finger on your tablet or phone, authorizing us to bind your coverage that moment! 3. Aviation Insurance Markets – We didn’t just pick up an aviation carrier to service a few drone inquires. We have many contracts with top aviation carriers to find the best policy to fit your unique business model. Pilot in command with a 333? Excellent! No licensed pilot, no exemption? No problem! Stop wasting your time doing research, we already did it for you! As you can see, we do it all. Skyvuze Technologies is excited to continue to learn, grow, adapt in this new, rapidly exploding commercial drone insurance industry. We’ve emphasized the idea of an ongoing relationship with with our policyholders, and we always have our clients’ best interest in mind. Skyvuze Technologies doesn’t limit itself to commercial drone insurance. We understand that other exposures exist, whether it’s commercial or personal. We have the ability to protect everything you need protected, and being able to manage all of our customer’s policies under one roof…the Skyvuze Technologies’ roof…makes everything convenient. To get a free quote, visit www.skyvuzetech.com or call 855-276-6305 to speak with one of our insurance experts.
  18. Hello community, I wanted to introduce myself. I work in a P&C industry and my niche' has become drones! I work with all of the aviation carriers who are writing coverage. It is a prudent business decision and will be increasingly be required to perform work that you have liability coverage! Being a general agent, we can also help with professional liability, non-owned exposures, general liability, and products liability. Please visit our site www.droneinsurancepro.com or give us a call to learn more about your UAS/UAV business!