Picking the Right Drone Service Provider

November 30,2017

Over the last two years the commercial drone industry has seen tremendous growth. Drone technology is being adapted and applied in new fields throughout various industries. This growth and expansion has made it even more crucial for companies interested in leveraging drone technology to do the right research before working with a drone service provider. Below are a few resources we recommend anyone looking for a drone provider to use.


Regulations have been changing rapidly as more commercial drones enter the airspace. It is crucial that any drone service provider you work with know, understand and follow these regulations. Here are a few questions you can ask your drone provider to understand if they have a grasp on the FAA’s UAV regulations:

  • What are the federal regulations?
  • What are the state/local regulations?
  • How does your firm ensure you follow all state and federal regulations?

Though simple, these questions will give you a good idea of how competent your potential drone provider is.



Not only is it important that your provider to be aware of and following all state/federal regulations, you also need to be sure that they are using pilots who are appropriately licensed. A simple question you can ask any potential drone provider is “are all of your pilots are Part 107 certified?”. The FAA does not provide any wiggle room when it comes to pilot certifications. In short, any commercial drone flight requires a pilot onsite who has either a Part 107 certification or a Part 333 exemption.


Level of Experience:

As with any business agreement, any company looking for a drone provider should be aware of their potential providers level of experience. Don’t assume the provider you are working with knows exactly what you are looking for. Drones are being leveraged in new ways every day so you need to fully articulate the kind of work your company is looking for and the final output you’re expecting.

The bottom line is that due to the growth of the drone industry companies must be careful when looking for the right drone provider. The majority of drone service providers you contact will be operating legitimately, but it is always important to keep an eye out for providers who will put your business at risk. If you’d like to learn more about CDS’ operational practices you can contact us today!