Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about finding a licensed drone operator in your area to do some sort of job for you. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
I was wondering if you know a link to who has a Part 107 license by state? Where can I hire a licensed drone pilot? How do I find other licensed drone pilots in my area?
I get asked about the existence of a drone pilot directory quite often. While the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a directory of all pilots with a Remote Pilot Certificate, the database is not searchable by state or area. The only real way to use it is to type a pilot’s name and confirm whether or not they have a license.
But what if you want to find a list of pilots in your area? What if you want a directory of pilots with a certain skillset — mapping, real estate, etc.?
There are dozens of websites that serve as a drone pilot directory. The websites are primarily self-reported, so do your own research to find if that pilot is legitimate (and of course, check the FAA’s website to make sure they really do have a license before hiring them for a job).
But perhaps the biggest drone network of them all is PrecisionHawk, which this month announced that it has acquired both Rhode Island-based Droners, a platform dedicated to helping drone operators hire licensed drone pilots specializing in aerial photography, and Ontario, Canada-based AirVid, which is a site for finding drone pilots who deal with not just aerial photography but also cinematography, surveying, mapping, and more.
The acquisitions could make PrecisionHawk the biggest network of commercially licensed drone pilots in the U.S.
PrecisionHawk says it intends to merge the two companies under the “Droners” brand, creating an immediate network of 15,000 drone pilots. Droners founder Dave Brown will lead the team while AirVid founder Patrick Egan will stay on as a consultant.
It is free for any pilot to join the network.
Which drone pilot directory is your favorite? Leave a comment below!