Aerial Inspection using Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones)
Drones are an increasingly popular tool used by home inspectors - they may be used:
To inspect a roof, rather than climbing a ladder and walking it
To get a closeup view of the upper exterior, when placing and climbing a ladder to do so may be difficult
To get an aerial view of the entire property, including foliage, drainage, and fencing
In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new regulations governing the commercial use of drones. These regulations require any person operating a drone outdoors for a commercial purpose to obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC), register their commercial drone, and follow strict requirements when operating the drone. Using a drone for a home inspection is a commercial purpose.
Drones in Westchester and Fairfield Counties:
The use of drones near airports / flying in controlled airspace is addressed in FAA 14 CFR Part 107, 107.41. A large part of the area serviced by Home Tech is subject to 107.41. Aerial inspections must be conducted by a certified UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) Pilot and many require prior FAA authorization.
Fortunately, the FAA, have recently enabled their Low Altitude Authorization Notification Capability Program (LAANC), which is now available - through several industry partners - at most of our local airports. Permission to fly may now happen in near real-time processing of airspace authorizations.
In most cases, Home Tech can provide Aerial Inspection Services at short notice.