Interested in using IMGING but wondering where to start? Whether you’re considering a small-scale proof of concept, or you want to get a drone into the hands of every adjuster in your organization, there are few things you must do and some important decisions you must make. At a minimum you must:
- Have one or more Remote Pilot Certificate holders
- Have insurance to cover your UAS operations
- Have the necessary hardware
- Install the IMGING app and get an account setup
01. GET LICENSED
If you’re going to use a UAS for property inspections in the U.S. you need to have your Remote Pilot certificate from the FAA. If you don’t have this certificate don’t worry, it’s pretty straight forward to get. You’ll need to pass the FAA’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test with a 70% or greater score (note, the test is $150 to take), then complete an FAA form 8710-13 and request your certificate. For more information on this entire process, including how to schedule your exam, visit the FAA’s website here.
If you’re going to be taking the Remote Pilot Knowledge Test, we have some advice. First, plan on 10 – 20 hours of study prep to make sure you pass the test with a firm grasp of the FAA’s rules. Second, make sure you have a good understanding of airspace and charts as you’ll use this every time you fly. Third, be sure to take a few practice tests before you take the full exam, and finally, don’t stress too much about the test—put in the prep time and you’re likely going to pass.
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02. GET HARDWARE
IMGING was built to work with DJI hardware (specifically the Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Pro, and the Inspire 2.0) and iOS tablets, so naturally you’re going to need a DJI UAS and an Apple iPad (see specific requirements below) to fly. We’re a DJI technology partner and enterprise dealer, so we can help you with large volume purchases of UAS hardware, however, you don’t need to purchase from us to use IMGING. If you want to get up in the air as soon as possible, we recommend you purchase a DJI UAS and Apple Tablet direct from your local electronics store or on Amazon (trust us, as long as it’s a Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Pro, you can purchase it from any retail outlet and it’ll work just fine). On top of the drone, we’d recommend you purchase a few accessories to ensure you have the best experience.
- LTE-enabled 9.7″ iPad Pro / iPad Air 2 / iPad Mini 4 running iOS 10 or higher
- 3+ total drone batteries
- Multi-battery charger and a car charger
- Backpack or hard case (there are a lot of options)
- Spare propellers
If you’re having trouble finding the right kit or aren’t sure, contact us for help.
03. GET INSURED
Getting an insurance policy for commercial UAS flights is just common sense. You wouldn’t drive your car without insurance (we hope) and you shouldn’t fly a UAS without it either. To make this easier, we’ve partnered with Verifly to make it fast and easy for you to get usage-based insurance for your UAS activities. If you don’t have the option to add UAS coverage to your existing policies, or are simply evaluating IMGING before going that far, we’d strongly suggest you head over to their website and sign up. It’s simple and only takes a few minutes.