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Consequences of hiring an illegal drone operator

Wow! This is a hot topic. I get this question all the time.

Drones are becoming more and more popular and like many other subjects, there is a lot of misinformation and a lack of education on what can be done with drones.

Today, let's talk about the consequences of hiring someone without an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate. If you want to know more about these two topics, click on the respective links:

How do you know if a drone pilot/inspector is qualified?

Can I Use My Drone to Inspect My Roof?

Ok, let's get back on track. Here is a nice opening tagline.


There are serious reputational and legal consequences for the person hiring the illegal drone pilots which can include prison time.

A law firm recently published the following article with some additional details on what could go wrong. They titled the article 5 Big Risks with Hiring Illegal Drone Pilots. In summary, these are the five things they talked about:

  1. Reputational Risks