Peru, IL asked in Business Formation for Illinois

Q: Is it legal to do aerial photography and 3d photogrammetry using a drone in IL to provide visual updates for client

I am not looking to give precise measurements, just visual inspections. Ideally would like to make this my business. I am achieving the part 107 license to fly commercially. Thus I am aware of the airspace restrictions. I am wondering about the legality of the above case.

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: This is a good question. First, if you are law enforcement, the Illinois statutes give you authority to fly the drone almost anywhere. But, since your not law enforcement, you are somewhat restricted. The law states that you cannot use a drone to interfere with hunters or fisherman. A number of municipalities have established local ordinances. Most of these ordinances limit the fly over of government, and city properties. Further, all drone pilots operating commercially in the State of Illinois are subject to the FAA’s Part 107 rules. I would imagine that they don't want your drone to interfere with airplanes. You state that you are from Peru, IL. I cannot imagine that there were be many restrictions over the skies of Peru. To be safe, check with your city government.

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