Pennsylvania Drone Laws
The rules and regulations are constantly changing for drones. Most people now know that you have to be certified to fly drones for profit, which you can read about here
. The more challenging part is understanding all the local and state laws. In PA you are banned from flying drones in most state parks
. You also are not allowed to fly them in state game lands
There is no central authoritative location to lookup local ordinances.. We have created a crowd sourced database of ordinances to provide some help. You can view it here
. Some of the townships we know that have ordinances are Canoy>, Willistown
, West Goshen
and East Goshen
Drones by Season in PA
Drone work is outdoor work. It is greatly affected by weather and seasonal change. PA and the Northeast in general benefit from this seasonal change. It gives us beautiful fall leaves, summers that aren't too hot and winters with snow. However, drone pilots should plan around the seasons as this greatly affects workload.
Winter Drone Work
Drone work tends to dry up if there is snow on the ground. Houses just don't look warm and inviting when you see cold snow. Realtors realize this so don't expect a ton of work in the winter. There are other areas you can look for work. Heavily wooded areas actually benefit from drone work in the winter as leafless trees open up aerial views of houses that weren't there before. Even though ski resorts often have policies against drones
there are sometimes opportunities for work there. The reality is work is harder to come by in the winter months so plan accordingly.
Spring Drone Work
Once spring rolls around the real estate market jumps into action. There is a large increase in the volume of real estate drone jobs
available. You might assume this is the best time of year for drone work. It's not. It's a great time of year with plenty of work available, however in PA it rains often in the springtime. If you look at a rain chart
it might not appear so. However that's because in the spring time the rains are usually a slow drizzle that last longer and come more often. You also have another issue in play. You will hear the phrase("I want to wait until the trees leaf out") regularly. By the time this happens the property may have sold or rain gets in the way. The customers aren't wrong. Drone photos look substantially nicer once grasses are green and leaves are on the trees.
Trees aren't fully covered until you are into the month of May in PA. Make no mistake there is lots of work in spring but it's not the money maker like our next season.
Summer Drone Work
This is your go time. Besides thunderstorms here and there that dump a lot of rain quickly, summers are relatively dry in PA. With less rain in your way, plant life fully awoken and the real estate market charging ahead this is the season drone pilots get most excited for. The long days give you much more time to shoot and fewer issues with shadows in your photos. The overcast days of spring are gone giving you bright popping pictures that require far less time editing in photoshop. Summer is THE season for drone work in PA
Fall drone Work
Fall is a surprisingly active season for drones. There's one big reason for this in PA. Colorful leaves. There is a rush in fall to get photos of properties with the leaves in color before they drop for the winter. This in effect pulls some work out of winter and into the fall but it does make it so that once a drone pilot has a steady stream of customers they shouldn't see much of a drop off between summer and fall workload.