After disaster strikes, whether it be a small five car pile-up or a mudslide that takes out a neighborhood, adjusters have to evaluate the damage. They have to transport themselves to the scene and spend hours, or even days, walking around the site, taking pictures and collecting data. Now, skip forward to the year 2016 where adjusters can fly drones over the disaster area, recording details and assessing damage areas that they would never be able to get to on foot.
Ever since the FAA Modernization and Reform Act enabled the Secretary of Transportation to grant exemptions to approved companies for commercial use of sUAS, insurance agencies across the nation have been taking advantage of the cost and time savings of drones. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) or drones, are now used for everything from analyzing crop damage on farms to aiding in search and rescue missions.
Insurance adjusters can handle a much larger volume of claims faster because drones are sent to evaluate the damage within hours of the incident.
Drones can be ready for flight in less than five minutes, the video feed enables adjusters to create an immediate survey of everything and stream it back to their mobile phone or tablet. It is also much safer with fewer feet on the ground.
The ease and mobility of drones allows companies access to disaster areas much faster, reducing the time it takes to process claims to homeowners and businesses hurt by floods, tornadoes and mudslides. Not to mention, the ability for first responders to determine right away where they should go and the severity of the problem areas.
The FAA rule change (which may occur as soon as next month) will make it easy for businesses to get a license to make money with the use of drones. All that will be required is to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test and a TSA background check, and then register the sAUS.
Certified Training Institute now offers an exam prep course for the FAA Small Unmanned Aerial Systems exam. This law is pending formal approval. When it becomes final and is written into law, individuals will no longer be required to obtain the 333 Exemption or have a pilot’s license to operate their sUAS. They will be required to pass a proctored exam showing their comprehensive aptitude of the knowledge required to operate a sUAS in a commercial capacity.