Aerial photography Florida Keys

drone photography key west

drone photography key west

Drone Dogs specializes in aerial photography in the Florida Keys. Drone photography in Key West, to the lower keys, Marathon, Islamorada, Key Largo in the upper Keys and the rest of Florida. 

We utilize the latest state-of-art in aerial platforms to provide drone photos in south Florida and the Florida Keys. We utilize the DJI brand providing a 20MP camera for video and photography here in the Florida Keys.

Drone photography in the Florida Keys can be challenging due to arispace restrictions and limited land access. But the reward to get those twilight shots, sunsets and water shots makes our results worth the extra effort.

So why aerial drone photography in Key West? We feel aerial photos and video provides a unique perspective to you and your customer. Aerial photos and videography increase sales and promotion of your business, house or construction site.

Drone Photography Florida Keys

Drone Photography Florida Keys

We are locals living here in Key West. We have strong defense contracting background in operations, custom software engineering and ArcGIS mapping solutions.  We utilize the ArcGIS Drone2Map and ArcGis platform to provide aerial mapping and modeling services. We can map and model construction sites, buildings, marinas and the surrounding areas both land and water. We do not survey or interpret the maps, merely create them for a qualified certified surveyor.

Aerial photography in the Florida keys has become our passion and this shows in our work. We love taking aerial photos of Key West, Marathon Middle Keys, and Islamorada and Key Largo Upper Florida key, Drone photography in South Florida is the new way to visualize land, house, events, boats or construction.

drone photography key west

drone photography key west

Drone photography south Florida has a new dog in town. The Drone Dogs. We are excited to be created aerial videos and photos of the beautiful Florida Keys. We can help you with your aerial drone photo and video needs. We also do ground work using our state-of-the art gimbals and cameras to give you that buttery smooth cinematic video. This is what sells your Real Estate properties and helps to promote your resort or business. Now add some aerial coverage to your event in the Florida Keys and Wow! you just made your event go big time. The area news teams often ask for aerial footage that they can use on their local broadcast. This helps promote your event and make for even a larger turnout in the future.

We are starting to introduce our selves to our local neighbors and businesses. We want to create that business relationship where we provide you with high-quality aerial photo and video deliverables which help both of our businesses grow together. Business is all about relationships. Give us a call today: 305-563-9571

--Jim, Chief Pilot. Winner 2017 DroneU Fly-in.


Real Estate Drone Statistics

When we first got into real estate aerial photography we scoured the web for statistics proving the value of the service. We found none. Since then we have seen a couple stats pop up here and there. However, when we looked into the stats to see where they were pulled from it seems almost as if they appeared out of thin air. Therefore, we saw a need to have statistics that we knew were accurate in order to use with customers. That was the impetus for this study.
Source: Key Findings:   83%  of home sellers prefer an agent who uses drones High volume agents use aerials  3.5x  more often then low volume agents Large properties and high dollar homes use aerials more often

Key Findings:

83% of home sellers prefer an agent who uses drones
High volume agents use aerials 3.5x more often then low volume agents
Large properties and high dollar homes use aerials more often

Drones and accessories recommended by pilots for pilots

Recommended Drones, Cameras and Accessories

Recommended Drones, Cameras and Accessories


DJI Spark- $499.00


Drone Dogs Drone Pilot Store = DJI Drones - DJI INSPIRE

DJI Inspire

Recommendations by people that use Drones daily



Drone Business Computer Equipment


Camera Lenses





So, why should your business hire a professional FAA 107 Certified sUAS (Drone) Operator to do your commercial video and photo shoots?

As a business, you may think that since you or your friend has bought a drone that you can legally perform commercial operations and capture footage for your business.

According to the FAA, this is illegal. 


FAA 14 CFR 1.1 defines operator as: If you are not licensed you become a person "acting as an operator." Additionally, the person hiring the unlicensed operator becomes the "person causing the operation." 

As a result the person "acting as an operator" is subject to up to $1,100.00 in fines. The person "causing the operation" is subject to up to $11,000.00 in fines and are subject to records requirements. This means the FAA can subpoena all of your business financial records to see if you ever hired an unlicensed operator in the past.

Protect your business, hire legal pilots. Call Drone Dogs for all your sUAS (Drone) aerial needs.

The Drone Dogs Team is attending The DroneU Fly In




Hosting 75 pilots from around the United States, DroneU’s Fly-In is the first event of its kind.  Members of the ever-growing drone community will gather to take part in six separate drone competitions, each constructed to highlight key skills involved in drone flight.  Prizes will be awarded.”

The Drone Dogs team is attending the DroneU FlyIn in New Mexico this week.

DroneU Fly-In Official Press Release

Doing business with the Federal Government

Doing business with the Federal Government

If you want to setup your Drone business to do business with the federal government, you will need a DUNS number and register with SAM. The process to obtain a DUNS number and register on requires two steps. 

Step 1: Get your DUNs number.

DUNS is Dun & Bradstreet’s (D&B) “Data Universal Numbering System”. It is a copyrighted, proprietary means of identifying business entities on a location-specific basis.

A DUNS number is a unique nine-character identification number Dun & Bradstreet provides free of charge.

Business entities can obtain a DUNS number through D&B's Web site at:

To complete the process to obtain a DUNS number, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Legal name of your business entity
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Name of the CEO or business owner
  • Legal structure or type of business (corporation, partnership, proprietorship, etc.)
  • Year the entity was created
  • Primary line of business
  • Total number of employees (full- and part-time)


Step 2 Go to and create an account and register your business entity. It is a lengthy form.

Once you have been assigned a DUNS number, you must annually register on To complete the process on SAM, you will need the same kind of information used to obtain your DUNS number.

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidates the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Federal Contract Registry (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).

Business entities that have obtained a DUNS number must register annually on SAM to be eligible to receive financial assistance.

There is NO charge to register or maintain your entity registration record in SAM.


The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government.

 There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to:

  • Register to do business with the U.S. government
  • Update or renew your entity registration
  • Check status of an entity registration
  • Search for entity registration and exclusion records

Here are some NAICS codes to use when registering with SAM.

Applicable NAICS codes for UAS Drone business would be:

541922 - Commercial photography

541370 - Surveying and mapping (except geophysical) services

541990 - All other professional , scientific, and technical services.






Flying Drones in Key West - City Ordinance

Flying Drones in Key West - Follow the City of Key West and FAA rules.

Flying Drones in Key West - Follow the City of Key West and FAA rules.


  • Sec. 26-300. - Purpose and intent.

    It is the purpose of this article to provide the residents and visitors of the City of Key West protection from invasions of privacy, and reckless operation over crowded areas, due to the rapid implementation of drone technology being put into use by individuals and business entities. The unregulated use of drones also poses a significant public safety concern to individuals and property on the ground and other nearby aircraft in the event of malfunction, operator negligence, loss of control, or other inability to sustain flight as intended. Nothing in this ordinance is intended to prevent, prohibit, or regulate any type of drone or remote controlled model aircraft that are otherwise permitted by the FAA for recreational use, or any operator who lawfully possesses a Certificate of Authorization or Letter of Exemption issued by the FAA.

    (Ord. No. 16-02, § 1, 2-17-2016)

  • Sec. 26-301. - Definitions.

    The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this article, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

    Drone means any powered, aerial vehicle, that is either fixed wing or rotor-operated, that does not carry a human being, which uses aerodynamic forces to provide the vehicle with lift, that can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, and that can be expendable or recoverable.

    (Ord. No. 16-02, § 1, 2-17-2016)

  • Sec. 26-302. - Prohibitions.

    No person may operate a drone, whether or not it has the capability of capturing or transmitting audio, video, or still images within or over the City of Key West, unless the drone operator possesses either a certificate of authorization, a letter of exemption lawfully issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, or unless the operator is using a drone strictly for recreational purposes pursuant to the Federal Aviation Administration Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft cited as 14 CFR Part 91 and attached as Exhibit A.

    (Ord. No. 16-02, § 1, 2-17-2016)

  • Sec. 26-303. - Penalty.

    There shall be one verbal or written warning for any first time offender of this article provided that compliance is immediately achieved. Subsequent violations of this article shall be punished consistent with section 1-15 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Key West.

    (Ord. No. 16-02, § 1, 2-17-2016)

Drone Flights in Marathon, Florida - The Florida Keys

Drone Flights in Marathon, Florida - The Florida Keys


To all fellow members of MLKAR.

THERE ARE NO EXEMPTIONS when it comes to flying drones in a business or commercial operation. 

The operator must be licensed by the FAA. 

Furthermore, no one can fly a drone in MTH airspace without first getting permission from the Airport Operator or Air Traffic Control.

Anyone with interest in operating a drone themselves, or in hiring someone to fly a drone for aerial photography should watch this interview with TJ Henderson, Airport Manager, MTH.

Drone Innovation Act, H.R. 2930 Introduced

Drone Innovation Act, H.R. 2930


The Drone Innovation Act of 2017 was introduced by Representative Jason Lewis on June 16, 2017. It was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Drone Innovation Act, H.R. 2930. Lewis, who leads the legislation, was joined by a bipartisan group of colleagues, including Representatives Brownley (D-CA-26), Rokita (R-IN-04), and Garamendi (D-CA-03): 

America continues to lead the world in technological advances. It’s clear to me that drones have a growing role to play in interstate commerce, and that’s vital to maintaining our economic strength at home and competitiveness on the world stage. The Drone Innovation Act will promote that spirit of invention by establishing a clear framework for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Importantly, my legislation also lays out clear protections for your right to privacy and gives local governments the primary responsibility in forming guidelines for how drones can be used in our communities. I look forward to working with the FAA to maintain an environment that works for all stakeholders, and thank my colleagues for their support.
— Jason Lewis

US Army demonstrates tiny drone plane at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 1955

US Army demonstrates tiny drone plane at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 1955

Army Has Tiny Drone Plane to Scout Enemy' superimposed over side view of small plane ready to take off / soldier inserts camera into drone plane / montage soldiers fix the plane into position on its catapult / CU the camera inside the plane / front shot plane sits on catapult, ready for takeoff / CU soldier's hands push down on releasing device / plane launches off catapult and flies away / CU soldier works with joystick; pan to plane flying / plane flies toward and past hilly area / parachute opens on plane / plane falls to earth with parachute and parachute collapses to ground / tilt down shot officers watch / soldier unloads the camera from the plane and turns toward a jeep / plane launches off catapult / POV from plane camera as it flies over the ground.

You Passed the FAA Part 107. Now What?

You Passed the FAA Part 107. Now What?


You will need to register with the FAA IACRA site and submit an application to get your certificate. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Go to the ICARA site and 'register' for a new account.


Step 2. Click 'Register' to start your account registration.

* Register as an 'Applicant' so check the Applicant checkbox.

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Step 3. You will receive an email confirmation with the subject: "IACRA Registration' from the FAA helpdesk. This will confirm your IACRA registration and account info.

Step 4. Using your new account info, log into the IACRA site.

  1. Accept the Terms of Service.
  2. Select 'Start New Application'

Step 4. Select your Application Type. Select 'Pilot'

Step 5. Certifications. Select 'Remote Pilot'

Step 6. Start the application. 

  1. Follow application prompts
    1. When prompted, enter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID (NOTE: it may take up to 48 hours from the test date for the knowledge test to appear in IACRA)
    2. Sign the application electronically and submit to the Registry for processing.
  2. A confirmation email will be sent when an applicant has completed the TSA security background check. This email will provide instructions for printing a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA.
  3. A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.

Step 7. Wait. you can check the status of your application on the IACRA - Applicant Console.

Step 8. Receive your temporary certificate.

As you can see in my IACRA console, I have just received my Temporary Certificate. This took ten days. Not too bad at all. I will print this out and keep this with me and my drone until my final Certificate card arrives in the mail.

Smart Phone Apps I use for Drone work

God bless the smart phone. It has made being a Drone Pilot all that much easier with the many useful apps to aid you in your daily mission.

Here is a list of useful Apps that I highly recommend you download:

  • Hover
    - Helps you determine the KP Index
  • B4UFly
    B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.
  • AirMap
    - Drone airspace services platform
  • Remote Pilot
    - FAA Part 107 sample quizzes and tests for studying. Very helpful.
  • SkyVector -- use Safari to open at since there is no app.

FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulation (Part 107: Flying over people)

sUAS (Drone) Operating Requirements "Flying Over People"

Here are the Operating requirements for the Small UAS Operator. Please DO NOT fly your drone over people. Never, just do not do it. Call Drone Dogs, we know the rules and can legally fly for commercial purposes.

Operating Requirements

The small UAS operator manipulating the controls of a drone should always avoid manned aircraft and never operate in a careless or reckless manner. You must keep your drone within sight. Alternatively, if you use First Person View or similar technology, you must have a visual observer always keep your aircraft within unaided sight (for example, no binoculars). However, even if you use a visual observer, you must still keep your unmanned aircraft close enough to be able to see it if something unexpected happens.  Neither you nor a visual observer can be responsible for more than one unmanned aircraft operation at a time.

You can fly during daylight or in twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting. Minimum weather visibility is three miles from your control station. The maximum allowable altitude is 400 feet above the ground, and higher if your drone remains within 400 feet of a structure. The maximum speed is 100 mph (87 knots).

You can’t fly a small UAS over anyone who is not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, or not inside a covered stationary vehicle. No operations from a moving vehicle are allowed unless you are flying over a sparsely populated area.

Operations in Class G airspace are allowed without air traffic control permission. Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace need ATC approval. See Chapter 14 in the Pilot's Handbook (PDF).

You can carry an external load if it is securely attached and does not adversely affect the flight characteristics or controllability of the aircraft. You also may transport property for compensation or hire within state boundaries provided the drone – including its attached systems, payload and cargo – weighs less than 55 pounds total and you obey the other flight rules. (Some exceptions apply to Hawaii and the District of Columbia. These are spelled out in Part 107.)

You can request a waiver of most operational restrictions if you can show that your proposed operation can be conducted safely under a waiver. The FAA will make an online portal available to apply for such waivers.

Operations over human beings (UA.I.B.K15)

§ 107.39 Operation over human beings

No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft over a human being unless that human being is:

(a) Directly participating in the operation of the small unmanned aircraft; or

(b) Located under a covered structure or inside a stationary vehicle that can provide reasonable protection from a falling small unmanned aircraft.


5.11 Prohibited Operation Over Persons. Part 107 prohibits a person from flying a small UA directly over a person who is not under a safe cover, such as a protective structure or a stationary vehicle. However, a small UA may be flown over a person who is directly participating in the operation of the sUAS, such as the remote PIC, other person manipulating the controls, a VO, or crewmembers necessary for the safety of the sUAS operation, as assigned and briefed by the remote PIC. There are several ways that the sUAS remote PIC can comply with these requirements, such as:

• Selecting an operational area (site) that is clearly unpopulated/uninhabited. If selecting a site that is populated/inhabited, have a plan of action, which ensures persons remain clear of the operating area, remain indoors, or remain under safe cover until such time that the small UA flight has ended. Safe cover is a structure or stationary vehicle that would protect a person from harm if the small UA were to crash into that structure or vehicle;

• Establishing an operational area in which the remote PIC has taken reasonable precautions to keep free of persons not directly participating in the operation of the sUAS;

• Choosing an operating area that is sparsely populated, or, ideally, clear of persons if operating a small UA from a moving vehicle;

• Having a plan of action that ensures the small UA remains clear of persons who may enter the operating area.

• Adopt an appropriate operating distance from persons not directly participating in the operation of the sUAS.