If someone charges money for the use of a drone or they benefit monetarily, then they need to be Licensed and their drone needs to be registered. Home Inspectors are not required to actually walk on a roof, per code. But I feel it is extremely important to actually inspect the roof. Drones certainly can aid in roof inspection.
Recreational use of a Drone does not need to be Licensed or Registered.
Benefits of Drone Use:
- Improve Safety: Using drones can drastically reduce exposure to falls, the risks of unsafe or unknown conditions, high voltage power lines, and other high-risk situations. To put this another way, drones help ensure the safety of the home inspector.
- Lower Arial Costs: Eliminate or reduce the need for rented helicopters, light planes, and pilots. Spot potential problems during routine inspections, before they interrupt service.
- Gather Data: Generate accurate 2D and 3D modeling, building information modeling, aerial mapping, land surveys, and more.
- Improve Efficiency: Shoot video, capture high-resolution stills, and secure thermal images from a single drone. Identify contamination, downed wires and trees, system damage, and other potential hazards. Cover more ground: view big parking lots and roofs easily and quickly. Spot potential problems during routine inspections, before they interrupt service.