In January, Skypan International, an aerial photography company, agreed to pay $200,000 to settle FAA allegations that it flew 65 illegal drone flights above New York and Chicago from 2012 to 2014.

Even though the FAA has broadened its parameters for operating drones, Garrett Hurley, whose firm, SD Aerial Media, San Diego, has shot footage on construction sites using drones, is convinced that 85-90% of drone operators aren’t FAA certified under the agency’s Part 107 rules or aren’t covered (as his firm is) by liability insurance.