I’ve heard that commercial drone photography is illegal, is that true?
In the last five years, it has become apparent how important drones were becoming to business. The FAA was caught a little off guard, and it took some time to come up with regulations to track and support commercial UAV (Drone) use. So initially they created the 333 exemption which allowed for the commercial use of drones by people who were already licensed, pilots. Image In Flight was one of the first companies to receive a 333 exemption from the FAA.
In the summer of 2016, the FAA update its rules to include PART 107 which is specifically for commercial drone use. You no longer need to be a licensed pilot, but you still need to take a written exam from the FAA.
Note; In addition to their PART 107 license, all Image In Flight pilots have at least five years remote pilot experience flying R/C helicopters which do not have any of the autonomous flight controls that come on most UAV. This makes them better and safer UAV pilots as there are rarely flying at the edge of the skill set.