Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Up Sonder?
Up Sonder connects the public to drone services through its national Marketplace of drone pilots offering their services. Any individual or business can search for pilots in an area and engagement them for their services. Up Sonder provides the framework of trust that guarantees that the client gets what they paid for and that the pilot gets paid for their services. Up Sonder also offers managed services to help business and individuals source drone services. This allows businesses to eliminate costly in-house drone-based teams by offering total aerial solutions as needed. In those caes, Up Sonder handles pilot sourcing, airspace authorizations, mission planning, and compliance to ensure the success of the projects. The Up Sonder Marketplace covers over 850 cities with over 318,000 flight hours worth of experience. Large or small, aerial data collection is now simple, fast, and professional with Up Sonder.
On your social media accounts and other places, I’ve seen Elon Musk mentioned. Is he involved with Up Sonder?
We wish! Up Sonder’s CEO admires and respects Elon Musk for doing something larger for society than generating a profit. Mr. Musk is often talked about in the company as being the only thing cooler than drones. Who knows, maybe one day on Up Sonder you could book one of Mr. Musk’s rocketships!
How do bookings work?
Up Sonder is a peer-to-peer network. Booking on the Up Sonder’s platform after becoming a member is simple and easy:
  1. Search and compare local drone or drone operators in your desired area.
  2. Book through the Up Sonder Messaging System.
  3. Fly.
Is Up Sonder safe?
Yes. Up Sonder takes security seriously and takes steps to verify our members - such as verifying social media and email accounts, telephone numbers, and requiring a physical address. Being a part of the Up Sonder community means understanding that drones are fun, but there are real concerns and the reason Up Sonder has verifications standards in place. Up Sonder works hard in the background to making improvements to help our members build a community and a marketplace.
Where is Up Sonder located?
Up Sonder is a Los Angeles-based company that operates throughout the United States in all time zones. The sharing economy allows Up Sonder the ability to grow into new markets. Up Sonder is just getting started and has an ambitious expansion plan, so if we are not servicing your area please be patient as it won’t be long until we take you Up!
What are Up Sonder’s fees?
Becoming a member and having an account with Up Sonder will always be free! Up Sonder earns on every booking transaction. We love our Providers and we show it by making it so each Provider keeps a large majority of every transaction, around 95%! We love it when our Providers make money! Up Sonder also saves the Client money by charging an average of 10% on each booking. These fees are so that Up Sonder can continue its day-to-day operations of advertising drones, processing payments, verifying members, securing information, and most importantly taking businesses Up.
How are payments handled?
All payments and transfers to Providers are made securely on Up Sonder through Braintree, our payment processor, direct to the Provider’s bank account. Braintree is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification. Payments are collected from the clients at point of booking and disbursed to Providers 24 hours after the booking period begins.
What if I don’t want to use insurance?
Insurance is mandatory for all flights.
May I only list my service and/or only a drone for rent on Up Sonder?
No, you will need to list your service as a drone pilot with a drone. Up Sonder started with the idea of making it easy for people to borrow each other drones; however, with regulation changes in recent years, it is best for the Marketplace to connect the public to drone services, which means the pilot and their drone. Multiple listings for one pilot is possible, for example, if a pilot has more than one drone.
What prices do I set?
Up Sonder is designed to give you full control over pricing. Up Sonder gives our suggested rate on drones, but at the end of the day it’s the Providers choice. Isn’t freedom cool?
May I adjust my availability?
Yes. Please visit the “Calendar” tab under Control to manage your available booking dates.
May I extend the booking period?
Clients can request to extend their booking period as long as the Provider’s calendar is not blocked for those requested days. All booking extension requests must be approved by the Provider.
What happens if I don't accept a request?
You're free to accept and decline any request. You will have 24 hours to respond to all requests. If a request is unanswered, our system will automatically cancel after 24 hours and notify the client. If you can't accept a request, you should always reply so that the client is aware and able to make alternative plans. Note that your response time is documented and displayed on your listing to the public. A higher response time may increase the likelihood clients will send you a request.
May I cancel a request?
Yes. You or the client can cancel the request at any time before payment has been made. You can cancel the request from Control under Reservations.
May I alter the booking dates?
Clients can request to alter their booking dates as long as the Provider’s calendar is not blocked for those requested days. All booking date change requests must be approved by the Provider.
Are my profits taxed?
Up Sonder will mail you a Form 1099 if you earn more than $600 in a single tax year. Please contact your tax consultant for further information.
What are the refund and cancellation policies?
Each Provider can set the refund policy with their listing. Please be aware that Up Sonder's transaction fees are not refundable.
How does Up Sonder define a Provider?
Up Sonder defines a Provider as a person who has their remote pilot certificate and lists their piloting service using a particular drone.
How does Up Sonder define a Client?
A Client is either a business or an individual needing a pilot to fly a drone for some purpose.
For my listing do I need to provide pictures of my drone?
Up Sonder has professional images of over 590 drones on our site! More than likely we will have your drone in our system. If you built your own drone (amazing!), then you will need to provide a picture of your drone to upload to your listing page.
I don't feel comfortable giving my banking details, may I use PayPal for my payouts?
Yes. Up Sonder's payment provider is Braintree (a Paypal company). This means that Up Sonder does not have access to banking details. They're actually encrypted and sent directly to Braintree who holds them for Up Sonder.
May I use a debit card to pay for services?
Yes. In addition to debit cards Up Sonder also accepts major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Diners and EMV cards.
May I list my service on Up Sonder if I don’t have my remote pilot certificate?
No. It is required by law. All drone service Providers are required to enter their “remote pilot certificate” ID in order to list on Up Sonder.
Will Up Sonder help me obtain my remote pilot certificate?
The FAA Aeronautical Knowledge exam costs $150 to take in order to get your remote pilot certificate. While Up Sonder does not directly help new pilots obtain this certificate, we as a company do support new drone pilots who successfully pass the test by paying them back the $150 fee for listing their service on Up Sonder. Just one of the many perks to being a part of the Up Sonder community.
May I list my drone without an FAA drone registration number?
No. As required by law, you need to register your aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg) and does not fall under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (strictly for hobby or recreational use only). As you will be monetizing your drone it would fall outside the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and must be registered with the FAA. Providers will need to provide their FAA drone registration number in order to list their drone for services on Up Sonder. The FAA charges $5 to drone owners to obtain their registration number, but the good news is Up Sonder will pay you back the $5 after your first booking. Just one of the many perks to being a part of the Up Sonder community.
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