Hey everyone, recently we have been seeing a lot of information about drones, and we sure you have also, whether it be for gifts, or seeing more of them then used to for recreation. Where is this heading?
Flying a drone and drones seems like it is starting to be an entire new industry. Even the FAA is getting involved in drone flying and rules. On the faa.gov site it says when you fly a drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules. What rules?
The FAA says you must register your drone according to the rules you follow when you fly. The FAA gives you safety tips:
Register your drone
Fly your drone at or below 400 feet
Keep your drone within your line of sight
Be aware of FAA Airspace Restrictions
Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people
Never fly near emergencies such as fires or hurricane recovery efforts
Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol
According to these rules, what you are supposed to do when you have a drone then? According to the FAA there are two options to fly your drone legally.
Fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
Fly for hobby or recreation ONLY
Register your model aircraft
Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
Fly a model aircraft under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
Fly within visual line-of-sight
Never fly near other aircraft
Notify the airport and air traffic control tower prior to flying within 5 miles of an airport
Never fly near emergency response efforts
Fly under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule
Fly for recreational OR commercial use
Register your drone
Get a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA
Fly a drone under 55 lbs.
Fly within visual-line-of-sight*
Don’t fly near other aircraft or over people*
Don’t fly in controlled airspace near airports without FAA permission*
Fly only during daylight or civil twilight, at or below 400 feet*
* These rules are subject to waiver.
You can find all the information at FAA.Gov in the UAS section which stands for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
What are people doing with drones then?
Due to all the rules, Drone sports is getting very popular now. Topping this is drone racing.
We wrote a post about this here Professional Drone Racing with plenty of information on drone racing.
Action Cam Drone!
Lots of drones can follow their operators around, so consider rigging your drone to watch you surf, kayak down a raging river, or race a bicycle through the mountains. If you’re willing to build your own drone, it could even take you snowboarding.
Use your drone’s high-res camera to get the perfect profile pic, or to commemorate a special event with your friends. Getting the ideal angle is easy when you can move your camera anywhere. Weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs – the possibilities are endless!
Join (or Start) a Drone Club
Flying a drone doesn’t have to be a solo experience. There are thousands of model aircraft clubs across the U.S., and some even have their own airfields.
You don’t have to kayak out to fish anymore (unless that’s what you like to do). Drones (specifically quadcopters) have made it on to the fishing scene as an enabling technology to basically cast your line out really, far.
Keep in mind, however, this is not attaching a fishing line, hook, and bait directly to the drone and working the bait with the drone.
Although this is possible, and people have caught fish like this, it’s probably not the most efficient use of the battery or the drone. Imagine a large fish dragging your drone into the water.
Instead, you would use it to transport the line and bait to the location you want to fish and then you can control it back. This allows you to reach places that you normally could not with just you and your rod. Most people have been using drones for surf fishing, but you can use this technique for fishing wherever you want.
Scoping out the hunter’s outlook:
Just a decade ago, there was no way to tell what you were getting into when wandering through the woods. When your season of choice hits, you can use a drone to see if it’s worth wandering around for, and if your preferred target is out and about just waiting for you to come across them.
These are a few things to get started doing for recreational use of your drone.
What about not recreational use?
Serious rescue efforts:
Both to physically rescue people trapped in situations like flooding or the uprising of war, drones equipped with very high-quality cameras could lower the risk of pilots getting hurt. Drones can effectively scan areas that are affected while preventing loss of human life.
Get you your important prescriptions:
Very intelligent think tanks at Harvard and MIT have been started to show how drones could be used to deliver medicines and vaccines to areas on the globe that are hard to reach. Imagine getting a lifesaving antidote in the jungles of Brazil by drone delivery!
Models like the Tempest and entities such as the Sirens Project have been used to try to get as close to the eye of the storm as possible. Some drones have many atmospheric measuring abilities and can provide the pilot with very valuable information about the weather. As a hobbyist, there are many issues that could arise with the FAA, but the potential is there for the future nonetheless.
Agriculture – Both for monitoring crops in ways never possible before and for drone-controlled pesticide, or fertilizer use, in a process known as precision agriculture.
Advertising – Ever seen those airplanes dragging around a long banner at high altitude? You will certainly save money and time by advertising on a drone flown banner instead.
Security – The average 911 response time is about 10 minutes (source). What if the police could get a drone to your house in 1-2 minutes instead. This could reassure you or capture the suspect on camera before he/ she escapes.
Inspect roads and bridges – Someone must inspect the 4 million miles of highways present in the US. Armed with high definition cameras and live video feeds, drones are going to replace manual inspectors in a matter of years whilst keeping them safe (and probably without a job).
These are just a few ideas, though are you starting to think something? Could flying a drone become a business or even a career?
In 2017 The U.S. Marine Corps awarded for the first time awards to Drone Operators. When the Defense Department first floated the idea of a dedicated award for drone operators, some laughed.
But now all the services have a special “remote” device to recognize outstanding work of service members who operate unmanned aerial systems in combat zones. Yes, for drone pilots. Kind of makes you think of the most recent Star Wars movie and how they had drones fighting in space. Furthermore, the U.S. Airforce is expanding its enlisted drone program due to seeking more operators.
Where is this going? Will commercial airlines ahead just be drones? Will there be jet fighters or just drone fighters?
There are drone pilot training schools now. Drone pilot training courses are taken for many reasons. Whether you’re preparing for a specific test through the FAA, wanting to learn how to operate a drone for commercial purposes, or even a simple course to help you learn how to fly a drone, there are courses out there for everything related to drones.
Some of these courses are specific to either residential drone pilot training or commercial pilot training. Although, there are aspects of commercial courses that a residential user could still benefit from, so it’s worth it to see what you’d like to learn, and which course is offering it, even if it may be a commercial course.
On the show “SharkTank” from ABC, DARTDrones was featured and has grown rapidly since. They have 5 new courses, 6 consulting offerings, run courses in over 40 cities all over America, and even have over 30 custom training programs. Some of the courses they are offer are:
Drones for Beginners
Phantom Inspire Flight Training
In-Person Part 107 Test Preparation
Online Part 107 Test Preparation
Starting a Drone Business
Online Aerial Photography
Professional Drone Pilot Bundle
Drone Certification Program
We are thinking you are a seeing a new industry developing and possible career paths as a drone pilot or in drone technology and supporting services.
To rehash. Drone – An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard computers.
Compared to manned aircraft, UAVs were originally used for missions too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for humans. While they originated mostly in military applications, their use is rapidly expanding to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications, such as policing, peacekeeping, and surveillance, product deliveries, aerial photography, agriculture, smuggling, and drone racing. Civilian UAVs now vastly outnumber military UAVs, with estimates of over a million sold by 2015, so they can be seen as an early commercial application of autonomous things, to be followed by the autonomous car and home robots.
Drones have a bright future ahead and can open many paths now and not just recreational. So, if you have been wanting to get a drone or your child has been bothering you for one, may not such a bad idea?
What do you think? Is the way the drone industry is growing good or bad?
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