We were talking with one of our friends who is a professional drone pilot specialized in photogrammetry. We were all amazed and interested in the special skill set that is required for these kind of missions. Then we started wondering which ways are the most popular among pilots to make money with drones. Before we realized it we wrote a blog article, hope you enjoy it!
- Aerial photography
- Aerial surveying
- Reselling drones
- Inspection & Mapping
- Drone delivery
- Search and rescue
- Precision agriculture
- Train new pilots
Aerial photography is in essence the art of shooting pictures with your drone. Before the arrival of drones in the aerial photography landscape. Aerial photos were mainly taken by helicopters and balloons, this kind of photography is very expensive compared to the drone aerial photography we know nowadays!
This is one of the most popular ways to make money among drone pilots today because of the availability of information, equipment and jobs.
Aerial surveying is a method of collecting geomatics or other imagery by using airborne vehicles. This can be done using different types of technology like photography, radar, laser,… Typical types of data collected include aerial photography, Lidar and geophysical data.
There is a wide variety where aerial surveying is used for:
- Hydrocarbon exploration
- Land surveys
- Mining exploration
When you decide to become a drone reseller, you create a physical drone store or an online platform. You then attract customers to this location in order to convince them to buy one of your drones. Together with the drones you sell you can offer services like drone insurance, repair and maintenance to differentiate yourself from other drone resellers.
There is also the option of becoming an authorized DJI dealer, this means you can offer your customers DJI warranty. If you are not an authorized DJI dealer your products are not subject to DJI warranty services.
Inspection and mapping
Photogrammetry is done by letting a drone fly autonomously along a flight path. When the drone is flying the path it is taking overlapping photos. From these photos there are measurements that can made to for example calculate the volume of your inventory.
There is a wide variety of software and education available to help you with photogrammetry.
For the grand public one the most exciting aspects of drones is the delivery of packages. These packages will be delivered by autonomous flying drones carrying medical supplies, food, or just your regular Amazon package.
This is an aspect of drone flying where a lot of big companies like Amazon invest a lot of money in to become the first to have a commercial viable service. We will dedicate a whole blog article to this soon.
Search and rescue
Whenever there is a disaster, a war, or just a missing hiker. Drones can be used to scan huge areas in a very effective and efficient way.
There is a cool video from Youtuber Mrwhosetheboss that shows what Nokia has been up to lately with this specific application of drones.
Thanks to the availability of drones, farmers are now capable of inspecting their fields using drones. This allows the farmers to identify the very specific spots where their crops need more attention. Special build drones are then able to spray those specific spots on the field with pesticides, nutrition,…
Train new pilots
We see them rising from the ground at a rapid pass everywhere around the world, drone schools. Places where experienced pilots can train new drone enthusiasts to guarantee a safe airspace. In a lot of countries a license is required to fly a drone like a drivers license. Even though this is not yet required in all countries around the world, this will probably happen soon.
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