Drone Days

Being relatively new to the world of drones, or UAV’s, I am filled with ambition and anticipation of what the future holds for these magnificent machines.  Like with most new technology, they have entered into our generation and have been met by mixed reactions worldwide. Some have gladly accepted their advantages, while others have resisted out of fear of their capabilities. For the most part, however, I think the majority of the population have come to terms that drones are evolving and quickly becoming a part of everyday life for a lot of people and even communities.

I have recently acquired my remote pilot certificate from the FAA,  See Remote pilot Certificate and I am in the process of trying to establish an aerial photography business in my local area. I do not have the most technologically advanced UAV out there, as you can easily spend thousands of dollars on these things, but I do have one of the most reputable drones on the market for what it does.  It offers 16mp still photos with 4k video capabilities and an abundance of automated features to take some of the workloads off of the operator. Like most “professional” grade drones, it boasts full GPS capabilities with redundant safety features including terrain and restricted airspace avoidance. Not bad features for a machine that cost under $1000 in my opinion.

When I am out flying in my practice areas, I often get questioned by on-lookers about my drone and what my intentions are with it. Sometimes I get frowned upon, other times people simply smirk, but most of the time people are simply curious about what it can and can not do. I have found that with most people if you simply take the time to answer a few questions and maybe even provide a brief demo, that their curiosity often turns into excitement and some people have even gone to buy their own after observing mine. Perhaps I should be in the drone demo/selling business instead but who knows what the future holds for me lol.

Where am I going with all of this? Honestly, I am just taking it one word at a time. I have had several friends recently tell me that I should write about drones and my experiences with them. Maybe share some insight and advice regarding various aspects along the way. I am hopeful that this will turn into an ongoing and informative source for other drone enthusiasts in the future, but for now, I thought this might be a good start. So, slip in the battery and tighten up the props and let’s begin this journey together!!

I hope that you have enjoyed what you have read so far. I will say that when I refer to specific things in each post such as the remote pilot certificate and the FAA, I will do my best to include links at the end of each of the posts so that information regarding the topics can be easily found and researched. Thanks for reading and there will be more soon!