Current technology has progressed to a point that small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS), essentially hobby sized remote controlled airplanes and helicopters, are more accessible now than ever before, both in terms of their relatively low prices and ease of flight control for new RC pilots. Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom series seem almost ubiquitous now they’re everywhere. Cameras, too, have come along way; they are smaller, lighter, shoot in much higher resolutions and have better lenses. It was only a matter of time before the two would be paired using relatively sophisticated, but also inexpensive, electronic image stabilizing gimbals making video and photographic aerial imagery easy, affordable and fun!
“This market’s going to be huge,” said Ken Loo, a Sunnyvale mechanical engineer who used a 3-D printer to create his own UAV and hopes to one day become a drone consultant. “The possibilities are endless.
Here are a few ideas for starting your own drone aerial business. Many pilots are waiting for the FAA final ruling and may don’t care and have lucrative drone businesses.
The most common that I have seen in person are real estate videos and stills for the agents to post online and put in sales books and search & rescue by local forest and marine entities.
BUILDING AND MONETIZING A YOUTUBE CHANNEL
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE]
FEATURE FILM MAKING
LOW ALTITUDE BANNER ADVERTISING
PIPELINE AND ELECTRICAL LINE INSPECTION
RESORT AND HOTEL ADVERTISING
SPORTS AND EVENTS VIDEOGRAPHY
Any one of these drone categories could be started without a lot of funds, however, you would not want to invest thousands in drones, cameras and equipment, only to find out that FAA will squash that idea, or there is no demand in your area. Do Your Homework !
Other examples of drones being used in the field include biologists and researchers using UAV video and aerial imagery to count everything from birds to polar bears while those in charge of enforcing environmental laws are looking for hard to detect activities like illegal logging and the dumping of harmful substances. The possibilities are endless. How about getting a contract to conduct surveillance on outdoor lots, heavy construction yards, train yards, bus or trailer parking areas.
Good luck in your search for a lucrative business in 2016. All it takes is your creative thoughts and a good positive mood & attitude, and just watch the opportunities open up.
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