Taking off and landing. Rolling and pitching and yawing and throttling. Adjusting your gimbal, calibrating your software, and flying with strict safety and ethical standards.
Maybe you’ve graduated from your beginner drone and have upgraded to something with a little more pizzaz. A little more technologically advanced.
Being a recreational pilot is fun, but so is flying AND making money at the same time. Whether its just a side gig, or you’re looking to dive first into the UAV industry as a professional drone pilot, I’ve got good news for you.
If there’s any better time to turn your drone hobby into a profession, its now.
As you think about building your drone business, keep these three points in mind:
U.S. DRONE PILOT CERTIFICATION / FAA EXEMPTION 333
While I’m not a lawyer, what I can tell you is that you don’t have to apply for the FAAs Exemption 333 to become a professional drone pilot. Yes, read that sentence again.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no federal legal drone licensing system in the U.S. right now. While the FAA claims that its illegal to fly drones for money in the United States, that’s just a guideline.
It’s not a law they can enforce. Hundreds of UAV pilots across the country right now are already starting their businesses.
Now, the FAA does have the authority to come after you if you’re flying recklessly. That happened couple of years ago with Raphael Pirker, who was fined for operating recklessly. Make sure you have an intimate understanding of what it means to fly safely, and that you’ve got countless hours of flight practice. Stay under 400 feet, don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport, gain private property flight permission, etc.