With the onslaught of small, aerial drones that have hit the market over the years, the skies are seeing more and more of these aerial vehicles with cameras attached. A popular combo is the DJI Phantom series with a GoPro HERO camera that can be used to capture some incredible shots.
For a while, it has been rumored that the FAA was going to be issuing stricter guidelines for those that use these drones for a commercial purpose. These drones are great for taking video and photos for realtors, for films, for events, for landscape photos, etc. These uses are just a few of the many commercial purposes being contemplated. Some of the larger endeavors have to do with Google and Amazon who have been talking plans to use automated drones.
The FAA is now saying that they will be issuing new requirements for drones used for commercial purposes. To use them, you will need to keep them under 400 feet, always within sight, and only in the daytime. But the last requirement is the biggest – you will also need to hold a regular pilot’s license to fly the drone.
That will certainly put a damper on the commercial drone space. At the same time, it will open a new market for pilots who would rather be on the ground than in the air. These pilots could become contractors to hire out their drone-operating services for industries that use drone footage. This could be an interesting occupation – what do you do? I am a land-based commercial pilot. 🙂
Source: WSJ (paywall)