Jobs for drone pilots poised at the cutting edge of innovation
Drones rise to meet a new dawn
At last, the skies have cleared for exciting new experiments in innovation through jobs for drone pilots. We are set to see major breakthroughs in this new, intelligent, clean, green skillset. The capability of drones to present out-of-the-box solutions across a vast range of industries is epic. From hard-hat industries like mining, shipping and construction sites all the way to the pinnacles of new creative techniques in film-making, drone pilots are at the cutting edge a new range of expertise.
This has only recently become the case. Drone pilots have struggled against years of setbacks to get to where we are today. What follows is a very brief round-up of a centuries-long history in which this technology has often been overcome by insurmountable setbacks.
A long long history of invention
There is debate over who invented the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone. Some set the date way back in the 1800s with the first flying missiles and torpedoes. Others point to Iraqi aeronautics enthusiast Abraham Karen. Either way, drones started being used by the military way back in the First World War, where they were constantly upgraded and developed because of their capacity for agility and stealth while not risking the lives of drone pilots and operators.
Despite legal setbacks, drones took off
It was only in 2006 in the United States that the Federal Aviation Administration issued its first commercial drone permit. This should have heralded a breakthrough, but instead it opened up a can of worms about how to regulate the industry. For the next ten gruelling years, only 13 more permits were issued. Industries which could have benefitted from the new technology backed away from the overwhelming red tape. Drones were seen as an unrealistic prize, creating more problems than they were worth.
Meanwhile, drones broke into popular culture with the use of drones for delivery by Amazon in 2013. They stimulated the imaginations of enthusiasts across an entire generation in America and worldwide. Thus, a hugely popular drone hobby industry was born. Drones began to be seen in movies and on youtube, and at beaches and parks near you. They became a household name.
Because it was an industry of amateurs, regulations were a great deal milder. This allowed the drone hobby market to balloon in size way beyond the commercial drone industry. However, nobody in this enormous wave of enthusiasts seriously expected there ever to be jobs for drone pilots. They are in for a great surprise.
The skies have cleared
In 2021, a new day has dawned for drones. One by one, industries have pushed to resolve regulatory setbacks, and the FAA is now issuing as many as 1000 permits per year. Thus, drone operators who were previously restricted to being amateurs suddenly find themselves on the cusp of expanding vistas of professional opportunities. Jobs for drone pilots have become a reality that can be relied on.
We are excited about being part of this wave of innovation. Drones are finding new commercial applications every day. They are being tested for groundbreaking new roles in real estate photography, property inspections and insurance, aerial surveying, agriculture, racing photography, construction inspections, mine surveying and, of course, film making.
Drone pilots have made the long-awaited leap from hobbyists to professional experts. As new applications are invented and tested, drone operators and pilots are suddenly in demand. Across a staggering range of industries, there are now jobs for drone pilots. The sheer scale of opportunity means that we can expect to see a lot of innovation. We look forward to seeing many industries make great strides forward as they engage with the potential of this thrilling new technology.