Drones, an industry with a future

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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) forecasts that the drones industry will create about 100.000 new job positions in the years to come, with an economic impact close to 82 billion dollars. Such figures imply many potential opportunities, and it’s very convenient to know how to take advantage of them.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) forecasts that the drones industry will create about 100.000 new job positions in the years to come, with an economic impact close to 82 billion dollars. Such figures imply many potential opportunities, and it’s very convenient to know how to take advantage of them.

With a regulation on commercial drones flights that could change promptly, possibilities go far beyond the first one that crosses our mind, that is, package delivery. Actually, drones have the potential to transform several industries and the way they operate. These are only some examples.

- Logistics: drones can easily integrate into the logistics industry workflows, for instance traveling between distant warehouses in order to make an inventory. This could speed up the warehouses’ convoluted dynamics, but it could also, in the long term, empty our roads from delivery trucks.

- Maintenance: they can also perform maintenance tasks in the status control of power lines or electricity generators, as well as in other large energy facilities, or any other big infrastructure, such as railroads, bridges, ships, etc.

- Farming: in precision farming, drones have very specific applications, from controlling crops, detecting zones with lack of irrigation or fertilizers, locating diseases or plagues, or monitoring the sprayed areas.

- Security: drones can also complement patrolling tasks in large buildings such as factories, office blocks, and power plants. Moreover, police could supplement with drones their presence at large public gatherings. In fact, in the USA, the Seattle and Miami police forces are already beginning to do so.

- Journalism and photography: the integration of increasingly sophisticated cameras on drones open a wide range of new possibilities for journalists, as they could capture footage that otherwise would be extremely difficult to obtain, for instance in war zones or in disaster areas.

Drone pilots

So, what do you need in order to become a drone pilot? First of all, it is mandatory to follow a 50-hour course to get the certificate. Several American universities are already offering courses and diverse programs to this end.

In Spain, the first step to become a professional drone pilot would be to get a homologated certificate by the Agencia Española de Seguridad Aérea (AESA) as an RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) pilot, issued by the ATOs. Thereafter, in order to perform professional tasks and capitalize your certificate, it would be necessary to be under the rule of an operator, or else, why not, to establish your own operator with drone services.

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