Building Your Career as a Drone Pilot

The different fields and professions where the professional drone finds its place. Here we will discuss some sectors where drones are used and their fields.

In the audiovisual sector

The audiovisual sector is in great demand for professional drones, cheaper than helicopters and much easier to handle. The larger models are able to carry high-end cameras like the RED EPICs thanks to a carrying capacity of 6kg.

Brands like DJI offer professional drones with a dedicated camera, such as the DJI Inspire 2 pro drone, equipped with a Zenmuse X5S or X7S. The professional drone is today the best alternative for capturing aerial images .

Audiovisual is, today, the major activity where you can find professional drones. Whether for large film productions or for more modest projects, you will necessarily find the professional drone that meets your expectations and your needs.

Some of these drones, such as the DJI Inspire 2, DJI Mavic 2 Zoom or the Mavic 2 Pro , have sensors directly integrated into the machine and are based on a complete and accessible system. This gives them unparalleled versatility, which will be particularly appreciated by the most advanced connoisseurs .

These drones are, for the most part, sold approved for professional use in France and Belgium.

You will also find in this category complete packs and Currus Abot (1 / 5th scale electric RC cars) capable of carrying on board a DJI Ronin , Ronin-M , Ronin-MX stabilizer , as well as Gremsy nacelles.

For agriculture

The professional drones offer today many applications in the agriculture sector – Environment. Beyond visual observation, they assess crop stress and support machines operating at ground level. They thus avoid the compaction of agricultural land and actively participate in the protection of natural environments. In the environmental field, they are used for referencing flora and fauna as well as for photogrammetry (3D reconstruction of environments).

Professional drones are increasingly used to analyze crops and in particular to optimize the use of fertilizers. Autonomy is one of the most important elements on this type of professional drone. The drone being completely autonomous, the programming of the course is done from a computer. Once in the field, the drone performs its readings intelligently and you just have to analyze the results. This is becoming more democratic with the appearance of products that are easy to use and efficient. For example, we find the DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral and its camera equipped with 6 sensors that analyze soils.

For security and surveillance

In this field, professional drones are often equipped with thermal cameras or cameras with an ultra powerful zoom. They thus offer significant support for the police, whether it is the firefighters, the police or the army. In this way, personal rescue or crisis missions involving large incidents are made simpler and save precious time.

The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is the perfect ally for law enforcement, for example. It has three interchangeable modules for each situation.

With a strong autonomy and a significant carrying capacity, they are able to embed sensors dedicated to surveillance and security.

These specific shots can in particular be taken using the DJI Zenmuse Z30 sensor, a stabilized camera capable of zooming in x30 in optical and x6 in digital. This can be mounted on a professional DJI Matrice 600 or 200 drone which offers autonomy, solidity and sobriety.

Drones for inspection and observation

Drones for inspection activities will allow you to observe places that were previously difficult to access. On these platforms, you can directly integrate various and varied sensors that will adapt perfectly to your needs.

These drones can in particular accommodate thermal cameras , allowing you to take readings, just like more conventional cameras.

The great strength of these professional drones dedicated to inspection comes from their autonomy, which for the most part exceeds 30 minutes. The ABOT FX1 drone even offers up to 40 minutes of battery life , giving you the freedom to make particularly detailed observations and surveys.

Whether on land, in the air or under the sea, you will find a professional drone adapted to your needs and those of your company.

The professional drone will assist you during a thermal diagnosis in order to analyze the heat losses. They allow the diagnosis to be carried out much more quickly even in places that are difficult to access. They are also suitable for carrying out photogrammetry work , in particular on 3D modeling. This axis is booming in the construction sector, the drone becoming a real ally of surveyors. The incorporation of technologies such as RTK (Real Time Kinematic) makes it possible to obtain centimeter precision in the work carried out.

For topography and photogrammetry

The drone is widely used to perform photogrammetry: a technical process allowing the digital reconstruction of buildings in 3D. The photogrammetric drone takes many pictures very precisely in order to compile the images and turn them into a 3D visual .

DJI offers different models for this type of mission ranging from the DJI Phantom 4 RTK to the Matric 210 RTK. Many professionals also choose a flying wing like the one from Delair.

Topography, cubatures, architecture, heritage or archeology, etc. the fields of application of photogrammetry are numerous and each professional drone will have its specialty to best meet the requirements of your activity.

The incorporation of RTK (Real Time Kinematic) GPS systems on certain drones allows them to obtain an accuracy of the order of a centimeter, thus making these machines perfectly suited for photogrammetric use.

The use of drones for photogammetry has grown enormously among surveyors, thanks in particular to the reduction in machine costs, their ease of use and their greater compactness. Today, a drone like the DJI Phantom 4 RTK has become a real benchmark, in particular thanks to a bluffing quality / price ratio!

Professional steps to have the right to pilot a drone

Industrial and commercial drone use has increased exponentially over the last few years. Drones are more commonly used for agriculture, real estate, and photography. However, there is a strict set of rules and regulations that need to be followed before anyone can take to the air with their own drone.

1st step: Obtain the drone remote pilot theory exam and take the practical remote pilot training

Indeed, since the year 2018, a new exam has been created specifically for drone remote pilots for a more precise and more adapted training, both on a practical and theoretical level. Many approved training center offers preparation sessions for the theoretical exam as well as practical training adapted to your initial level.

2nd step: The purchase of a drone approved by the DGAC strong

An approved drone is a drone whose characteristics have been validated by the DGAC in order to meet the regulations in force for professional use. When we talk about an approved drone, scenarios are very often assigned to it.

3rd step: Writing your Special Activities Manual more commonly called MAP

This document will specify all of your activity and your procedures (organization chart, remote pilot, training, maintenance of skills), within the framework of your company. Your MAP will also include two documents: the design certificate and the type conformity certificate . These documents will be issued to you when you purchase your drone. The design certificate corresponding to the document issued by the DGAC when the serial approval of the drone was issued and the type conformity certificate corresponds to the document certifying that the drone sold complies with the initial approval.

4th step: Insure your drone for professional use

Professional liability insurance is compulsory. Each drone registered in the MAP must be insured. We offer you the help of our partnerDronassur.

5th step: declaration of activity to your local DSAC

Before starting your activity, you will have to send your declaration of activity to your local DSAC. This declaration is valid for 2 years and must be updated via declarations modifying each modification of your MAP or when adding a drone.

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