Drone usage has increased exponentially and has been used to do some amazing things. Some things that some of us thought would never be possible. Would you believe me if I told you that this technology could help you build up your company? What if I told you that it could increase the amount of clients you get month to month? How about that it could drive your productivity to a whole new level? Well, let me tell you from first hand experience that this technology does just that. In this blog post, I am going to discuss what you can do right now to get the same results. Then, I am going to discuss a business that I have had the pleasure to work with and how their implementation of drones has been a game changer for them.
The reason people are seeing these results boils down to a few simple things that I will cover. The first of which being perspective. Providing your potential clients with a photo or video that shows them a different viewpoint from that of which your competitor is showing them changes the ball game. Those potential clients are going to take you more seriously, think that you are more professional and end up bringing business to you. Why do you ask? Because the photos that you get from drones give a different perspective to the playing field then a flat image does. Look at the photo below and tell me you don't see the difference.
This is the exact same property, but look at how the perspective changes your take on it. The photo to the right gives a perspective of the neighborhood and the environment around it. All you get with the image on the left is a few trees in the background. The perspective from a drone provides a better viewpoint of what you and your business is trying to market, but it also makes you look a lot more professional than the business who uses a flat image.
Another reason that people are seeing these results with the implementation of drone technology is because it makes it easier to get things done. Let's take Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate for instance. They use drone technologies to market their properties. They do this by shooting videos or creating the site plans that I have below. Using drones to get the video footage and photos make it a lot easier to accomplish something like this. Image the time and resources need to make something like this on the computer using a software program that make the site look fake or an airplane ride that gets you the footage. Drones make it easier to market your business, letting you spend more time attracting new clients.
The simplicity of drones is the last reason why this technology helps you to grow your business. This technology allows you to bring a new professional perspective to your company, ring in new clients and build your business to the level that you want it to be at. The simplicity of this technology also allows for your productivity to increase, allowing you to focus on growing your business.
I would like to thank Jesse Schluter at Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate for the photos used in this blog post. He has seen results from using this technology. Now it is your time to see the results that you want with your business. Invest in your business. Invest in yourself.
So far in 2016 alone, there has been 241 mass shootings in the United States according to Gun Violence Achieve. With the increase of these incidents in recent years, it makes it even more dangerous for our first responders to be out there. However, I believe that there is a way, if done correctly could save many of lives. And not only the first responders. I believe the use of drones during an active shooter situation could be an invaluable operations in terms of life and safety.
Take a second and put yourself in the first responder's shoes, especially the police that will be the first ones in the 'hot zone'. Your adrenaline is pumping. You hear screams and cries. A gun shot here and then another one there. You come up to a corner and are not sure if the gunman is sitting there waiting to pick you off as you turn the corner. The reality of it is, active shooter incidents are incredibly dangerous for the officers involved.
Now image this. While you're in the building, you have a drone that is flying 10 feet in front of you. It is able to take corners and see if there is a potential threat right it front of you. It will be able to make an entrance into a room and allow those first responders to see where the injured are as well as figure out if a room is clear. The adrenaline is still pumping throughout your body, but your mind is at ease.
Drones are an incredible source of technology that could be utilized to save many lives. Sending these drones into an active shooter situation allows the police officers to know that the next hallway is clear. It allows the paramedics, EMTs and firefighters know where the patients are. With the ability to live stream the video feed to a private Youtube channel allows everyone on scene to know what is going on. This technology allows for a more effective and efficient operation that WILL save lives. This is one of the ways that our military uses drones to make their operations more effective and safe for our troops. First responders will be able to more effectively do their job and protect the lives of many during these tragic events that are so common in this country today.
Keep your men and women safe. Keep your community safe. Fly a drone and have peace of mind.
When August 29th comes around, there will most likely be a lot more drone operators within the national airspace taking advantage of the new regulation. Now is the time to ensure that you and your organization's drone operators are getting ready for what is to come. Below is a set of recommendations that all commercial drone operators should start doing prior to August 29th:
With the onset of Part 107, the FAA has made a significant change to the training requirements for drone pilots. Prior to the release of Part 107, commercial drone operators had to apply for a 333 exemption and obtain, at a minimum, a Sport Pilots Certification. However, the FAA has now released a new certification for drone operators: Remote Pilot Certificate with a sUAS rating. This training is required to fly drones in the national airspace within the provisions in Part 107 ( read my blog about Part 107 to learn more about this regulation). The Remote Pilot Certification training is broken down into two categories: First-time Pilots and Existing Pilots.
Although this training may seem tedious, this will take a lot less time to complete the training necessary to operate drones in the national airspace for commercial purposes. It is my belief that having the appropriate training in place for drone operators will allow for a safer implementation of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace with manned aircraft.
In late June 2016, the FAA released its final ruling on Part 107. This regulation makes it easier for businesses to operate drones in the national airspace for commercial purposes. There has been some significant changes within drone regulations. Below is a summary of some of the most important changes:
I will go into further detail in another blog about the Blanket Area COA, but as it stands for right now, this is the right route for Public Safety Agencies. This helps allow for a safe and proficient training curriculum to be implemented. Along with PAO, the government agency has the ability to self-certify and train their drone operators.
Part 107 has brought many changes to the drone industry for commercial purposes. Public Aircraft Operators do not fall within this category and must obtain a Blanket Area COA to legally fly within the national airspace for governmental functions. Both Part 107 and the Blanket Area COA make it easier for both commercial and public safety agencies to fly drones within the national airspace, as well as create a safe passageway for drones to enter the national airspace with manned aircraft. The FAA has finally started to withdraw on some of its regulations, and thus there will be much more drone traffic in the national airspace. Please be sure to stay up-to-date on regulations and training to keep the national airspace safe for everyone operation within it.
Joshua Larson is the founder of Breakover Services. He has been a pilot for 5 years and would like to share his knowledge of aviation with the drone industry.