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September 3-5, 2024  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

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Lessons Learned from being a Recreational UAS Pilot to Part-time Commercial Owner/Operator

Sep 04 2024

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM PDT

Drone Pilot Hub

I bought my first drone in the Spring of 2018. Done a lot of flying in locations that really interested me. During this time I began honing my flying skills, camera knowledge and photo/video editing abilities. In early 2021 I decided to pass the Part 107 exam so I could persue commerical UAS work.

I have a full-time job that allows flexible hours so I can do more UAS side business work during the week. As of today I have a trademark for my company name, created a website and own 5 drones. I also pay for advertising on Chrome and other platforms but at the same time I frequently contact Real Estate, Construction and other industries in my area and leave information at any new construction site I drive by or find on-line to promote my business. One big bullet point is you have to keep hustling. During all of this you also have to continually improve your UAS abilities, editing media and provide the best customer service possible.

I do not make a lot of money in my UAS side business but I’m getting more and more diverse work using drones and camera equipment. My goal is to continue to grow; once I’m ready to retire I’ll have a steady list of cliente and get more new clients from quality work, referrals and customer service skills.

This presentation will contain useful information and tips/tricks I’ve learned over the years that would hopefully assist others who are starting their journey in the commercial UAS industry, what choices I made that where profitable, which choices I regretted and more.



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