Getting Work as a Future Civilian Drone Pilot

From the beginning Drones were often tied to the military in the minds of today’s public, but the civilian uses of drones and quadrocopters are steadily growing.

Especially for hobby usage, we may be more accquainted to them as quadcopters, but as more and more people are introduced to them, we may know them as both.

Anyways, as such, a civilian drone is defined as an unmanned flying small aircraft that can be controlled via a remote radio control or simply by programming the drone or quadcopter to fly a certain route.

This way the drone would be fully capable of completing any flight without the need of a man or a woman actually flying the drone or the quadcopter..

They most often do however still have live pilots operating them, as typically civilian drones require the real time control and adjustments made by human controllers.

As of today, the available commercial drones and quadricopters are limited by their ability to carry a little weight load, and as such, the most common use of drones today is in their ability to carry a camera or a video camera.

More advanced models can of course carry far more than the cheaper models, but again, the question is about price and need for their use in private hands.

In general though, civilian uses of drones are far reaching. However it is important to define “civilian,” as the uses and span in prices would vary heavily on the basis of their use.

In the most basic terms, a civilian is not a member of an armed force, and is not taking part in armed combat. Still though, as far as civilian drone projects are concerned, even police surveillance and firefighter uses of drones are not considered to be civilian, though these are quite important non-military uses for drones in the present day.

As of right now, the commercial uses of drones and quadcopters are heavily restricted. However as drones gain popularity for a variety of uses and projects, there will surely be lots of changes in policy and rules concerning the use of civilian drones in the years ahead.

And as this progress is taking place, our opinion is that there will come to be a large demand for skilled pilots for these civilian drones in the near future.

We have seen evidence of this already, but since piloting a drone is not something that can be learned overnight, why not take the time right now to start perfecting your skills.

While civilian drone use is sure to increase exponentially in the coming decades, they are already being used for a variety of projects. To give an idea of where the growth will occur, I will outline some of the current uses for civilian drones.

Hurricane tracking.

Weather forecasters are increasingly using drones to fly into tropical storms and budding hurricanes in order to provide more accurate and detailed reports of the dangers associated with these weather patterns.

And as such, because this poses no danger or threat to human life, by sending in the drones, they can stay longer inside the danger zone and collect way more data than most manned missions could without the drones.

3D mapping and drones.

3d mapping and drones or quadcopters has an almost unlimited range of possible uses.  For instance: It was extensively utilized in the Haitian relief efforts following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

Then not to forget, it is an extremely valuable tool for farmers with large tracts of land, as well as for mining companies surveying possible locations for operations.

Archeologists could and do use drones for mapping out ancient sites and help in their discoveries.

Drones are even used in some large scale festivals to help control and monitor crowds and avoid unforeseen dangers.

Patrolling and protecting wildlife.

Drones have the unique ability to map out populations of different species of animals over large areas that would otherwise be inaccessible or to expensive and time consuming to do the regular old fashioned way.

Not least, this form of surveillance is additionally very non intrusive and  non-invasive to the animals in their native territories.

Besides, because there is minimal contact involved, as the drones and quadcopters are pretty silent, this does not stress the animals as much as it otherwise would.

Furthermore, drones have already proven pretty useful and a decent tool for charting out rates of deforestation and habitat change.

Drones are offering cost effective surveillance against fires, poachers and other illegal activity as well.

These are just a few uses and ways drones are currently in use for civilian activities and purposes.

As you’re reading this, companies worldwide developing new and better understanding  of the applications and uses for civilian drones.

The result of this is that you and I will see more and more advanced models of drones and quadcopters in the coming years.

Drones and quadcopters that can do way more than the drones and quadcopters we have on the commercial market today.

In the years to come, we will see a revolution in the uses of drones, and the drones and quadcopters will for sure be able to do way more advanced tasks than simply carrying a camera or a videocamera, as most available drones will do today.

Already are experimenting with drones or quadricopters delivering their goods to the end user, and they recently did their first test run successfully.

(We will put some links for that up here rather soon)

In conclusion, we are absolutely certain we will see an explosion in the demand for civilian drone pilots in the years ahead, so stay tuned and learn more about it as we move along..

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