If you find yourself sitting at your desk daydreaming of drone flight, then you may want to consider a career doing precisely that. The prospect of earning money whilst exploring your love of unmanned aerial vehicles is more than merely pie in the sky, but it is a competitive job market. In the last 15 months, more than 800,000 UAV-enthusiasts have registered to fly in the US alone. The rapid growth of uptake means you’ll carefully craft a drone-flying portfolio before you can expect to land the jobs you want. There is, however, one skill which you should be prioritising above all others for your piloting CV: drone mapping.
What’s Drone Mapping?
Drone mapping is predominantly used in construction, mining, and agriculture, to survey sites from the air. Doing this would otherwise be incredibly expensive and labour-intensive. An aerial view gives a unique perspective on a construction site in order to check that architectural plans are being followed correctly. Drone mapping is both faster and cheaper than land-based mapping.
Drone mapping is even helping safari park rangers to combat the threat of poaching, by allowing them to photograph a large area in a short space of time. They can track and monitor the numbers of certain endangered species, such as Namibia’s Black Rhinos. By tracking these animals they’re able to build deterrent strategies for poachers and patrol relevant areas more efficiently.
Where Do I Start?
Fortunately, like most things nowadays, there’s an app for that. With a little bit of practice under your belt, you’ll be able to take your love of drones to the next level and start on your way to becoming a drone mapping professional.
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- Dorset By Drone: Last week, we spoke to Daoud, a freelance photographer and content creator, who rented a drone on Fat Lama to record stunning footage of the Jurassic Coast.