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September 20, 2018

Drone Business Contracts, Drone Pilot Jobs

Are you looking for tenders and contracts for your drone business?  Are you a marine or aerial drone pilot, software engineer, or designer looking for a change of employment or your first job?

Members of SUAS Global are already reaping the many benefits of their professional memberships. These benefits include two key areas that bring together those with a need and those the means to fulfill that need.

These two are are the Opportunities section, which lists tenders and contracts awaiting applications from drone businesses, and the Recruiter section, which lists job opportunities for drone pilots across all environments; aerial, marine, and land.

Let’s look at the Opportunities section first.

Drone Business Contracts – Opportunities

SUAS Global Drone Business ContractsHow would you like to secure a contract worth 60,000 Euros to supply the data processing of LiDAR data? Are you up to the job of providing film, photography, print, and event management services for a government department?

These are the kind of tenders you can expect to see in the SUAS Global Opportunities section, open to members only.

But it’s not just a list. SUAS Global helps its members with their applications, so if you’re unfamiliar with the process or daunted by the scale of the tender then the SUAS Global team are there to provide advice and guidance.

Perhaps you have a contract of your own you would like to publicise? Do you need the services of any kind of drone business?

Then join SUAS Global and submit your tender for review and publication.

By all means continue to market and promote your drone business.  You’ll still need to develop your brand.  But there are contracts available right now so why wait?

Join SUAS Global using the link below this video.

Drone Pilot Jobs – Recruiter

Drone Pilot JobsNow let’s look at the Recruiter section that lists jobs for drone operators, software engineers, and many other professions in the industry .

How about using your drone piloting skills to film seabirds and seals on an island off the Northumbrian coast?  Would you like something on dry land, capturing video footage for a property company?  Or could you operate marine drones for research and surveys?

These are just three of the many jobs currently listed for members of SUAS Global.

As a professional member you can not only view and apply but you can post your own vacancies too.

So if you’re a drone business that needs extra pilots for short or long term contracts then the obvious place to advertise is right in front of their noses as they peruse the vacancies listed in the Recruiter section of SUAS Global.

And don’t forget, global means global. These SUAS Global Professional Member benefits include opportunities from around the world.

SUAS Global actively sources opportunities and tenders for its members. Register as a professional member today 

Be the first to exploit these opportunities, to secure the position, and to win the business.

Why you should join SUAS Global if you’re in the drone business

My name is Ben Lovegrove and in this post I’m going to tell you about SUAS Global and why I think it’s essential that you should join SUAS Global if you’re interested in drones.

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First, a bit of background.

I started flying drones in 2014 and soon became aware that this industry was about undergo a huge expansion.  At that time the Drone Age was just beginning and no one was really sure where things were going.

Similarly, not so long ago, people were indifferent towards mobile phones and the World Wide Web when they first appeared.  They regarded them as fads that would soon pass or merely tools used by a narrow, specialist market.

Today, few people could imagine life without smartphones and the Web that together, connect the globe.

It would be foolish to make the same mistake with regard to drones.  Imagine combining Siri or Alexa with a robotic drone and you’ll begin to see the potential.

If you’re already involved either as a amateur or a professional then you’re in a strong position.  If you’re not yet involved then you should give serious consideration to starting a new career or a business associated with the world of unmanned systems.  By learning to use drones and studying all the latest developments you’ll be ahead of the curve.

However, information is everything.  If I knew in 1997 (when I built my first website) what I know now about the web, then I would be very, very wealthy by now.  It was not to be but you on the other hand could be at the right place and the right time in history.

But only if you have accurate information and the valuable contacts, and that’s where SUAS Global comes in.

Join SUAS Global

SUAS Global is the world’s largest online network providing unique connectivity for the drone industry and is a key part of the Drone Major Group.  The DMG network is the only business accelerator for the drone industry worldwide, providing vital support and added value to start-ups and young drone businesses across all environments (surface, underwater, air & space).

SUAS Global can provide opportunties and tenders for fledgling and established drone businesses.  They can give guidance on how to approach a tender with the maximum chance of winning the contract.

SUAS Global can connect you with drone operators and businesses around the world. By networking with these contacts you can share information, tips & advice, and pass on opportunties.

Membership of SUAS Global

Membership of SUAS Global gives you access to standards organisations, regulatory and government bodies, institutions, insurance providers, event organisers, financial organisations and universities around the world.

This membership provides opportunities for developing businesses to involve themselves in funded research projects, alongside further opportunities to have their research funded.

The SUAS Global portal gives you access to all the support that an ambitious growing drone business needs, with advice groups hosted by experts from around the world, a central advice service, legal advice, tax advice and much more.

SUAS Global have negotiated discounts with carefully selected suppliers that are dedicated to supporting drone businesses in their formative years.  As a full member you get discounts on equipment, software, training courses, accommodation, workwear, insurance, exhibitions, and magazine subscriptions.

There’s a finance portal providing access to a range of financial services designed to help get your business moving forward successfully.  And there’s a totally free recruitment service for members to advertise job opportunities, and also for those in the industry looking for employment.

No matter what environment you work in, there will be something there for you.

The Voice of SUAS

And finally, The Voice of SUAS, is an online forum that acts as a barometer of the drone industry by accessing the opinion and knowledge of the entire global drone market.

That’s just a brief description. As you can see, there’s a treasure trove for any ambitious individuals and fired-up startups.

Join now, build a profile, and start exploring.  Once you start interacting with other members you’ll quickly appreciate what a smart move you’ve made.

If you catch the wave and surf your way into the Drone Age you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your efforts in the years ahead.

Drone Training USA – Part 107 Training

Drone Training USA - UAV Pilot CareersTo compliment our earlier post about drone training in the UK here is the second in this series about careers and employment – Drone Training USA.

Making a living by flying drones is becoming a more and more widespread career trajectory for many. This is due to a massive technological boom in the UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) market. The digital age has shepherded in a new era where jobs in the tech field are developing by leaps and bounds. The starting salaries are pretty enticing with many jobs starting between $45,000 to $65,000 per year.

Training to become a commercial drone pilot is appealing due to the versatile nature of the certification. You won’t be stuck with a useless degree in a field with no jobs and a large amount of student debt after your training, either. Drone training is open to anyone who wants to learn a new and useful skill that will get you somewhere in today’s job market. The typical drone certification course costs around $4,000, whereas tuition at a traditional college averages out to be nearly $27,000 annually in 2017.

Who Is A Drone Career For?

Part 107 TrainingCertain people are typically drawn to seek out drone pilot training. Some of these groups include experienced quadcopter hobbyists wanting to transition into being paid for their skills, former military personnel looking for a civilian career, and even photographers interested in growing their business by offering aerial photography. People seeking a new career in a growing market are also flocking to take certification courses.

If you’re bored in your current career, or even need your first career, and have been wanting a major change, then this could very well be the right path for you. Not everyone is suited for office or retail life. Being able to enjoy the outdoors, travel (depending on your job), and gather stunning images and information from a fresh point of view are all major factors in drawing new pilots into this field.

Drone Career Opportunities

Drone Career OpportunitiesThere are a lot of new careers being created thanks to drone technology in fields with dangerous and dirty jobs that not a lot of people want to do. Drones reduce the risk of personal danger when performing many of these jobs. Surveying natural disaster sites and aiding law enforcement are examples of how drones can impact the safety of a job.

Archaeology is another interesting field that has greatly benefitted from the use of drones. Drones aid archaeologists in surveying new sites of interest and help them better prepare their team for the dig. They save money and have unprecedented access to areas previously thought unreachable by any means other than expensive fly-overs and dangerous hikes.

Surveying using LIDAR, map making and photogrammetry are fields that have benefitted greatly from UAV pilots. Drones have contributed to the advancement of new photographic techniques in order to create a detailed view of the landscape.

The YouTube community has made a new market for drone use as well. Some very well-known YouTubers have utilized drone technology to make their productions pop and views increase. You don’t have to be a YouTuber to enjoy and profit off of videographer skills, though. Drone wedding photography is becoming increasingly popular as you can get some pretty cool shots of the big day that way. The sky is literally the limit with videography.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107)

Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107)Due to well-placed regulations by the FAA you must become certified before becoming a professional by taking a drone training course. There are actually many of these available online, but you may need to be willing to go to an on-site campus for part of the course so you can get hands-on training. UVU, Unmanned Vehicle University, is one of many that offer a reputable program for prospective pilots. You must find a school accredited by the FAA.

Some of the things covered in the certification course at UVU are a history of drones, the physics of how they work, and how the controls work. You will also learn about weather principles in regards to flying drones. Most importantly you will gain experience and instruction from qualified instructors. They will teach you about safety and FAA regulations as well.

After the “written” part of the course, you will then be given the opportunity to fly a drone simulator. This is the next best thing to real life experience. In a simulation, you can’t really cause any damage, but it still feels real.

Drone Video Services - Aerial Photography For BusinessAfter passing the “written” and simulation sections of the course, you will then have your flying classes. These are the most important step. You can’t learn to fly a drone without flying a drone. As part of the course materials, you will build your drone from a kit.

In addition to certification courses, there are also supplemental classes you can take to enhance your skillset. Udemy has a plethora of courses at a low price of typically $10 per class. You can focus on certain specializations like videography and photography, and even how to start your own business using your drone pilot training.

With the right education and training, you will be well on your way to becoming a successful professional drone pilot in the field of your choosing. When choosing a school, please do your research. It is essential that the program you choose is backed by the FAA and follows all of their rules.

Know Your Regulations and Laws

The FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, has strict guidelines you must follow if you’re to become a drone pilot, but especially a professional being paid for your services. These rules and regulations are essential in keeping others and your equipment safe.

There are variations in the rules between flying your drone as a hobby and flying or pay. A drone hobbyist doesn’t need to have a pilot’s certification, whereas the professional pilot does. Let’s discuss some of these rules that you must follow, specifically the professional pilot rules, according to the FAA website. This is not an exhaustive list.

Drone Pilot Requirements:

1. You must be a minimum of 16 years old. There is no minimum age requirement for drone hobbyists, but due to labor laws, one must be of a certain age before being paid for a service. Most jobs you can’t get until you’re at least 16.
2. Have the Remote Pilot Airman Certificate. This is where the course you took or are planning to take comes in.
3. You will need to pass TSA vetting. The TSA is the Transportation Security Administration. They’re the ones who control who can fly, even as a passenger on an airplane. They have to do the security checks for professional drone pilots so that the security of clients, companies, and the government aren’t threatened by someone with ulterior motives.

UAV Aircraft Requirements:

  1. Your drone must weigh less than 55 lbs for safe and legal flight and it must be registered with the FAA if it weighs over .55 lbs.
  2. Your drone can fly in Class G airspace if you’re a professional. Class G is the lowest of the airspace layers. Non-professional drone pilots are limited to 400 feet. Class G depends on the area you’re in and the height of the airspace layers above it. The provided link will show you how to find it on a map. You will learn how in your course as well.
  3. You will also need to do a pre-flight check of your systems. This cuts down on catastrophic malfunctions that could cause harm to others or your equipment.

RPAS Operating Rules:

  1. Follow the airspace rule for professional pilots.
  2. Do not fly over people unless it is part of your job and safety precautions have been taken.
  3. Yield the right of way to manned aircraft. People take priority over machines, remember that for safety’s sake.
  4. Keep your craft at or below 100 MPH. We’re not trying to go warp speed.
  5. Never control your drone from a moving vehicle.

The professional drone pilot is one of the fastest growing career paths because there are so many directions you could go with it. As long as you do your research, pick a reputable certification program, and follow the rules then you can be well on your way to literally changing how we see and experience the world around us.

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