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How to Become a Commercial Drone Pilot

June 5, 2018

Are you interested in becoming a commercial drone pilot?

Being a commercial drone pilot takes effort, although it may be easier than you might think. The drone industry is booming right now, especially for small businesses. Drone footage can really boost sales, and will especially increase views if commercials or ads that are run online.

If you want to learn how to fly a drone in a commercial setting, read on.

How to Become a Commercial Drone Pilot

What Are the Requirements?

You need to meet several requirements before you’re legally allowed to apply to be a commercial drone pilot. However, they are quite simple to meet:

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Must pass the process of TSA vetting
  • Must be able to pass an aeronautical test that is FAA-approved

The TSA vetting process is one that exists to ensure all drone pilots are capable of safely controlling their device. The entire screening process can take up to 8 weeks, though an actual certification will usually take up to 7 days. This process will ensure that you’re ready to fly a commercial drone.

Study and Pass Your Assessments

FAA assessments of your abilities can be tested via an online test. You can get more information on how to pass the test from the Federal Avian Administration and you must complete this step in order to legally fly a commercial drone.

Fun fact: you’ll be completing the same material that plenty of professional aircraft pilots complete!

Find the Best Equipment

In order to find yourself business, you’re going to need to search for the absolute best drone equipment.

However, you’ll need to consider a few aspects of your abilities. If you are more of a freelance drone operator, you may want to start within the spectrum of adequately priced drones. Purchasing something too expensive may make it difficult for you to get off the ground (no pun intended). Purchasing something too cheap could end up giving you a hard time finding the right kind of work. By considering your options, you can narrow down exactly what you need to get started.

Register and Upkeep Your Gear and Qualifications

As with any license, you’ll need to register your equipment, stay safe, and regularly update your qualifications. You must complete and pass an aeronautical knowledge test every 2 years.

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Contact us today, and we can get you started on flying commercial drones in no time!

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