The idea of an ideal job might be different for each one of us; some might like flexible hours, some people want self-employment, or a full-time job. Thanks to the advancement in technology, which has made our lives easier and one such blessing of technology is UAVs(unmanned aerial vehicles) and due to it’s vast usage in different sectors, the demand for more drone pilots are at a surge which means, from a mere hobby it can be escalated to a full-time occupation.
Drones are widely being used for various utilities where drone pilots inspect power lines, telephone towers, wind turbines, mining where it is used to measure stockpiles of minerals, food and package delivery, etc. Recent government projects involve UAVs for accessing disaster situations or locating victims of natural disaster, inspection of railways and dealing with illegal mining. According to data provided by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India tops the list of drone-importing nations with 22.5% of the world’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) imports. With such advancements the job market has opened doors for pilots as well as engineers and developers.
To become a certified drone pilot, you must be minimum 18 years of age and must have passed class 10 along with a formal drone piloting training at DGCA (Directorate General Of Civil Aviation) approved Flying Training Organisation (FTO).
Along with such formal training, the pilot must be aware of the basis of flying: assess the weather, wind speed and other mechanics.
Suppose the pilot is using the drone for filmmaking, he should be familiar with the different types of shots, montages, angles, lighting and other works.
Drones have been classified according to their sizes:
Nano (up to 250gm)
Large (anything above 150kg)
All of these apart from nano needs to be registered by the pilot on the digital sky platform. The pilot also requires UA Operator’s permit which would cost around 25,000 rupees.
INSTITUTES PROVIDING TRAINING:
There are several well-known government approved institutes which provide you with skills, knowledge and formal training required for being a certified drone pilot. Some of them are listed below:
1. Bombay Flying Club- Located in Mumbai, The Bombay Flying Club is the first DGCA approved Drone training school. It has been operational since 1928 and has trained India’s first commercial pilot’s license holder, Shri JRD Tata.
On an average a freelancer has higher income than a full-time employee. Most revenue comes through ad shooting and wedding photography. DGCA is coming up with various innovative ideas and new opportunities in the field of UAVs under the leadership of Sh. Amber ji Dubey. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad. Under Ministry of Civil Aviation, he looks after digital innovation, IT, skill development and job growth.
There are various start-ups joining the industry. Start-up raised around 1,21,40,40,096 rupees from 2014-2018. Start-up ideas could include things like, giving a business approach to drones being used for agriculture, security services, drones manufacturing, photography, constructions, etc.
To be honest, flying drones are no more a mere hobby but can conveniently be converted to an occupation. Average salary of a drone pilot can range from 25,000 rupees to 50,000 rupees per month. UAVs have successfully decreased a huge amount of man labour. Since drones are not only useable but also efficient and helpful when compared to manual and traditional way of working, their demands are increasing in the upcoming years henceforth, the industry will only flourish with time.