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The City Drone Solution

So much of hiring and utilizing drones and capable pilots has centered around individual job hiring and deliverable. A client is looking for a shot of their property, or a production company needs an aerial guy for a particular shoot. The aerial operator shows up, unpacks their equipment, mentions (and proves if necessary) their legal authority to fly by way of 107 or 333, and off they go, moving the drone around to capture photo/video that will be later edited by someone.

This particular job hiring model may soon seem archaic in the near future.

The next step that drone operators and pilots must make is finding out how to prove that they have higher-level capabilities that can be performed redundantly. That can mean producing the identical position shot over and over again for a construction company, or by providing the same metadata around a shot that is being used for mapping and/or modeling purposes. A partnership with advanced software designed for this particular capability is crucial. has been working on this model recently to advance the technical expertise of our existing drone pilot database. Drone operators are busy keeping up with the new job requests they get, or competing in their region for advertising space, attracting the same and new clients. It’s difficult to have the time to stop and plan for a much larger contract.

We’d like to introduce the Site Spy integration

My leveraging our existing drone pilot database, along with customizing proven survey quality software, is creating new value that is attracting the interests of businesses and municipalities alike.

Imagine you’re a city in a place like Oklahoma. You have all 4 seasons, which means that you’re dealing with harsh winter and hot summers. You’ve got just about every major natural disaster with tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and major flooding. And, like any major municipality, your budget is always being adjusted to ensure that value is being added to the city and that members of the community feel like there are improvements being made.

There’s so many ways a municipality, city, or township, could help create a whole new analytical perspective to the city’s needs, while also physically showing the community that they are constantly making improvements.

The drone program ties into a custom ticketing system that can be used by all city employees. These can range from Public Works, to the Streets Department, Water, Police, Fire.

Yuneec-Q500-G_2-800x576A drone pilot under contract would be authorized to go to the location to report upon real-time events, or to deliver preliminary data of an infrastructure issue. A pared down version of this database would be available to the general public to gain better knowledge into real-time events in their city.

Furthermore, contractors hired by the city would be much easier to manage and near or at budget for their work. Rather than justifying large construction costs, our software would make it easy for departments to articulate real cost figures and ensure that the contractors understand that these must be met.

So get ready for the cities of the future. They’ll almost certainly have drones buzzing overhead.


Drone for Events: the advantage

2016 has shown us at that drones are here to stay. With numerous big events planned, hosted, and managed, we’ve seen drone events as a new way for folks to engage with people at trade shows, conferences, and even special private events. We’re excited for 2017 as we’ve already seen a host of conferences and trade shows interested in what we offer.

The difference is giving folks the actual hands-on experience flying and operating a drone at a conference or trade show. Traditional demos showcase drone technology in a cage. The new show is going to allow all users to perform functions on the drone. The next step is the fun part! We allow our users to compete with one another by way of fun racing cages, or in the form of head-to-head competitions, or even team competitions. It’s no surprise that the winning team can win none other than their own drone!

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in our skies, but the general public is still in awe of flying objects. Many people have never personally interacted with a drone. is hoping to give everyone an opportunity to understand the technology that will be a staple of the future in the skies above.


How to start a Drone Business

It’s been a while since we contributed valuable content to the drone world. With the FAA laws now making it easier for people to start a new drone business, we thought it was time to offer some valuable insight into our experience creating a drone business, as well as the trends we’ve seen at Hire UAV Pro in our more than 3 years in existence as one of the world’s largest drone marketplaces.

Have A Plan

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a plan as to what type of drone business it is you’re going to start. As with any business, you cannot be all things to everyone. It is easy to answer every question with “yes, we can do that”, but that doesn’t do you any good in developing a business that fills a specific purpose. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to stick to the vision you have for your drone business, but doing that will pay off big in the long run. Just look at the Drone Market Report for the industry growth by 2020.

Get Legal

Everyone at this point should know about the legal requirements to being a drone operator. But if not, you’ll want to know right away how and what you’ll need make your business legal to fly for commercial operations. You’ll want to get really comfortable with the FAA UAS website. You’ll need to prepare for testing yourself to get a part 107. You’ll need to get a MINIMUM (and I mean bare minimum. Many clients, especially automotive, will ask for much more) of $1 million in insurance coverage. You’ll want to have all your equipment registered with the FAA. Finally, it is a good idea to meet with a lawyer about how to structure and indemnify your business. They may not be an expert on all of the airspace requirements, but they can certainly help get you thinking in terms of protecting your business.

Now What?

Now comes the “fun” part. At this point you must build value into your equipment. A business typically has zero valuation if it’s only based upon assets. So just because you have a brand new drone, X5r, and a sweet editing computer doesn’t mean diddly without some clients paying you for your work. I put fun in “” because it is a challenge to start building clients. You must be humble. You must be willing to do free work. You must be passionate about shooting for the love of it and not to get paid. And, you must be creative. Too often in this industry I meet businesses that fail to think creatively and get passed by by smaller, more efficient, and more creative businesses. That is the age we live in. No longer do you need a mountainous business plan to start a business. You need to be willing to touch and create every corner of your business at first.

Lucky for you, people are always willing to help. Hire UAV Pro still puts our direct phone number to CEO Graham Hill on the mainpage, and he responds with regularity. The reason being? Hire UAV Pro is about the community, and the community being smart, being legal, and being creative creates a positive growth for everyone in the drone industry.

Hire UAV Pro Job Bidding

We’ve begun re-developing our Jobs Board, drawing from the comments and requests we’ve received over the past several months. These new implementations will allow registered drone operators to bid on jobs, get job location, receive nightly job board updates, and add additional information in their bid.

Creating the platform that is best-suited to be used by both companies hiring drone businesses as well as freelancers, drone pilots, businesses, or even larger drone companies is a difficult task, and one that we’ve done a pretty average job at so far. We realize that.

As the CEO of Hire UAV Pro, however, I’ve kept my personal phone line open to any and all comments, questions, and concerns. I am dedicated to making this an integral part of your business. I want to hear from you so I can immediately fix, update, or provide further instruction on any of your comments. Without you our job board and mainpage with our drone map would be useless.

We are seeing significant job growth on our website, which we share directly to those that sign-up. We’ve seen jobs posted by National Geographic, House Hunters, and The Discovery Channel. We’ve seen projects that last 2 hours and projects that last 4 months. Hire UAV Pro isn’t just a source of drone jobs: Hire UAV Pro is becoming an educational tool that allows you to compare your business with other professionals, and allows you to interact with real hiring managers that would otherwise not have access to you.

We at Hire UAV Pro appreciate your continued support of our mission – to ensure a professional drone industry now and into the future.

FAA Getting recommendations for more commercial drone flights

The FAA regulations have become an increasing problem for businesses trying to become “legal” drone operators in the United States. It is estimated that while some 4,000 businesses have a Section 333 another 14,000 have filed and are on a long waiting list to receive theirs.

That creates a big problem for drone operators and businesses looking to hire. Does an operator turn down work for a client while waiting for their 333? Does a business suspend their interest in hiring drone services until they have legal drone operators by FAA standards, or can they operate while their 333 is filed?

These are all too often questions that operators are being forced to answer on their own without losing their ability to have viability in their business. And the problem is only growing more complicated. However, news today hopefully will mean that more commercial drone operation will be allowed soon. Check out this article that was published today on CBS News regarding the state of the drone industry:

“The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial drone flights over populated areas, especially crowds. That ban frustrates a host of industries that want to take advantage of the technology.

“Every TV station in the country wants one, but they can’t be limited to flying in the middle of nowhere because there’s no news in the middle of nowhere,” said Jim Williams, a former head of FAA’s drone office who now advises the industry for Dentons, an international law firm.

Cellular network providers also want to loosen restrictions so drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, can inspect cell towers, which often are in urban areas. Amazon’s (AMZN) vision for package deliveries entails drones winging their way over city and suburban neighborhoods.

The AP obtained a copy of the recommendations, which were sent to the FAA late Friday. The agency is not bound by the recommendations and can make changes when it writes final rules.

The recommendations call for creating four categories of small drones that commercial operators can fly over people, including crowds in some cases.

The first category would weigh no more than about a half-pound. They essentially could fly unrestricted over people, including crowds. Drone makers would have to certify that if the drone hit someone, there would be no more than a 1 percent chance that the maximum force of the impact would cause a serious injury.

For the three other categories, the drones would have to fly at least 20 feet over the heads of people and keep a distance of at least 10 feet laterally from someone.

According to the recommendations:

–Drones in the second category are expected to be mostly small quadcopters — drones with multiple arms and propellers, and weighing 4 pounds to 5 pounds — but there is no weight limit. Flights over people, including crowds, would depend on the design and operating instructions. Manufacturers would have to demonstrate through testing that the chance of a serious injury was 1 percent or less.

–Drones in the third category could not fly over crowds or densely populated areas. These drones would be used for work in closed or restricted sites where the people that the drones fly over have permission from the drone operator to be present. Those people would be incidental to the drone operations and flights over them would be brief, rather than sustained. Manufacturers would have to show there was a 30 percent chance or less that a person would be seriously injured if struck by the drone at the maximum strength impact possible.

–Drones in the fourth category could have sustained flights over crowds. Working with the FAA and engaging the local community, the operator would have to develop a “congested area plan” showing how flight risks would be mitigated. As before, the risk of serious injury would have to be 30 percent or less. Safety tests would be more exacting, and the FAA would set a limit on how strong the drone’s maximum impact could be.

“The risks are nominal,” said Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition. “The reality is the technology would likely save lives rather than threaten them.”

The FAA announced the formation of the committee in February as a way to circumvent traditional federal rule-making procedures, which can take years. The committee was made up of 27 companies or trade associations, including drone manufacturers and companies that want to fly drones, as well as airline and private pilots, airports, crop-dusting companies and helicopter operators.

A last-minute disagreement nearly kept the committee from meeting the Friday deadline for the recommendations.

The Air Line Pilots Association and trade associations for the helicopter and crop-dusting industries wanted to require that all commercial drone operators pass an aviation knowledge test administered in person by the FAA and receive a background check from the Transportation Security Administration, according to an industry official familiar with the discussions.

Most committee members opposed requiring anything more than an online knowledge test. The matter was resolved by the inclusion of a dissent by those in favor of the FAA test and TSA clearance. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about internal discussions.

The FAA initially described the panel as a “micro” drone committee. The agency defines such drones as those weighing less than 4.4 pounds. But the committee decided not to set a weight limit for most of the categories.

That means it’s possible that any “small” drone, which the FAA defines as weighing less than 55 pounds, could win approval to fly over people if the drone met the safety criteria laid out in the recommendations. For example, a smaller drone that flies at higher speeds with fast-moving propellers may prove more of a risk than a heavier drone that flies more slowly and whose propellers don’t rotate as quickly.”