Why training pays if you want to be a professional drone operator.
Whether you’re reinventing your business or adding to your skill set, drones have become an innovative and exciting way to add to your business services and opportunities. From drone photography of your client’s big day to showcasing real estate properties, drones bring so many advantages to the commercial space.
But, as you are probably aware, flying a drone commercially requires much more time, energy, and investment than doing so as a hobby. To fly a drone commercially (and legally) in South Africa, you need proper accreditation and SACAA compliant training to get you there. Besides staying on the right side of the law, there are a number of reasons for undergoing professional training if you plan to be a professional drone operator.
Reasons to get trained for drone flying
1. Using your drone’s full potential
Return to home function? Change features whilst in flight? Extend battery power for longer-than-usual flights? While you might understand the basics of flying a drone, advances in technology and the latest upgrades and accessories offer operators the chance to get so much more out of their drone experience than ever before. And the same goes for your client when they see the final product.
2. Learning as much as possible about safety
Set-up, calibration, flight etiquette, regulations.... the list of elements that could mean the difference between a safe and scary drone experience is long and detailed. A good training course will place a premium on safe flight, helping to ensure you not only protect your investment but the lives and property of those around you as well.
3. Keeping it professional
Drone training is about more than learning how to fly your drone (though that’s a major part of what goes on). It’s about understanding the context in which you will be flying – the likelihood is that it won’t just be you and your drone out there. If you want to develop and maintain a professional reputation (as well as ensuring the highest of safety and quality standards), you need professional training. A thorough training course will cover context, environment, rules for interactions with other pilots, as well as the legal requirements for commercial flight.
4. Boosting your reputation
As with most regulated industries, clients are becoming more aware of the importance of property certification when it comes to operations such as commercial drone flights. Proper training that leads to official certification can bolster your company’s reputation as most clients prefer to work with an operator that has been properly trained and knows what they are doing.
5. Engaging with others
Training with others around a topic you are all interested in gives you a great opportunity to network and connect with like-minded individuals. Building personal relationships can be good for business, in terms of referrals, leads, and simply some support from those in the know.
Whatever your business, we are experienced across a wide range of industries and are SACCA accredited and compliant. We use the latest in aerial capture technology and work with only the best trainers and operators (you can see a list of our courses here). Plus, if you sign up as one of our Aerial Media partners, you will be able to promote and re-sell legally procured aerial media as well as fly under our managed Remote Operating Certificate.