A Drone Study Guide for Your New Year’s Resolution
Recommendations for everyone, from the true beginner to the experienced pilot
The new year is a great time to invest in yourself and improve your skills. Whether you just got your first drone for Christmas or you’re a commercial drone pilot looking to elevate your business in 2017, we have a few resources to recommend to help you get a head start on your new year’s resolution.
For the Brand New Drone Pilot
Today’s prosumer drones are very easy to fly, but when you open up the box for the first time, it can still be tough to know where to start. That’s why we created our “Zero to Hero” video series. Nine bite-sized videos take you from the very beginning — unboxing your new drone — and walk you step-by-step through assembling your drone, using the DJI Go app, and making high quality maps and 3D models with DroneDeploy. If you’re new to drones, it’s a great place to start.
Learn the Basics of Mapping
Comfortable with manually flying your drone but want to get started with mapping? We recommend our Beginner Drone Clinic webinar. Compared to the Zero to Hero video series, it skips some of the basics of drone set-up, covers much more detailed tips for drone mapping, and includes a Q&A session. Watch the recorded webinar or sign up for our next live clinic on January 19.
Level Up Your Skills
Want to go beyond the basics and master skills that will enable you to tackle more complex mapping projects? We suggest you check out our Intermediate Drone Clinic. In it, you’ll learn best practices for mapping large or remote areas, improving the quality of 3D models, making accurate volume measurements and much more. Watch the recorded webinar or sign up for our next live clinic in February (registration link coming soon!).
Thinking about flying for hire this year? You’ll need to get certified. In the United States, flying a drone for commercial purposes requires a Part 107 certificate from the FAA, and many other countries including Canada and Australia have similar regulations. Fortunately, with a bit of study, you too can join the tens of thousands of remote pilots already certified under Part 107. Check out our guide to Part 107 certification for an overview of what to expect from the certification test and recommendations on how to prepare.
Scale Your Business
Already launched your drone business, but wondering how you can take it to new heights in 2017? Check out our recent webinar, Scaling Drone Operations, for a wealth of actionable tips. Landon Phillips, COO of DataWing Global, a nationwide drone services network, shares his experience from growing the DataWing team and shares best practices that can help any size drone business operate more efficiently.
Happy mapping and happy New Year!