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    commercial drone license.

    anyone know what the demand is like for drone pilots, what the work/salary is like and where's the best place to start. thanks

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    call amazon

    Outside a prison is a good place to start. Good money too.
    Edited by: "skidderbrown" 18th Jan

    I'm guessing it is a fairly niche market. Perhaps see if you can find a relevant forum related to commercial drones.

    try the bbc?

    I think it will be only a decade or so before AI will control them.

    like mentioned all the media outlets use them like bbc etc but they contract out so would be difficult to get in with them.
    I know a lot of wedding photographers hire drone operators now but wether you'll get any real money out of that is a risk.
    It's quite expensive to to get to commercial level also last time I looked it was £3000+ for the various courses.

    Just completed my Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Qualification from Whispercam This qualification is recognised by the Civil Aviation Authority and is the best place to start if you're serious. The cost was around £1100 to include the course, exams and application fee to the CAA for the Permission for Commercial Operations.

    Edited by: "ChrisKaru" 18th Jan

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    ChrisKaru

    Just completed my Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Qualification from Whispercam … Just completed my Unmanned Aircraft Pilot Qualification from Whispercam This qualification is recognised by the Civil Aviation Authority and is the best place to start if you're serious. The cost was around £1100 to include the course, exams and application fee to the CAA for the Permission for Commercial Operations.



    ​did that include material for reading up aviation regulations?

    kester76

    I think it will be only a decade or so before AI will control them.



    Drones have had telemetric and autopilot capabilities for ages.
    Only issue is regulations means your not supposed to have them unmanned.
    Hell with a little skill and effort you can make a completely programmable with autopilot drone for a few hundred quid.

    How did you think Amazon drone delivery was going to work?
    Someone controlling each drone for the duration of the delivery?

    joedastudd

    :|Drones have had telemetric and autopilot capabilities for ages.Only … :|Drones have had telemetric and autopilot capabilities for ages.Only issue is regulations means your not supposed to have them unmanned.Hell with a little skill and effort you can make a completely programmable with autopilot drone for a few hundred quid.How did you think Amazon drone delivery was going to work?Someone controlling each drone for the duration of the delivery?


    AI and automation are very different things. I think the term fly-by-wire would possibly be more appropriate.

    joedastudd

    :|Drones have had telemetric and autopilot capabilities for ages.Only … :|Drones have had telemetric and autopilot capabilities for ages.Only issue is regulations means your not supposed to have them unmanned.Hell with a little skill and effort you can make a completely programmable with autopilot drone for a few hundred quid.How did you think Amazon drone delivery was going to work?Someone controlling each drone for the duration of the delivery?



    AI is different. AI means the drones send their telemetric data back to a main server so it can learn from its mistakes, finding quicker routes and working on solutions quicker. Only reason for a human operator is to make people feel safer that it has some intelligence behind it. Once the public is happy with the idea of AI controlling drones then why would you need a human operator except if something was flagged up ?
    I listened to an interesting program on the radio on how they were working out how birds flocked ( Murmuration ). As flight paths clog up they will need this sort of tech to swarm towards destination to prevent gridlocking the sky.


    RabS1

    ​did that include material for reading up aviation regulations?



    Yes it did.

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    ChrisKaru

    Yes it did.



    ​excellent mate, thanks.
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