Is the job of the future the Drone Pilot?
2GB interviews Global Drone Solutions CEO Mahmood Hussein on the emerging trend for jobs of the future to be sky-high.
Drones. Literally, they’re everywhere. Whether it’s zipping through the skies, performing aerial acrobatics indoors, or lovingly stalking you from a user-defined distance, there’s no escaping them. And thanks to a rapidly evolving technology base and consumer interest that’s steadily on the rise, it looks as if drones are poised to dominate both the air and the airwaves for years to come. If you’re one of the many people interested in joining the drone revolution, now’s a great time to do so. With so many options available to consumers, getting your drone’s pilot license has never been easier.
But where to start?
Drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many with different performance features and at varying costs. For the uninitiated, all of these options can seem a little intimidating. To help get you into the air, we’ve compiled a list of useful tips that will make your transition from novice pilot to experienced sky captain a less turbulent one.
So you want a drone job …and what is wrong with that? Well, nothing.
Here is a fairly common scenario.
Pilot Pete has done the training and has a shiny set of drone wings that will let him take on the skies as an RPA or drone pilot. Excellent, because his Uncle Joe will pay him to photograph the golf course he manages and a friend of a friend wants him to do some real estate photography. Life is good.
Except one thing is missing. Pete is now running a business and the business of business is to remain afloat (if you don’t know what trading insolvent means then keep reading), work within the rules and regulations, pay its taxes, provide the service that is advertised and keep records of all financial activities for tax, accounting and auditing purposes. Pete is also in a regulated industry so he will have a stack of things to keep on top of with regard to the local aviation regulations. If he want’s real contracts and decent ongoing work, he will need these things.
As you begin your RPA or drone licence pathway, have you also thought about what it takes to run your business?
Global Drone Solutions featured in this Channel 9 Today Show story on drone laws
Drone pilots are reportedly earning as much as, or even more than, regular aircraft pilots for operating in northern WA’s mining, oil, and gas sectors.
Mahmood Hussein, Global Drone Solutions’ CEO, said drone pilots with two years of experience earned an average of $110,000 a year, around the same as commercial aircraft pilots, WA Today reports.
With experts predicting many jobs will be obsolete within the next decade due to the technology revolution, drones — and the demand for drone pilots — emerged as a key growth industry.
A recent report, New Work Order, revealed 70 per cent of people entering the workforce today are working in industries that will soon be drastically affected by the use of robots.