Here's how to find a good drone pilot

Companies have been promising us endless interesting uses for drones. Think Amazon’s delivery drones, Google’s delivery drones, Flirtey’s delivery drones, or, if you’re daring, Rio Tinto’s maintenance drones.

But sadly, the reality is that drones still are little more than flying cameras. Here’s a breakdown of leading uses in Australia.

But let’s say you want to book a drone for your special day — how do you know who to hire?

Operating a flying camera competently is not like driving an RC car, and this is before you start processing the camera data into images, videos, 3d models or whatever else the client may need.

“There’s the act of actually flying the drone and then also the processing of the data that comes out of the drone, which is at least half of the equation” says Ollie Roberts, director of Australian drone marketplace ArcadiaSky.

“The differentiators are the experience of the operator; the ability to take the data out of the drone and put that together into a useable output.”

So Roberts established ArcardiaSky as a way for pilots to market their skills.

ArcadiaSky recently expanded its business to the United States.

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