Not so long ago, the only things that flew in the skies were birds and airplanes. While birds were created with their natural flying ability, it took, and still takes, pilots years upon years of training to confidently take to the skies. But did you know that there are now bodies that are flying the skies while being remotely controlled by a pilot whose only qualification is passing a 60-question test? Enter drones, otherwise known as unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs) in aerospace lingual.
Aerobo Crew Working on a Drone
One man, Mr. Brian Streem, has created a business empire out of these drones. He is the CEO and founder of Aerobo, a drone service company. For an industry that is faced with changing regulations each waking day, Mr. Brian is clearly blazing the trail. Do not be fooled by its newness. This is a fast growing industry that is clearly set out to solve some very challenging problems.
Who is the clientele?
More people than you can count are in need of drone services. The entertainment industry is arguably the biggest client of the drone-as-a-service industry. It is no wonder Mr. Streem thought about the business while he was working as a freelance producer. While producing a movie, ad, sitcom or virtually any video-shot visual media you can think of, some scenes need to be taken from potentially dangerous, high, angles just to give you the perfect shot.
To get rid of all the cables, cranes, rigging and hazardous dangling by the camera crew, Mr. Streem came up with the drone. A drone would be able to take that shot while safely and remotely controlled from the ground if you mount a camera on it.
Real estate professionals and customers would also like to have an aerial 3D-view of a property before they can put it in the market or buy it respectively. Farmers want a fast and efficient way to do surveillance over their farms. Live shows are also a huge potential market for drones with the continued pushing of the limits of how animated and lively a show can be.
Recently, Aerobo put up a big show for Oreo as they performed the largest dunk at the New York Harbour for Oreo’s 105th birthday. Rumour has it that even the Department of Homeland Security is considering using drones for border patrol.
How does it work?
So how are these mini-sized flying objects able to hover in the skies and get you all the information that you need within a matter of minutes? It’s definitely not a man job. It takes a team of three to fly a drone. There is the pilot who is in charge of controlling and guiding the drone through the airspace. There is the spotter whose job is to look out for the pilot to ensure that his flight path is clear and the cameraman who ensures that the camera mounted on the drone captures exactly what they would want it to capture.
Challenges facing the drone business
It is evident that the drone-as-a-service business will soon be a multi-billion business. But even before it gets there, pioneers like Aerobo have to deal with some hurdles. To start with, regulation is not very firm around this industry. Airspace is still a very protected territory hence drone operators have to contend with changing regulations every day. In fact, even before going forward too much into changing rules, it is worth to note that in some areas, drones are not even allowed to fly.
Despite being based in New York City, for instance, Aerobo is not authorized to fly in this space due to the proximity to numerous buildings, residents, and airports. Then there is the source of frustration for pilots who must fly in a space remotely. As if it is not hard enough that this technology is relatively new, they have to contend with learning how to use it effectively without experiencing the routes that they are flying through.