So, I'm thinking of buying a drone and doing a few projects with it, and building up my expertise so that whenever the US starts spraying fields with drones like Japan is (much more efficient, and thorough application, for far less money) I can put 'Expert Drone Pilot' on my resume. My original plan was to make some of the cost back with aerial photography, but the laws are somewhat up in the air right now: the FAA has fined someone for commercial use of a drone, but that was thrown out in court as they were enforcing regulations that don't, actually, exist. For the moment, there is no regulation on drone usage, besides the old rules that pertain to model airplanes (no flying near airports or military bases, primarily).
Should I do this? It would be a big investment ($1400 for the one I want), but I tend to think that it is unlikely that the US will buck the rest of the world and make commercial usage of drones illegal. And becoming a drone expert is still much cheaper than going back to school for an associates in Greenhouse Management or something (most of that would be review, but hell, I need something to get a job after 4 years of no steady work).
What do you guys think? I have a huge list of 'firsts' I can film from a drone, and I think that it would be a fun and doable project. The drone I am looking at takes lovely 14mp raw images and stunning 1080p video, on a three axis gimbal. I want your opinion in particular +Bill Pusztai
, as we have discussed the possibility of going crazy as an artist until the economy pulls out of the latrine hole it's in.http://motherboard.vice.com/read/commercial-drones-are-completely-legal-a-federal-judge-ruled