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How Are Drones Being Used for Businesses?

The following is a snippet from our Drones in Construction course.

Drones are being used in a growing number of industries. Here are a few short examples of how you can use drones to enhance your business.

  1. Agriculture: An IR (Infra-Red) camera can sense plant health to determine the onset of a disease that is undetectable to the naked eye. The UAV use could save upwards of $125,000 in pesticide use for a whole field (one application) by containing the disease early on.
  2. Utility: Provide inspection services in the fraction of the time it takes a crew of 2 to do the same work in one 8-hour day. Saving upwards of $1800/day. There would be multiple crews performing inspections where the UAV could do it in one day.
  3. GIS: A survey crew (2@ $180/hour) would take 8 hours ($1440) to set multiple ground control points for an 8-acre parcel that the UAV could map in 1 hour, with greater precision. The larger the location, the higher the cost for a 2-person crew to set GCP. One day of surveying is equal to 1 hour of drone mapping and surveying.
  4. Construction: How long would it take to measure every corner on the outside of a home being built? Every window and door opening, just for starters? You could fly the UAV and map the dwelling in 1 hour to post process in your office later with millimeter accuracy. Have a custom home you're showcasing and want to sell your services better? Use the UAV for cinematic exposure of your work, using still images and video elements. It captures the creative mind of those looking to buy and engages them to reach out to your company which can accelerate sales.
  5. ExcavationHoles dug, dirt moved. How much?  Map the site in less than an hour and determine how many cubic meters were added or removed. Pre-map the site before excavation is ever performed to see where the dirt needs to be moved and placed. Depending on your flight overlap, you could get your measurements down to one inch or less.

These are just a few examples of how a UAV could benefit a business or industry. There’s only one limitation, and that's your creativity to engage this technology in your business application.

Sometimes training exclusively on a system isn’t possible and once a UAV mishap happens, costs go up by replacing technology and expected savings on the anticipated use of technology goes down. Planning becomes harder with unknowns. This is why hiring a UAV company can save time, money and provide the expected outcome more quickly.



All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register your aircraft
Step 2: Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.


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