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.

 

ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

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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4 Ways to Use (& Potentially Use) Drones for Construction

The following is a snippet from our Drones in Construction course. This course is approved for continuing education in multiple states.
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SITE MONITORING

Monitor job site progress. Drones can be used to remotely monitor job site progress to make sure things are on track and to create immediate, real-time changes or adjustments as needed. The footage can be sent in real time to clients, investors and lead persons on the job. Architects and engineers can gain immediate access to the job site on screen, rather than having to make the trip out.

Measure stockpiles/excavations. Catch major and minor deviations. Computer technology can compare what's on the plans to what's happening in real life. Images from the drones can be fed through specific software to compare it with the plans. This type of surveillance can show you if walls are misaligned or if a window is missing or installed in the wrong place, for example.

JOB SAFETY

Increasing job site safety. Your drone surveillance can show you whether or not your workers are using best practices - regardless of whether management or an OSHA safety inspector is on site. You can correct these behaviors immediately and workers will be more apt to use best practices when they know they are being watched. The drones can also access dangerous or hard-to-reach areas, such as an unfinished roof, allowing inspectors or specialists to assess a particular challenge or issue, and make recommendations for changes, or improvements without putting themselves at risk.

Reduce the amount of high-risk work performed by humans. Currently, only smaller hobby-type crafts - mostly good for video and photo only - are allowed to be used in any type of construction site monitoring capacity. However, as legislation
continues to address the needs and wants of the public, larger drones - even with permits - will become the norm. These drones will have nanobot technology, allowing high-risk work to be done by the drone, rather than humans, further enhancing job site safety conditions.

A recent article in Construction Executive states, "drones show potential to aid job site safety and efficiency." And, a similar article on siemens.com is titled, "Need Construction Site Surveillance? Hire a drone." We can see it now, once the legalities have been worked out, construction sites will have large signs saying, "Warning: This job site is monitored by drones with cameras.” In most cases, construction companies contract out for drone work, however, they can certainly become an in-house operation as well with the right training and resources.

THEFT REDUCTION

Reduce construction theft. We half-joked that construction sites may soon post signage announcing they are surveilled by drones. However, this type of surveillance could drastically reduce construction theft. In addition to preventing in-house theft, occasional fly-bys of vacant sites can deter vandalism, theft or loiterers from placing your job site on their rotation.

MOVE MATERIALS

This may be a stretch, but someday drones could be used to transport materials. If drones could transport materials from one side of the job site to the other, there will be less manual labor needed from the workers. This would be especially helpful in the hard to reach areas, where workers might have trouble moving materials with ease. The weight of the objects being transported would be an issue, though, depending on the size and power of the drone being used. Another issue would be how they would pick up the materials- manually attached by a human or mechanically with a claw or net.

 
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Lockheed Martin Destroys Drones with Lasers in Weapons Demo

Lockheed Martin recently released a video of its latest laser weapons test. The laser was fired from the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA, a prototype powered by a Rolls-Royce turbogenerator.

Tests were conducted on five Outlaw drones by Lockheed and the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command. Outlaws are commonly used for target practice and training in the United States military. The laser destroys the drones by hitting their fuel source and causing an explosion on board.

Lasers are especially useful for military as they are able to cause confusion and chaos without giving away their position. While this technology may seem new, the U.S. military shot down a drone with a laser back in 1973.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS? 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.
  1. Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
  2. Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
  3. Pass a TSA background check
  4. File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.
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Why Use Drones in Solar and Wind Plants

Imagine rappelling down the side of a 250 to 400 foot-tall wind turbine for inspections. Next, you must inspect each 150-foot long blade. Better hope it's not windy. Drones are being used as a safer, faster alternative to human inspection at wind farms worldwide. A drone pilot, on the ground, can inspect windmills with as much, if not more, accuracy than a human swaying from a rope 400 feet in the air. As a bonus, drone inspections provide recorded footage of the structures for comparison in years to come.

Drones are even more useful at solar farms because the naked eye cannot detect damage to solar panels. Instead, 20% of each plant is scanned with an infrared camera every year. Clearly, a 20% scan only gives solar farms an idea of how their panels are holding up. Drones can be used to scan an entire solar farm several times each year for the same or less cost and time than a handheld thermal camera.


ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

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 any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
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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Drones Give Hospice Patients One Last Look

A Cleveland hospice center has started working with Tom Davis, the owner of Aerial Anthropology to provide patients with a final trip. Aerial Anthropology will send a drone to the location of the patient's choice and relay a real-time view. One man decided to use the drone to fly over his former neighborhood, job site and church. Another woman decided to get a final view of the lake her family had been visiting for generations.

The idea came to Tom when the daughter of a friend became so sick she was not able to leave the house. Davis planned to use the drone to take the child on a tour of her favorite places but luckily she recovered before the flight.  Tom decided his idea would be more beneficial for individuals who will not recover, giving them a temporary reprise from their confinement.  The program has been a huge success in Cleveland. Before the program began patients often asked hospice workers to drive them by landmarks that hold importance and sentimental value.

Tom Davis hopes to expand the program nationwide.


 

ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

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 any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
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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Flying Drones, Out of Sight

Much to the dismay of many drone pilots, current laws require them to keep their drones within their line of sight. A team of researchers are currently working to change that.

The proposed plan would create a network of receivers that would establish a wide-area network, connecting devices that are far apart.  This network would be able to track drone activity at lower altitudes. The main reason for this change is to allow for quicker and safer cleanup after disasters, aid in search and rescue missions, and mapping for better data on droughts.

The first network will be in North Dakota with an end goal of expanding across the United States.  This change will have far reaching effects for many commercial drone businesses, especially the drone delivery business.

Eventually the drone network will allow recreational users to fly their drones farther as well.  As drone users gain the ability to fly their drones farther and with less impediment it is likely that the FAA begins enforcing stricter guidelines for drone pilots. Be prepared by passing the FAA Remote pilot in Command Certification exam.

For more information about drone testing, exam prep, and education visit our website, call 1-800-727-7104 or email info@traininginstitutesedu.com.

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New Ultra-Industrial Drone Announced

Drones are increasingly being used in commercial markets.  DJI recently released their most industrial model, meant for use on search and rescue missions, bridge inspections, cell tower inspections, and everything else. The new model has an upward facing camera specifically for bridge inspections and a front-facing camera which streams to the pilot constantly.  The new model, M200, also has an ADS-B receiver that alerts the pilot when other aircrafts come into range so the pilot can take evasive measures.

The M200 is set to start shipping in the second quarter of this year but no price has been released yet.  As drones continue to gain popularity in commercial markets it will be ever more important for businesses to stay on top of the required testing and education necessary to use them effectively.

For more information about drone testing, exam prep, and education visit our website, call 1-800-727-7104 or email info@traininginstitutesedu.com.

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UAS Sighting Reports

An associate of mine recently sent me a list of UAS sightings by manned aircraft and it astounded me. As a licensed private pilot and commercial drone operator I have an understanding of the negative consequences associated with reckless drone flight.

I remember my one “close call” while flying a Cessna 172 Skyhawk G1000. I was on my second solo cross country flight. I was on short final for an uncontrolled airport in Northern Michigan. This was the first airport that I would be doing a touch and go on before heading out on the second leg of my flight. It was a clear day and I had a 3-knot headwind. It was a perfect day for flying. I was about 300ft AGL when a bird struck the windshield of the aircraft. As a very green pilot this shook me up a bit. It was just a little blackbird and did not damage the Cessna whatsoever but it did cause me to lose my concentration. Being the overly cautious person that I am I immediately increased throttle and announced to airport traffic that I would be going around.

This experience taught me a lot and after reading these reports made me think. What if that blackbird was a UAS? What would have been the consequences? If the drone hit the prop most likely it would have been shredded and thrown plastic shrapnel back at the windshield of the little Cessna. If it missed the prop and hit the windshield it would have probably cracked if not broken the windshield. If the drone was big enough it could even damage the aircraft and having a green pilot behind the yoke it could be disastrous.

I want to urge everyone who picks up a controller to a UAS; take the time to research the rules and regulations. Use the tools the FAA gives you to learn what you can and can’t do with your new drone. Educate yourself and think of the drone as a dangerous piece of equipment that can cause serious damage. If used recklessly it can injure or kill.

Good luck and keep on flying.

If you are interested in becoming a commercial drone pilot please visit our website, call 800-727-7104 or email info@traininginstitutesedu.com

 

 

 

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Drone Crashes Through 27th Floor Window

A Manhattan woman got unpleasant surprise this week when a GoPro drone crashed through her 27th floor window into her living room, landing just four feet away from her.  It is illegal to fly drones anywhere in the city aside from a few designated parks in the outer-boroughs.  The pilot will likely be easy to find since drones are tracked through the FAA registry or the serial number found within the battery casing.

The FAA has issued fines up to $200,000 for flying drones in violation of FAA regulations in New York.  The best way to avoid fines and property damage is to follow FAA guidelines directly by passing the FAA Small Unmanned Aerial Systems test and learning the relevant air codes.

Certified Training Institute offers exam prep to help individuals pass the FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems test the first time, as well as, individual classes to aid in the use of drones for recreation, construction, or real estate.

If you have any questions about drone licensing, please call 1-800-727-7104 or email info@traininginstitutesedu.com

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Drones for Construction

How are drones used in construction?

Drones can do the job of manned aircrafts and human surveyors but they collect data more accurately than either. This allows construction crews to work quicker with less wasted time and product. Technology companies are currently working to perfect software that will enable contractors to turn the data collected by drones into 3D structural models and topographical maps.

What are the requirements for drone use?

Companies using a drone for commercial purposes must have an employee who has passed their FAA Remote Pilot Test. This test will ensure drone pilots understand flight dynamics,  how to accommodate for weather, and sUAS flight operations.  Certified Training Institute offers an FAA Exam Prep Course to ensure individuals are able to pass the exam on their first attempt.

Where can I find drones in construction courses?

Companies can start using their drone for construction as soon as they have passed the FAA Remote Pilot Test.  However, Certified Training Institute has created a 4 hour Drones in Construction video class to teach the user how to most effectively utilize drones with the added bonus of counting as 4 hours of continuing education in Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon.

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