Make MORE Money as a Commercial Drone Pilot (Part Two)

by coptrz on April 13, 2016

We’ve already seen a handful of ways you can make money as a commercial drone pilot from Part one, but we bet that’s only just whet your appetite – you want more, right? Right!

That’s the beauty of becoming a commercial drone pilot: the world is yours, as industries are expanding and the potential uses of drones grows exponentially. Once you’ve got your commercial drone pilot license, it’s up to you which  sectors you’d like to target. The fantastic thing about being ‘a pilot and his drone’ is the flexible business model you can develop: as new sectors open up to the idea of using drones for their business, you can take advantage of the money-making possibilities with ease.

Let’s take a look at more ways you can make money with your drone…

Event Photography and Filming

Ever wondered how festivals get those swooping shots of the crowds and bands performing on stage? Traditionally this was the work of expensive and space-consuming cranes – but now drones have taken over.

There are some restrictions on event filming, which differ depending on the location of the event, but it’s still a valuable service to offer. Just make sure you have the right insurance – you don’t want a drone falling onto a festival-goers head!

News Reporting

Drone footage is now the go-to of all major TV news channels and newspapers. If you’re in the right place, at the right time, you can make considerable cash from selling your drone photography and films of the latest newsworthy incident. Just make sure that you have the right public permissions before selling any footage: if you’ve taken the photos in a public place, you’re fine. If it’s on private property, you may need to check what you can and cannot provide to the media.

Make Your Own YouTube Channel

It’s not all about working for other people! And in fact, this is a great way to continue to supplement your drone portfolio and make some extra cash while advertising your services.

A YouTube channel full of your drone footage is a great way to spread the word about drones, but using it to generate additional revenue is a little move of marketing smarts that could make you some serious cash. It takes a while to build the audience to get paid from YouTube, but if you put in the work and create a regular fresh feed of content you’ll soon see your views and subscriber audience growing along with your bank balance.

Engineering Inspections

You don’t have to be an engineer to provide detailed information for companies who need to review, repair, and maintain their structures and services. As long as you’re qualified to fly a drone, you can offer your services to anyone – and this includes utility companies who need to inspect wind turbines and high voltage power lines; rail providers inspecting the tracks; construction companies reviewing new build progress or assessing structural problems.

The list really does go on and on! It’s all up to your imagination as to who you sell your drone pilot services to. Just remember to make sure your qualifications are up-to-date and that you have suitable public liability insurance, and you’re good to go!

COPTRZ work with hand-picked drone pilot training providers to help you become a CAA qualified drone pilot. If you’re interested in finding out more, email us at and one of our team will help you choose the best training path to set you on your way!

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