Can you REALLY make £65,000 as a Drone Pilot? | Mr MPW

There are lots of Drone Training Companies in the industry; particularly in the UK who it seems are ‘Selling the Dream’ of becoming a VERY well paid commercial drone operator… But, is it possible to earn the kind of amounts which some of these Drone Training Schools are telling people or is it just a lot of hot air?

In today’s video, we dive on in and take a look…

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  1. Davy Mac on August 17, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Makes me appreciate my job as an aircraft engineer pulling in 37k if I’m honest but I’m actually interested in getting into this industry as something I can do alongside my current job.

  2. Echo Alfa Ltd on August 17, 2020 at 9:14 am

    He speaks! Glad you’ve got your voice back! Does this mean you’ll be back on the beers for next week? Good to see another video telling it like it is, no doubt this will irk some of your competition 😆

  3. andrew maudsley on August 17, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Wonder how much people make dropping drugs in prisons, plus you know they be registered, need to be registered lol

  4. Peter Davies on August 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Great Video thanks!

  5. Michael Sharp on August 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Wow! Why not just become an MP? (85,000 +) no stress, no expertise, just be dumb, easy. Yeah?.

  6. LeoFPV on August 17, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Welcome back mate!

  7. Zephyr Aerial Films on August 17, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Great video again bud! Glad your feeling ok!

  8. Alex the Brewmage on August 17, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Good to have you back!
    The job availablity here in the UK is definitely pushing me to get better and learn as much as I can drone wise. I thought I could have a day job and do this on the side but there just aren’t any jobs around currently so I put all my energy into getting better at flying and taking pictures.

  9. PHowarthPhotography on August 17, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Wow…Fantastic reality check!!! Impressed!

  10. DTM S on August 17, 2020 at 9:31 am


  11. TetleyK on August 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Thanks Matt. Topical as usual, looking forward to the A2 CofC videos.

  12. F G on August 17, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Moving to the UK in the next months and would love to continue doing assignments with my drone. I am mainly into drone photography and built a portfolio of the place I currently live which is Malta. A good composition and editing is crucial but these days everybody with a camera thinks he is a photographer. Will follow this channel to learn more about the laws in the UK and how to get the right license and find people to work with in the future.

  13. Robin FPV on August 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I can’t believe I’ve already wasted for years studying to become a psychologist when I could have just done a PFCO and got a Mavic 2

  14. Andyxeno on August 17, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Great video, as someone with no drone experience & considering venturing into using drones to make a living i appreciate your candor (subscribed 😉 )

  15. Lewis Steeper on August 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

    One of the reasons I stopped teaching the PFCO courses with an NQE was seeing folks coming through the courses with Mavics, even sparks with a vision of dominating the drone industry and sadly get their qualifications and then struggle to earn a single penny and some had quit full time jobs to do this. You are absolutely correct, in finding a niche, the smaller "common" markets are flooded with newly qualified operators, who compete against each other for a race to the lowest price just for "any work".

    I started a UAV business 5 years ago, on my own, whilst still in full time employment (55k). Two years ago, I went full time drone and now have 3 pilots doing fairly well income wise (self employed) but it all boils down, as said above and by yourself, finding a niche.

    A word of advice to anyone looking to join the drone industry, please please do not quit full time jobs to follow the dream, its something to build up slowly, gain client respect and confidence in your operations and it will come to you.

    Keep up the good work Matt.

  16. Anthony Harrison on August 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

    FFS! £65 k is really rubbish … the going day rate for a Xamarin (app) developer) is £700 to £750 a day in London … didn’t you fly in the RAF? FFS!

  17. Terrestrial Reconnaissance on August 17, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Welcome back Matt. Sound advice, as usual, there is lots of sound advice that you have already produced many useful YouTube presentations. Building a new business is very hard work and in my personal experience, is all about networking – on top of investment in training, qualifications, and equipment. Rgds William.

  18. Old Fart with a Gopro on August 17, 2020 at 9:53 am

    knowledge is important too. You need to be an expert in photography and editing, not just having good gear.

  19. James Moore on August 17, 2020 at 9:53 am

    people watching to many "i make £2k a day with my drone". I brought a p4 pro v2 a year ago and has sat in box for 8 months due to working. Will learn more soon and a course. Would be happy to cover rent or mortgage a month. As im SIA badged for cctv ect more looking to do photos of houses for sale or events, as well as security patrols etc and maybe later search and rescue. Got a lot of links for doing photos and videos of building sites as well

  20. Phantom and the Drone on August 17, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Train driver…67 grand pa for a 4 day week!! That leaves 3 days for flying drones…🤫
    As for just being a drone pilot?? I guess if you worked inside a company like network rail or the national grid that have their own drones and pilots, then you would be on between 45/65 grand a year. If you want to go it alone then the amount of work you have to put in is huge!! Its a big step, and it doesn’t just come overnight.
    Good to see your back Matt! 👍👏

  21. Stewart Little on August 17, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Nice video Matt. You are dead right. We see exactly the same thing with thermal imaging. Buying the kit does not make a successful business.

    The truth to any business, if it’s to survive and thrive, is that you need hard graft and years of metronomic dedication from the founders.

    We sell drone surveys and sub-contract the work to 3-4 trusted partners. £65K for a start up in a crowded, emerging sector, start up is fantasy land. You will burn £4K of fuel and depreciate your car and drone by a similar amount every year. Add in hotels, food, tax, rent rates, heat, light, accountant, legal fees, RAMS, insurance… you will soon see the truth emerge.

    Earning a true £65K – doing anything – means turning over much more. Maybe, £100K as a one person business without additional staff to pay. No matter how good the kit you buy, no matter how good a pilot you are and no matter where you are in the country – you have to be brutally honest with yourself and ask two questions. 1. Can you sell? and 2. Are you prepared to work 60 hours a week for no money for months to get your business off the ground?

  22. Simon Leach on August 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Welcome back. I am glad you are feeling better. Thank you to you and your team for supporting us all as we move forward

  23. David Owens on August 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Good to have you back!

  24. Eric Watt on August 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Great to see you back i can only dream up here in Fraserburgh might get £65 a year

  25. revb0 on August 17, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Hi Matt, I can earn Sixty five K easily! Trouble is they want to pay me in the Venezuelan Bolivar.
    Nice to see you back.

  26. Gary 6511 on August 17, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Refreshing to hear the reality of the industry👍

  27. Keith's Phone on August 17, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Drones are not just for photography filming etc, surveying is a bit more specialised and not for everyone as the investment is more and a lot more precessional indemnity. But the rewards can be higher. However you really needs to to know surveying, so not for everyone and hard to break into as a business.

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