How to become a professional FPV drone pilot?

Here’s a little table of content for you:
00:00 – How to become a professional FPV Pilot?
02:26 – Before You Start
06:59 – On Set
17:52 – The Art of the Deal
29:50 – Daily Life (Pros and Cons)
34:52 – Conclusion/Sum up

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– PDB: http://bit.ly/2mf1DPd
– FPV camera: http://bit.ly/2lSPe36
– VTX: http://bit.ly/2mhds7H
– Receiver: http://bit.ly/2lPrjSp
– Props: http://bit.ly/2kg59Ip
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– Battery: http://bit.ly/2lME6oG

– Radio: http://bit.ly/2kz1Dcu
– Goggles: http://bit.ly/2lSQsve
– Video Receiver: http://bit.ly/2lOcDmo
– Patch Antenna: http://bit.ly/2kz2Mki
– Omnidirectional Antenna (Receiver): http://bit.ly/2lPswJr
– Omnidirectional Antenna (Quad): http://bit.ly/2kL8aR9

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50 Comments

  1. Mark Andre Kolars on December 18, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    a built video from your favorite setup?

  2. Sofia Ahmed on December 18, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Could anyone explain as to how one would be taxed for their services? Isn’t it straight Venmo, quickpay, etc.

  3. Skydog FPV on December 18, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    I needed this. I’ve never been more motivated for anything in my life and I’m determined to master this art and make this my life. Great video man I have invested so much of myself for this its not a hobby to me anymore its an art and theres only one way to get the shots we can achieve and thats fpv.

  4. cinIALVEspO w on December 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    a little pouch for each battery? Where do i get such pouches?

  5. Marcus White on December 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I have to say this is such an incredible and informative video, not only the info about drone work, but also just the general etiquette of being on set, I’ve been a stuntman for many years now, and just starting to move over to fpv, so I have a lot of on set experience, you were bang on with it all! Everyone getting involved with filming needs to watch this. Thank you ✌🏼

  6. Luke Tornare on December 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    so sick! me and my mate just started a production company focused on fpv and we talk about it in this vid
    https://youtu.be/cDRuwCcqMn4
    definitely an epic adventure

  7. DSky Fpv on December 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I have been a commercial pilot for 5 years now and fpv pilot for 3 years, after the COVID i had to look for something else to do and fpv is a great option!! thank you for this video, it has been great for me!!

  8. Henry Darr on December 18, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Should assemble a Fpv Pilot’s Union.

  9. Will Hsu on December 18, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Hey! Thank you !

  10. zzoloss on December 18, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    BiiiiiG LiiiiiKe. You put a lot of points to look at. Great thanks. Wish you the best of luck.

  11. SparxFPV on December 18, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    do you have specific go pro settings you use for certain jobs ? does your day rates include an edited set of shots or do you just hand over your SD cards? i assume its all in the negotiations. just curious what is most common practice.

  12. Glen Walsh on December 18, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much that was amazing information. Will get my advanced drone license and start from there. Slow steps, side job, loving to fly drones.

  13. Sync FPV on December 18, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    thanks for all you do Fincky, good information here!

  14. lawnpilot on December 18, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Great vlog Fincky. I work as a creative contractor in the arts and all of this is spot on. A rule of thumb in choosing projects is you must have two out of three: artistic content, people you want to work with and money. Typically if two of those exist you will be happy in the end. Usually having the first two means more creative freedom, of course money is always part of the end game.

  15. Bando Bandit on December 18, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Pre-production on a film project is like designing a big puzzle where that FPV shot is one piece. If you change you FPV shot on the day it affects the puzzle pieces surrounding your piece. The director and producer(s) need to think about the whole puzzle, so get them the puzzle piece they want first and then think about redesigning the puzzle. It’s cheaper to design the puzzle in pre-production than on set when you’re paying so many people and hiring gear.

  16. cinIALVEspO w on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
    also please more pro content would be appreciated

  17. Vil V FPV on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Amazing Tips. thanks Fincky..

  18. BigG UAV on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Brilliant. Thank You for taking the time to create this very helpful video. I’m currently at the moment trying to get noticed and work and get clients within this exciting career industry. I’m flying cinematic drones (DJI) to start with, but until now never really thought about FPV piloting to be honest. I’ve been flying totally for 5 years and FPV flying for at least 12 months. Still along way to go with FPV piloting, but yeah, definitely given me hope and inspiration watching your video. Thank you and stay safe and take care and I wish you all the success in the future. Thanks George. 🙂

  19. Flying Junkies on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    I recommend film school so you can learn to compose shots because you’re essentially flying a Crane Camera aka a Jib. Also a Passport is a must as most serious Drone Companies will make you travel. You should learn to build Drones so you can repair them! Happy Flying Kids.

  20. Andrés Harambour on December 18, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    This is a great piece of content. So full of great tips. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  21. LABA-FPV on December 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    How do you see the Remote ID rules impacting your business of FPV?

  22. LavaChemist on December 18, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Someone should start an anonymized but verified repository of the average rates for drone pilots. For instance, the high, low and median rates for a region. If it was done properly and by a trusted source it could be good for everyone.

  23. None Noone on December 18, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Appreciate

  24. allen rocker on December 18, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Brother u have insta or fb account to get in touch with you

  25. Jay esS on December 18, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Abby, Martini… Wrap! Good vid man.

  26. Brian Evans on December 18, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    All I wanna know is the dollar amount of a day rate

  27. Murathan on December 18, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    what about the difference between gopro fov and your fpvcam fov. cuz you see different fov while you flying than you are recording

  28. LEAZY FPV on December 18, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for this video dude. Its absolutely what i need.

  29. Drone Force on December 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Automatically you have a spotter included in the price i’d of thought.

  30. Dan Kasmar on December 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I spy a Stan FPV Cine-Bird 360 on your wall there… 😉 Have you started using it in projects yet?

  31. JackMyRealName on December 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    "just remember you came here to do one job and that is to please your director"🍌💦

  32. Shadowmike on December 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    do you use a sleeve for your gopro 8??

  33. aviafan on December 18, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Its all true for photography (not drones), but in Russia a lot of cheapest photographers who want work for penny or free of charge (for example – aviation photography or cinema/movie photography, i mean film-making process photos). In drones customers focus on photographers and do not want to pay enough :). Often don ‘t look at the portfolio and they don ‘t care for how much technique you have 🙂 (again about photography). But i think this situation is in all world.

  34. Daniel Ferdianto on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you Fincky for a great content!! It’s really helping for me as I’m start to do this fpv as a professional job

  35. jelislav on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Very good presentation. It can be applied to almost any self-employed job.

  36. Owen Croney on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    really insightfull and interesting vid Fincky, lots of great advice, thanks for shareing! stay safe!

  37. Voxer Art on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    This dude seem like like the nicest man on the earth. Great video! Thanks!!

  38. HaloWalker03 on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Heyy @Fincky !

    So I`ve been flying for 5 years now and I think I got what it needs in terms of flying experience (, but I´m also still 17 so I can´t do this as a full-time job yet)…

    I´ve still got a few questions for you:
    1. what kind of licenses would I need? Different countries different license?
    2. How exactly do I start getting clients? What platforms could I offer myself on? What do you recommend?
    3. How exactly would I approach a company? How do I know which ones to approach?
    4. I don’t have any prof. Fpv pilot friends… sooo could you pm w your experience of what to charge and what would make sense/ where do I have to be careful?
    5. Is there anything else that would maybe even make sense to study? like photography or smthn in of the cinematic aspect?

    Thank you so much for the Info in your video! I am REALLY PASSIONATE about this hobby and hope to one day make a living w it as well…

    Thank you so so much!

    Happy Flying
    HaloWalker03

  39. Vito Pulverenti on December 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    took me less than a month of getting my first fpv drone to get big gigs

  40. Zevenop on December 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    what do you do with your drone lipos wenn you travel

  41. FSLopez on December 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Man, thank you so much for this video. It’s very insightful, and it has helped me realize that for me, at least for now, the cons still outweigh the pros. Maybe in the future, if there is still a market for this thing. I’ll keep enjoying your content in the meantime 🙂

  42. voO on December 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Great video! I totally felt you when you were talking about price dumping. I have been working as a web designer for a long time and today it’s almost impossible to get good paid jobs as there is just so much freelance price dumping. Everyone who is offering FPV services should be aware of that. Don’t dump it down guys!

  43. MelvinsHue on December 18, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    How does licensing work on an international level? In the US we have the FAA, they provide a drone pilot license. What happens when I go to Canada, Europe, Australia, Ghana, etc?

  44. Sirbraapalot on December 18, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you for this valuable information. I’m still working my day job (service tech) and doing side service tech jobs residentially. So I’m always busy with no time to build or fly. Not to mention I have two kids and a wife that demand attention. I aspire to be where you are and I would do exactly this. Share the knowledge. Really valuable info here and its appreciated. Thx!

  45. Mehmet ORHAN on December 18, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Very nice and sincere advices, thanks

  46. Elevate Services on December 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    This is great insight

  47. Kristen Moon on December 18, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Your comment about radiowaves not going through concrete buildings gave me a bit of an idea. How nice would it be if someone comes up with some wifi / signal extenders you could put somewhere discretely inside of the building so that if a shot did make you have to go from outside into a ‘concrete building’ you would have a more stable signal, at least for a bit.

    Kinda like cellphones, hopping from tower to tower.

    Prob a dumb thought, but it’d be a nice and easier fix.

  48. fr3style on December 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    On Scout days I usualy tell the customer if they want the footage that they can have it but with a watermark on. I have had people hire me for just scounting and then using that footage later.

  49. Laik Onsky on December 18, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    What a discovery you’ve made mate. Naaah I’ll drop my work because everyday have a gig and the weather in UK is just awesome i can fly every day from dusk till down…… aaaaah please 🙂
    And will become a PRO FPV with a one racer!!!

  50. boots fpv on December 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    To bad the govts will be passing laws to try and stop fpv

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