So, What does it take to be a Commercial Drone flyer? //#MAIL- 83

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41 Comments

  1. AJ Media on November 24, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    The absolute best advice on here regarding the Pfco!

  2. didactylos4 diddy4 on November 24, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    To emphasise Dylan’s point about the tough markets out there, at this time last year there were 30 commercial drone operations within a 20 mile radius of here. (And this is a rural area)
    Now there are a mere 5 and they all are businesses with other established business operations within their companies.

  3. Dragons Eye Filming on November 24, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    #mail
    Remember that you don’t have to do an NQE course, the CAA allow other routes.

  4. Nick Gagen on November 24, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Again a great Video explaining the ins and outs of commercial drone flying. I was looking at doing it 2 years ago, but then tallied up the pros and cons and decided at this moment in time, I would put it on the back burner! Good luck to anyone who takes that jump!

  5. Kim - Discovering History on November 24, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Great video Dylan as always. Very helpful and nice that you give it straight from the horses mouth so to speak. I myself am a PfCO holder and on my course there were people in their retirement years who didnt want a business plan to survive but merely now have the means to earn that little bit of extra cash legally. Most of them had a good photography background and the time and money to be flexible without the risk of not earning a wage so to speak. This is a young business and I was suprised just how many commercial pilots there are in the country. Not many. Like you said Dylan get a business plan or the very least a good knowledge of photography behind you. Remember it’s a camera with wings. (Or rotors)

  6. Redsectora on November 24, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Dylan have ever thought about doing a video about Litchi? I’m sure many of your viewers would be interested in your opinion of this App and what benefits or not you can see in it? Keep up the great videos mate.Cheers Andy

  7. Jo Bloggs on November 24, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    #Mail must be Wednesday.

    Hi Dylan love your delivery.

    Great answer to Dawid.

    Thanks for taking the time to go through the drone consultation, your explanations of the questions and possible meanings helped me get through it. (Bloody 2 hours not 40 mins). Q: With all the rules/laws possibly F.I.N.S. coming in the future. What does it mean to pilots with drones under the 250gms weight? Are they considered a toy what does that actually mean? I have a spark but sometimes I fly the great little quad Latrax Alias very light. I value your opinion of my first time ever of editing and uploading a drone clip, Spark no filters full auto, hot sunny day 35 degrees back in July. There are transitions but in this instance I think they work>
    https://youtu.be/4Okj3VPzopU

  8. Fancy a Bev Mate? on November 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Great video mate not applicable to me but still was informative for those that will need this. Cheers

  9. brian forward on November 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    good vid wind sheer blah blah blah BUT the most important thing you might have left out in the commercial world
    ITS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW ITS WHO YOU KNOW .AND YOU NEED TO STAND OUT FROM THE REST OF THE PACK BE BOLD BE PUNCHY BE DIFFERENT

  10. labtec1958 on November 24, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    #mail#mail I meet a chap with a mavic are flying on the shore where I live . We chatted about the WiFi signal and how the signal drops in and out more often than not and can get frustrating. He then said “ I’ve got mine on FFC like in America so I can go miles ? ? This throw me as we were in the north west of Englanld. So I asked what he was taking about to which he replied “ it’s easy mate just get the hack of the .interweb and your sorted better than the CCE mode. Can you please explain in laymen’s terms what the hell he was taking about. No YouTube up loads. Yet

    Regards Steven

  11. peter hughes on November 24, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Dylan, sound advice as always, much appreciated. Take care and catch you later. Peter.

  12. Mike Walker on November 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Hi David. I recently subscribed and have found your channel very helpful and interesting. I was wondering if you can give me some guidance. I intend to purchase my first drone in the New Year, with the intention to starting a YouTube channel to promote my photography journey and location footage. I ultimately will look to sell my images (not drone footage) as I improve. In this case what if anything do I need to do with the CAA. It goes without saying I will invest in a drone public liability insurance. I thank you in advance for your assistance. P.S keep the vids coming, they are really enjoyable……love the style.

  13. Paul Murray on November 24, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    #Mail… I Fly several different DJI Drones, Inspire 1 is a favorite with the Z3 Camera. I have been having continually increasing problems with the original Lightbridge that now is getting critical. The video downlink breaks up and disconnects and will not recover while in the air. The only solution is to land and restart the aircraft and controller. Love my Mavic 2 with Ocusync 2 and have not loss of signal video down link. What are you thoughts. Also, why wouldn’t DJI offer a program to send in the Inspire 1 with Controller to Upgrade the Aircraft to Ocusync 2. Love this model. What do you think. Thanks, love your insights and videos.

  14. Steve Carpenter on November 24, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Dylan, outstanding business advise for this #MAIL Wenesday. We more or less have the same thing here in the US, if you monetize anything or for a profit you must possess an FAA Part 107 certificate. Although the testing here is just written and all the other testing that you have in the UK. Thank again, your business advise should be taken to heart by anyone wanting to go into the commercial drone business, it’s not as easy as they think, you need customers!!!

  15. Johnny Evo-1 on November 24, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Dylan how do you get a mail to you to possibly get read by you

  16. Magnus Persson on November 24, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I say go over and beyond bureaucracy and do what´s need to be done. With that said, I do not promote undeclared work. But what "amateurs" do and try to do has nothing to do with taxes. "Comercial drone flyer", nah if you got the skills, talk to the right people and you got your plate of silver…

  17. Adam Layzell on November 24, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    And this is why i keep coming back to this channel. I’m going for my PFCO in July. Makes me realize its not going to be easy. Dylan, always honest and open with the truth about commercial operations. Keep these videos coming! Such a good watch.

  18. Stuart Guest on November 24, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Yes, looking forward to this one big man!

  19. Mark UAS Specialist on November 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Need a pfco course form 495 pounds check out: http://www.skeyetrain.co.uk CAA fees on top apply and insurance required

    No need to spend 1k on a course alone !!! You can spend under 1k including CAA fees with skeyetrain.co.uk to get your pfco

    Use Flock insurance to start with and for flight test

  20. Tickettoriderailway on November 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Dylan
    You did a (related) blog on making money from your clips (using a US clip agency) I can’t find it anymore – could you paste a link for me? Great chanel – love the attitude!

  21. cars and cameras on November 24, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    well said mate , i thought about doing it ,and when way things up i think i would wast my money , interesting about image libraries i have loads of footage on my pc and it its doing nothing , thanks

  22. Phantom and the Drone on November 24, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    🤥 I just want to be a real Drone…….. funnily enough though, Banksy was my inspiration to start my channel. A year earlier, after much deliberation and many hours of YouTube unboxing and review videos…..Dylan @ ikopta being one of a select few that I took notice of…..I decided on the DJI P4P, which just happened to turn up on my Birthday 🎁😀. I didn’t do anything rash, no unboxing, no review, I leave those to the experts! I just went out and practiced. Fast forward 11 months and time to be inspired ( I don’t mean upgrade!) I started my own channel, and this is where Banksy comes in 😎…. For me it has never been about success or wealth, it’s always been about the doing, the enjoyment and time spent achieving that end goal.
    I have no intention of going commercial, no real need to complicate what I do, because that distracts from the inspiration and enjoyment of the hobby. For me taking the time to learn, understand and maybe completing the CAA PFCO is about making life easier. I care about my hobby, I enjoy what I do, and understand and care about the changes due to public perceptions and the need for regulations.
    But most of all, I want to be a Drone flying, Cinematic god….Just like Dylan!😂

  23. Joanne Cooper on November 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Fantastic thanks for that. Very informative and as usual it’s always a moving target. My advice would be keep informed and up to date.
    Thank you for answering the hardest most hard question at this time 🙂

  24. Carl Pendle on November 24, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve just recently completed my PFCO (and passed thankfully!) and it was not an easy decision to take but I did a bit of homework that maybe I can help others. Firstly, I got a local company to sponsor the £1K fee for the course in return for 4 flights and they more than happy to do that. I’m also a videographer so I’m supplementing it as part of what I do so I can upsell to companies who perhaps hadn’t thought about drone footage and lastly, I had a lot of clients who wanted me to have everything legal and insurances in place before they would commission me. I just wish on the courses they taught less about the cloud formations per se and more about how to safely fly. A few people on my course had hardly any flying experience but passed the theory and practical so once there ops manual was done they could fly commercially with only, in theory, a few hours flying experience under their belt. My two pence into the debate if it helps.

  25. Alistair Barclay on November 24, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    I would suggest that you wait till the CAA eventually get their act together over the recreational regulations that are coming before you spend any money on a "commercial permission"

  26. musicmachineplayer31 on November 24, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Great insight into what I’d call huge amount of red tape and someone making a lot of money from the hobbiest if thats a word. Didn’t have a foggy about all this stuff. great channel thanks

  27. NatureLove on November 24, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Just make the agency your business partner and you are good to go !

  28. Tony Tee on November 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Dylan you smashed it once again, I love #mail. Thank you Dawid for a brilliant question, I’ve also been a little confused as to what is actually legal. Dylan as usual you have done such a good job explaining the rules and regs, I’m a hobby flyer and have no interest in going commercial as I already have a good job, but knowing that I can sell footage by listing it on a stock footage site that l took while out just for recreation and not for the purpose of making money, just like with a handheld camera is good news. Thanks once again Dylan and Dawid 👍

  29. Simon Everett on November 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    2:31 Priceless stare…Lol #Mail.?

  30. MAD GRUMPYMAN on November 24, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    All it takes is some basic experience gained in wide open places, common sense, and a reasonable knowledge of your gear. What ever the government expects well THAT IS ANY ONE’S GUESS, and likely highly inefficient, RETARDED, impractical, illogical, costly.

  31. EdCranium on November 24, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    If you start with a Business Plan and have a Cashflow Forecast then that will tell you if your idea could work. If you have a local Enterprise Centre, they can help you with that. I took one of their free courses. My head was much clearer after that. #GoodQuestion

  32. René Labastida DRONER MX on November 24, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Dylan, ok is all said, for those who use drones as a hobby do not need permission (off course respect the laws), you want money?, first you have a career in photography and then study 1500 pages to get the license for fly your drone, uuuuffff easy!!!

  33. Eden Valley Drones UK on November 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    BIG LIKE

  34. Joe Simpson on November 24, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    #mail …is this the shortest question in the world.? lol Top advice as usual brother.

  35. Dawid Podsadowski on November 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks Dylan for this explanations, I do appreciate the effort and as always good job! Now everything is crystal clear, and that’s nice to be able to put some of our footage on the stock agencies as Tony Tee said when we are flying as a hobbiest. Regarding my videos they are absolutely done for fun this video You shown on the channel was the first video after I have changed my phone and platform from iOS to android, I had a lot of problems with my Mavic Pro video feed lost and aircraft disconnected notice on the screen on my iPhone 7+ that’s why I changed phone to beautiful and very good very fast OnePlus 6 in red Color! PROBLEM has gone! Best phone on the market for just 500£ trully recommend to check it out because it’s worth it and not many people knows about it. Obviously my setting hasn’t saved on the DJI account at least not all of them that’s why I thought I will have a good footage but when I got home I realised that the camera setting were completely wrong but I still wanted to put something on the YT. Again sorry for probably the longest comment on this channel but I always trying to express myself the best I can especially if I am not English. 🙂

  36. Kevin Williamson on November 24, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    A burning question Dylan! #mail.
    Any tips on getting better cinematic footage? Thoughts on quick shots vs manual? I find quick shots obviously easy but very limited and boring, and would like to know how to improve on manual shots or better usage of the quick shots. Big fan of the channel mate and keep up the excellent job of keeping us informed and entertained 👍

  37. Samantha Drone newbie on November 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    #Mail Hi Dylan my #Mail question. As a newbie to drones (6 weeks) I’ve learned the basics of control with a syma x5 and have been looking for a 1st proper drone to learn the cinematography and honing my flying skills. I had quite a few years of experience with photography in my earlier years with a Praktica MTL5 but lost interest due to the developing of film and thousands of slides everywhere lol. I’ve been thinking of getting the Mavic Pro Platinum fly More Combo to restart the hobby but am not sure it’s a beginners level drone ? What are your thought ?

  38. russell UK on November 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Good advice on starting a business. Sad reality is that market is currently over saturated. You will need more than just a good business plan, you will need to take months to years of building a business probably running at a loss for most of this. You will also need a lot of luck to land a few good clients. During all of this regulations will get tighter, competition will grow and the ability to fly in so many places will become more difficult as local councils and private land owners refuse to give permission on a growing basis. So good luck!!

  39. The Colonel JJ on November 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Dayum! Missed being first! [casting forearm to forehead in angst]

  40. LordKwad on November 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    As always very informative! Now for my #MAIL question. I started in the hoody flying home build freestyle quads, I enjoyed flying them but the constant breakages ended up killing my love for it as as my flying progressed I started to focus more on what looked good rather than crazy tricks so I hung up the freestyle quads and went with a phantom, now I get people saying go back to freestyle and be a real pilot anyone can fly a phantom. I had people I flew with who would laugh at people when they would speak to us in the park and say they know someone who flys a phantom. Saying this is real flying. So after my rant… why do a lot of people think we are brainless idiots standing in a field while the drone flys around on its own? https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCldTmIh_wua-ogO8Y-kvRCg thanks!!!

  41. Perfect Drone Shots on November 24, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Great video as normal mate, i am currently looking into a PfCO, to say it is a mine field is an understatement. One thing i have done is create an interest as a recreational flyer, use social media, to gain an interest in what you can offer. I have a built my business plan up over the last 3 months, constantly adding to it as my skills and knowledge go further. Luckily it is paying off and the channels that i use do gain interest so once i make that big step and gain permission to go commercial i will be doing it with all the knowledge i have gained myself and the constant research carried out. Your words are wise my friend….certainly don’t go in this blind, but also have faith in yourself and your skill set 👍.

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