• Scott Weems

Drones - What are they good for?

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

In our very first blog post (read it HERE), I discussed the very basics of what you need to know before buying and flying your first drone. In this post, I want to talk about what drones are being used for on an everyday basis. After you have learned the basics of being a drone pilot, you are ready to explore the many areas where your drone may come in handy and maybe earn a dollar or two.


In our very first blog post (read it HERE), I discussed the very basics of what you need to know before buying and flying your first drone. In this post, I want to talk about what drones are being used for on an everyday basis. After you have learned the basics of being a drone pilot, you are ready to explore the many areas where your drone may come in handy and maybe earn a dollar or two.


Drones or UAS's (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) are being utilized in remarkable ways and the possibilities seem endless. Probably, from what I have witnessed, recreational pilots seem to be the majority of drone users. Here are some examples of how drones are being used for recreational use.

Drone Racing - One of the most exciting activities in the drone world is drone racing. This up and coming sport is really taking shape all across the United States with sanctioned leagues popping up everywhere. There are indoor and outdoor leagues where anyone can join and participate. If you want to see what this is all about, just go to YouTube and type in "drone racing" and see what it is all about.


Home Movies - Step-up you home movie game with drone footage. This has become a favorite for a lot of people and some even share their movies on sites like Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and others.


Home movies have been popular ever since the first consumer video camera hit the shelves. Family vacation videos will never be the same.


Find Lost Mayan Ruins - One of the coolest drone uses, in my humble opinion, is finding lost worlds with different attachments like LIDAR ( Light Detection and Ranging). Lidar is a payload attachment for drones that can emit a high number of laser pulses per second. I have recently seen a LIDAR unit that will emit 2.2 million laser pulses per second.


Basically, lidar emits the laser pulses on to the surface of the earth and records all of the pulses to create a detailed image of the project area. What is so cool about it is that you can strip away dense vegetation and reveals detailed images that lay beneath the vegetation.


Check out this video about LIDAR, it pretty interesting.



Make a Few Dollars - Let me start by saying that if you intend to hire your drone services out for compensation, do your homework. There are many regulations you must know and you must pass an FAA Exam.


You can make a few extra dollars after you get all the pre-requisites under your belt. You can offer photography and videography services to the general public and to businesses in your local area.


Do a little research and I bet you could find a reason to get your first drone or come up with new ideas to use the one you have. Take those home movies to the next level. Record a different view of your vacations.


Happy Flying!