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On 6/8/2020 at 9:23 AM, Heliian said:

The pay is bad enough in the manned sector, I imagine a drone operator or tech doesn't make that much at the moment.  Since they're designed to fly themselves, an actual pilot isn't needed and since no live cargo is aboard, no one really cares if a rotor falls off.

At the moment, movie/tv production is done by very few companies and it's not essential to life either as we now know, so that's not really a big loss to the industry.  

Scanning fires, I have always thought was done poorly and a waste of time.  The equipment was weak and the coverage wasn't great either, I don't know about the drone scanning equipment, but I'm assuming it's even more lightweight and low power.  The range and flight times would be crap too i think.  The best solution would be to use space based IR systems that could scan a fire continuously and with accuracy.

 

I have no doubt that UAS's are going to continue to progress and become more prevalent in life but I also see the flipside.  There will always be need for real aircraft, you just have to stay on top of the revenue streams and maybe find new ones.

 

I know a heli pilot who picked up PART TIME gig flying drones at the refineries around YMM and makes more per year than when he flew full time..

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