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You Know You’re a Professional Drone Operator When…

Here at senseFly our customers are professional drone operators. They range from land surveyors and GIS specialists to mining engineers, crop consultants and environmental scientists. And most use their drones pretty regularly.

Just for fun, we asked them the complete the headline above.

The answers were great and, we think, provide an eye-opening insight into the world of commercial UAV users today.

Here is a selection:

You know you’re a professional drone operator when…

  • … you dream from 150 feet AGL (Ben Miller)
  • … you visit somewhere new and you think, “I could map that…” or else you automatically start identifying take-off and landing zones (name withheld)
  • … you get excited when out driving and you see stockpiles (Simon Morris)
  • … you start looking at fields and crops in terms of percent image overlap needed to achieve sufficient matches to ensure a quality point cloud and orthomosaic (Michael Dunn, CCA)
  • … you think “this looks like a good landing area…” (Scott Gould)
  • … you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is look out the window to see if the previous night’s weather forecast night was correct and conditions are suitable to fly! (Nicky Grobler)
  • … you have a bumper sticker that says ‘Drones are people too’! (John DeLeon)

Are you a professional drone operator? Add your suggestion in the comments below!

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10 Comments

  1. Troy Fardell

    14.10.2015 - 13:52
    Reply

    … you have a bumper sticker “my other vehicle is unmanned”

  2. Troy Fardell

    14.10.2015 - 13:54
    Reply

    …your heart rate no longer goes over 100 when you see that eagle.
    … you start identifying free range chicken farms near your AOI. (eagles about)

  3. Martin Hawkinson

    20.10.2015 - 20:05
    Reply

    …when SenseFly hires you to fly them full time!

    • Kevin

      08.02.2017 - 17:55
      Reply

      Nice answer. How can I make it mine?

  4. Rob Curcio

    02.11.2015 - 16:34
    Reply

    You wake up at night because of a new idea on drone technology applications and can’t fall back asleep.

  5. marco calvene

    28.03.2016 - 07:49
    Reply

    when get up, is not raining, and all feel good. For take off and landing area, there is no problem, because in manual mode, did it directly in my hands…

  6. Jennifer Still

    08.02.2017 - 16:13
    Reply

    The phrase “It’s a bird, it’s a plane…” no longer makes you think of Superman.

  7. Michael Detwiler

    14.04.2017 - 16:38
    Reply

    You’ve unfortunately had to turn down potential work and/or a client because their project site was not in airspace that could legally be flown. Hard pill to swallow but professionalism first!

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