The world of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles ( UAV ) has really taken off following the availability of the new FAA remote Pilot ( Part 107 ) certification process. NE3RD started operations in late 2013 providing drone and data services based out of West Palm Beach and Navarre ( Pensacola ), Florida with the intent of servicing all of North America but with an initial focus in Florida. Since this time we have been continually monitoring the growth of our competition which has steadily increased but is now exploding primarily due to the availability of the 107 remote pilot certification.
Last week after completing the remote pilot exam I was speaking with the testing proctor whom indicated that in our small community of Santa Rosa County Florida that at least 15 other remote pilots had recently passed the exam. While discussing this I learned that real estate agents accounted for majority of the test takers which is not surprising. The real estate market has likely been the largest market for drone services to-date and will likely continue as such for some time.
Following this rapid growth of self serving real estate end user market, professional drone operators will need to continue leading the way and expanding into other market sectors which have not yet realized or internalized these services in-house.
We are thankful for the new FAA regulations that finally allow us professional drone operators to efficiently work with a realistic set of rules while maintaining the safety of the national airspace ( NAS )!!!