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Can anyone out there give me some information about how to get involved in the drone industry?

Can anyone out there give me some information about how to get involved in the drone industry? Any info at all would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Depends on what your interested in doing?  Probably a good start is suasnews.com.

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  2. Thanks, I guess I'd be interested in what kind of jobs are available in the drone industry in the first place. Thanks for the info!

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  3. Other than the military, the current FAA ban on commercial use of UAS/UAVs has much of the industry in a holding pattern. Depending on when they make up their minds and set some regulations in place, commercial use could take off or stall. You could try getting a job making drones or coding software for them, you just can't fly them for business here, only overseas. I wouldn't trow my hat into the drone industry just yet if I were you. Hopefully things will change soon.

    While you wait, there's nothing stopping anyone from doing this as a hobby and learning as much as you can, which is what I do. 

    I'm in Oregon too, so if you ever want to talk about it more, I'd be happy to talk more about it. :)

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  4. I have read about the FAA ban, and it doesn't seem like it will be lifted until 2015. Thanks for all the info Victor, very helpful. I just love UAVs and I really think there is a bright future there. One of these days I will have to save up the capital and buy one for myself! Oregon rocks :)

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  5. No need to spend a fortune to get started. Just pick up an Estes Proto-X nano quadcopter for about $40 and learn to fly it. http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXDVYH&P=FR&gclid=CNPZrPHOprsCFaE9Qgod9lQApg

    Here's a slightly larger one with an onboard HD cam, the Heli-Max 1Si. Super stable and comes with everything you need to fly. http://www.motionrc.com/heli-max-1si-quadcopter-with-720p-hd-video-camera-rtf/?gclid=CMyj7fLPprsCFWQ6Qgodrg8AYg

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  6. Thank you good sir, you are too kind! I had heard about the DJI Phantom, but it was a little out of my price range. I would really want a camera on mine so I could take some sweet aerial videos and photographs.

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  7. Incidentally, I attended a UAS Precision Agriculture Forum in McMinnville yesterday. The ag sector is ideally posed to be the first to reap the commercial benefits of drone use and I believe will be the biggest market.

    The event yesterday was sold out. Lots of people interested, several winery owners. OSU had a great presence there showing some of their research.

    I provide tech and media support for Oregon State University Extension and Ag Experiment Stations across Oregon. We have some experiments going on with using drones in ag and hope to see more use of them once the ban is lifted.

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  8. I've heard that the Ag industry will benefit the most from UAVs, too. The fact that it was sold out shows you that people are very interested. It's cool that so many universities are creating programs around the use of drones, especially when it is happening here in Oregon. What are some potential uses for drones in the Ag industry?

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  9. Rusty, our site at droneflyers.com is especially for beginners - I think you will find a lot of hints there on how to get started learning about these amazing machines! There are a lot of opportunities in the industry - don't let the FAA get you down, because that and other barriers will be overcome relatively soon (IMHO).

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  10. Some ag uses include observation, surveying, monitoring. Drones can be outfitted with cameras, hyperspectral and thermal sensors and more, which can be helpful in detecting anomalies which can be indications of stress, varying growth, pests, disease, etc.

    Possible future use could be in developing and using sensors which could measure pollen, CO2 levels and more. We've just started scratching the surface of the many types of sensors that can be used.

    Keep in mind, Drones are just a platform. The biggest challenges will be processing all the data they can collect and presenting that information in a format that is useable and useful. So there should be plenty of possibilities for coders and big data manipulators. People are already starting to work on solutions now so they'll be ready when the floodgates open.

    Agriculture loves information, especially if it can help them make better decisions faster and saves them money.

    Other possibilities include spot spraying, especially for specialty crops. Check out the work of Dr. Ken Giles at UC Davis in California: http://www.fertilesoilsolutions.com/2013/06/unmanned-aircraft-being-tested-for-agricultural-spraying-in-california/

    Of course, there will also be a need for manufacturers, sales people/marketers, support folk, trainers, "pilots" (many of these UAVs can be autonomous, but there should always be a human back up, and many times also an observer or "co-pilot"), and I'm sure there'll be regulators, inspectors and other positions we haven't even thought of yet..

    So, add that all up and you can see why people are looking at this as a possible multi-billion dollar industry, and I haven't even mentioned the use of drones in Search & Rescue, Forestry, the oil industry, real estate, media/journalism and a myriad of other areas which are ready to pounce on the opportunity.

    These commercial uses are already happening in other countries like Japan, Canada and Australia, to mention just a few.

    Stay tuned, it should be a very interesting ride.

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  11. Rusty,  Take a look at www.dronespeak.com. There you will find plenty of information to help you in your searches. Best wishes for the New Year.

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  12. If your into CAD. CADDRONES.COM is a great place to start your Learning

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  13. I also second dronespeak.com I have worked in the same drone community as the creators of dronespeak and they are really friendly and knowledgeable and the site is great! I'm hoping I will be able to get my site cad drones to the same quality someday.

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