The term “easy” is defined in two parts: achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties. The first part is probably the part we gravitate towards- “without great effort”. Drone flying can be done without great effort, but they also present a few difficulties. It’s this second part we can dismiss. However, anything that can present difficulties can not be defined as “easy”.
Drone myth – flying a drone is easy
The deception in the sentence above is that it only entails “flying”. The actual flying of the drone is easy. However, all the other parts of operating drones can be difficult. I have broken down the entire process into five (5) difficult, yet key, skills to master:
- the actual operation of the drone including preparation & flying
- understanding aviation regulations including airspace and self control
- camera operations for still images including settings & composition
- camera operations and movements for video including smooth movements & stellar communication with your pilot
- post production on images including image management & video editing.
Wow, that does not seem easy. We overcame this by focusing on the strengths of each of our contractors. The pilot flies, the camera man operates the camera and the editor, you guessed it, edits. The better your team is at their individual skills, the better your droning will be and the better your final product will look.
For drone operators – do you need to be proficient in all these key areas? No, and no one can really do these all incredibly well. Unless of course, they have had a lot of time to practice. So, how do you master this technology? Through partnerships! We know what we are all good at and work with people that enhance our weaknesses. Drone flying and operating are a team sport, which we believe is the best part of flying.