A Beginner's Guide to Drone Mapping Software - Drone Pilot Ground School (2023)

This resource was created to help you better understand how drones are being used in mapping and land surveying today, to provide some pointers about the mapping software out there, and to generally get you started if you’ve been considering adding mapping to your list of drone pilot skill sets.

These days drones are helping people to map large areas in a quick, cost-effective manner and to provide hard data that helps expedite workflows in a variety of commercial settings.

Just a few years ago, the only way to get an aerial photogrammetric map of high accuracy and resolution was to fly the area of interest with a manned aircraft—or have access to a spy satellite! But the advancements in drone capabilities and their decreasing costs have made high-quality aerial maps available for a multitude of people and industries.

Let’s take a closer look.

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  • Drone Mapping Use Cases by Industry
  • Key Mapping Terminology
  • Drone Mapping Software

Drone Mapping Use Cases by Industry


The construction industry also greatly benefits from drone mapping. Maps can be used to regularly update clients in the construction industry on the progress of their projects, analyze stockpiles of raw materials such as dirt and gravel, or even generate 3D models of construction sites. These maps help construction managers obtain the “big picture” and assist in strategic decision making.

Read this case studyon using drone mapping to verify and compare construction site earthwork to the original site plan.

Land Surveying

Land surveyors are an obvious beneficiary of aerial mapping. Their job is to take precise measurements on pieces of land in order to determine boundaries. The data they collect assist in the creation of maps, plots, and legal documentation. With maps as a crucial part of their job, there is no doubt that drone photogrammetry can be helpful to their profession. Surveyors can obtain a highly accurate map with photogrammetry that can easily be turned into a 3D topographic map with contour data—a process that used to be extremely tedious. With their expertise and the possession of high quality equipment like RTK GPS units, surveyors can produce extremely accurate maps for their clients, and the efficiency drones provide helps them to expedite their workflow and improve their bottom line.

A word of caution for drone service providers:Many drone mapping solutions may be capable of “survey grade” quality maps. However, we recommend that you DO NOT advertise that you can provide “survey grade” results unless you are a licensed surveyor, or working with/for one. For more information about this, reach out to your state’s land surveyors board to learn more about the laws in your area.

Read this case study on using drone mapping to create an extremely accurate topographic survey prior to the development of a subdivision in Northern Colorado.

Real Estate

Aerial maps are useful for aiding in the sale of land. For those considering buying large areas of real estate, an up-to-date aerial map can be of considerable value in determining if the property is right for them. If you have ever looked at a standard satellite image, you know that the detail is often lacking. Drone mapping can solve that clarity issue. A highly detailed aerial map allows for insight into the property details without requiring a client to be there in person. And with the help of a licensed land surveyor, contour lines and accurate borders can even be overlaid onto the imagery. DroneDeploy is a good software option for real estate, because of its ease of use and because it was made (in part) for this type of work—skip ahead to the software section to check it out.

Read this case study on how an aerial services company in Edmonton, Canada used a drone to make a 3D recreation of a high end property for potential real estate clients.

Watch this video to see the 3D map referenced in the case study linked above:

Large Property 3D Imaging

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One industry that is already embracing mapping by drone is the mining industry. Up-to-date and detailed maps are used to manage stockpiles, water drainage, erosion detection, and pit and dump management among a host of other uses. Constantly updated maps can give managers better situational awareness that can assist in decision making.

Read this case studyon how aerial maps were used to help a mining company in Canada evaluate the lifespan of mining waste in order to develop a plan for expanding the sites where they stored waste.


As you probably already know, inspection is becoming an important part of the UAS industry. Drone pilots primarily use cameras to visually inspect equipment, but photogrammetry can also assist in inspection. On a small scale, drones can help create a detailed map of a roof, and RGB and IR sensors can help to detect areas with leaks or poor insulation coverage. On a bigger scale, for example, the energy industry can use aerial maps to inspect solar farms, spotting problem spots in the solar panels with the aid of infrared imagery. Raptor Maps or DroneMapper are good software options to consider for inspection work—skip ahead to the software section to check them out.

Read this case study on how drones were used to inspect the facade of a century-old building called the Palace of Justice in Messina, Italy by creating a vertical surface orthomosaic.


The industry with the most potential for drone mapping is agriculture. Currently, agriculture is forecasted to be the largest use case overall for UAS. Maps give farmers the power to quickly analyze their crops and provide crucial data to guide decision making. Using NDVI imagery, a farmer with proper training can determine the health of his field and make important decisions in real time. Instead of walking the whole crop or traversing the field with a tractor, a drone can semi-autonomously produce a map and point out areas of trouble. This means that those in agriculture can save time, increase crop yield, and ultimately, improve their bottom line. Some major drone companies that are focusing on agriculture include DroneDeploy with their Field Scanner application, Precision Hawk’s Precision Mapper, and Pix4D’s PIX4DAG software—skip ahead to the software section to learn more.

Read these case studies on how farmers are saving money with drone mapping, including a soybean farmer who located a bur cucumber infestation via aerial maps and avoided further contamination, thus saving $5,000; and a corn farmer who assessed crop damage from a hailstorm and saved about $5,500 by reallocating resources using the data provided.


Drone mapping can also be helpful to the forestry industry. With detailed maps, illegal logging can be detected and tracked, tree count can be determined, and the health of the forest can be monitored. Using NDVI imagery, areas of dry vegetation can be monitored, which can assist with forest fire prevention. Maps can also help identify dead trees, revealing whether a disease might be affecting the forest. The list goes on and on.

Read this case study to learn how drone mapping was used to create an accurate assessment of the timber quality of a forest in Ireland, and save a buyer about $178,000 on their purchasing price.

Emergency Management

When disaster strikes, quick and accurate information is vital for emergency management to effectively respond, especially when the disaster covers a large area. Using drone photogrammetry, officials can determine the most damaged areas of a disaster (think flood or hurricane). With this data, they can effectively distribute their resources for a timely response. In 2017 we’ve seen drones at work in disaster relief during Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and others, with drones being used in search and rescue work, and non-profit organizations using DroneDeploy’s software to create detailed maps for emergency management in the Houston, Texas area and elsewhere.

Read this case study to learn how aerial maps helped responders identify dangers, find victims, and assess structural damage following a massive landslide in the Putumaya region of Columbia.

Key Mapping Terminology

Now that we’ve covered use cases, let’s look at key terminology in mapping.

If you scan down the page a little, you’ll see that there is a lot of vocabulary here—we recommend bookmarking this page and using it as a resource.

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Photogrammetry—The science of taking measurements from photographs, usually those taken from the air.

Orthomosaic—An aerial image corrected for topographic relief, camera tilt, and distortions in camera optic so that the scale of the image is uniform throughout.

RGB Camera—This is the traditional type of camera used in mapping. It takes a sample of Red, Green, and Blue spectrums of light to create the image.

NDVI—Also known asNormalized Difference Vegetation Index, which is a derived image (usually from a modified RGB or near IR sensor). NDVI takes the reflective light from the plant and ranks it on a scale from a -1 to +1 value. When there is a higher amount of reflective light from the plant, NDVI then correlates with a healthier plant, as the chlorophyll in the plant is what the light reflects off (plants that are not healthy have a lack of chlorophyll, and therefore reflect less light). NDVI is a valuable tool for those in agriculture and can be used to analyze crop health. Although NDVI is useful, it requires a certain degree of ground truth and proper analysis to be helpful to the end user. A standard NDVI map is typically not a helpful deliverable to the end user, but rather a tool for those who specialize in crop monitoring.

GCP—Also know as a Ground Control Point, which is a physical marker on the ground that is used to keep your map geographically accurate. The location of a GCP is noted with an RTK (Real Time Kinematic) GPS (or other GNSS system) coordinate. This is a very accurate coordinate and allows your whole map to be aligned properly with the surrounding geographical area. Essentially, it makes sure that one point of the image is aligned with the precise GPS coordinate on the earth. This is very important if your map is going to be compared to an older map data, overlaid over other remote imagery, or relied upon for survey-accurate results.

Near Infrared—A spectrum of light (electromagnetic radiation) that is slightly below the wavelength of visible light. NIR light reflected off a plant can be an indicator of how healthy it is. Special NIR, multispectral, or modified RGB cameras are needed to obtain this data.

Infrared—IR is electromagnetic radiation or light with longer wavelength (lower frequency) than near infrared. The benefits of IR is that it can detect heat.

Thermography—Thermography is imagery taken of the infrared spectrum of light. This imagery shows areas of heat in an object and is often used in industrial applications. The demand for thermographic work seems to be growing, and presents a new way for drone pilots to earn money.

RTK—Also know asReal Time Kinematic satellite navigation, this is a centimeter-accurate technique of obtaining GPS (or any GNSS) data. Essentially, the RTK receiver analyzes the GPS radio signal to calculate this data. RTK is a big deal—an on board RTK receiver on a drone can negate the need for GCPs.

Point Cloud—A point cloud is the collection of points or coordinates on an object’s surface. This collection of points can be used to create a 3D model of an area. Point Clouds are often derived from photogrammetric and LIDAR data.

Relative Accuracy—In terms of mapping, relative accuracy refers to how accurate a point on a map is to other points on the same map. This means that if two points on a map are X cm apart on the map, they should be X cm apart in the real world.

Absolute Accuracy—Absolute Accuracy refers to the accuracy of a point related to the coordinates in the real world. Absolute Accuracy means that a point on a map should match its actual GPS coordinates.

Resolution—Resolution is the level of detail on a map. This is often measured in CM/Pixel, which means that for every pixel, X amount of CM will be represented on the map.

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Drone Mapping Software

Now that we’ve covered use cases and key terminology, let’s look at the different mapping software options out there.

It’s important to note that this list does not include every mapping software on the market. A growing number of companies are getting into mapping software as the drone industry grows, and this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

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DroneDeploy, a leader in the field, is a San Francisco based company founded in 2013 that produces photogrammetric and analytic software for drones. They offer cloud-based processing and support for DJI drones. You can use DroneDeploy to make orthomosaics, digital terrain models, gather NDVI data, and generate 3D models. Their target industries include construction, farming, and surveying.

DroneDeploy is great for those who need a system that is easy to use, but also packed with features. One of their unique products is the Field Scanner app, which allows farmers to generate maps in real-time during a flight and quickly access NDVI maps—all without internet access. DroneDeploy’s App Market allows you to use 3rd party plugs such as Autodesk, Airmap, Kittyhawk, Agremo, and more.

DroneDeploy offers a free version of their app along with professional, business, and enterprise plans.

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With Propeller, you can collect, process, and visualize your data.

Propeller creates tools and software for construction companies, mines, quarries, and landfills to collect, process, and visualize accurate survey data. Some of the world’s leading heavy civil and resources operations trust Propeller to answer critical questions about their site’s progress, productivity, work quality, and safety.

To learn how much you can save on surveying costs and man-hours by switching to using drones and Propeller, click here to try out their ROI calculator.

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Pix4D is a Swiss company that offers a suite of photogrammetric software. This software is beefy in nature but has extensive capabilities. They have specific versions focusing on mapping (Pix4DMapper), construction (Pix4Dbim), agriculture (Pix4Dag), and 3D modeling (Pix4Dmodel).

Pix4D also has a mobile app (PIX4DCapture) to automate the mapping process with compatibility, not only with DJI drones but also Parrot drones. You can process your data either using your own hardware or by uploading your images to Pix4D’s cloud services.

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One thing it’s important to call out about Pix4D is its price. While a free trial is available, licenses cost several hundred dollars a month, or a few thousand for a perpetual license. That said, there is a reason why Pix4D is known to be one of the most capable mapping software options in the drone industry. With its feature-packed versions focused on specific industries, it is a powerful tool for knowledgeable people in surveying, construction, civil engineering, agriculture, and other industries.

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Raptor Maps is a well-established software startup founded by MIT engineers. Their software is aimed at inspections and precision agriculture. One unique feature that they offer is the ability to create thermal maps.

Use cases for their mapping software include the inspection of solar panels, electrical utilities, and roof inspections. Raptor Maps also provides software as well as hardware for agriculture monitoring. Using their Harvest Monitor sensor and software, reports can be generated on a field’s health so that farmers can make better decisions for their crops.

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Precision Hawkoffers Precision Mapper, which is a solution for drone mapping. The North Carolina-based company, founded in 2010, is a major player in the UAV industry—especially in the realm of agriculture. Their mapping solution can produce orthomosaics and 3D models, and includes extensive tools for crop health analysis and volumetric measurement.

One unique feature that Precision Hawk offers is their algorithm library. This library is like an app store of tools that you can use to analyze your imagery. There are algorithms for an assortment of NDVI enhancements, a canopy cover calculator, a roof report generator, and even an algorithm that finds standing water in a field. Precision Mapper is a good option for those in agriculture, and also for insurance companies.

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Skycatch is a San Francisco-based company founded in 2013. They have a focus on enterprise solutions and work with major construction companies like Komatsu and Bechtel. Skycatch can be used to make orthomosaics, contour maps, surface models, and more. Their software also integrates with CAD software.

Skycatch works with DJI drones as well as their own drone, the Skycatch Drone, which has built in RTK. Skycatch is a great option for construction companies who are looking to easily integrate remote imagery into their workflow.

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Drofika‘s smart aerial data platform allows users to turn their aerial images into 2D and 3D models for accurate and intelligent analysis. These models can be accessed on any device because the Drofika platform is cloud based. Drofika lets users get daily updates from their uploaded aerial images, and providesinformation that is more accurate than traditional surveying methods, while also providing cost effective solutions to help save time and reduce rework.

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WebODM is a free and open source mapping software (though you can pay for an installer and technical support). Being open source, those who know what they are doing can download the API and create further functionality. The software allows you to create orthomosaics as well as 3D and elevation models. There is also integration for QGIS and AutoCAD. WebODM is a great option for those who want to map as a hobby, or service providers who are a bit more computer literate than the average user.

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Agisoft is a Russian tech company that started in 2006. Their software not only does photogrammetry but also 3D modeling, panorama stitching, and support for fisheye lenses. Using the professional version of their software you can make point clouds, digital elevation models, take measurements, and process RGB, NIR, thermal, and multi-spectral imagery. Agisoft is great for professionals who need an all in one package for photogrammetry and 3D modeling—architects, GIS professionals, Civil Engineers, and media professionals take note.

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Maps Made Easy, a San Diego company, is a web-based, pay-as-you-go mapping solution. MME can generate your typical photogrammetry as well as 3D models, stockpile calculations, and NDVI maps. Maps Made Easy even has geo-referencing available for its maps.

The Map Pilot app for Maps Made Easy can control your DJI drone and fly the mapping mission for you. Maps Made Easy is great for those who don’t need mapping on a regular basis, don’t have powerful computing hardware, or don’t like having to pay for a monthly subscription.

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The world of drone mapping is big and potentially intimidating, but also full of opportunity for the commercial drone pilot. We hope this beginner’s guide helps you get a good start in the world of drone mapping, and launches you on a path toward developing a lucrative skill set that will serve you for years to come.

Want to take a deeper dive into the world of mapping by drone? Make sure to check out our hands-on drone flight training classes.


Which is better DroneDeploy or Pix4D? ›

Choosing one over the other will come down to the scale of your operation and budget. While the entry-level is lower with DroneDeploy, it is limited in options. Pix4D, on the other hand, offers the whole package at a lower price. However, there is no Live Map equivalent, which you may need.

How do I get started in drone surveying? ›

How to do a drone survey?
  1. Check before you leave the office. Check the local regulations and make sure that you are allowed to fly your drone at the planned location. ...
  2. Plan your flight. ...
  3. Set up your flight in the field. ...
  4. Fly and collect images. ...
  5. Geotag your images.

How much does drone mapping make? ›

Surveying and mapping engineer—Salary: $115,000

By using drones, they can reduce the time and expense of the surveys as well as the burden that's placed on field professionals who use traditional methods. This industry advantage is putting these drone pilots—surveying and mapping engineers—in high demand.

Is drone mapping in demand? ›

The global drone mapping software market is 5.99 USD billion in 2021 and it is expected to reach 21.96 USD billion in the year 2031 at a registering CAGR of 14.08% over the forecast period.

How much RAM does a Pix4D need? ›

For most projects, 32GB of RAM is recommended. When processing large datasets or images of high resolution (projects with more than 1000 images or projects with images of 40 MP or more) a minimum of 32 GB RAM is recommended.

Which drone best to learn coding? ›

Other solutions for students.
  • DJI Tello EDU Drone. $129.00.
  • DJI Tello EDU Large Classroom Kit. $3,441.72.
  • Discover Drones Classroom Pack. ...
  • Discover Drones Premium Package - 10 Drones. ...
  • DJI RoboMaster TT Drone. ...
  • DJI RoboMaster TT Small Classroom Pack. ...
  • DJI RoboMaster TT Medium Classroom Pack. ...
  • DJI RoboMaster TT Large Classroom Pack.
8 Sept 2022

How hard is the drone pilot exam? ›

The FAA Part 107 drone pilot license test is quite challenging. Attempting to pass the exam without studying will almost certainly provide less than stellar results. That said, it's not rocket science, and 15 to 20 hours of dedicated study time should help you prepare well enough to pass the test on the first try.

Is drone Certification hard? ›

Passing your FAA Part 107 test and earning your remote pilot certificate as a commercial drone pilot might seem like a difficult or time-consuming process, especially without experience. In fact, it's much simpler than most people think.

How long does it take to train a drone pilot? ›

From start to finish, it takes the majority of our students 4-6 weeks to get their FAA drone pilot license. And you'll receive your official certificate card in the mail 6-8 weeks after that.

How much do Amazon drone pilots make? ›

According to the Economic Research Institute, the average pay for a drone pilot is $71,669 a year and $34 an hour in California.

Is there a high demand for drone pilots? ›

Drone pilots are in high demand right now and that demand will only keep increasing in the years that follow. Multiple companies are set to spend over $16 billion on drones in the next 8 years, with advertising agencies, construction, and security firms being among the first. So yes, drone pilots are in high demand.

What is the best drone pilot school? ›

Here are the best online drone schools for 2022:
  • Drone Pro Academy.
  • Pilot Institute.
  • Drone Launch Academy.
  • Peltier Photo Course.
  • DARTDrones.
  • Drone U.
  • Drone Masterclass Academy.
  • Unmanned Vehicle University.

Do drone operators make good money? ›

Freelance drone pilot salaries range from $35 to $150 per hour with a median wage of $85 per hour. On the other hand, full-time employed drone pilots make an average of $80-$120 per hour with a median hourly rate of $95.

What drone jobs pay the most? ›

Top 3 Drone Services For Making Over $100K/Year
  • Survey, mapping, etc.
  • Aerial photography and/or videography.
  • Utilities infrastructure inspection or monitoring.

Is 8gb RAM enough for 3D modeling? ›

RAM (system memory).

For some 3D rendering jobs, 8 GB of RAM will get the job done, but to be fully optimized, 32 GB is recommended, with a MHz rate as high as possible (ideally not less than 2.2).

How many images can Pix4D process? ›

Information: Users with a PIX4Dcloud or a PIX4Dcloud Advanced license are not allowed to process more than 4000 images per project.

What drone Do Navy Seals use? ›

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV): ScanEagle

One of the operational advantages of the ScanEagle is its flexible catapult launch capability and skyhook recovery system, which is essentially a rope hanging from a 50 foot pole. It can be flown from forward battlefields, mobile vehicles and small boats such as the Mark V SOC.

What is the easiest drone to learn to fly? ›

  • DJI Mavic Air 2. Great image quality and features in a beginner-friendly package. ...
  • DJI Mini 2. One of the best beginner drones available in a tiny package. ...
  • Parrot Anafi. Great features that will outlast your beginner status. ...
  • BetaFPV Cetus Pro. ...
  • DJI FPV. ...
  • Fimi X8 Mini. ...
  • DJI Ryze Tello. ...
  • Holy Stone HS710.
25 Nov 2022

What is the best altitude for drone mapping? ›

During your first flight, consider flying at an altitude between 300–400 feet above ground level (AGL). Flying at a higher altitude gives the camera more land area to cover in a single image. This translates to greater chances of capturing any unique features that are present in multiple photos.

Do you need 20/20 vision to be a drone pilot? ›

Federal Aviation Regulations require that a pilot's distant vision be 20/20 or better, with or without correction, in EACH eye separately to hold a first or second class medical certificate. The standard for near visual acuity (16″) is 20/40 in each eye separately.

What do drone pilots get paid? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $183,500 and as low as $24,000, the majority of UAV Drone Pilot salaries currently range between $36,000 (25th percentile) to $70,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $160,000 annually across the United States.

Is math hard in pilot? ›

Once you understand the concepts, the calculations themselves aren't difficult. All you really need is a thorough understanding of the basics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as a little mental math practice.

Can you make a living flying drones? ›

Can you make a living as a drone pilot? There are some full-time jobs for drone pilots, but more typically you'll be hired as an independent contractor. It's possible to earn a high income as a professional drone pilot, but you'll usually need to cover your own health insurance and self-employment tax.

How long does it take to study for drone license? ›

From setting an appointment to receiving your temporary license, you can expect to spend between 21 to 33 days on the Part 107 certification process. A significant portion of this period will be spent on preparing for the Part 107 knowledge test. The FAA estimates 20 hours of studying.

Is being a drone pilot stressful? ›


Burnout is a syndrome of emotional exhaustion and cynicism that occurs often among individuals involved in stressful work for long duration. Normally, missions continue 24 h a day, 7 days a week and can get physically and mentally exhausting.

What is a drone pilot called? ›

A drone pilot is responsible for operating a drone, which is sometimes called an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Drones are operated remotely, which is why drone pilots are also known as remote pilots.

How much does drone school cost? ›

The cost of a basic flight skills online training course starts at about $49. Taking a training course to help you pass the Part 107 test can cost from around $149 to $350. Industry specific professional drone training courses start at $125 and can go upwards of $1,500.

How much does it cost to become a FAA drone pilot? ›

How Much Does it Cost to Get an FAA Drone License? The Part 107 exam must be taken in-person at an FAA-authorized testing center. The testing fee is a flat $175, paid directly to the testing center where you schedule your test.

How much does a Walmart drone pilot make? ›

The estimated total pay for a Drone Pilot at Walmart is $88,072 per year. This number represents the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated base pay is $59,769 per year.

Is drone pilot a viable career? ›

With the expansion of drone applications across many different sectors, the number of job opportunities requiring this unique skill set is rapidly growing. Professional Drone Pilot are needed for aerial photography, mapping, aerial monitoring, inspection, surveillance and much more.

How much do military drone operators make? ›

Average U.S. Army Drone Pilot yearly pay in the United States is approximately $64,340, which is 39% above the national average.

How do drone pilots get clients? ›

Here are our best marketing tips for starting your drone business:
  1. Focus - Determine Your Niche. ...
  2. Decide Which Marketing Outlet Works for you. ...
  3. Build your Social Media Profiles. ...
  4. Professional Name - The Marketing Corner Stone. ...
  5. Your Professional Record, Visible. ...
  6. Customers Testimonials - The Trust Multiplier.

Do you need a license to sell drone footage? ›

From taking aerial photographs at weddings to selling stock images to a film studio, you're only limited by your creativity, and the FAA's license regulations. That's right. The FAA requires anyone using their drone for commercial photography to carry a license.

What makes a good drone pilot? ›

strong concentration skills. the ability to remain calm under pressure. IT and maths skills. the ability to make quick decisions in emergencies, give accurate instructions and accept considerable responsibility.

Is the FAA drone test hard? ›

The part 107 test can be complex and intimidating, but it covers easily masterable material. With a great routine to prepare for the test, and perhaps a training course, both drone enthusiasts and aviation newbies alike can perform incredibly well, and usually pass on the first try.

How much should I charge as a drone pilot? ›

But if you've recently passed your Part 107 test and are now a licensed drone pilot, the next step to getting up and running as a professional is to start selling your drone services.
Average hourly rates by industry*
IndustryAverage Hourly Rate
Emergency Response$170
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What is the minimum requirements for becoming a drone pilot? ›

A 12th standard (or equivalent) passout can apply for drone pilot training and no college degree is required to become a drone pilot . Candidates will have to clear a medical examination as specified by the DGCA, and a background check by the government agency concerned.

What is the best drone flying app? ›

The Best Drone App (Mac, Android)
  • Airmap.
  • B4UFly.
  • Hover.
  • Google Maps.
  • Tesla Field Recorder.
  • Kittyhawk.
  • Litchi.
  • DJI Go.

What is the best program to edit drone footage? ›

7 Best Drone Video Editing Software in 2022
  • VideoProc (Wins, Mac)
  • Final Cut Pro.
  • iMovie.
  • Windows Movie Maker.
  • VSDC Video Editor.
  • Davinci Resolve.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro.
9 Nov 2022

Which software is best for mapping? ›

10 Best Online Mapping Software 2022
  • Maptive — Best Mapping Software for Businesses. ...
  • Mapline — Best for Simple Visualization. ...
  • EasyMapMaker — Best for Basic Mapping. ...
  • ESRI ArcGIS Online — Best for Spatial Analysis. ...
  • BatchGEO — Best for No Frills Bulk Mapping. ...
  • Espatial — Runner Up Business Mapping Solution.
22 Sept 2022

What app do most pilots use? ›

ForeFlight has grown into a cross-platform planning tool, used by everyone from student pilots to corporate flight departments. 1. ForeFlight Mobile This is the app that has, probably more than any other, come to define the iPad era in aviation.

What app do pilots use for maps? ›

FltPlan Go.

It's our top pick for a free EFB app, and is also available on Android.

Is there a universal drone app? ›

The free DroneDeploy app is the leading software for drones with millions of flights flown by over 100,000 pilots! Download the DroneDeploy app to upgrade your drone with autonomous and free flight capabilities for automated capture in just a few taps. Your drone will fly itself! Anyone can fly with DroneDeploy.

Is drone programming easy? ›

Drone programming might sound difficult and tricky to do but, actually, it's easier than you might think. A few simple instructions to get you started in the right direction and you'll be on your way to creating your own program for your drone.

What is the number 1 best video editing app? ›

21 Best Video Editing Apps for Android, iPhone & iPad in 2022
  • VivaVideo.
  • Videoshop.
  • Magisto.
  • Funimate.
  • InShot.
  • Vizmato.
  • FilmoraGo.
  • VideoShow.
7 Sept 2022

What are the 5 types of mapping? ›

According to the ICSM (Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping), there are five different types of maps: General Reference, Topographical, Thematic, Navigation Charts and Cadastral Maps and Plans.

Is there a free mapping software? ›

Google My Maps

It's an easy to learn tool that allows you to upload and update information from Google Sheets as well as share maps with additional users.

What is the best free mapping software? ›

Top 10 Free GIS Software in 2022
  • Maptitude.
  • Surfer.
  • MapInfo Pro.
  • Scribble Maps.
  • Geopointe.
  • Global Mapper.
  • eSpatial.
  • MapBusinessOnline.

Is it cheaper to 3D print a drone? ›

It's is cheaper and the product development process is faster with the additive manufacturing technology. It is possible to create really lightweight drones, little or bigger ones, and even faster ones. 3D printing appears to be a smart choice to develop a drone project.

Can any drone do photogrammetry? ›

Some popular multi-copter drone brands include DJI (obviously), Yuneec, Autel and Parrot. DJI has a number of drones that are suitable for photogrammetry while the rest have 1-3. Multi-copters excel in manoeuvrability, as they take off and land vertically, so they don't need a lot of space when taking flight.


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