Your drone based business startup checklist

For our next post, we’re offering the ultimate UAV tip – how to start your own drone based business! This is the reason why we train so many new candidates every week, month and year with our leading Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) course and is an incredibly appealing aspect of taking your drone piloting hobby seriously. Starting your own drone startup frees you from the 9-5, enabling you to turn your passion into profit (and have a lot of fun while doing so!)

If you’re considering taking the plunge and following your aerial dreams, here is your drone based business startup checklist to help you along the way:

Become a certified drone pilot
No matter how skilled you may be, it is against the law to become a commercial drone pilot without being certified first. As well as the legal regulations, investing in formal, CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approved drone training enlists you with extensive theory and other insight that can put you ahead of your competitors – especially when you choose a leading, trusted drone pilot academy! Our UAQ course provides you with the qualifications you need to apply for your PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation) and our staff will do everything they can to support you in your application, increasing your chances of success!

Find your niche
Armed with your certification and PfCO, you can now start your business. Rather than offering generic ‘drone services’, we recommend identifying your niche in order to inform your future business activities. Some commercial drone pilots use existing skills from their previous careers to dictate this. For example, an engineer may go on to offer structural inspection services using a drone. Alternatively, you can invest in further specified drone training to give you relevant expertise in your chosen area. Here at UAVAir, we offer tailored courses for specific sectors, such as media and SAR (Search and Rescue).

Invest in appropriate equipment
Now you know the area you are entering, you can purchase the appropriate equipment. Each sector and application will require a particular type of drone and sensors to use with it. Get in touch with our expert team if you’re not sure which equipment is right for you.
Register your business

Next, you need to decide what kind of business you are running in order to complete the correct registration process. This step is important – here is some advice from the experts at to tell you everything you need to know!

Connect with clients
After following these steps, you’re ready to start connecting with clients and advertising your services. No clients means no business, but as you build up a strong customer base, you will soon be enjoying the benefits that launching your drone startup can bring. We looked at this subject in-depth in January. Learn how to find clients for your drone based business in our previous post.

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