Meet DroneBase Pro Pilot, Joe Kotrady

With a network of thousands of Pilots across the world, it should come as no surprise that many of our Pilots also run their own drone business operations. Joe Kotrady is one such example: a skilled, professional pilot who is serious about flying.

A DroneBase Pilot since 2016 and a drone operator since 2014, Joe obtained his Part 107 within the second week that the test was available for taking. His lifelong love for aircrafts grew from a childhood hobby to a full-time endeavor, which ultimately led to the creation of his company,  Skyview Investigative Consultants. There, he and his team leverage drone technology to service the investigative sector.

Today, Joe uses DroneBase Missions as a way to supplement his income – a mutually beneficial opportunity. Joe gets to make money doing something he loves, and we’re able to offer our customers excellent service by way of another highly-skilled drone operator.

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We asked Joe to share his feelings on his experience with DroneBase.

“It has been such an honor flying for DroneBase.

I honestly feel that being a DB pilot is a must for new drone businesses.  When I opened my drone business, as many know, it’s extremely difficult to make that transition from being a part-time to full-time pilot. DroneBase has given me the opportunity to assist in filling my schedule on the days when finding work was scarce.”

During Hurricane season in 2017, Joe was dispatched for our Insurance Missions, to survey roof damage caused by the natural disasters. He was willing to fly these Client Missions despite not having power himself – a mark of his dedication and integrity as a Pilot.

“I found much pride in participating in Insurance Missions inspection efforts after Hurricane Irma.   During that point in time, it wasn’t about the money but simply an honor and doing what was right to help other in a time of need.

This by far was my most challenging time while flying for DroneBase. I flew for several weeks while my home was still without power and internet service. My evenings were spent at a local coffee shop that thankfully never lost power or internet service. It was there that I spent numerous hours simply to upload my Insurance Mission images to DroneBase.”

It takes a skilled, trained Pilot to fly our Insurance Missions. Joe shared his ideas about the qualities such a Pilot should possess.

“Being able to fly Insurance related missions in my opinion takes a special type of pilot. Anyone can go out and launch a drone and shoot random photos outlined from a shot list.

However, I feel during this particular time its not only about paying close attention to the details, but most importantly you have to be able to put yourself in the shoes of the homeowner, while taking into consideration what they are going through. While sticking to how these missions are structured and successfully completing what’s expected there is still more that’s needed to insure the success of these missions.

Being professional and knowing how to conduct yourself in a time of  chaos is important to insure the growth of our industry.”


If you’re interested in learning more about Joe, click here to visit his website.

If you’re interested in leveraging DroneBase’s network of skilled pilots for your aerial inspection needs, get in touch with us today! A member of our team would be happy to discuss your options.



5 thoughts on “Meet DroneBase Pro Pilot, Joe Kotrady

  1. Hello Drone Base,
    I am a former TV Broadcaster with 32 years of Television Production experience.
    I became interested in Drone technology in its earliest stages of research and development.
    I think I am really impressed with the fact that Drones have saved countless lives of. Our Military
    Who have been able to bring the fight to Our Enemies without one Soldier losing their lives!
    I have purchased and flown several Drone models for about Four years now and love it!
    I would really like to start a Commercial Drone Business like a small product delivery service.
    I just want to Thank Your Company for creating a great Drone based business and the information
    You provide really helps people like me realize the potential that’s in front of me! If you’re ever in need of a Pilot in Sarasota, Florida please don’t hesitate to call me!
    David Hannon


    1. Hi David, thank you for taking the time to read through this post and leave such a thoughtful comment. Thank YOU for being a part of the drone industry and the DroneBase Team! If you’re looking to fly more missions in your area, feel free to email Have a great day!


  2. David

    I too would like to thank you for taking the time to read my article above. Im certain with Drone Bases following that a lot of people read these stories however not many people take the time to share them selves. I can personally tell you that the potential in this industry is simply mind blowing. I have see such an increase in my business revenue right around the 2 year mark. It definitely was’t smooth sailing to get here however without the amazing team at Drone Base Im positive that I wouldn’t be where I am today. Best of luck to you David

    Joe Kotrady
    Skyview Productions


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