Just like any career, flying a drone for a living has levels of progression. When you’re just starting out you might be capturing still images and sweeping videos for real estate or media companies.
Then, with a little practice, a gear upgrade and further qualifications, you could be ready to carry out more complex missions in a range of industries. As the level of skill required increases, so does how lucrative those missions become.
One qualification worth considering is FLIR’s sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification. The 4-day course provides expert-led training on aerial infrared inspections and applications. You leave with a qualification that’s recognized by industry professionals.
By gaining FLIR’s sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification, you will also be eligible for exclusive DroneBase Thermal Missions.
Here are a few more reasons to consider In case you need any more convincing.
New customer channels
The most obvious benefit to gaining your sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification is the huge number of new customer channels it will open up for you.
A range of industrial tasks now require specialized equipment and expertise, from the inspections of roofs, power lines and solar panels to emergency response flights.
With an sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification, you could soon be using your drone to ensure roofs are safe and free of water damage; that solar panels are operating to their full capacity, and conducting preventative maintenance on power lines.
FLIR’s course provides a valuable qualification that enables you to provide higher value services to current customers. It will also open the door to taking on new ones.
Things change quickly in this industry. Drone technology and industrial applications are advancing all the time and, if you’re not careful, not keeping up will lead to you being left behind.
That’s why it’s a good idea to gain relevant qualifications as time passes. Even if you have no immediate plans to carry out thermal missions, you will be future-proofing your skill set and putting yourself in a strong position for the coming years.
You might also find that the skills you learn extend to the kind of missions you currently fly, making you an all-around more efficient drone pilot.
With so many organizations still in the early stages of deploying drone technology, there is uncertainty over which pilots have the expertise and experience required to carry out particular missions.
One thing an sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification provides is immediate credibility. With certification, you can easily distinguish yourself from the competition and assure potential clients of your expertise.
A network of highly skilled pilots
Our aim is to build a network of skilled drone pilots capable of delivering drone services to organizations of all kinds. Part of that process is ensuring DroneBase pilots have access to everything they need to reach their full potential.
We recently partnered with the FLIR Infrared Training Center (ITC) to offer our pilot network exclusive discounts on the sUAS Level 1 Thermography Certification.
As a DroneBase pilot, you have access to a limited time discount of 20% off any sUAS Level I Thermography course. Just use the promotional code DRONEBASE20.
This offer can be redeemed up until June 30, 2019. After that, the discount will be lowered to 15% off the full course price. You can sign up now using this link.
For more information on future-proofing your gear for thermal operations, check out our recent article: Why you should upgrade your gear for advanced commercial ops.