The drone market changed dramatically in 2014, with more pilots and more platforms on the market than ever before. With members of the public bumping into drone pilots for the first time, they naturally had a lot of questions. What is this person doing? Why are they out here?
Skypixel, the leading community for sharing aerial photos and videos, created a poll at the end of last year to answer these key questions and provide a portrait of how drone pilots will be flying in 2015.
THEY ARE FLYING TO TAKE PHOTOS
Photography led the list of reasons why amateur pilots flew. Over 70% of respondents cited this a key reason for flying, while slightly more than 50% focused on aerial imaging.
As technology and software open up even more possibilities for what drones can do, it will be interesting to see how these numbers change. Will 3D modelling lead the pack next year?
THEY ARE FLYING SOLO
As it becomes easier to get high quality photos and videos from air, pilots are now more like Ansel Adams than a film crew. Most pilots said that they typically fly alone. The second leading response, “with friends”, suggests that more pilots are forming groups and planning social events with others of similar interests.
MULTIROTOR ARE LIKE LENSES, IT’S BETTER TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE
More than half of respondents have more than one multirotor, and over a quarter have more than 3 drones. This suggests that pilots are finding it useful – or just more fun – to fly several platforms. Look forward to seeing many more comparison videos and blog posts later this year.