We live in an ever-changing world. One field that is rapidly evolving is Unnamed Aircraft Systems or "Drones" According to the whitepaper "EMS Agenda 2050" in another three decades, we will be using drones instead of ambulances to retrieve injured patients and transport them to a hospital. (An interesting read if you want to know what the powers that be believe the world of Emergency medicine will look like in another 31 years. Link here. )
Drones are already integral to our military warfare and reconnaissance, and even Amazon has begun the process of drone delivery. A quick Google search will show a huge number of photographers and videographers offering drone photography. Drones are now being used for surveying, thermal imagining, crop studying, and even wildlife management.
As drone usage broadens, the FAA and other regulator agencies have to come up with new rules. For the last couple years, drone use near widland fires has been prohibited, due to the potential for the helicopters working the fires having a mid-air-impact. In 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration passed section 107, creating rules and regulations for UAS. Associated with this, is the relatively new "Remote Pilot Certificate. This is required for any "commercial" drone use. The photos you see on this post do not constitute commercial, because I am a. Not being paid to take them, b. Not selling them, and c. Not using them to advertise a service.
I want to say thanks to my brother-in-law Jason for allowing me to play around with his DJI Mavic Pro drone yesterday. Will I "go into" drone photography? The remains to be determined. I would love to, but the price tag on the lease expensive drone I would look at is about what I make in a month... Feel free to make a donation.....