So you want to be a Search and Rescue Drone Pilot?
Well, things are a-changing. No more will it be good enough to just sign up because you got a new drone for a gift. It’s admirable that you want to volunteer these services, but the reality is that things are changing and it is going to be expected, and even required in some cases, that our drone pilots have a certain level of knowledge, and sometimes equipment capabilities. While there are no formal requirements laid down yet, we want to start creating content on our YouTube Channel, to help our pilots and other volunteers, to gain that knowledge. I have started this list of some ideas for things I think you will need to know, to be able to perform a successful mission. This list will grow and be revised and I hope and expect our experienced pilots who have flown missions to share their ideas and knowledge. One more thing. We will also be developing this with specific needs for doing animal searches with input from experts in those fields.
Please comment and share your ideas to help us build this list.
- Looking up information on Google or other mapping tools for a mission.
- What equipment should you have?
- Do I need a part 107 or a similar license for my region?
- How to decide how high to fly a mission for the particular terrain.
- How to find and coordinate locations to the ground crew or incident.
- Should you shoot video and/or still images?
- Processing imaging with software for object identification.
- How to fly a grid and other coverage issues, then how and where to share those.
- How to flight plan for a mission.
- How to share video and/or stills. This will include live streaming options.
- Special sections on thermal imaging drones.
- Communications and how to request a waiver if needed.
- What about night operations?
- What are the best apps for flying a search and rescue drone mission?
- Animal-related training videos.