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Amazon, Google, Others Are Developing Private Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Validation tests in conjunction with NASA are slated for the next three months

BALTIMORE (US)—The commercial drone industry wants to create a privately funded and operated air-traffic control network, separate from the current federal system, to enable widespread operations at low altitudes.

In conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, validation tests are slated over the next three months at a handful of sites. The intent is to develop a “totally different, new way of doing things,” Parimal Kopardekar, NASA’s senior air-transport technologist who first suggested the idea of an industry-devised solution, told approximately 1,000 attendees at the conference.

Read More: The Wall Street Journal

The Best Way to Boost Your Career as a Drone Operator: Up Your Skills to Something Specific

The commercial market for drone operators is expanding, and that’s good news for the industry.  Insurance, construction, inspections and security firms are all increasing their adoption of drone technology. But the pool of licensed drone operators is expanding too – and that can make it difficult to stand out and get hired.

The best way to boost your career as a licensed operator is to upgrade your skill set, and market accordingly.  “People hiring drone operators are looking to solve a specific problem,” says Miriam McNabb, CEO of JobForDrones. “They want to be sure that the person they hire is familiar with the tools required to get them the results they need.”

It can be hard to differentiate yourself if the product is limited to aerial images, for real estate or marketing.  But for a moderate investment, operators can get themselves trained on infrared imaging technology and start offering a very specific skill.   It’s worth it: there is a reason that night waivers are currently the most granted FAA waiver out there.

In addition to being best for performing roof inspections and other types of thermal imaging work, nighttime is simply when many security missions need to be performed and when busy office or public buildings prefer to have drones around.  Being able to offer specific skills with infrared imaging opens your portfolio to a wide variety of jobs that most operators won’t be able to compete for.

Read More: Drone Life