This article first appeared in slight different form on Eric’s website.
TL;DR: The new Part 107 law will make it easier to be a commercial drone pilot. That means there will be more competition for jobs and more competition for aerial services. Prices for aerial services will be lowered and margins trimmed. Differentiation will be key for UAV pilots and service providers to compete. Pilots will be forced to differentiate based on safety records, flight hours, and portfolios. Companies will be forced to differentiate based on similar attributes as well as specializations, area coverage, and timeliness of response. Continue reading →