In 2016, ground schools started popping up for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as “drones.” 

Most of the learners would show up to these because they planned to use drones for their businesses, and it was understood that soon the FAA would be requiring a pilot certificate beyond the Section 333 Authorization for commercial operations. 

Back then, drones were still regarded by many as toys strictly for amusement. How in the world could a toy be used in business?

How far the technology—and the culture of drones—has come.

Drones as a Marketing Tool 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, there is something inherently valuable about images captured from a drone. The real estate industry was one of the first groups to realize this, and these days, it is difficult to find a realtor who is not using a drone for marketing purposes. Virtual tours of homes for sale often start with aerial views of the…