When you’re building an aerial service business, there’s a lot to think about.
Your equipment and maintenance. Aircraft registration and pilot certification. Permissions and notifications. Liability insurance. Business entity paperwork and client contracts. Bookkeeping and accounting. Your website. Your pricing and packaging and positioning.
Upon completing Drone Pilot Ground School, our students are asked in a short survey,
“What’s been your one biggest challenge in the sUAS industry so far?”
As you might imagine, that response is overwhelmingly something along the likes of, “Getting business.”
We get it. Building a service-based business is hard.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of certified drone pilot directories and national drone networks for you to submit your company information to and to get listed in. At the moment, there’s no official database of certified drone pilots in the U.S., just a hodgepodge of companies looking to build various types of service marketplaces that connect certified pilots with jobs.
And here’s the thing.
Even if you don’t get direct business from these websites, the pilot directories that offer public profiles often give you a link back to your website, which without getting too technical here is VERY helpful for search engine optimization and ranking higher for relevant keywords your prospects are typing into Google. Wouldn’t it be great to rank #1 in Google for “drone pilot [YOUR CITY]”?
Online marketing is the new Yellow Pages, folks.
If you’re serious about making money as a drone pilot, you should actively be learning how to rank #1 for keywords like “drone pilot [YOUR CITY],” so that when your potential customers are doing research online, you’re the one showing up at the top of the list. Not your competitors.
And you should also be hustling to get business. Again, we can’t promise any of these directories or networks will bring you fame and fortune, but it’s pretty easy to register and it gets your name out there.
We’ve done our best to vet the below directories and networks, which are listed in alphabetical order, and we recognize that our list is not exhaustive. If you have a company we should add to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of U.S. Certified Drone Pilot Directories and Networks
We’re doing our best to link directly to the pilot sign-up or application page. We encourage you to poke around each of these websites to get a better sense of what each is about.
- DroneDeploy Mapping Directory
- Drone Dispatch
- Drone Mega Pages
- Drone Trades
- Fair Fleet
- Skyward Pilot Finder
- Sold by Air
- Soaring Sky
- The Drone Xperience (Spanish)