THE ongoing process of getting people vaccinated has not only opened up more business sectors; it has also created more job opportunities, especially for drone pilots.
Malaysian Drone Club deputy president Wan Hasyidan Wan Hussein said the job of drone pilots was currently trending as industries, especially tourism, were busy promoting their products through aerial videos and photos.
He revealed that a drone pilot could earn between RM500 and RM2,000 per job and this could go higher, depending on the quality of work and types of footage as well as risk factors.
“Risky locations involve properties or tourism products that are located on islands where pilots need to fly their drones against strong winds and over the sea, which can cause signal issues aside from the weather factor.
“Those who are new to the field can promote their services to property owners who are looking to sell their property,” he added.
Wan Hasyidan explained that shooting videos of homes was easier in terms of highlighting the visuals needed.
For tourism videos, he said some of the items requested by clients included sunset and sunrise shots.
“Mersing is one of the hottest locations for this type of footage and many drone pilots have gone to the island to do so,” he shared.
Meanwhile, Kapten Drones chief executive officer Asyraf Fudhail Abu Bakar said flying drones could be turned into a lucrative side income, which included site inspection, aerial survey, map planning and video editing.
“Flying drones should not be left as a hobby to kill time.
“The more time spent flying drones, the more the user can start venturing into post-production work and learn about the applications and software involved so that they can sell the footage and photos captured,” he said.
Asyraf added that his company was currently involved in drone agriculture, where they manage the spraying of herbicide and fertiliser using drones.
“Our projects are more focused on padi fields located on the northern and eastern parts of the peninsula.“Drone pilots can earn between RM2,000 and RM4,000 per month for this type of work, depending on the size of the crop area,” he said, adding that a drone pilot’s working hours were also flexible.