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Professional drone pilots who get paid to capture aerial imagery or other data for clients are currently in the middle of an existential crisis, according to a report by Bloomberg. As corporations are liberated of certain airspace restrictions, while small businesses and entrepreneurs remain governed by hampering rules, the demand for trained manual drone pilots is threatening to become near non-existent. 

Andy Trench, for example, reportedly made a couple thousand dollars per day back in 2015 when taking high-altitude aerial photographs was still a special, novel occupation and activity for someone to have. In a mere three years, a standard $2,000 per day has been reduced to around $175. Those are alarm bells ringing violently around the room, if you’re Trench.

“It’s apparent that a lot of this industry is a race to the bottom,” he said.

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Category: Science