This past week we got the chance for some one on one time with Dave Terry, the content expert for our upcoming Aerial and Real Estate Photography Courses! See below for my interview and his insights to this industry we love!
Flying IQ: Tell me a little about your background and your path to becoming a Drone Pilot.
Dave Terry: I have a strong aviation background, started saving for my pilots license when I was 8, got a paper route until I was 14 and then took glider training so by 15 I had my private pilots license and was flying airplanes before I was driving cars.
I then spent time with model aviation and learned to fly the old control line airplanes and eventually got into RC flying.
In early 2013 I wanted something to fuel my fire and passion and started a new company called Silverhawk Aerial Imaging. I Spent 1 year becoming an expert on all things drones and went on a quest for knowledge learning all I could so in March, 2014 we launched officially.
Flying IQ: What was it about being a drone pilot that lead you to that career choice?
Dave Terry: Everyone wants to fly – being able to fly is freeing to the spirit, it’s a rush, its fun, cool and enjoyable.
Now I get to make money and enjoy what I’m doing with Silverhawk Aerial Imaging.
Flying IQ: How did you learn to fly drones? Did you take a course or were you self-taught?
Dave Terry: It came as second nature because of my aviation background both with full scale and model experience
learning to fly was fairly simple. Early on in 2013 the technology wasn’t very reliable so I made some costly mistakes which gave me new perspective on how to rebuild and reconstruct my drones to make them better.
My first drone was a turn key drone (DJI) I wrecked it real quickly and then learned the back end of how to build his own drone
Flying IQ: Where do you think the drone industry is headed, specifically in regards to Aerial and Real Estate Photography?
Dave Terry: Prospects are very bright the platform as a whole is very reliable thanks to the hobbyist and now we are using that platform to do actual work. Drones are now doing work as opposed to just having fun.
Flying IQ: Your best moment with your drone?
Dave Terry: Defining moment came when I was hovering a train tunnel in Nevada and wanted a very specific shot of the train coming out of the tunnel and ruggedness and old steamworld feel. I waited and waited to get the shot and knew I had made the shot even before I could take it home to look at the footage. The shot was actually more amazing then I thought. I use that shot to know how far I’ve come. It was a rush moment – a thrill of getting the shot and being able to produce it.
Flying IQ: What was your biggest drone fail moment?
Dave Terry: I was hired to go film at a undisclosed location at a military base and I was supposed to be filming people doing work and I was supposed to catch a specific moment and before we started shooting I realized the transmitter I brought was the wrong one and we ended up not getting any footage – it was quite embarrassing.
Flying IQ: Best tip for new beginners in the drone industry
Dave Terry: Be willing to jump all in – be willing to spend the money, time and effort. It’s really hard work you can spend 3 hrs for a 10 min flight it’s not something you can just grab your done throw it into the air and expect to get great shots. You have to put in the preparation for greatness.
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