Damman has photographed every thing from houses for actual property listings to downtown skyscrapers for property advertising functions. He stated he thinks there will likely be added progress alternatives in years to come back from using drones for land surveying and vitality markets.
Considered one of Damman’s frequent purchasers is Colliers Worldwide’s Cleveland workplace. Mark Abood, a senior vice chairman at Colliers, stated V1DroneMedia has produced video for the corporate a few half-dozen occasions for topics starting from the 200 Public Sq. skyscraper to an workplace constructing in Solon.
“He captures the geography of a constructing higher than anybody we have now used,” Abood stated.
Damman additionally has supplied video for 2 documentary movies, together with one in regards to the deadly 2012 police capturing of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who have been unarmed, after a chase from downtown Cleveland to East Cleveland. That shoot took a yr, Damman stated, as a result of he had to supply video of surroundings throughout totally different seasons. He additionally lately produced drone video of streets in Lakewood for an additional deliberate documentary.
Damman received the documentary assignments primarily based on advertising by social networks and his web site. He was eager about pictures however needed to sharpen his expertise by self-study. Getting the FAA license to function an unmanned aerial automobile was simpler for him due to his flying background. He stated he is aware of when airspace close to an airport could also be a problem because of his piloting days.
When drones began changing into generally accessible within the early 2010s, Damman stated he “simply needed to get his fingers on one.” At present there are a few half-dozen round his home.
His expertise with remote-control plane made working drones a no brainer, he stated.
“In most types of flying, you by no means let go of the stick,” Damman stated, “however a drone has geopositioning and can robotically stay secure.”
The cellular telephone system supporting drones can be superior to the remote-control plans of previous, he stated.
“A trucker turning on his CB inside vary used to play havoc with these,” Damman stated.
Drone companies have been popping up in Northeast Ohio since at the very least 2012. Whereas ease of entry for somebody who doesn’t take care over FAA licensing might make it a simple enterprise for folks to enter, the demand for such providers has climbed astronomically.
Matt Mishak is a North Ridgeville attorney who has taught drone regulation and is a associate in DroneWerx LLC, a maker of drones and supplier of drone providers in Vermilion. He stated the problem for the still-growing trade is that costs plummeted as extra drone providers grew to become accessible.
“We used to get $1,000 for a shoot, and the going value right this moment is about $100,” Mishak stated.
Nevertheless, Mishak stated that’s offset by rising demand for drone pictures and different drone providers.
“These are computer systems with wings,” Mishak stated. “I consider they may play an element within the digitization of our world. I can see the day when drones are getting used to construct homes. There are already fundamental examples of that on the market on the web.”
Nevertheless, Damman thinks the drone enterprise could also be a lifeline for others which were unemployed due to the decline of economic aviation in the course of the pandemic. He lately posted an article on his LinkedIn web page suggesting how helpful withdrawing with a drone enterprise may be for different grounded fliers.
“I wrote it as a result of I get quite a lot of questions in regards to the enterprise,” Damman stated. “This put all of it collectively in a single place for the long run reasonably than responding to every of them.”
Requested if he anxious about creating extra competitors for himself, Damman stated there are benefits for skilled pilots. He additionally pointed to the wants for alternate options as airways furlough 1000’s and it could take years for the trade to rebuild.
“Numerous these folks haven’t got something however flying,” he stated.