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Make Unlimited Income with Drones? 7 Figure Drone Training Program: An Interview With Lt. Danny Feldman

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Drone pilot Lieutenant Danny Feldman from Air Force and his pilot drone training program

Danny Feldman - Drone Training Program[By Sean William for Aeriographer.com] In this exclusive interview, I talk to Lt. Danny Feldman, a medically retired veteran of the US Air Force and founder of 7FigureDrones. During his service, he flew combat missions piloting the MQ1 Predator drone, the most recognizable drone in the US fleet. Today, he’s leveraging his experience as a Predator pilot and bringing that experience to the consumer drone market.

I’ve attached the full audio recording at the bottom of this post for those who wish to listen to the interview.

Last month I read Kill Decision, an excellent techno-thriller by Daniel Suarez that faces an elite, off the radar military task force, against a swarming army of self-replicating drones that assassinate high-value American targets. Naturally, I was most interested in Danny’s experience in flying the real thing.

Piloting The MQ1 Predator

Danny was enamored with becoming a fighter pilot at a young age, and with the encouragement of his parents, he was accepted to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. After graduating and becoming commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Danny trained to become a pilot at Columbus Air Force Base – an interesting tidbit, as Danny points that all drone pilots learn to fly a conventional aircraft before taking the reigns of a drone. Danny trained on four planes, including the T6 Texan II and the T-1 Jethawk.

Upon receiving his credentials, Danny was shipped off to Las Vegas, where the Air Force remotely pilots its drone fleet (formally known as RPAs, remotely piloted aircraft) that spans the globe. As a mission crew member, Danny’s work picked up after take off – literally. He explains that due to latency and video processing delays, a takeoff and

U.S. Air Force photo - Lt Col Leslie Pratt

Courtesy of Wikipedia (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt)

recovery crew stationed not more than 30 miles from the drone is responsible for take off and landing. Once airborne, Danny takes control eight hours a day for 5-6 days a week.

Speaking of control, there’s always someone behind the stick. There has been considerable media buzz painting drones as autonomous killing machines. Danny made it clear that that narrative is a work of hyperbole; “I cannot emphasize enough how in the loop people are… someone is always in control.” Autopilot plays a role when plotting a course to the mission objective or circling over a target for surveillance, not unlike a commercial aircraft. However, the mission crew and the chain of command are always in control when it’s time to take lethal action, the 9 line, as Danny put it.

Unfortunately, Danny’s career was cut short by a recurring sleep condition and he was medically retired from the Air Force.

Afterwards

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Danny was recruited by Daylight Transport, a trucking company, to act as Director of Sales and Special Projects. There, he expanded his knowledge of the transportation industry – of a less lethal variety – and developed his skills in business and entrepreneurship.

Danny’s background in consumer drones began in 2012 with the DJI Phantom and the AR Parrot drone while he was still in the Air Force. At that point, he did not see the commercial viability. He enjoyed them from a hobbyist perspective, but at that point, they were just toys.

Not long afterward, Danny got into business for himself by launching Drone Pilots Co., a company that retails consumer drones like the DJI Phantom 3, and as well, is launching a comprehensive drone training program.

What Is The Drone Training Program?

Initially, I was very skeptical of the drone training program. At first glance, I saw 100% free in a bold yellow text. My guard was up. I asked Danny about it and he made it clear that the nature of the program is not a simple get rich quick scheme. For $200, users will learn everything about the commercial drone business from ground zero: from purchasing your equipment, learning to fly, obtaining your FAA 333 exemption from the FAA, and a model of how to build a lucrative business leveraging the unique skill set built upon the values of the course. You can watch some of his free videos on his YouTube channel here. I have not see the inner workings of the program, but Danny insists that it is entirely comprehensive.

While the forecast for the industry is foggy at best – with FAA regulations still not fully established – Danny had this to say about the commercial drone industry in the coming years.

“I think what’s going to happen is what’s necessary to happen… First of all, you’re going to see something big, happen, unfortunately. You’re going to have a little Phantom fly into the engine of an A380 at LAX. All of the sudden, the FAA is going to crack down… I certainly do hope that there is more overwatch because I see a lot of folks on Facebook making claims that… you don’t need a 333 permit, you don’t need a pilot license, which is not true… A quadcopter is an aircraft and it needs to be treated as an aircraft, and I think eventually we’re going to figure out the path and see the world open up to more commercial and recreational activities… I think it’s uncertain right now, but I think there’s definitely an opportunity for the commercial side.”

You can catch the full interview on the audio player below.

To keep up with Danny, like him on Facebook and check out his website, DronePilots.org

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