If you are interested in setting up a new business based around drones, it might be worthwhile to read this article. Petr Lněnička is an award-winning filmmaker in the Czech Republic. Working as a filmmaker, he realized shooting aerial footage with drones was a novelty that had great potential and it filled a void.
It was back in 2011 when Petr realized that no one in his country could give him the aerial shots he wanted. So, Petr decided to do it himself. He set up his own company and began with an S800 drone from DJI. The very next week after he purchased the drone, he was flying for others and getting paid for it!
Soon after Petr began flying, he realized that filming was just the beginning of what the drones were capable of doing. He could grow his business faster with drone inspections and mapping. He describes how his first client, a chemical plant, was losing tens of thousands of Euros and could not diagnose a problem it was having. Using an infrared camera and a different perspective, Petr and his team were able to spot the problem immediately. They now work with the same company all over Europe.
By 2016, Petr’s company did 50% of its work in videography and the remaining in industrial inspection and mapping. Today video is less than 20% of his work, and the focus is emphatically on industrial inspection, mapping and related fields.
Three tips for success
Petr offers three tips to success. These are –
- Stay safe – if you don’t train and protect your assets you’ll end up without a company
- Diversify – try new things and learn about the latest technologies
- Work with the authorities
As drones become mainstream, their significant contribution to society will be in making life more comfortable, industries more efficient, and generating new avenues of business. Next time you are at the beach don’t be surprised to see a drone pulling a banner.
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In October 2005, David joined AEgis Technologies as Director of the Simulation Development Group. During that time, David helped formulate the direction of AEgis’ software development efforts to ensure maximum reusability, thereby speeding ongoing development while reducing costs. His focus is technology transfer to commercial products and product development. Under his leadership, the Simulation Development Group developed and fielded over 8000 UAS training systems across the DOD. David has held the title of Vice President, Simulation Development and most recently, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Division.
With more than 25 years in the Modeling, Simulation, and Training industry – and having served in product design and development, technology advancement, project management, and leadership positions. David is a recognized leader and innovator in the MS&T industry, having co-founded, matured and sold a two-man start-up company into a highly-successful small business (CG2, Inc.) in just seven years with no outside venture capital or investments. In addition to being recognized locally as an “Outstanding Small Business” for three consecutive years by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Before co-founding CG2, David spent eight years in the US Army in missile-related fields. He worked for Electronic Associates Inc. and later AMTEC Corporation at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, on a broad range of projects including the Sensor Vision III Real-Time IR Scene Generator, JAVELIN, STINGER, CHAPARRAL BAT, AIT, and THAAD HWIL simulations.
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