Starting as a professional drone pilot in France


First of all it is necessary to be able to carry out missions of characteristics S1 to S4 according to the needs.

For example, if you want to be able to fly in built-up areas or in populated areas, it is obligatory to be able to make flights of type S3. This means carrying out administrative procedures that need to prove your professional drone pilot capabilities.

Do you want to perform missions as a professional drone pilot? Several things are to know before you can start.

Here are our tips to start and carry out your missions with confidence and in compliance with the regulations.


Different steps requiring some steps must be taken.

Here is the list with some notes:

  • Drone pilot certification (cost about € 3,500)

    • Including the ULM Theoretical Certificate (about 1.000 €)

    • the drone pilot training (2.000 / 2500 €)

  • Purchase of equipment (about 6.000 €)

    • a professional drone

    • Accessories (batteries, filters, suitcases)

    • Parachute kit

  • Drone pilot schools

    • Know the seriousness of the training before committing yourself

  • Inquire and prepare upstream

    • Quizzes and online training

  • Register with the DGAC and send them:

    • your theoretical ULM pilot certificate

    • your pilot training certificate

    • Your DNC (Statement of Skill Level)

  • Obtaining your drone pilot operator number

  • Subscribe to an insurance

How to get my first missions?

Now that you are legally trained and certified, you can start performing your first missions as a professional drone pilot. It's not always easy to start as a pilot. Nevertheless, solutions exist to facilitate this step.

Our first tip: practice! There is no secret, depending on the quality of service you can deliver, you will build your reputation. Practice!

Other advice on the quality of your visual rendering:

  1. Prepare your flight plan and know what plan you want to get before shooting. A tracking flight always helps.

  2. Keep the same trajectory and speed of flight: for a camera angle and a fluid image; limit speed and course changes.

  3. Crop his videos to hide propellers that may appear in the image.

  4. Shoot in D-log color setting for easy image work.

  5. The choice of music is essential: stay sober!

Indeed, very specific and new missions appear more and more regularly. These missions require new special skills for pilots. So as soon as you feel fit, specialize, do not hesitate!

When you have improved your pilot skills and accumulated a certain amount of flying time: go further.