Drone Operator

#1
Hi,

I'm a licensed Drone Operator of nearly 3 years now and run a filming business, i'm looking at joining the reserves. As i am 1 of only about 5,000 active Drone Operators in the UK who are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority i wondered if that would be beneficial to my reserves unit (Redhill, Surrey) at all? It's a complete afterthought as i would be happy in any role but thought i would ask the question.

Thanks
 
#2
Hi,

I'm a licensed Drone Operator of nearly 3 years now and run a filming business, i'm looking at joining the reserves. As i am 1 of only about 5,000 active Drone Operators in the UK who are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority i wondered if that would be beneficial to my reserves unit (Redhill, Surrey) at all? It's a complete afterthought as i would be happy in any role but thought i would ask the question.

Thanks
Why would it be?

What is your local unit's specialisation?
 
#6
You've got to remember that the TA had a long tradition of people wanting to NOT to do their day job at the weekends. Pay Clerks who were civvie chefs, Chefs who were electricians, Powermen who were chartered accountants. Makes for some strange accidents when they mobilise. Royal Engineer Officer surveying a powerstation in Bosnia was shocked by his driver contradicting him. "I'm a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers" said the Major. "Strange" said the Lance Jack. "I'm a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the MD of the largest commercial electical company in the North West of England"
 
#8
You've got to remember that the TA had a long tradition of people wanting to NOT to do their day job at the weekends. Pay Clerks who were civvie chefs, Chefs who were electricians, Powermen who were chartered accountants. Makes for some strange accidents when they mobilise. Royal Engineer Officer surveying a powerstation in Bosnia was shocked by his driver contradicting him. "I'm a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers" said the Major. "Strange" said the Lance Jack. "I'm a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the MD of the largest commercial electical company in the North West of England"
Then why ask about your day job ?
Join the infantry and stop bitching.
 
#9
I only asked the question because some of the videos i've watched and the things i have read talk about day jobs. Too old to apply for the RAF role
 
#10
I only asked the question because some of the videos i've watched and the things i have read talk about day jobs. Too old to apply for the RAF role
Are you sure? I find it very hard to imagine that you are too old for the RAF but young enough for the infantry (I'm in the RAF).
 
#11
Are you sure? I find it very hard to imagine that you are too old for the RAF but young enough for the infantry (I'm in the RAF).
The position they are recruiting for (RPAS) says that you can't be over 33 years of age, I'm nearly 35, and must have adequate 4 a-c GCSE's, I think I have 3. However, I do have an actual qualification as a current licensed drone operator. I know pretty much zero about recruitment to both the RAF or Army so I'm not sure how strict these are and if my current situation would be considered at all.
 
#12
The position they are recruiting for (RPAS) says that you can't be over 33 years of age, I'm nearly 35, and must have adequate 4 a-c GCSE's, I think I have 3. However, I do have an actual qualification as a current licensed drone operator. I know pretty much zero about recruitment to both the RAF or Army so I'm not sure how strict these are and if my current situation would be considered at all.
Get in touch directly with the RAF unit you would look at joining and see what they say, since they will be the ones making the final decision / potentially making an exception for you.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
In terms of your current unit using you, not really other than to film training for publicity purposes - i think my mob have a drone for that reason but dont quote me!
 

crustyrusty

On ROPS
On ROPs
#16
Geo (42reg) has a reserve squadron, probs your best bet in the RE for drones @Luff84
Not used in the Reserves at 135 Geo Sqn RE(R) & not a lot learned in your 3 week full time map bodging course at Wyton or Royal School of Military Engineering. If you can commit to the 9 month regular course you can progress more quickly, Is talk of 135 being moved to Wyton and home of the regular 42 (Geo) parent unit.
 

DAS

Old-Salt
#17
Not used in the Reserves at 135 Geo Sqn RE(R) & not a lot learned in your 3 week full time map bodging course at Wyton or Royal School of Military Engineering. If you can commit to the 9 month regular course you can progress more quickly, Is talk of 135 being moved to Wyton and home of the regular 42 (Geo) parent unit.
When I left Wyton we at least had proper planes there. :cool:
 
#20
Not used in the Reserves at 135 Geo Sqn RE(R) & not a lot learned in your 3 week full time map bodging course at Wyton or Royal School of Military Engineering. If you can commit to the 9 month regular course you can progress more quickly, Is talk of 135 being moved to Wyton and home of the regular 42 (Geo) parent unit.
Fair enough, looks like the only use for drones is for the army Instagram page.
 

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