UAV Coach Survey Results. So this is where it gets fun.
Over 700 of you filled out our survey. And, after several cups of coffee (and some rainy day indoor flight training sessions), I pored through Every. Single. One. Of your comments.
In this post, I’ll summarize what I’ve learned from you all.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in our survey.
It means a lot that you took time out of your day to offer feedback, and to tell me more about who you are and why you’re here.
Let’s dive in.
I was absolutely thrilled to see that our audience is so global.
Here’s what I learned:
And to those 22% of you who aren’t in the United States, you’re vocal! You told me that:
One of you wrote, “Assign a country representative from different countries, and make a better plan to improve your community globally.”
I hear you! Great idea.
I received a lot of comments asking for more content.
And when it comes to beginner resources. vs. more advanced tutorials, the feedback was evenly split. I guess the only thing I can do to respond to that is to create more of both!
And boy, do you all fly a lot of different types of drones. Here’s what I saw:
When I asked what ONE thing should I do to improve the UAV Coach community, the most frequent response I got was, “more training.”
And many of you went into detail, writing that you wanted to see more videos. A YouTube channel. Webinars. More regular video updates. Video-based training, etc.
When I asked, What THREE topics are most important to you right now?, many of you want a clearer understanding of existing UAV regulations and safety, and many of you want to master basic multirotor orientation and flight patterns.
A number of other topics were also represented:
One of my favorite pieces of feedback:
Become part of the few who are the conduit providing information from owner/operators back to the FAA.
You’re absolutely right.
We’ve got an opportunity to be a powerful cohort and to help influence the UAV industry in the way that we all collectively choose to. Many of you wrote about advocacy and industry participation. You want us to play a stronger role in the broader community, joining the ranks of communities like AMA, AUVSI, etc.
This feedback took a variety of forms, but it became clear to me that you wanted to learn more from people who have found success in the UAV industry, directly from their experiences.
More case studies and interviews and people pulling back the curtain with their own businesses.
There’s overwhelming demand for better communication amongst community members.
Many of you wrote something like this:
There’s free information, links to classes, articles and resources, but there’s no member community or discussion board. Do that.
Noted. GREAT feedback.
Our goal is to have something up for you by the end of the year.
Many of you alluded to a stronger local presence, where you can interact with other local RC pilots, fly together, train together, and chat shop with others in your immediate area.
This is an interesting idea, one we admittedly haven’t had on our radar.
Hopefully, by better connecting community members with each other, this kind of local interaction will happen naturally. Maybe we’ll try to foster this through our forum. TBD.
When I asked What best describes you and listed out multiple options, the majority of you selected that you’re recreational pilots who are interested in one-day starting your own commercial aerial services businesses.
I liked this particular piece of feedback, which I think captures many of your sentiments about starting an aerial services business.
Provide more information on how we can set up our own full serviced aerial business and what insurance and licenses that we need.
You also asked more specifically about marketing / sales tips, what other successful companies are doing, and pricing and packaging.
Of course, you’re not all entrepreneurs.
I loved this feedback:
Segment market by sUAS hobbyists versus commercial users, then develop content appropriate to target market you are addressing. In some cases, content may be appropriate for both markets and, in others, segmentation may be appropriate. Thanks for all that you are doing!
Many of you only plan to fly recreationally and simply want to become stronger pilots, know what systems to buy, and to make sure what you’re doing is safe and legal.
We need to to a better job of separating recreational vs. commercial content.
Loved seeing this.
We’re doing our best to stay apprised of existing regulations around the world and to communicate those changes to you in a clear, timely manner.
Not sure what kind of accent I’m going for there.
Anyway, one of the questions I asked in the survey was: What other sources do you turn to for UAV industry news? Please list any websites, YouTube channels, forums, meet-up groups, etc. that you use.
You shared a TON of resources, many of which had already made our top 100 drone news list, but I discovered some new resources as well.
Here’s where you all look for information:
Many of you turn to YouTube for help.
Looks like it’s time to step up my video game.
I got some pretty funny (and frank) comments.
Here were a few of my favorites:
Keep the feedback coming, folks.
Whether you know it or not, it’s all helpful.
All of it.
Thanks again for participating and know that we’re working hard over here to respond to everything mentioned above.
Reach out to us at email@example.com, anytime.