Air-Vid takes off with worldwide directory of drone and UAV pilots

Looking for a drone pilot to shoot aerial video for a research project, film or even your wedding?

Air-Vid, an aerial pilot directory, does just that. And now, they have 500 pilots from 44 different companies.

It’s beneficial for pilots, who can get business and profit from flying drones. But it’s also beneficial for people who need a pilot to capture video for them.

“It’s an easy process to find a videographer,” said Air-Vid Chief Marketing Officer George Gooderham. “It’s like a matchmaker service.”

How it works:

  1. Pilots register for Air-Vid, including uploading contact information, location, photos, demo reels
  2. Anyone who needs a UAV pilot can search the directory
  3. They can view their contact information and connect with them off the site
  4. All transactions are done outside the site

Pilots in the Air-Vid community range from hobbyists to professionals who have worked on Hollywood films — among them are Drone Dudes, whose clients include Nike and GoPro. Customers can search pilots based on the skill level they’re looking for, whether they’re looking for someone to fly over an event, rescue mission, news story or even a wedding.

“Air-Vid is a one stop shop to find and compare companies from all over the world,” said Eric Maloney, Head of Production at Drone Dudes. “It will allow clients to quickly decipher who the real talented high-end guys are and who is just getting started.”

Air-Vid pilots are capable of doing flights including:

  • search and rescue
  • cinematography
  • mapping
  • roof inspections
  • 3D Imaging
  • asset management

Gooderham, an accomplished aerial photographer, had the idea to crowd-source a UAV pilot when his daughter went on a school trip to Italy.

“Wouldn’t it be cool if I could watch their outdoor concert in Rome from my home in Toronto?” he said.

Meanwhile Egan, a licensed pilot, who separately works for a major commercial real estate firm, wanted a way to show off multi-million dollar parcels of land in order to differentiate his marketing.

“Typically there’s always a photo with no context looking out over a green field, but there’s no proximity to retail, roads or traffic,” Egan said. “An aerial image would give context to that property.”

Over coffee one day, they realized why isn’t there an easy way to find a UAV pilot online?

Air-Vid does just that.

Since its inception, pilots have participated in aerial cinematography opportunities including a lifestyle clothing brand shoot, monitoring ice flows in a river for a township and aerial video for resort marketing.

“These technologies have taken root,” co-founder David French said. “They are powerful tools with limitless consumer and commercial applications, and this industry is poised for growth.”

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