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How many airplane pilots are also flying drones?
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Blizzard
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Altough I'm retired now I did fly for many years as a commercial pilot.
But I think quite a lot of the drone pilots here did also fly airplanes.

Is the experience as an airplane pilot gives you better understanding flying drones?
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B1houdini
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I am not a pilot but I did take ground school and I have worked in the Avionic field for 30 years. Those electronic displays you see in the cockpit  are controlled by the many black boxes I helped research and develop back in the 80's.
My best friend was a captain flying commercial aircraft and we spend a lot of time flying together. He can handle stress a lot better then me so I do think pilots have one up on us non pilots.
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PS013
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Having my PPL made it a breeze to get part 103 certification. I think that being a pilot makes you more aware of the risks inherent to flying drones.
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AG0N-Gary
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Haven't flown for years, but hold SEL/MEL and Commercial.  I don't think it helps fly drones at all.  But it does make it easy to understand the FAA's wishes in most cases.
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Mavic Ace
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Haven’t flown a plane since 2012 but I flew Cessna 172s for several years. It does help to understand the basics of flight, wind and the FAA
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eYeSkYeYe
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In my experience, PPL/CPL holders are more panic-proof. I would say at least 80% of bad things happening with drones are direct result of panic. 17% is a result of machine being smarter than pilot and 3% of device malfunction.
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Hummingbird.UAV
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I used to fly an aerobatic tail dragger and a 17m wingspan glider in my younger days.  Still have a valid medical so the full sized aircraft licence is still good.  Made it really easy to get a 1 year standing SFOC from Transport Canada to fly my drones.  (got it on my 1st application)
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Buzzyone
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Current PPL, in the past have flown gliders, Pawnees' and Piper Warrior, this all helps gaining my CAA PfCO for commercial drone operations.

It also gives you a much bigger insight into the weather and being able to read the conditions. Although the glider piloting gives you a really good understanding and a healthy respect for the weather.
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Jenee 2
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I was a CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) for many years and still hold a current licence. The main benefits are in understanding airspace and the rules, understanding the effects of control stick movements and really understanding how weather conditions can effect the drone.
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