Does it not leave you in awe every time you watch a music video that features sprawling expanses of nature caught in a bird’s eye view? While aerial photography and cinematography have been an inaccessible technical marvel for the longest time, the advent of drones is a game-changer in the world of visual aesthetics. And this is what Mehernosh Bazun Dittia has tapped into, as a means to pursue his passion for flying and also to provide a vocational and offbeat career option.
From being the vice president of Business Analytics with a leading healthcare institution to starting a drone training academy. Mehernosh Bazun is a personification of the phrase ‘never too late’. “I have wanted to fly since I was in school, but never really made it into the air force or the commercial aviation industry. However, that didn’t stop me from flying simulators. I learned whatever I could about aircraft and choppers and when I got the chance, I even picked up a small drone and taught myself how to fly it,” he said. “Being a photographer, it was natural for me to take to aerial photography as well. And after I realised that flying drones has been made legal, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my passion. As the saying goes, if you enjoy work, you enjoy life as well,” he added.
Drone training as a career option provides people with employment opportunities with companies who need pilots to fly drones for various industrial applications in order to reduce time, manpower, the risk to human life, and most importantly, to increase the speed of output while maintaining quality and accuracy. “The aim is to create jobs and entrepreneurs,” he says.
As a stable career option for students, how bright is the future in drone training, really?
“For students, it’s a wonderful opportunity. One need not be an aeronautical engineer. Anyone who is passionate about flying and about the drone technology per se can get into it. One may choose to start their own venture or get absorbed into one of the many industries that utilise drone technology to serve their clients. As per DGCA, all that a student needs is to be above 18 years of age and basic competency in spoken and written English,” he explained.