Drone pilots’ $2,000 pay tumbles 90% in `race to the bottom’

DRONE PILOTS have seen a precipitous fall in the going rate of commercial drone flights as technology lowers the barrier for entry and the market becomes more crowded. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ JAMES MACDONALD
DRONE PILOTS have seen a precipitous fall in the going rate of commercial drone flights as technology lowers the barrier for entry and the market becomes more crowded. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ JAMES MACDONALD
NEW YORK - Andy Trench made $2,000 a day in 2015 taking sky-high photographs along the East Coast with a drone he made himself. Now, that same work fetches about $175. “It’s apparent that a lot of this industry is a race to the bottom,” said Trench, a Rhode Island entrepreneur who’s been operating remote-controlled…

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