The history of Commercial Drones Infographic – First Quadcopter to DJI Drones

This time around we're going to take a look at how commercial drones, the friendly ones have evolved in time. There's tons of infographics on the subject of military drones, but nobody seems to care about the quadcopters that everyone can use in their daily life.


It's amazing how Radio Controlled technology has evolved in paralel with flying quadcopters. From the invention of the basic technology by Nikola Tesla, to the modern quadcopters with tons of sensors and GPS, this infographic and article captures every important moment that you shouldn't forget.

The History of Drones Infographic

Remember to check the additional historical events bellow the infographic (I didn't have enough space for everything).
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As promised, here are other historical events that I didn't have enough space to mention in the infographic. If you have any other suggestions please comment down bellow and tell me.

1956 - Convertawings Model A quadcopter

This was the first time propulsion was used to control an aircraft's yaw, pitch and roll.

It was invented and designed by Dr. Bothezat in 1956.

Unlike classical helicopter design, the 4 rotor system is much more efficient when it comes to fuel consumption and overall controlability.

Why are we not seeing quadcopters on the sky instead of helicopters? Well, the processing power at the time was not enough to be able to control all the four rotors at the same time. These days we have ESC's (Electronic Speed Controllers) that handle the speed at which the motors rotate.

2006 - First Commercial drone permit by FAA

This was not the start of a revolution, as for the following 8 years they issued an average of 2 permits!

This says a lot about how recent the actual boom of commercial drones is!

2006 - DJI Was founded by Frank Wang!

Frank Wang, a mainland-born student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has an idea to revolutionize how useful quadcopters are for the mainstream population.

2014 - Parrot sells 180.000 units of AR and AR 2.0

Parrot, one of the most popular drone companies to this day has sold one of the first well-done and working quadcopter models for the wide public.

The Parrot AR and AR 2.0 models have been greately modded by enthusiasts and have become the stepping stone for something bigger.

2015 - FAA issued 1000 drone permits

UAVcoach has an interesting article with data on how many FAA permits have been released overall to the current day. Just keep in mind that in 2015 there were only 1000 recorded drones in the USA.

Keep in mind that the infos above are only for the registered ones! There's a lot more on the side!

2015 - Yuneec q500 Typhoon

Yuneec, a company known for working in the aeronautical field has developed what seems like one of the best alternatives to the Phantom 3 models from DJI.

I remember having to choose between DJI products and the very awesome Quineec q 500 4k. It comes with a modular removable camera that could be used on the ground too. This system made it pretty revolutionary, even to this day!

2018 - cheap drones get better + Mavic 2?

2018 is the year where cheap chinese drones have adopted optical flow cameras from drones like DJI Tello.

You can now get pretty stable drones for under $50, and use them successfully as selfie drones, although the quality of the image is still questionable sometimes.

Besides that, there have been some rumors and pictures of what looks like the Mavic 2.

If this is the case, expect DJI to make a ton of sales this year, because the Mavic Pro was a total blast with people!

If you're decided to buy your first camera drone, these are the 2 best under $100 I know of! (link opens in a new tab!)

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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  1. Hello. Mr Paul Archer. I’m in love with the technology I want to be part of the drone business, by repairing and also a dealer on drone parts I be very greatful if my regust is granted

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