Here are some common questions from pilots.
What is Skytango?
Skytango is the world’s first ecosystem for drone operations. Yes, there are other booking services, but nobody has put it all together like we have. We have great launch partners – News Broadcast Companies, insurance companies, equipment re-sellers, flight schools. All of these partnerships will come online in the near future – as well as the Skytango online tips of the trade.
We do this because we cut our teeth as licensed operators ourselves and we understand the fundamental tensions and issues around this industry. Our solutions will blow your mind (when they are all released in the coming months). Right now, however, we’ve built a foundation that is all about maintaining value in compliance. For us, compliance isn’t a dirty word. In fact, if you are creative and you lean into it, compliance can make or break your drone business.
That might make you think that only licensed operators are welcome here. Far from it. We welcome all operators who value doing things legally. In some countries, like Ireland for example, unlicensed operators can fly commercial operations under certain circumstances.
So Skytango is built by drone and television professionals to serve these unique markets but also to tackle the wider opportunities around data gathering and analytics, offering some creative solutions for this new industry. We know what the technology can do, now it’s time to do it and make deployment user friendly.
Please join us, and help us make this industry succeed.
How do I benefit from joining Skytango?
As a pilot you get.
- Make yourself visible on the world’s first real-time booking map. We don’t broker for you. You get direct messages from clients and can bid on jobs independently. Skytango takes 0% commission! We believe that if you have paid to be on the platform – then it is your sandpit. It’s why we don’t worry if you deal with your client off our platform – even if they found you through us. No paranoia here 🙂
- Download and install the Skytango widget and put your ‘live’ location on your own website. If you have secured permits for a specific location – put yourself out there and maybe get an unexpected job for a client who needs a quick turnaround.
- Run your flights via our checklist system. Create as many lists and items as you want, and use it to run your flights in the field.
- You get a place to sell your stock footage dedicated to aerials as soon as our library comes back online. We will take 0% commission. There’s no other library doing that.
- Insurance Discounts
- Hardware Discounts
How is Skytango different from other drone platforms?
Firstly, we are the only ‘Live Map’ pilot finder in the business and that’s a great tool if you have clients that need quick turnarounds (ie: broadcasters, news agencies, first responders). If you have spent time securing permits for a location – why not let other clients know you are there? If you finish with the original client and have time and daylight left – you might be able to make an unexpected fee if a client contacts you from the ‘Live Map’.
Secondly, we know there are other platforms out there, but in our opinion, they don’t have the ability to solve some of the fundamental tensions around running drones for a living. You need to have the ability to be more flexible with clients and clients need to value a job well done. Everyone needs to value compliance.
We bring our partners to the table who will help us promote our service in different channels with direct access to thousands of content buyers. Let us help you make more out of every flight.
How does the Free Trial work?
There is a 14 day free trial after which your credit card will be billed a monthly fee. You will be informed 3 days before your trial ends.
What is the Sandbox?
It’s a directory. That’s it!
How does this help me in Eastern Tennessee?
I got that question from a visitor on day one. It’s a good one!
My answer is we have a platform that you can push out to your local media outlets. TV, Print, Blogs, anyone can use the realtime booking service and reach you instantly while you are in the field. Nobody else can do that. You can market yourself as having the ability to take orders online complete with checklist and a system for your clients to not only be clearer in their communications, but faster in delivery, and faster payments for you – vital for small business owners.
Does Skytango Make, Sell or Recommend Drones?
Read and subscribe to our industry leading blog. We don’t sell or manufacture hardware and we don’t organize conferences, but we do try to keep everyone up to date on all things drone. We are committed to unbiased reports, educational content, and entertaining news.
What does the app do?
The mobile app is an integral part of our vision. Once you build checklists in your dashboard, you can use the app at each location you fly to develop a work flow and consistency. When you make a location in the field, it immediately creates that location on our servers and puts it in your personal dashboard. When you get back from the field, all you have to do is grab the clips you need for your client and upload them into that location. A huge time saver! Now the checklists you ran at that location are connected to the content and buyers can get a sense of how you performed and whether that location is legal – which is increasingly important to them (we’ve asked) and adds value to your work and your business.
In addition, when you get a job through the platform, the buyer’s instructions and checklists will show up in your app. So you can work through the list and get it right the first time.
If you want to ‘be visible’, don’t forget to turn yourself on in the field! Your location will be visible on our ‘live map’ and content buyers / news organisations etc. can call you direct.
You can also install the Skytango widget on your own website to show your ‘Live Map’ location there too.
Does it work if I'm out of cell/mobile data range?
Native App is not available right now but is expected in Q3 2019, so for now, you have to be in range.
Am I always visible if I run the app?
No. Only if you choose to be. You have to turn it on. It won’t drain your battery! It only logs your location when you ‘make me visible’ but it will keep track of your movements within a radius until you shut it off. For privacy reasons, it doesn’t pinpoint your exact location – we thought you wouldn’t be too keen on that, but it randomises within a radius every time someone logs on to find you.
How do buyers find me and how do I make myself look good on system?
Buyers will find you via your profile on their dashboard or via the ‘Live’ map if you are using the ‘Make me visible’ function on the app. So fill your profile completely and make it look good. Put your demo reel on Vimeo (preferred) or Youtube and link to it. Enter your services and your insurance and describe what you do.
How quickly do I get paid?
Right now, the system is set to only deliver Hi Res content to the buyer once you are paid. The buyer first gets watermarked proxies of the product, and then if they are happy they pay you directly but you must deliver content via the Skytango platform for this to happen. You can deliver content to them ‘offline’. That’s fine by us. You are then subject to your client’s payment terms.
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