by Connor Adams Sheets
International Business Times
Refractive Films co-founder Jeremy Hansen’s video camera-equipped drones really get around. They’ve flown high above a Philadelphia suburb to shoot footage for a music video, recorded a bird’s-eye view of New York City’s Herald Square and even crash-dove into the ocean off the coast of Florida.
But Hansen isn’t a licensed pilot. He doesn’t have extensive formal training. And he certainly doesn’t announce his flight plans to air traffic controllers or keep in radio contact with other aircraft.
He’s just one of the thousands of Americans who have purchased or built drones for their own private or commercial use in recent years. And he’s been able to turn a little ingenuity, combined with the absence of effective, easily enforceable regulations on the use of these increasingly popular unmanned aircraft, into a lucrative and unique service offered by his year-old, New York-based multimedia production company.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com