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For most pilots, VR-like technology is familiar from FPV racing: first person goggles are as close to a simulated but real experience as you can get while flying.

DroneBase is looking to find the balance between enterprise and enthusiast with a familiar concept, just taken to new heights. That concept is sandbox building, the ability to construct structures and shapes out of thin air, most commonly found in popular games such as Minecraft. DroneBase wants its pilots to get creative, using the new AR platform and tools to build, create and share. The sky is just the canvas.

According to drone industry analyst Colin Snow, most recreational pilots fly on average once every 2-3 months. Commercial pilots are busier, with 1-5 projects on average per month.It could be that DroneBase’s AR platform gives pilots something new to do with their quads that are gathering dust in the garage. CEO and founder Dan Burton believes that “AirCraft gives pilots of all skill levels new reasons to fly their drones.”

“Every pilot (including us) began as a drone hobbyist and enthusiast,” he said. “They are perhaps the biggest group and also the least engaged with their drones. AirCraft lets DroneBase reach out to drone hobbyists for the first time, but we fully expect that as AirCraft encourages pilots to fly more, many will become open to the possibility of making money from their drone and some will even consider being a full-time drone pilot their profession.

“Unlike current AR experiences, AirCraft allows pilots to create and interact with virtual objects in the sky while flying. We’re looking to our community of pilots to see what they will build, how they will use this technology, and what they want next,” said Burton.

It’s difficult to say exactly how commercial pilots might use AirCraft. It may take some experimenting to find exactly what it’s useful for, which is all part of the plan for DroneBase.

Theoretically, because AirCraft allows pilots to create their own designs with 3D blocks that virtually stay in the sky, rendering a computer-aided design (CAD) model at a construction site or evaluating a post-disaster insurance claim are not beyond the realms of possibility. And pilots working as a team can use AirCraft to view and build upon what colleagues have created.

Then there’s the training aspect. An augmented reality platform like AirCraft gives pilots a safe place to train without having to worry about crashing into genuine structures. “Drones help us interact with the world in completely unique ways, and the features offered by AirCraft expand on this interaction in a way that I’ve never seen done before. From simply making fun objects in parks and on mountains to making additions to large structures, AirCraft is both enjoyable and practical. I am so excited to see what I can create with AirCraft in the future.”

Want to give AirCraft a go? You can sign up for the Beta in the DroneBase app, available from the Apple store. An android version is due to come out soon.