At Inflights we developed an auto-pricing algorithm to calculate fair compensation to our pilots.

This algorithm takes multiple factors into account:

1. Equipment

· Size of the project

· Type of the project

· Day rate for drone and payload

· Day rate for GPS receiver

· Amount of Ground Control Points that need to be set

2. Permit costs

3. Travel distance

. Location

. Cost per km

Those variables add-up to give us the total price we pay the pilot after the job is done and pictures are uploaded.

1. Equipment

Size of the project:

This is the most important factor that determines the final price. Our algorithm uses this information to estimate the needed time to complete the job.

Small projects take less time, so they will be initially less paid.

Keep in mind that very small projects, like 0.5 hectares, have a minimum starting price. This to account for the fixed expenses that are similar for small and big projects.

Type of the project:

Some jobs have more than one flight step. For example: a roof mapping job requires one single grid flight for NADIR images and one double grid flight for OBLIQUE images. Terrain mapping jobs require only a single grid NADIR flight with greater GSD value.

The more flight steps the job has, the more time it will take for the pilot.

Day rates:

The day rate for the drone, payload and GPS receiver is set individually by the pilot – it directly influences the final price. Setting a lower day rate will make you appear closer to the top of the list.

The pilot can set different prices for each drone, payload and GPS receivers he/she owns.

Please keep in mind this is a full day rate – it means that it will take a full day of work.

For example: If the pilot sets a day rate for his/her DJI Phantom 4 RTK at 800 euro then it will take 8 hours of flying to earn it – this includes battery swaps, traveling between starting point of each flight block and a break.

2. Permit costs

In some countries getting a permit takes time and we understand that time is money. We compensate the pilot for time spent on getting the permit so the full permit cost itself needs to be part of the pilot price.

3. Travel distance

This variable is based on the distance between a pilot’s location and the job site. Our algorithm uses Google Maps to calculate real driving distance.

The compensation for traveling is calculated by kilometer.

Keep in mind that if you don’t fill your location, then you won’t appear in our pilot matcher.


The average rate for 25 hectares of Terrain Mapping by DJI Phantom 4 RTK with setting 8 GCPs in most countries is roughly 400 euro.

Here is the math for this example:

Total pilot rate = (estimated flight time x day rate for drone) + (estimated time for GCPs x day rate for GPS receiver) + travel cost + permit cost.

Estimated flight time and estimated time for GCPs depend on the size of the project and the type of the project.

Be sure to look through all the tabs in your pilot's page to set the correct rates and set your location.

We hope that this article helps to understand how our pricing system works.

If you have any questions let us know.

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