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  2. Last year the Army banned the use of DJI drones which led to considerable confusion int eh other branches of the military. This has been discussed in other threads, I think mostly dismissed as some sort of conspiracy theory. Not that the debate would have changed the outcome of this, but on May 23 the Secretary of Defense suspended the purchase and use of ALL COTS (commercially Off the Shelf) UAS. Not just DJI, not just Chines manufactured drones but ALL commercially available drones! This is the direct result of the irresponsible cybersecurity policies of one company, DJI. Just as with Army ban in August people who own and like DJI will most likely think this doesn't effect them, however, this latest policy is far more reaching than the Army ban. Not only does it encompass all civil COTS drones it will extend to critical infrastructure and federal projects making the commercial market much smaller. Personally I'm interested in this for several reasons, I'm a commercial operator but I'm fascinated how did it came to this? I've also become a fan of Mike Rowe and he explains how the false debate over security and safety is shaping our culture. its unfortunate that ideology or a blind devotion to a brand seems to stifle debate about this. On one hand this makes me sick to my stomach how this is going to effect the commercial market, on the other it isn't going to effect my company the way that is most likely going to effect most of you. A lot of people on this forum ask for advice on how to start or grow a commercial drone company, the first thing I'd say is develop it in a way that enables you to control your own destiny. How can you accomplish that when you have to ask the manufacturer where, and when you can fly?
  3. keshavu89

    Which Drone?

    Well if you are looking for the Mavic Pro Platinum, Phantom 4 pro v2.0 for you business purpose the you need to read this http://www.fsworld.us/newsroom/pr/things-to-consider-when-shopping-for-a-nano-drone/ before making any decision and i am sure you will get the best one.
  4. PixPilot

    New Poster

    Hi, New poster here from SoCal. I've been a reader for a while. Professional background in robotics among other things. Was a hobbyist for years, 107 certified a few months ago. I fly a lot of DYI stuff.
  5. James Duffy

    Could use some battery/motor advice.

    OH good catch. That was supposed to be an M8N. I clicked the wrong thing on my ebay search it seems. Definitely will fix that. I honestly dont know the differences in approach for each "style". For now im not interested in any camera stuff. Just sonething to buzz around a field. Sont want a slow lumbering machine but dont need an FPV speed demon either. Thats why im seeking build advice. Primary FC software will be iNav so i get the GPS holds, return to home, and, if i feel adventurous, the autonomous waypoint flying. Just not sure where the motor/prop/battery balance is for what im looking at doing.
  6. Spitfire76

    Could use some battery/motor advice.

    Great to see a fellow builder on this forum although mine are more the camera/gimbal style builds rather than the FPV racing/freestyle kind so can't really give you too much advice except I would recommend a more recent GPS (M8N). I do have plans to eventually build a FPV quad and was considering this as its flight controller. https://www.racedayquads.com/collections/flight-controllers/products/heliorc-spring-imu-f-flight-controller
  7. Here is what some of our elder pilots (me inclusive) might consider a GREAT product to have for summer flying, affordable safety rated sunglasses with reading lens inserts! https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=2+Pairs+Bifocal+Safety+Driving+Sunglasses+with+Reading+Corner+-+Rubber+Grip+Arms+(Diopter+%2B2.00) I thought that I died and went to heaven yesterday when I attended one of our local hardware stores and found similar items for around $10 on the rack. Well I immediately bought a pair as I was becoming used to placing a set of safety glasses on and in front of my prescription glasses. I bought a smoke colored pair off the rack to see if I would be able to read my display in sunlight and yes I could. We all know that some polarized sunglasses can make a display appear irridescent, but the first pair did not, so I bought thes off of Amazon to see if they also would allow for clear reading of my displays. I currently own a CS Ultra Bright, ASUS S3 10in, and an iPAD 6th gen 9.7 model 1954. My testing has begun and I will be sharing additional read ability opinions on these glasses and screen read ability going forward.
  8. ashu

    Mavic Pro & batch of accessories for sale

    i want to buy this ...please tell me ur quoted price in indian rupees
  9. Drone Driver

    Cell tower inspections?

    @airone is 100% accurate in his financial assessment of this opportunity EXCEPT that there is more than one drone pilot network supplier to Talon and not all are staffed equally. I just finished a training course for this exact opportunity and it was the most professional group of experienced commercial drone pilots that I could have hoped for training me. The course was most beneficial in that just as @Av8Chuck stated above, the flying does require extreme attention to your orientation, winds aloft will try to push you into or away from your tower creating an oblong orbit which might affect a fixed focal length enough to invalidate your data quality...... But the fact of the matter is this - if you fly X number of towers you will by default become a much better pilot. And this will help you forever in your professional flying future. And the entire comm tower drone industry is becoming a race to the bottom for pay per flight rates. So it might behoove some of you to consider getting this training and experience under your belt because it will help you grow your expertise with all things concerned flying drones professionally. For example how many of you have flown 5 different missions in one day with only 3 sets of batteries, or only one fully charged controller, then woke up and did it again for a couple of weeks? A result of this experience is a "sink or swim" result, you will either rise to the challenge and benefit from the experience of this hardwork or fail. Even if you do not become profitable cash wise, you will reap benefits from perfecting your self sufficient road kit needs and battery management skills. On top of that you will get paid to learn how to control your aircraft in very challenging conditions, all the while surviving in Summer heat conditions, flights between 9:00 am and late afternoon (light conditions). So "caveat emptor" for sure! And in English, "watch what you ask for you just might get it". Regards - Michael
  10. We are located in Eastern Connecticut and provide mapping and inspection services a long with ground based Lidar scanning. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions
  11. Dooger09

    Which Drone?

    Ok, so I have passed the 107 cert. test. I would like to start a part time business doing mapping, inspections and maybe real estate. For me it has been a real struggle to decide what the best drone would be. I am looking at the Mavic Pro Platinum, Phantom 4 pro v2.0, and maybe the Yuneec H20. If anyone has thoughts or uses one of these drones for the areas I want to get into, your input is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  12. Spitfire76

    Skydio

    The FliteTest crew having fun with the Skydio R1.
  13. Ed O'Grady

    DJI - Iceland

    The beauty of the Northern Region is breathtaking. We went to Akureyri as the second stop and may be the most beautiful place I've ever seen!
  14. Alex Bratton

    DJI - Iceland

    Totally missed that DJI store when I was there for a brief trip, thanks for the heads up. I was thrilled to get a couple flights in (the Mavic Pro traveled well). The diversity of the landscapes gives so many different environments to experience.
  15. Hi Steve, I own and operate AerialScope with my wife in CT. You can visit our website at www.aerialscopevi.com. We use the data from our aerial imagery to create 3D models, orthomosaics, DSMs etc. Our contact information is on our website, if you think we would be a good fit please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you, Bryan
  16. Alex Bratton

    Mavic Pro & batch of accessories for sale

    Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in the Mavic Pro. I have a buyer lined up but will post if anything changes.
  17. Anytime after Tuesday 200pm
  18. I am a commercial UAS pilot in Connecticut. If you would like to talk next week, let me know. You up can email me at : jamie.mordarski@sma-America.com
  19. Tbsmxms

    Mavic Pro & batch of accessories for sale

    Alex, I just texted you about this. I'm interested in the bundle. Jimmy 208.794.0448
  20. Older model Yuneek that has been a workhorse for a couple of years. Recently the flight controls are not responding correctly when giving a commnad to change direction other than up and down launch. Seems the stability of hovering is also unstable and tends to drift on its own. (not a wind factor). Second issue is the gimbal and camera on occasion shakes and quivers and the camera will not align properly and respond to commands. When the drone as well as the camera are functioning correctly the vidieo and still photos are, in my opinion, very acceptable. Am considering upgrading to a new drone but leaning toward sending the unit directly to Horizon to see if they can calibrate both the flight controls as well as the gimbal issues. The only issue I have had since day one was the screen on the controller is faint and difficult to read in daylight. Anyone else have any issues with this "prehistoric" drone or make suggestions?? Thanks for the feedback.
  21. SeanK

    New drone pilot in East TX

    Welcome, Chuck! I hunt east Texas, so if I get lost I’m glad you’re flying
  22. SeanK

    New Drone Pilot from Flower Mound,TX

    Welcome John - I’m right there with you. Sparking it up and close to test time. Fun stuff
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  24. James Duffy

    Could use some battery/motor advice.

    Put together my second attempt at a quadcopter build. First one was years ago. Ended up witha 2 grand BOM. That plus the fact i lived in an apartment with nowhere around to fly nearby that wasn't resticted airspace meant that was put on hold. I recently moved. I have a nice open back yard that faces an open community field next to a small playground. Perfect for a small scale (500g) model I'd say. Of course I'd fly it smart and safe. Not when anyone is around in either the field or playground. If need be there is a perfect public park that I've never seen used. It a pretty diapidated public football field. So tons of space. ANYWAYS. This is what I have so far and I'm pretty happy with it. https://imgur.com/a/dqyeFS1 Just trying now to sort out the right battery and motors to give me the best runtime. This is the spec sheet for the motor: https://us.fpvmodel.com/u/tmp/goods_desc/2018-01/20180119151259-6717.png Looks like with my weight, my throttle usage will be pretty low. Probably at best 25%. So MAYBE the motors are overkill? I'd assumed that I can set my throttle min and maxes in iNav to keep me at a low amperage. A basic calculator then shows me as having a runtime of nearly 15 mins. Doesn't factor in the load of the rest of the electronics though. So i'm looking for advice to tweak this parts list if anyone thinks it needs adjustment. This wont be a "racer" drone really. I'd like a little speed but not looking to blow the doors off anything. I'm more interested in what I guess folks call "freestyle" with GPS nav features. For now there wont even be a camera on it. If it means shrinking the specs of the battery, motors and esc to optimize weight and runtime, and maybe even shave cost, I'm all ears.Thanks in advance!
  25. Spitfire76

    New Drone Pilot from Flower Mound,TX

    Welcome @John Hook to this forum and you are in very good hands to get you through the part 107 certification test.
  26. Hello Drone Pilots, Just joined the forum and sign up to study for my Part 107 with Drone Pilot Ground School. Looking forward to start studying. Been using my DJI Spark as my learning platform. John
  27. Just wondering, for those who live in areas where LAANC has gone live, how is it working? Are you getting the instant airspace authorizations, as advertised? Really would love to hear some first hand accounts.
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