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    THIS CONTEST CLOSED 8/7/2018. WINNERS: Kim Reynolds - @Kim Reynolds ; Martin Lombardini - @Martin Lombardini Thank you to all those who participated in the UAV Coach Giveaway. Entrance to this giveaway has been closed. UAV Coach is giving away two passes to InterDrone, the largest commercial drone event in America! At this conference, the winner will get to connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers and enterprise UAV end-users at the largest, commercially-dedicated show. The winner will also have an opportunity to meet with members of the UAV Coach staff attending the conference. The conference takes place September 5-7, 2018 at Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prize Two winners will be selected to receive a 3-day full conference passport, valued at $800. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend InterDrone 2018 in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by August 7, 2018, 12:00AM for a chance to win one of two tickets to InterDrone 2018. Sweepstakes Details Contest Opened: July 24, 2018, 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closed: August 7, 2018, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: 3-DAY FULL CONFERENCE PASSPORT Admission to all classes and panels on September 5, 6 and 7 Admission to all keynotes and panels Admission to Exhibit Hall on September 5, 6 and 7 Admission to all special events, including the Networking Reception, Enterprise After Hours and InterDrone After Hours Coffee breaks where indicated Winners: Two (2) InterDrone boasts the most comprehensive conference program along with drone courses and special events, including the Women in Drones Luncheon – which InterDrone spearheaded into an industry-acclaimed event, as well as After Hours and meetups, designed for networking and keeping you up to date on the latest in drone news and the industry. Over 160+ drone manufacturers, sellers and solution providers set to fill the expo floor at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Explore every booth to connect directly with others in the commercial drone industry from pilots and engineers to service providers and manufacturers.
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    This is a great thread deserving of resurrection... How have all of your efforts panned out over the past 10 months? Aerial Alchemy is growing fast, we’re up to nine employees and looking to hire more. Not that the number of employees equates to success. But we’re certianly trending in the right direction. I believe our approach is similar to what many have mentioned in this thread. Although we have had to build out a significant infrastructure it was our sales and engagement with customers first that necessitated it. It’s interesting that by taking a sales or customer engagement first approach we seem to have built in a lot of value into our technology and services. We initially considered manufacturing and selling drones, “but a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” commercial customers didn’t seem to want to purchase drones. They kept offering us bigger and better opportunities to provide the service. Once we accepted that we were more likely to be successful as a service provider a lot of good things started to happen. When about the time this thread started it was a struggle to figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up, now I can’t wait to get to work and think everyday is a great day to be in the commercial drone business. I hope everyone is trending in the right direction.
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    Bummer. Depending on your definition of human I might not qualify...
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    On Friday, 20 July, FAA posted this article which is timely in connection with this thread. It is what it is and for now it doesn't require a great deal of debate. Pleased to say that here in Georgia, for more than a year now, no municipalities can enact any legislation regulating commercial drone operations that conflict with FAA regulations. https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=22938
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    Before every single photoshoot, I arrive early and knock on every surrounding neighbors’ door and explain to them why they may see a drone above or near their house. And almost every single time, I get “ohh thank you, I appreciate you letting me know”. in my experience just making people aware of your intentions eases their inhibitions about drones.
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    Hello fellow dronists! I made a short guide full of tips when travelling with your drone. I organized the tips into stages such as preparation, pre-flight and flight just make content a bit more digestable. Feel free to give your own advice to help those who are looking to travel in the future. Any suggestions would be good too! As a disclaimer, this is my entry to the Epic Aerial Guides contest. I hope you enjoy it!LINK HERE
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    Good Afternoon, I am a teacher at a high school that has many tech savvy students that are wanting more than just a book education. I was fortunate to receive a grant to purchase a drone or maybe a couple of drones. I am reaching out to get feedback from the knowledge base of this community. I am torn between one higher end drone and camera option or to purchase a couple middle of the road drones and cameras. We are hoping to create a club for students who may have a passion or will create one for this Drone Tech Marvel through this project we have started with the money provided by this grant. Thoughts please. Along with this I would like to reach out to this community to see what may be available in the "hand me down" or recycle aspect of the drone world. Many of you more than likely have drones that are in good working order, but you have moved on to bigger and better drone options. If anyone has moved on to those greener pastures and have drones that are collecting dust many of the students I teach would be happy to literally "Knock off" the dust to learn more about this fast moving technology. I would like to say that as a teacher I am always trying to encourage my students to look beyond tomorrow, the vast array of drone jobs that will be available will most likely double within the time many of these students graduate from high school; so my thought is to ask for your thoughts on creating a relationship with the drone business community and our students. This will benefit both as a way for my students to learn how to operate, maintain and possibly refurbish the drones for many purposes. Todays workforce is moving away from the work with your hands our parents did, to only woking with your mind. I believe that this industry will require both mind and steady hands. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Please be nice if you feel this is not the place to ask these questions. I look forward to hearing your input and the options you encourage for my students, Scott Berry Alabama Teacher
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    Ok, so being the idiot I am, I've just seen the section on this on the course. For anyone that stumbles across this post in coming months wondering the same thing I was who also missed out on section 2.9 on the course, here's a summary: You can not fly directly over members of public unless they are in a stationary vehicle or indoors or underneath a shelter that would protect them from a falling sUAV There is no specific stipulation about distances from members of public or on moving vehicles but as stationary vehicles are specified, it's safe to assume, don't fly over active roads either, but to administer your own safe distance from one and follow a sensible risk mitigation plan.
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    Recent press release from the FAA "Cities and municipalities are not permitted to have their own rules or regulations governing the operation of aircraft. However, as indicated, they may generally determine the location of aircraft landing sites through their land use powers." https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=22938&omniRss=press_releasesAoc&cid=102_P_R
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    Hi all, I responded to this post a few days ago but for some reason my post never got posted. Last fall I requested and received permits to fly and photograph 23 campsites within the Coconino National Forest, around Sedona/ Flagstaff, AZ. I also was awarded a permit In the Cherokee National forest in Tennessee last summer. You just have to contact the ranger in charge of permitting for the park of interest, supply a flight plan, proof of insurance that additionally insures The United States of America, and provide a compelling reason for making the flight/ doing the photography. If you don't have a good enough reason, you won't get a permit. Apparently my projects were worthy of the permits. Owen ps. photos had to be drastically resized to attach...
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    I got an email from one of our students. Hey Alan! Just wanted to share some information with you! I was working in Marble Colorado filming a property with my drone. Everything went very well. I drove into the little town to eat lunch and had a conversation with a Local shop owner. They asked what brought me to town and I shared with them my drone services. The local shop owner had no problem with my services however they warned me that drones will be shot down in Marble Colorado by local land owners. I tried to explain to her that shooting a drone was illegal, she argued that it wasn't illegal and said it was a legal in the state of colorado to shoot a drone operating over private property. This concerned me GREATLY! How can we keep ourselves safe as drone pilots in remote areas where people are more then willing to shoot your drone out of the sky??? Im not sure I want to work in Marble again after this discussion I had. So there's two questions here: Is it legal to shoot down a drone? How can we keep ourselves safe as drone pilots / handle conversations like this? What do you think? (cc @Av8Chuck, @Steve Bennett, @Dave Pitman, @R Martin, @Ed O'Grady)
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    The Park Service isn't really equipped to issue and enforce permits for much of anything. Thier way of dealing with drones is to just ban them outright. A better strategy might be to issue some common sense guidelines and trust the operators to do the right thing. Despite the short-sighted regulatory GEO-Fencing and UTM proposals/policies, it seems to be working the overwhelming majority of the time. There are not the wholesale invasion of privacy issues, mid-air collisions, deaths or serious injury resulting from civil drone use that justify the level of restrictions. Yes, there's the possibility that some idiot with a drone will fly to close to someone climbing Half-Dome to get that great YouTube shot that could cause a climber to fall. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Two rock climbers were killed when they were struck by lightning atop famed Half Dome here, park officials said Sunday. Three others were injured, two of them critically. Two climbers didn't survive a fall in Yosemite National Park, according to the National Park Service. They fell while climbing the Freeblast Route on El Capitan inside the park Saturday morning. Not that sound judgment and common sense have much to do with regulating stuff...
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    They will if the drone shoots back! Actually, the FAA has been very clear on this. Private property does not extend above your property and the only government agency authorized to regulate it is the FAA. We live in a country where you innocent until proven guilty. It's not up to us to prove we're innocent, it's up to the government to prove your guilt and local municipalities have absolutely NO jurisdiction. Doesn't mean that you won't end up in court if a LEO arrests you. But there is no precedence they will lose. We fly a lot of utility-related missions where we're flying in close proximity to residences. We're not breaking any laws, not spying on people and don't owe anyone an explanation. If someone approaches us if their friendly I'm friendly if they're not then I tell them to call the police and the police will kindly tell them to leave us alone.
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    Well, that's great. However, I would send a letter to both thanking them for their cooperation and briefly summing up the conversation as a record. Congrats!
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    Hydrogen energy is a type of clean energy produced from water electrolysis In comparison with other energies, hydrogen has many advantages: it is renewable, highly efficient, can be produced from diversified sources and hydrogen byproducts produce no pollution. Hydrogen also has many disadvantages and challenges that need to be resolved: it is expensive, it can be highly explosive and lacks smell, and it has a low volumetric energy density and must be compressed at a high pressure to be used as a transport fuel. With the introduction of the ORCA 1 hydrogen fueling station from BSHARK HOLDINGS LIMITED. “BSHARK”, these disadvantages and challenges have all be solved. The ORCA 1, a hydrogen fueling station for UAVs is composed of several units, including the control system, storage tank, compressor and dispenser. The ORCA 1 as a renewable energy technology all the units and related technologies are important for ensuring the reliability, high hydrogen utilization and safety of the ORCA 1. The R&D team from BSHARK with far-reaching sustainable energy technologies has equipped the ORCA 1 with the technology that includes high-pressure hydrogen transfer from the storage tank to the FVC and integration of the key units in the hydrogen station control system. The ORCA 1, the future technology for sustainable energy outweigh any disadvantage. The technology helps to solve the high risk involved in transporting Hydrogen. The ORCA 1 is a mobile hydrogen fueling station, easy to move to any location and start producing hydrogen. It is the aspiration of the R&D team from BSAHRK to explore more into the new energy technology (hydrogen technology) and also bridge the gap within the UAVs flying time. BSHARK HOLDINGS website, check this out https://www.bsharktech.com/
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    Here's an article that might explain why some folks in Colorado think it's legal to shoot us down. The proposal was "shot down" by 75%of the local voters! http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-drone-hunting-law-rejected-colorado20140402-story.html
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    Great feedback — @Dave Pitman I had forgotten about that Kentucky case. Weird precedent that was set there. And @Ed O'Grady sounds like you and I have had similar conversations with folks
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    My response would be to totally ignore the shop owner - unless you expect to be conducting more business in that town. If that's the case, then I would contact the town or county attorney and discuss what ordinances they may have in place. They certainly can regulate where you can take off and land but not the National Airspace System. But that doesn't mean that some bozo isn't going to take out a shotgun and blast your Phantom out of the sky! They might just have an ordinance that prohibits flight, even if it is not in compliance with Federal law. I have run into a lot of folks here in Georgia who believe that you can shoot a drone down if it's over your property. I always ask them if they shoot helicopters and general aviation aircraft down as well - and then we discuss it. Let's wee what the rest of the crew here has to add to this.
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    Hey Michael, My sister lives in Palm Springs, I also Produce TV events for the Hard Rock, the Morongo and for the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at the Cimeron Golf Course. I teach for Unmanned Vehicle University and for the Los Angeles Trade Tech as mentioned about. I have access to a massive flying field in Rancho Cucamonga, its off the 210/15, Only an hour from downtown Palm Springs. I also will be teaching late fall at Palm Springs Prep. There are many places to fly outside of the Palm Springs International Airspace. 1st and foremost you can head to the Salton Sea Area. Pretty much from Coachella/Mecca down is unrestricted airspace. You can also look across the 10 to Desert Hot Springs. However right now its to hot to fly in the Desert, 1st the drones really should not be flying when its over 85 degrees, its bad for the motors, batteries, and your tablet or phone. "which by the way will stop working if it overheats" and in the summer its also too windy out there. However in the fall, me and my students take some "drone safaris" out into the desert to get some killer videos, pics, and while we are at it, have some great tail gate food and drink.
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    I explain that to every architect and civil engineer that we send utility data to and somehow that does not translate into their language. They still try and pass the information off as gospel and when it bites them, point the finger back at us and it suddenly becomes my fault that they didn't perform their own discovery required by their contract. Even a disclaimer and watermark on all of our deliverables doesn't deter them. So we quit providing any data other than points and polylines and no attribute data. " But what if they just want an orthomosaic with precise absolute geolocation data so we subcontract a land surveyor to lay down the ground control points, but the ortho isn't going to be used in any legal document or certified land surveying map? Same thing for something like a topo contour map." You can't provide a service like that without a license even if the control points were shot in by an RPLS. YOU aren't an RPLS and you can't stamp the documents. You CAN set your own control with a mapping-grade GPS and provide a "relatively" accurate product (20mm - 2-3cm depending upon your GPS capability and skill) or hire an RPLS and stamp it "For informational purposes only. Not to be used for engineering or design purposes. No guarantee of accuracy is implied nor given. Not a survey document." Add whatever else you feel is necessary to convey that you are not an RPLS and this is just for private consumption with no guarantee of accuracy implied. THAT is mapping grade and you should not need a license to do that. I find it odd that your local shops are not embracing the technology. Two of the major firms in this area have a UAS department that does nothing but UAS land surveys (under an RPLS and field team who also spot check the data with conventional field work). It was one of these firms that got my interest and pointed me in the right direction to establish a program in my own department. Like it or not, this is the future. You can ride the wave or watch is wash over you.
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    ASUS Zen Pad 3s 10" = 426 nits
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    This is a great topic of discussion. I appreciate that most surveyors are engineers and have followed a path of education and professional licensing to get there. But does the greens/turf manager for golf course need survey grade data to compute his fertilizer requirements? Being 3 inches off on a fairway and a one bag of fertilizer miscalculation going to matter? A drone can do it quicker and provide photos of the turf as well. My point is, if it is not needed for measuring accuracy for construction, actual land surveying boundaries or other legal reasons, drone businesses should have some leeway to let the user of the data make a decision if the data is accurate enough. I think some surveyors see drones as an intrusion into their business and this is an effort to protect their turf
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    I think one of the challenges of running a UAS company is getting away from the mentality of being a UAS business and more of end product service provider that offers a full spectrum of services beyond the flying system. When I started 7 years ago it was all about the drone. That was for the exact same reasons AV8Chuck mentioned. You could not just get one that was easy to fly and ready to go with some minimal setup. You were soldering and integrating components to try to piece together a reasonable platform to do a job. You did not have to be an engineer. However, you needed to have some technical understanding on how the systems worked. You were constantly tuning and tweaking the systems to handle a variety different operations. To get quality components came at a cost. Even with the top grade hobby components, you did not have a true professional system. Our first camera gimbal was driven by belts and pulleys attached to hobby grade servos. The quality of the stabilization and the camera movements were very poor. Even when you had the system tweaked to the most optimal settings you had to a bunch of post stabilization to do. This is not the case anymore. I can do ten times the professional work now with a Phantom 4 Pro than I could with the very first large octocopter that I started out with. Because of this, the barrier to entry in the equipment is low. And due to the 107, the barrier in the regulatory environment is also low. The price of admission all around the board is very low. When you have a low barrier to entry to any market you now have to step up your game. You have to provide the end product better than the guy down the street. This means you need to understand the fundamentals of what you are trying to do better than the other guy. Many novices trying to get into this do not understand that. They think if they get their 107 and go out and get a Phantom or like drone, put a website together that clients will come flocking to your door. That is simply not the case. In many cases most newbies do not know how to even use a camera without being auto functions. Many times I laugh when I see posts where they do not understand why their photos or videos do not come out looking vivid or crisp like some other guys post. So the lesson there is if you are looking to do aerial photography. Learn photography and become a photographer if that is what you want to do. There are lots of tutorials online and lots of local photography groups to join and learn the concepts. If you think you do not have the aptitude for this, partner up with someone who does. This same concept goes to the other applications of these. If you want to data gather for mapping, get with someone who knows that aspect and get appropriate equipment. This goes my point as a new challenge and that is internal hiring to established job. Now because the barrier to entry is fairly low. A particular industry may decide it is more cost effective to use a drone for an already established function. The power company who already employs a staff to do line inspections and understand all aspects of it. They may see more benefit in simply investing in the equipment themselves and getting their staff trained to handle the flying appropriately. Now this is in flux at the moment as there is not enough data out there to truly gauge the cost benefit ration of doing one versus the other. On the surface it looks very low. Now they will have to factor in what makes for their business model. Does it make sense to spend $300 a pop for a bunch of employees top get 107 cards? Now you are talking having to possibly set up an adhoc flight department with a competent manager who handles all of the back shop regulatory issues and is the oversight. This is probably necessary to ensure your staff is properly trained and is being held to the arduous standards, so they do not go out and do something that could result in fines. Plus large scale operations will need an internal standardization and safety system to lower insurance premiums. The FAA sort of has set this system up with having the responsible person to adhear to the provisions of waivers and airspace COA's. Now now that manager maybe someone currently at a supervisory level, or it may require an additional hire. These are the unanswered questions. Maybe if you do a lot of inspections, like 100 in quarter in your system. The cost of an additional service provider could run a couple thousand a pop for each inspection plus the labor that you are already providing on site. It may make sense to get a competent flight manager at a reasonable yearly salary to develop and run flight department. If you run a shop that the volume of that work is fairly low it may make sense to get the outside guy. You require him to have a good liability insurance with a named cert and waiver of subjugation and he does the job cheaper than doing it internally. Those are the cost benefit that will need to be done to find the optimal outcome. In the mean the Drone Service Provider will be somewhere in the middle.
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    A smidgen is 10 smirchs, a smirch is 10 tads, A tad is 10 frog hairs. Haven't you ever hear of the hillbilly metric system?