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    Hi everyone, I've created about 900 tracks of music and sound effects that you can freely use in your videos. It's all original...all my own work. All I ask is to be attributed in the video as described on my homepage: http://soundimage.org/ I'm a big fan of drone videos so it's always a treat for me to hear my music in them. Please feel free to share links if you happen to use some of my tracks...I sincerely hope they are helpful! All the best, Eric
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    Another untouched resource (and a tax deduction) is to do 2D/3D/short video of churches. You can look up churches in your area and also the state church/conventions/synods/county associations, etc. Send them several samples of your work (screen shots of a 2D/3D, close ups of church roof damage, asphalt parking lots, gutters, etc. and then charge a ridiculous amount ($80-$120) and when you send them the invoice show the going rate of what you normally charge (our case was $485) and then show the cost to them ($120) and take the difference as a donation/benevolence deduction. At 10 churches per county (and depending on where you are you can get 10 - 30 churches per county [sometimes per city]), @ $120 per job, for 80 counties = $96,000. So there is business out and about. You just need to find your niche.
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    Hey guys, I thought I might chime in here. I'm a land surveyor in Idaho, USA, and hold a degree in Geomatics. I am in the process of starting a UAS Department for my current employer which is a Land Surveying, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm. My goal is to provide UAS ground data that a licensed land surveyor will feel comfortable signing and stamping. This is the final goal for many of you looking to provide "survey grade" ground data. But, let me tell you, its not as easy as just using centimeter grade GPS or a 1 second Total stations to set GCP's. A huge part of our job is to go collect ground data that will eventually be used to create a Existing Grade (EG) surface for engineers to use as their base surface to design from. Its the surveyors job to ensure that the ground data is accurate and precise (there is a difference). Think of it as shooting arrows at a target. Precisions is when all of your arrows are in a tight cluster, good grouping, but the grouping is a foot from the center of the target. Accuracy is when the grouping is tight & hitting the center of the target. That's what you're looking for or else a surveyor will not sign it, thus not making its way to an engineers desk for design. The way to ensure that your data is good is to have checks... lots of checks. UAS work will not replace ground shots taken by a surveyor, but it can dramatically reduce the number of shots they need to take. One thing that is important to keep in mind when planning a UAS project for a survey or an engineer is to have the surveyor at your disposal and at your direction when you are flying. The only way to assure the surveyor that your data is sub-centimeter (or damn close) is to have survey data to compare to. Its my theology that the surveyor needs to know when the new design will be tieing into existing conditions and focus his work in these areas to insure that the tie-in areas are as accurate as possible. This will most likely be curb, gutter, sidewalk, and utilities, manholes especially because they will need invert data on all manholes. This means that they need a dead nuts elevation on the lids to calculate inverts. So if you can convince them that the ground data that you are providing is within a tenth in the x, y, & z of their data, the likelihood that they will adopt your product is much higher. Survey grade GCP's is required. Using the coordinate system the surveyor is using is required. Comparing your data against their ground data is required. Providing a standard deviation between their data and your data is recommended (surveyors like numbers) or some sort of average variance between the two sets of data. I hope this explanation is helpful. If you would like more info on this, please feel free to get ahold of me. I'm more than willing to spread the knowledge of my profession with any and all. Dan@thelandgroupinc.com Thanks guys!
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    I'm working on a video of a recent trip I did around northern Portugal and, while the full video isn't ready yet, I thought I'd share a little snippet of a section of that video showcasing the highest lake in Portugal. Had some fun timing it to the mysterious, ~1min long, "Run" soundtrack from the talented James Everingham.
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    Hello All, First thing first, my apologize for not responding sooner. I have had my head down working with our engineers on some of your feedback you provide as well as on the product in general. Secondly, will anyone of you be attending Xponential (May 8-11th) this year in Dallas? If so, I will be there and would like to invite any of you to come by and see the current product. We (I will provide the company info in a direct PM if you are interested) are having an invite-only preview of our new mapping product at AUVSI/XPonential. I'd like to show it, and get feedback it from experts like yourselves. I will upload some example images from the software shortly. V/R,
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    To @Av8Chuck's point, yes this forum may be less active than some, but I think overall the quality of the info is on average much better.
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    Hi all, and fellow Canucks. I came across this site that may assist in locating an area to explore for future flight planning in Canada. http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/civuas/uav_site_selection_tool.html Hope it is of some assistance. Brent
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    Wow! Great responses. I was just reminded of this blog on @Alan Perlman community update email. I have notifications on now so let the responses continue! @Uaviator53 I definitely agree. 9/10 agents aren't interested because they do it part time. These are the same realtors who take pictures with their phones. Overall, making a profit is fairly easy as long as your work is half decent. It may take a while to get in the green but it shouldn't take more than a couple months as long as you keep your costs low. @Alan Perlman I swam upstream accidentally. In the midst of contacting realtors I found the top dogs and they are the ones have used me for a couple of jobs now. I have a shoot for a golf course in May once everything greens up. I'm 1/1 on golf courses but have a list of 23 I am going to talk to. I have started with construction using drone deploy. It's awesome technology and very useful in construction. @RTV, Inc. - Jay Great advice! @PLKetchum Me and you need to talk some more. I would love to start offering matter port, interior, and exterior photos. I feel as if I am under cutting myself my only offering aerial photos and videos. The agents I currently work with on a regular basis are the high end real estate agents. They are full time and understand the value. To build up my portfolio and obtain connections I offered aerial photos and videos for free for first time clients. This worked great. However, even though some of them loved my work and one realtor even got a showing because of the video getting shared on Facebook, they don't always return. I may go back to offering it for free for first time clients. Overall, the best thing to do is offer low prices and be damn good at what you do. Also be qualified. Be sure to be the professional in the area, not the guy who owns and drone and knows nothing about photography. Flying a drone and cinematography are completely to different skills sets. Which brings me to another point, there is a HUGE market for selling photos to local tourist shops as postcards and greetings cards. I live in Floyd, VA and I took pictures of Floyd early morning after a rain when the fog was lifting and sun was rising. The Floyd Country Store is buying 500 copies of 3 photos (1500 total) for postcards, another 1500 for greeting cards, 30 8x10 and 6 11x14. Plus they want me to take pictures through out the year as seasons change. If you guys aren't doing this, you should look into it. It's a continuing income as the pictures sell. I have one question- how do we get rid of the people who are offering the same services as us with no license? Theres guys like that in my area and its a real bummer cause my work is better and I am qualified, licensed, and have obtained 1 year waivers to fly in Roanoke VA and Blacksburg VA airspaces all but within 2NM of the airport and not to exceed a certain height. I just feel as if its unfair that the guys who aren't licensed are taking jobs from those who have went through the hurdles to become licensed. Thanks for the replies! Keep em coming. This is very helpful. PS my notifications are on now. Jonathan Spence
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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?
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    We were part of several scientific research projects last year. They are a lot of fun but the environments in which the drones were deployed really test both the drones capabilities and the operators endurance. Unfortunatley the footage of the actual research is restricted. We don't want to post footage that might steal the thunder of their research. So most of this footage is behind the scenes. Also in Costa Rica I was fortunate to get to take my family but you get a sense of the environments we were working in. In Costa Rica it was about 90 degrees with the highest humidity I've ever experienced. We had to acclimatize all of our equipment for two days before we could even think about using it. All of he aerial footage in this video was shot with the AUTEL X-Star Premium. That drone was a trooper, it was much less temperamental that the GH4 we used for the actual research. The DJI P3P didn't work at all. Unfortunately we can't share much of the actual whale footage. It's probably some of the best whale footage I've ever seen. There's a little in this video.
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    I've tested Autodesk Recap 360 with dissapointing results and Pix4D with fairly satisfactory results. I recently saw a demo of Bentley's ContextCapture tool which looks even more promising for several reasons. While I work for a civil engineering design firm and don't typically deal with survey engineers tasks, we are looking to sUAS to solve a few problems and enhance other services we currently offer. Summary in no particular order: Recap360: Limited support for current camera profiles in use on major pro-consumer drones. Really poor mesh quality for scenes that did manage to process. Seemed to do well processing point clouds generated by pix4d for use in Civil 3D Pix4D: Seems to have all the camera profiles in use on drones and able to compute them Able to compensate for rolling shutter Generally, a fairly high resolution point clouds and mesh Good support for working with common coordinate systems we use in CAD applications Long process times which sometimes fail and need to start over again - really frustrating Cloud processing is nice, usually is able to process jobs that failed on my local system and faster No ability to split up a job into regions - this would likely allow projects to finish rather than crash out No ability to assign one job to multiple computers on a network - something that would be extremely advantageous for the size of projects we work on ContextCapture: Seems to have all the camera profiles in use on drones and able to compute them Able to compensate for rolling shutter Generally, a fairly high resolution point clouds and mesh Good support for working with common coordinate systems we use in CAD applications Ability to split up a job into regions Ability to assign one job to multiple computers on a network - however the cost for this option was staggering (close to 40k for a single license), we would need to be a full surveying company to find this price point something we could work with
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    Dan, thanks for continuing this discussion. You gave a very thoughtful response. I'm very interested in how UAS can be integrated to support land surveying. Drone data can be seen as an additional layer of data, but it would be misleading for drone surveyors to claim we can completely replace current methods. Unfortunately, in our excitement for this new technology, drone operators are accidently gaining a reputation as "snake oil salesmen" within some industries such as surveying and agriculture. They're very cautious about all the grand promises of quick and cheap data acquisition. I wonder how and when are the best times to integrate UAS into the existing surveying workflow? Can UAS provide enough cost savings to be worth hiring the extra service/staff? I'll contact you via email to talk shop, too. Best, Kam
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    This is kind of a stupid debate, not that the people debating it are stupid, but I've been flying multirotors since about 2008, [doesn't make me an expert] and have crashed many a drone. Not once do I recall the drone falling straight down. It appeared to me that the guy flying in the video did a pretty good job of not flying directly over people. I'd hardly consider that safe. With that density of people if he had lost control the odds are pretty good he would have struck someone. Which also doesn't make it that dangerous either. If I were interested in something like that I might fly it, but I probably wouldn't fly it for hire. Can't imagine it paid well enough to take the risk.
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    Good point about court houses. You can also check with you local county/parish school districts to do summer/weekend shoots of school properties and schools. Talk about how your shots and 2D/3D can be used for school year books, campus brochures/flyers, etc. Help them see where maintenance is needed, up to date maps of property, where asphalt may need repair, where yellow and/or stripes need painting or repainting, possible 3D of a stadium. Got a IR/thermal drone? Can be used to shot wet spots in insulation and/or cold air/hot air leakage. For around $249 for a FLIR One for IOS/Androids you can also use your phone to further investigate areas close to ground level, windows, etc.
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    Greetings; I was asked by Alan Perlman to come here and do an Introduction of myself... With that in mind, I'm a 67 year old white male from New Mexico, the Southern part. Former military, NM State Park Ranger, Roosevelt County Deputy, Industrial Electrician, now retired. My dad only went to the 8th grade, he took out of the academic side of high school and I had four years of Carpentry, Yuck..! After the military, I went to U of Maine and got an Associates degree in Professional Photography, never found a job in that field, being married w/kids, I had to work. At Blackstone Valley Tech I took Basic Electronics course(Adult Education) because I was, at that time, into CB-Radio's. In the early 80's, I got into Computers, and built my own rather than buying store bought. BBS's faded away(remember those..?) and the Internet arrived, so I got into WiFi, networking, etc. as a hobby. I love science and learning new things..! I built my own AR-15 from a kit, decked it out w/furniture(not a whole lot) 5.56 NATO, bought a 91 RV, restoring it now, have to replace the torsion axles, I like to keep busy. On Facebook, I met some people that research Paranormal Activities, they use Drones to check out reports. One man in particular is now designing a quad winged drone for his research. He posted photo's and I got interested in Quadcopters. I had a small RC plane when I was a kid, dad never had time to show me how to fly it, too busy drinking. I'm now doing research on Quadcopters, the builds, motors, FC's, batteries, ESC's, the whole shebang...! I did not want a Mini or a Micro, too small to carry a camera... I don't want to buy one already made, too expensive..! So, I'm into building an S500 Quadcopter to eventually attach some sort of camera, after I learn how to fly it, bare. (In case I crash it)... This site and it's members are already well seasoned in this field and I thought it would be a good place to get tips, ideas, designs, pro's and con's of building a rugged UAV FPV device. But I've so much over the past week or so, I'm getting confused on motors & FC's.. but it'll work out in time, I hope..? I have not purchased any parts as yet.. but I do have the frame picked out.... James...
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    Hi folks! I'm excited to announce that we'll soon be redesigning the UAV Coach website, as well as this forum. Have gotten some great feedback from you all over the last several months and look forward to rolling everything out soon. In the meantime, in case you missed it on our blog or in our latest community update emails, I wanted to introduce Flyte, a drone flight ops management platform and our newest community sponsor. Click here to request a 30-day trial, and read more about their platform below. What are you using to plan and log your flights? What most people don’t realize about operating sUAS is that 80% of the work happens before and after the flight. That’s the sad reality of being a professional drone pilot. You’ll spend more time planning, logging, rendering and producing data than flying. An app like Flyte can streamline a big chunk of the non-flying part of your operation by helping you: Conduct airspace research. Need to know if you’re flying in controlled or uncontrolled airspace? If there are any other hazards or special airspace considerations in the area? You sure do. Capture / save / send that research. Check out the map below. See the alert and caution icons? And how you can create custom marks on the map? You can save all of that research as well. This is particularly helpful to send to a client or other crew members ahead of time. Good for demonstrating professionalism. Work offline and in-field. Flyte is good for using at home, but you can also use it in the field, before and after flying, to ensure you’re always equipped with the info and resources needed for strong situational awareness and in-the-moment logging. Log your flights, batteries, and aircraft. Even if you’re not a certified sUAS operator, you should be mindful of logging your battery usage and aircraft maintenance schedule. That’s just...taking care of your stuff. Not to mention the safety considerations. Flyte was built for both individual operators and teams. Their platform enables management of multiple pilots, drones, risk assessment / documentation to ensure the effective management and digital records of all activities. Click here to request a 30-day trial of Flyte for you or your company.
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    Just found this link. At the bottom right of the screen is a chart that details the KP Index for each day by the hour. A KP Index of less than five is not bad, but the lower the number the less interference you should experience for GPS reception (due to solar events). http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/aviation-community-dashboard
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    GOOD THINGS ARE COMING... http://www.uavexpertnews.com/automate-drone-airspace-authorizations/ http://www.uavexpertnews.com/faa-outlines-laanc-automated-drone-tool/
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    This is great. There is no doubt that this show will help the general public understand all of the safe, legal, and practical applications of sUAV technologies. Wonder if they all have a Part 107. Here's a great example of safe and responsible flying: https://cdn.airvuz.com/drone-video/7caa02087f17594816c017f299ff1463/7caa02087f17594816c017f299ff1463-720p.mp4
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    Anytime people debate which tool to use for a particular profession the discussion often focuses on the wrong issues. Does it matter - PC/Mac. Nikon/Canon or 2K/4K etc.. Being a professional is not about the drone you use, its about what problem do you solve and will people pay you to solve it. Also everyone evaluates technology through their own prism, service providers, manufacturers, systems integrators, end users, all often come to very different conclusion about the same technologies. Another key to profitability is predictable future wealth. Once I have something that works how can I scale it or broaden its mission. DJI is a vertically oriented, closed product line. No DJI accessory can be used on non DJI drones, and you can't integrate non DJI accessories on DJI drones. Not all pixels are created equally so if I wanted to use something other than a DJI camera on a P4 that has more than a tiny sensor and plastic lens I can't. Not only that, I can't even use batteries from a P3 in a P4 or an Inspire on an M100 or an M200. Professionals need tools that are open and extensible, so if I want to mount a 50MP camera that can be controlled with the drones avionics and GCS, I can. If I need to reconfigure the drone to lift more, I can. If I need to be able to edit or modify missions in realtime, I can and if I need to be able to perform the same mission with a different drone with the same repeatable outcome, I can. That is not DJI. Also, professionals have to be concerned about liability, they have too much to lose. No professional should be using a drone that does not have hardware redundancy. If any part of a quad-rotor fails it crashes and there's nothing you can do about it. So the issue isn't what drone to use, its more the application of the drone and what drone can I use as a platform to build a business? Building a business based on toy drones is a very risky proposition.
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    Love the creativity. What a great example.
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    Woohoo! Despite the FAA throwing me a curve ball, I was just approved for night ops in class G. Sorry, Steve I know you asked for details on my application, but I don't have any of it. And as much as I'd like to reach out to the FAA and request my application be sent to me, Ill just count my blessings and be happy it was approved
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    My first question to the customer would be what degree of accuracy do you require? Then ask yourself if you can deliver that accuracy based upon the equipment you have. You are going to need either a GPS unit or Total Station in order to set site control/GCPs to bolster the accuracy of the UAS platforms you have (neither UAVs are that accurate for survey-grade work on their own). Your next question to the customer would be what kind of deliverable are you going to require me to provide? Are they going to need a CAD or GIS deliverable? If so, you will need something in the class of AutoDesk or ArcGIS to create that deliverable (although there are a lot of freeware knockoffs on the web). Then you are going to need the software to process the data you collect from the UAS, or farm it out to a company like Drone Deploy to process for you (GCPs are extra). If you choose to do your processing in-house, Pix4D or Correlator3D would be a solid choice. Next you would have to have a graphics workstation that is capable of running the software above... I am not a surveyor, but I do mapping grade work. Excluding our 2 GPS units and Total Station we have expended around $24,000 on our UAS program spread between software and hardware. Conservatively tack on another $58,000 on GPS and Total Stations and you have a base for what to expect...less maintenance and recalibration of the instruments on a yearly basis. Becoming a licensed surveyor that can actually stamp a document and certify its accuracy (and become legally liable for that information) is another story. I don't mean this in a snide way. There is just a whole lot more to survey work than buying a drone off the shelf and finding jobs. You have a lot of homework to do beforehand.
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    I shoot a lot for real estate agents.... I also concentrate on high end properties (I shot a lot of little stuff to progress to where Im at). They usually have larger lots... so aerial is a benefit to them. I also use aerial as an ad on service.... most of my work/money is from shooting ground level. Not sure I could make aerial a business by itself. Real estate agents are a funny breed.... if you are good and reasonable prices, it will eventually come together. They work so much with referrals... one agent will see another agents work... and find out where they got it done. And remember, there are a lot of Realtors... but only a small percentage are Sellers Agent... the Listing Agent. Because it also takes a lot of work on their part to get the listings.... and money (photography, marketings, etc.). Go after the agents with five ore more listings. Do a few free shoots to show them the benefits.... especially if they have a lot of listings.... and always deliver more than they expect. Below is one I shot last week.... again, I also did ground level interior and exterior.
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    I have an X-Star Premium and have had for a couple of months now. I also have had a DJI P3P, a P4 and now have a P4P. The software for the Autel is pretty good and is is very quick, but it is NOT a P4P. The Phantom is rock solid in hovers and very solid in flight, where the Autel is harder to control and not nearly as stable. The camera is quite good, comparable to the Phantom 4, and I like the removable gimbal. I might be interested in the FLIR Duo when it is available. I have had a few problems with dropped and corrupted photos, ruining several DroneBase missions which had to be redone, and I would be very nervous with this platform outside line of sight. All that being said, the Autel is a good bird for the money but, in my opinion, not up to the P4Pro for stability and reliability.
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    Really doesn't matter where you are, @Bert, realtors tend to be the same. I have a VERY high end area right near me, 5M to 10M homes, and it's all the same - "How much?!" It's just not worth the time and trouble.
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    Thanks for the feedback. I agree the music should be toned down. I am targeting higher end real estate and hotels. I do not want to get involved with quick real estate projects. I have considered a couple of those and the realtors want the world and do not wan to pay.
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    We flew two missions last year in Coastal Trident, a law enforcement exercise to test port security for homeland defense. The first is a bomb on a boat and our ability to detect and pursue. The second was integrating one of our drones into first responders command and control and detecting nuclear material on a large ship. Both missions were successful.
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    This report is a monster at close to 168 pages. I still haven't gotten through all of it but it looks to be rather well put together from what I've seen. Report direct link: http://info.ornl.gov/sites/publications/Files/Pub73072.pdf Source: http://web.ornl.gov/info/library/ornlnews/ Thanks to @Alan Perlman for sending this my way!
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    Members, Thanks for the forthright commentary and information herein. It's nice to see that other UAV users are having some of the same problems we do such as the subscription prices for processing software. A small company generally has mapping jobs spaced out in its working months and the need for computer based software on a rental basis has economic challenges. Yes, online services are there and certainly outwardly seductive but it is not always a smooth road in terms of quality. And, heaven forbid, one should get an error and have to start the whole process over again. We in Canada face our own hurdles like the value of the dollar compared to the US. Currently, we only get about 76 cents on the US dollar. Just do the math. So, any savings we can get would be of interest to us. Keep the forum going and thanks to Alan in keeping this ship afloat. Norm P.S. a home on the historic Montreal RIver amidst the Canadian Shield in the District of Temiskaming, Ontario, Canada. Flown with the Inspire 1 positioned in the lot shown in the left part of the photo. Ground crew positioned to watch for our family of crows, ravens, geese and those attack specialist - the hawks.
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    Hello, Interesting concept. I like it. Check it here, quadcopter electronics kit for best solution. I also tried this in my project. Surely, you also get best solution here. Thanks.
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    To answer your question plain and simple... It depends on the drone you are using, since many of it require the compass and IMU to be stable to turn your engine on (they wont start if you are moving the drone, for example). If you want further information about this topic, let us know about the drone you are flying.
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    Sure, do it all the time. The reason this is important is not to prevent using technology to aid the pilot, but the ONLY rule the FAA has, kind of the prime directive, is that you maintain 100% control, 100% of the time. The majority of drone accidents are caused by the failure or interference with GPS, the magnetometer or barometer. If you can't switch out of whatever assisted mode your in and fly manually when either of these systems fail, you're no longer in 100% control of the drone. For consumers DJI is the most feature rich but its also the unsafest. We often fly in GPS denied environments, in high energized environments which can play havoc with your magnetometer and we can takeoff and land in the ocean which can mess with the barometer, we can do this because we can switch out of whichever mode is unreliable or into manual mode. But you have to know how to fly to do that safely. Also, people might be putting their faith in technology in the wrong place. Most of the time when you initialize and try to arm a Phantom on the hood of a car, it won't and you have to do a compass calibration. So how good is that technology?
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    As I go about the state of Mississippi doing 2D/3D mapping/pictures/videos of churches, etc., I try to tie in other places to to do 2D/3D work. One of those is mapping airports in 2D/3D as well as smaller universities/colleges (especially those with stadiums/ball fields). Yes it takes some leg work and waiver for airspace authorization but if you are already doing Class B, C, D, E waivers anyway doing one for the airport is just as simple. I just finished waiver #23. The waivers used to take 30-40 minutes but after you do a few you can basically create a template and use it to copy only changing the lat/long info, ATC tele # and AGL requesting, etc. and I can do them in about 5 minutes now. (DON'T FORGET TO DO A SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR FAA WAIVER SUBMISSION AS THEY DO NOT PROVIDE A COPY OF YOUR SUBMISSION OR EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THEY RECEIVED IT). Since you should be talking to ATC at the area you are requesting to do your waiver to come to a agreeable elevation to fly (and yes they FAA ATC people will work with you), it is really not that hard to do. I am currently flying at 250' AGL in a "zero" area 2.5 miles from a class C airport. And normally from the ATC you can get the info about flying at the airport and in many cases the person you are talking with at the smaller class D/E airports is the person you will be working with anyway. I have a set fee but sometimes those with limited budgets balk at the fee. Ask them what they think your service would be worth in showing them cracks in the runway/taxi ways, building problems, overall map of their facilities, etc. and if they give you a figure you can either counter or accept. Especially if you will already be in the area flying other jobs anyway. Keep it safe in your flying!
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    I quote from the course, "Class C airspace is generally airspace from the surface to 4,000 feet above the airport elevation (AGL) (charted in MSL) surrounding those airports ..." (review the "Know Your FAA Airspace" lecture) Confusing? Yes. But always think in MSL unless specifically noted on a chart. This will be on the test in one form or another (hint hint)
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    Workers in China's Sichuan Province are using drones to help build massive new bridges across raging rivers! (Just look at the pictures in the linked article..truly stunning!) Drones are used to run a pilot cable across the expanse the bridge will traverse. With the pilot cable, larger and large cables can be added creating the framework for the bridges. The Chinese engineers are using a large 6-rotor drone to carry the pilot cable to the other side of the bridge structure. The engineers claim this method is over 100 times more efficient and 80% less costly than traditional methods! And yes there is a video! @Alan Perlman can you start a special 'construction' industry application in the forum?
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    Charles, This is a tough business to make a profit (don't give up your day job). I know only a handful of people doing it full time, out of the thousands of 107 certificates issued, all very large companies in very large metro areas w/ very expensive industrial level drones. Do a lot of research before you make any serious investments. It can, however, make for a nice part-time gig. Just my 2 cents....
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    Hi James, You have got an impressive biography! Why didn't you find a job in Professional Photography? Lack of wish or no decent offers? Is it difficult to make a drone on your own? I only bought them but now I'm thinking about making my own. Though I'm a bit scared of this idea - not sure if I'll manage to make it fly)
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    Welcome to a growing community, James.
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    Here is a link to a trailer of the new season of the AirVūz Original drone show "Drone Trippin." This season looks sweet as they are in Oahu, Hawaii! I watched a few of the first season on there and youtube. Those pilots are nuts!! Check out the trailer here: Drone Trippin: Season 2 Trailer Let me know what you think!
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    Welcome to the forums @Rod - you'll find plenty of info in the pilots lounge.
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    I would charge on a time a materials basis, plus actual travel costs submitted after job is complete. Since total travel time round trip is likely to exceed 2-3 hours, I'm guessing this will be close to a day's worth of your time. So, give your daily rate, give an estimate for meals/mileage and invoice them for actual cost after your trip is complete. Depending on how much time elapses between the before/after flights (eg: more than 30 days), you might want to provide 2 separate invoices, one for each trip out to the site.
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    I really think you can ditch the shirt and tie! "Business casual" would be my choice for sure. I'm going to assume that those unusual requirements are simply because it's an Army airfield and I'm guessing that the contractor checked with them before granting your request. I agree Steve that they do make a lot of sense. Congrats!
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    Thanks for the info. They are not looking for anything nearly as complex as you are talking about. Basically a visual aid. Final product would be embedded on their web page. It will be a selling tool for the property. They just want a visual representation of the area and some elevation readings. It looks like DroneDeploy has a good solution that I will look into. Thanks for the help. Bert
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    As a licensed surveyor and mapper engaged in aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing, first from manned aircraft and now drones, I am concerned by the amount of what appears to be unlicensed surveying activity with drones.
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    I am not a Luddite, owned my first computer in 1984(TRS-80), nor am advocating a return to paper airplanes. W/o progress we stand still. Just making a point about customer loyalty and support. This company doesn't seem to put a premium on that. The XT is a major investment for public safety agencies and for that kind of money it should be adaptable to any UAV in the DJI family, or at least the Inspire line for at least a while. Think about the agencies that purchased the I1 w/ XT and now want to expand their fleet with the newest and "bestest" Inspire2, logically assuming their XT can we used with their newest bird? Surprise! I can hear a huge collective WTF? These folks don't have unlimited budgets. The XT came out in 2016, I2 in 2017- and the XT and X5 are already incompatible? I certainly do not expect DJI to continue to support F550 Phantoms1 and 2 into the 22nd century but a couple of years is not unreasonable. For those with lots of money to purchase the newest toys, no big deal, I suppose. Govmn't agencies not so much.
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    Or hitting the self destruct button, provided not over humans or moving vehicles! Sounds like a new contrator or some new rules.
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    A big "up yours" from DJI...glad I didn't buy a P4. I own a P3PRO, Inspire 1 Pro, and FireFly 6. My next UAV (a few years hence) will likely be a Yuneec.