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    Hi, I’m Frank Foster, and I’m new to the drone community. Although I have never been a pilot, I do have a very extensive background in professional, industrial, and broadcast video production. My goal is to combine this experience, along with many years of working in the field with perhaps thousands of customers, to create a freelance aerial videography/photography business, probably in the real estate, construction, and event parts of the industry, at least as a start. To this end, I have begun studying for Part 7 exam. I have been investigating the emerging drone market for about six months now, and although I’ve already learned a great deal on my own, I would love to draw from the vast experience of my others, most of whom have been flying drones for a while, to share information and ideas. I look forward to communicating and collaborating with everyone in this forum. Thanks.
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    My friend Lauren, who regularly kicks but at Drone360, wrote a great piece about a little-known rule. If you're working on the farm, you want to read this. http://drone360mag.com/rules-regulations/2017/06/part-137-agricultural-aircraft-the-drone-certification-youve-never-heard-of#.WULTFyeruGA.facebook
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    I flew this week at a bridge construction site in San Diego near UCSD. Talk about red tape! Caltrans (state DOT) has their paperwork they want completed for flights (both pre and post) which encroaches on my rights as a P107 pilot. UCSD has their paperwork they want completed for flights (both pre and post) which encroaches on my rights as a P107 pilot. My company has our own internal paper they want completed for policies. 3 times the paperwork and it wasn't even in Class B, C, D or E airspace!!! Anyways, UCSD wanted me to contact the helipad located on their hospital nearby which they pointed out to me via skyvector.com. I looked up the facility manager phone on there and gave em a ring. Before I could even finish introducing myself, the person yelled - YELLED - at me: "“YOU ARE CALLING THE WRONG PEOPLE YOU NEED TO CALL SECURITY” and then transferred me to the operator. When I pointed this out to my contact at UCSD, they appreciated the heads up. When I mentioned I had already filed a UAS operating area for the site a week in advance, they felt that was enough. I guess where I'm going with this is, don't be surprised if the heli facility lights up when you call and that the UAS notification via 1800wxbrief might suffice for what you are doing. For what it's worth, as a P107 pilot, I'm not required to contact helipads as long as I'm in class G airspace.
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    Calling all of the city halls in my perspective work areas to verify there are no other cities with a drone ordinance so I don't run into another issue. The city of El Segundo, ca gave me some weird answers that didn't make sense. Drove down to their city hall, I ended up in front of the city business guy. He had a lot of questions for me as well. Turns out he regards me as a drone expert (don't know about that) and wants me to come speak in front of their city council meeting so that I can educate the body with insight. My fear is that I'll say something that triggers more regulation on our already overly regulated industry. Fingers crossed!
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    Thanks, everyone. I'm in the process of a cross country move so apologies for the tardiness on my responses. @R Martin, I've been enjoying your commercial mapping insights. For people upset at Facebook, from a business perspective, there are few better ways to drive traffic back to your website - if that's your objective. I share some work but not all of it.
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    Have you read the license agreement? They own everything you post and can, and do, sell your content. I don't really care, I'm just not willing to do business with such an arrogant company. Forums on FB used to be that you couldn't go through he history of a thread. Not sure if it's still that way.
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    For me to get my name out there quicker in my local community Facebook is a necessity. I bit the bullet and have started "posting" there more. Not sure if it's generated much, but it is nice to see how many people view the photos and such. I am not a social media guy, but anymore it seems to be a requirement.
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    Thank you for the mention @Kara Murphy. Nice article.
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    Found some great discussions on here about flying, drones, and overall aviation. I was just certified three weeks ago as a Part 107 pilot and I've enjoyed the community that the commercial drone industry has fostered. I'm currently providing Drone Services with my DJI Mavic Pro, as well as on the ground video production services, and I've loved incorporating aerial perspectives into my latest edits. You can check out my work, as well as my drone reel on my company's website, www.trailmarkerproductions.com Looking forward to meeting more drone enthusiasts, sharing content, and discussing the possibilities of these incredible machines.
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    I feel your anxiety, but you really don't need to get "freaked" out when a helicopter is in the vicinity no more than you should when an 18-wheeler passes you on the freeway. There big, noisy and your going to see them. They may not see you but that's OK, you just need to maintain separation. That's why we can't fly beyond line-of-sight. The thing that makes the MAVIC such a great drone is its size, unfortunately that's also one of the biggest challenges for flying it safely. You go 100' up and 50' in any direction and its pretty much out of sight. There's a real tendency to fly it FPV but when you look up it can be very difficult to find it.
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    I have found that generally for every 5-8 minutes I spend in the air I wind up spending about 4-5 hours behind a desk doing the paperwork to support it. The joys of flight Alan failed to mention in his training :-)
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    I think this is a very grey area. Drone operators are not pilots, ATC talks to pilots with realtime actionable communications. Example - Pilot: Camarillo tower Arrow XXXXX is three miles out, straight in runway 26 at 1500', I have ATIS bravo. Tower: Arrow XXXXXX unable straight in 26, fly upwind over the runway 1000' turn left cross wind mid field for left traffic 26. If a drone operator gets on the tower frequency to report their whereabouts they will be give a phone number to call, that is not a number to grant you permission to fly -- my advice would be DON"T CALL THAT NUMBER! Better still, if the FAA wanted drone operators to talk to ATC they would have made it mandatory and there would have been a whole lot more in the 107 exam about communication. Regarding heliports, unless they're on airport property they aren't controlled by ATC. Heliports usually use a CTAF frequency but they don't want to hear from you either. In fact, generally there isn't anyone at the facility that knows any more than the fact that they have one, they aren't authorized to coordinate any flight activity, they are there simply to make sure the landing aircraft are met with the required resources. If you call them to ask for permission or inform them of your intentions , they aren't going to know who you are and they aren't going to care. This is an ever changing topic so I don't know if this is still the case. The FCC [not the FAA] restricts ADS-B transceivers in the US so they can only receive which makes them pointless. You don't need a radio or ADS-B. If your going to fly a MAVIC commercially then just follow rule107 if your doing it recreationally, fly LOS, don't run into anything and enjoy.
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    If you are in a city or there is a regional airport with a tower you are probably going to have to talk to them, as they are most likely to manage the airspace for the hospitals. Contacting the hospital is not a bad idea either, as each hospital with a helipad has an "aviation manager" that coordinates those efforts. That being said, I carry an ICOM A14 that you can pick up fairly cheap. I am not required to carry a radio. The FAA only requires that I be available during flight ops by cell phone. I carry the ICOM just as an additional safety measure. ADS-B is not a requirement for sUAS at this time. There are ADS-B transceivers that are available and can be carried aboard your sUAS (http://www.uavionix.com/products/ping2020/) IF you have the spare change to incorporate it. Most as the technology matures the cost will come down and they will be more readily available and affordable for the majority of us.
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    I will have to agree the level of conversation on UAV Coach is generally much higher. I have recommended to our pilots that they can come here to get answers. So a big thanks to everyone! I will have to agree the level of conversation on UAV Coach is generally much higher. I have recommended to our pilots that they can come here to get answers. So a big thanks to everyone!
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    Interesting article. It was nice of you to include this forum. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I don't frequent most of the forums in your article because they're Facebook centric. I don't do Facebook, and I think the number of professionals who don't use FB is bigger than many people might think. I like hanging out in this forum, unlike forums like RCGroups this is certainly a place for adults. But maybe the promise of the commercial drone industry is as overhyped as the safety and privacy concerns, or maybe forums in general have just outlived their usefulness, but if the opportunity is as big as forecasted then the discussion about commercial activity should be an order of magnitude greater than it is. Also, online forums tend to turn into popularity contests which generally benifits people who fly the same drones, share similar ideologies so forum's tend to be more about conformity than original thought. Im hoping more people find their way to this forum that are willing to share and encourage others to be profitable.