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    Hello All Just joined this community and looking forward to helping and learning! I am a CAA pilot in the UK Based in Ashford Kent Looking forward to working anywhere though, As I like to travel! Only recently Passed with the CAA so still on a learning Curve. Over 15 years as a pro Photographer and Cinematographer. Just made a little site here for my drone side of the business Aerial Photography Ashford SDimaging Recently went on a trip to iceland and shot this video just for fun! youtube site Look forward to chatting. Scott
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    Hello, My name is Jorge, I'm Commercial Drone Pilot, working in a Telecom Company, currently flying in Georgia for Cellphone Towers inspection, most of the time using M600P with Z30 Camera. My Team is planing to start flying in Los Angeles area, and we are not sure the differences with the Regulations and requirements between Georgia and California. So I will appreciate if this community can help me out to get more detailed information about flying in Los Angeles area. By the way, I got the Part 107 Certificate back in January 2017 Thanks to DronePilot Ground School Team. Here is a Proof of the BEST UAV COACH in the Drone Industry I'm excited to start flying in Los Angeles. Thanks in Advance for all the Support! Happy flying! Sincerely Jorge Luengo
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    This story has all the trappings of product propaganda, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Positive applications of drones needs all the good PR we can get.
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    Hi guys! this is the first video I ever uploaded so naturally I now see lots of flaws and want to change everything.. I hope that means i'm improving haha I used my DJI Spark quite a lot and there were some nervy moments over the lake but I got it back in one piece I'll definitely return to the Lake District for another film now i'm more confident with the drone.Thanks for watchingShot with:Nikon D5300 (Nikkor 35mm F1.8)DJI Spark
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    Welcome to the forum. Aren't you the manufacturer of this drone? If so, that's fine but one of the goals of this forum is to help people figure out how to create profitable drone related businesses. All multirotors are relatively easy to fly and good for beginners but how many of them float? What are some of the applications your customers are using these drones for? How did Urban Drones become Urban Drones? What kinds of challenges did you have to overcome to get to where you got? How could I make money with your drones? Most Podunk fire departments use Phantoms, you know where they use "WATER" to put out fires or have to fly in inclement weather to find someone, why aren't they using Splash drones that won't crash when you sneeze on them... This forum might not have as many users trying to figure out what ESC's, Props and motors to use together but if your an operator trying to figure out what drones mean to society, this is a great place to discuss issues relative to actually accomplishing something with drones and if you are the manufacturer of the Splash Drone it's worth paying attention too. You have a great drone, this is a great forum - kind of like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups "two great taste's that taste great together - I encourage you to tell us more about the Splash Drone besides that its easy to fly. If your not the Urban Drones that manufactures the Splash Drone, Oops..
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    I hate to be the skeptic here, but this system has been used in training for a while in Australia to perform this exact task. However, in this video everything just seemed to go perfectly. the impact point was almost directly between the swimmers, neither of them appeared in distress, and all ended well. Hmmm......
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    Shot this in September 2017. It is a video about a dam in the south of Portugal that is used primarily for supporting agriculture irrigation. I was surprised to see it completely dried out and was even able to drive inside the dam ! In January 2018 it's still empty.
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    I personally have not applied for an airspace operation in class B airspace (until now) but I'm pretty sure the FAA is granting them through the web-portal, which is now the "Drone Zone" (https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/) There is a UAS Facility Map grid for CTL for you to see the ceilings that they will likely approve. https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad/ As a test, I just requested authorization in a class B airspace airport participating in LAANC, Sky Harbor, PHX in Phoenix and was granted immediate authorization. I don't see any reason why you will not receive an authorization but it may take a while through the web portal.
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    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.
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    I wasn't sure which forum to pop this in so please forgive if I picked the wrong one. So, the drone market is awash with software and applications - cloud based and local - ranging from photogrammetry, tree and plant counting and drone ops logging to in your pocket pay as you fly insurance. Everyone has their favourites and those which they use day in day out and upon which their businesses totally rely. Which are yours? And do they relatively seamlessly integrate to facilitate smooth, dare I say, easy workflows etc? Is there any one thing in your business or even just hobby flying that you would love to see embodied in a single application? It could relate to your specific kind of flight operation or to business in general. Is the DroneDeploy marketplace a good thing, will it grow, how will it grow? Discuss!!
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    Just my opinion, but even if your intent was to promote a product that’s totally ok. As a community member we might run across products or services that we like and think would benifit others, why not share that information here. As long as your honest with your experience your as qualified a filter as anyone. I encourage everyone to share their experiences with products or services as long as it doesn’t turn to fanaticism.
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    This is a webpage produced by Jonathan Rupprecht, who is a lawyer, pilot and certified flight instructor. His information includes citing specific FAA requirements pertaining to complying with the logbook requirements and a review of both online services plus hardcopy paper options. His provided information also includes the upkeep of proper FAA maintenance logs as well. Yes he does offer a $10 paper logbook for sale on Amazon but more importantly he also offers this free for you to print out if you wish. The most important aspect of this information is that he takes you step by step on how to create and maintain a proper logbook practice that will more than fulfill the FAA scrutiny if you are ever asked to provide such documentation. https://jrupprechtlaw.com/drone-logbook
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    Hi guys! Short film of an abandoned factory explore - used the drone inside for a few shots along with the train-yard stuff. Thanks for watching!
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    I’m sorry but there are so many reckless “pilots” ruining it for rest of us that there is obviously a need for registration! Also I believe that not only professional drone operators but also hobbyists should absolutely be required at least some form of online class or education and certification. Today’s drones are more powerful, faster and have longer operational distances capabilities that is very easy to cause a harm to others as a result of reckless and uneducated drone operations. That is my opinion and I’m sticking to it!
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    There’s a lot there to talk about. It’s not up to the operator to determine whether their activity is commercial or not. It costs more than $500 to attend and you have to pay to get credentialed to shoot there. So yes this is commercial. If everyone were permitted to pursue a passion for aerial photography then it might be considered non commercial but that’s not the case. Also he did a pickup shot for a foreign documentary how can anyone argue this was non commercial. One thing that cracks me up is that no matter how a bunch of millennial earth cookies want to spin Burning Man, it brings in more that $35M in revenue and some of the exhibits probably costs more than $1M. This is every bit as commercial as an NFL game. They want to claim that it’s art, that’s fine but apparently photography is not an acceptable art form. They are certainly entitled to make the rules, but to cliam this isn’t a commercial activity and that it has some sort of social redeeming value is kind of hypocritical. Obviously this guy does not have a 107 certificate. If he did he’d know that Burning Man doesn’t have the authority to restrict him from flying there unless the FAA issued a TFR. They can stop him from landing and taking off inside the area defined in the permit for the event but they don’t regulate airspace. They certainly don’t have the authority to grant him permission to fly at night or over people. The guy did a great job, this is a well produced video, but I it should be reported for what it is. No matter the intent, this video promotes a commercial venture which by the FAA’s definition makes it commercial.
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    Hey drone flyers! I tried out my very first wedding video plus it's fully shot by drone. I did it for free as my friend asked me to, but because of that I couldn't really give directions to people as to what I wanted them to do or where to go. I listed the things that I learned and hopefully you'd find them useful! Thanks for watching and congratulations to the couple! Matthew and Alina | Wedding Video Things I Learned:1. Drones can work handheld but may be jittery at times and even over-compensate with it's stabilizer when swinging the drone left to right.2. I prefer controlling with the RC rather than wi-fi because you really can't pitch up and down smoothly without the RC.3. Setting up a drone can take time. Swapping ND filters because clouds suddenly cover the sun takes time. Switching to 1080p for 60 or 96fps for slow-mo also takes time.4. Prop sounds are very audible so choose when you should fly, preferably before the ceremony or after.5. Drones make sounds too when handheld and running. I didn't want to bother any of the guests so I kept away if I could.6. Finding free wedding songs is somewhat impossible. Any sites would be welcome!7. I don't have close-ups during the actual wedding because I wasn't getting paid and felt bad for getting in there.8. Working solo can get you to miss stuff that happen only once in a wedding. I had to drive to where the bride was prepping, then the groom, then back to the bride, straight to the venue, etc. so it was a lot of work.9. I was starving and really had to pee the whole time. I kept holding it in because I would have missed some shots.10. My positioning could have been better, but I didn't want to go where the professional photographers were hanging around in.11. I enjoyed doing this wedding and am sure I can do a better job next time!
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    As a relative new comer to video production I hardly noticed anything about that video that needed "attention" In all honestly it was only after I read the posts here a second time could I pick out certain issues, so rest assured normal folks just think it's an awesome video with great editing.
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    You see, I'm no stranger to a baked potato so when I engage my core that's then the jello starts...
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    Thanks for sharing, @ScottF! Copying/pasting a lecture I was working on a while back re: the same topic and hope it adds some value to this thread: -- Alright, so in this lecture we’re going to talk about MONEY MONEY. And let’s go ahead and get one thing out of the way….pricing your aerial services is less science and more art. Not only is this kind of service brand spanking new for the majority of your prospects, but in any service-based business model, there’s a LOT of variance in the kind of work you could be doing, what end product you feel most comfortable delivering, specific client needs, etc. So, there’s a lot that goes into determining how much your aerial photographs, videos, and data packages that you provide to clients is actually worth. In this lecture, we’ll run through a few big concepts: What factors influence your pricing? Sample pricing and packaging models (hourly rates, day rates, flat-fee packages) Raising your rates down the road Let’s dive in. What factors influence your pricing? Here are a 10 things that'll influence what kind of prices you can charge for your aerial service work: The end product. Are you selling a block of 50 photos? A 3-minute YouTube video with music? An orthographic map? Each of these command a different type of approach to pricing. If you're doing the post-processing, you've got to factor in that time. Your client. Are you working with a real estate broker on a $575,000 listing? What about the CEO of a construction company bidding for an $8 million project? What about a roofing inspector? Each has a unique situation when it comes to hiring an sUAS operator and their own perceived value of the end product. Your geography. Urban vs. rural, big city vs. small city, other close-by competitors vs. no competitors, etc. Service-based businesses tend to look a little different city to city. Your competition. This isn't as important as you might think, but it's still a consideration. All else equal, what are your competitors charging? Your track-record. This is a HUGE part of your sales process and something I really want to focus on in this lecture. There's a lot to be said for sharing your past client successes, for gathering video testimonials, for putting together an unbelievable demo reel that highlights your best work, etc. Your training / certifications / licenses. If you have a Section 333 Exemption (or some other country-specific license) and are complying legally in the national airspace, you should command a higher price than a competitor who isn't flying legally. If you've gone through a training program or have some other certificate you can share, that also helps. Whether or not you have insurance. Clients don't want to be held liable of something goes wrong. If you can assume that risk with your own liability policy, you're bringing more value to your client. What equipment you're using. While you want to match the equipment to the client and shouldn't simply charge more for using a better system when all else is equal, if the shoot demands a more advanced sUAS, you should factor that into your pricing. Flying a DJI s1000 for a cinematographic shoot is a lot different than using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional to take photographs of a golf course or resort property. Travel / shoot logistics. Do you need to drive more than a few miles to get to a shoot location? Are you flying somewhere and bringing all your equipment with you in travel-proof cases? You've got to factor in travel / your time. There are many ways to think about doing this. Check out MileIQ as an example of a tool you could use if doing a lot of driving for local client work. One-time project vs. on-going work. You might want to offer a discount if there's guaranteed recurring work that'll be sent your way. There are many more ways to think about this, but hopefully that list gets your brain juices flowing. At the end of the day, pricing is closely related to how much trust and authenticity you can build with your prospective clients. That's the most important thing to remember. Get into the pricing mindset The sooner you begin to embrace that you're not just a person with a drone who takes pictures, but a licensed and insured commercial sUAS business who: operates incredibly expensive equipment; takes on the liability if anything goes wrong; handles not just the photo/video/data capture but also the post-processing (using expensive editing or mapping software); has a proven track record with other happy clients; is well versed in all local and governmental regulations and has the proper documentation; and so on... The sooner you can embrace all of that, the more confident you'll be when standing behind your pricing, either on your website / in your marketing materials or directly speaking to clients over the phone or in person. How should I package / sell my services? This is where it gets fun (and creative). The sUAS industry is still new, so your prospects will really be looking to you when it comes to what kind of deliverable it is that you're offering. When I started my first service-based business (growth-marketing agency), I didn't have any standardized pricing. I wanted to move fast and say YES to every project, regardless of its scope. You may see where this is going. That worked out for a while (I was able to generate $100,000+ in revenue my first 12 months), but I soon burned out, and ultimately I wasn't able to scale my company. I didn't have enough processes in place. Everything was customized. Because I didn't "productize" the kind of service I was offering, my sales process was a lot longer. Every new client relationship was different than the last. Every new prospect I'd hop with on the phone in a very consultative way and try to match my services to their particular needs. If you're hungry for cash like I was back then, this can be a GREAT approach. Just...keep talking to the client and take whatever cash you can get for as many projects as possible. But long-term? Without a clear pricing / packaging model, it can be hard to really understand how your business is performing, to build more efficient processes and a stronger marketing / sales funnel, and to ultimately scale your business. Your pricing and packaging model may always be changing...but the sooner you can commit to something standardized, the easier it'll be to communicate that to prospective clients. Experiment with "tiered" pricing. A tiered model lays out multiple options at different price points and empowers your prospective clients to make better, more informed decisions that feel less arbitrary. So, you're presenting option A, option B, or option C to your prospects. It's human psychology. We're just not wired to make absolute price and value evaluations in a vacuum. We need points of reference. A tiered model helps you to anchor your pricing and to appeal to folks that are looking for more value vs. those who want the highest-possible level of service you offer, where cost isn't as much of a concern. Laying out options gives clients a clear way to compare, contrast and ultimately be more intentional about who they decide to award their business to and why. Each option should have a purpose and represent a viable option for the client. You can state exactly what problems you're going to solve and what trade-offs these solutions will entail. For example, let's say you're trying to work with a real estate broker. Your pricing could look something like this: Option A - 10 high-quality aerial photographs Option B - 10 high-quality aerial photographs + a 3-minute YouTube walkthrough video Option C - Package of 5 listings to be used in a 90-day period (selling Option B at a discount if the client buys a block of 5 ahead of time) I'm over-simplifying your service offering of course, but you can see how each of these options commands a unique price. The goal here is to creatively and conscientiously define problems right from the outset, and to empower clients to make purposeful choices about what they really want. What are some sample pricing models? Here's a (work-in-progress) list of aerial service companies who publish their pricing: https://www.dronebase.com (pricing link in top-right part of page) http://aerialview.video/payment http://www.realtyvideotour.net/packages1.html http://www.michigandronepros.com/pricing-options/ http://victoriaairphotos.com/rate_sheet.html http://2surge.com/video-photography/pricing/ http://hypedrones.com/aerial-real-estate-pricing/ http://www.wessexaerialphotography.com/drone-aerial-photography-prices/ http://www.capecodaerials.com/pricing/ http://skyvantage.co.uk/aerial-videography-prices/ http://www.phoenixdroneservice.com/ http://reconaerialmedia.com/drone-services-pricing/ You'll see that it's all over the board. Some of these companies promote that they're certified and insured, while others do not. Some of these companies have incredibly designed websites with show reels, a portfolio of client work, and testimonials. Others do not. Here are a few ways to think about pricing / packaging: Charge an hourly rate. You can sell a max "block" of hours depending on the task. As an example, if your hourly rate is $150, and you're driving out to a shoot site, setting up, shooting 20-30 photos on one 15-minute battery, then going back home to do some editing and finalization for the client...that might ultimately run somewhere between 1-2 hours, so maybe you'd charge $150-$300 for that service. Charge by deliverable. You'll note some of the examples above spell out specific deliverables, like "interior" vs. "exterior" capture, or literally the number of photos you'll end up receiving. I personally like how Phoenix Drone Service prices their Construction Monitoring services on a monthly retainer. You really want to think about the deliverable, and what format of end product the client ends up really needing. If they're a realtor who wants aerial videography, you're not just going to shoot a .mov file and send it to them via Dropbox. You'll want to export to the right codec and load / tag the video onto a service like YouTube, Vimeo, or even the MLS (and sites like Trulia, Zillow, etc.). Charge by half-day / day. Some types of projects, particularly more cinematography-oriented ones, require a lot more on-site time and direction than others. If you do this kind of work, it might make sense to charge by the half-day or day. Can I ask my client to pay for travel costs? If you're charging hourly, I don't see any reason why not to include a 20-30 minute drive to and from the site into your scope of work. If you have a packaged rate, I wouldn't tack on additional travel expenses unless you're having to drive or fly more than one hour. *Make sure to track your car/truck mileage with a tool like MileIQ or Passenger for tax purposes How can I increase my pricing? As the market matures, and as your own experience grows stronger, you're going to want to adapt your pricing model. Here are a few things you'll want to have on your website / in your marketing materials to help better justify a price increase: A killer demo reel. You're only as good as your last video. As your skills improve, so should your demo reel. Client testimonials. Don't just get quotes. Get images you can share, links to their website or LinkedIn profile to show they're real people, and video testimonials if you can. ROI / case studies of how your clients actually saved (or made) money by using your services Social proof. An example would be that you should probably share if you've worked with 50+ clients, or that you've flown 1000+ hours, or that you have 400 local businesses on your email list. Local PR / news clippings. Share links to these stories to establish trust and professionalism. Also, you might want to think about locking in your past clients to your old pricing model. It's 1) good for marketing and helps you re-engage past clients, 2) builds goodwill by offering a discount for being an early adopter of your company's services, and 3) puts cash in your pocket when you get folks to commit to new business at the old rates that you might not have gotten with just a simple price shift.
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    This was posted in here previously, but wanted a dedicated thread I could sticky as I keep coming back here looking for this. http://dronecenter.bard.edu/state-and-local-drone-laws/ If you know of other good collections for local drone laws or ordinances that have been enacted that are NOT in the above link, please add another comment to the thread with as much info as possible.
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    This can become a hottly debated subject. Initially Airmap was a website where local business owners could pay a fee to restrict airspace around their businesses. Then they partnered with DJI to become part of their implementation of GEO fencing. If a smartphone app can provide better situational awareness for drone operators as long as its accurate that's great. If it becomes a trusted source of information and you pay for that service, that's the operators choice. But if drone manufacturers make this technology mandatory then they become a regulatory agency and they aren't authorized to do that. You are the PIC, you need to take any and all relevant sources of information into account when making your decision to fly. But you probably shouldn't rely solely on a cell phone app.
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    In Phoenix, along with Tucson or Albuquerque (or elsewhere technically) we have started doing drone training courses that are geared to engineering/mapping/survey users. We have course outlines if you want to see details, but we have set up three classes - 1 to prep for the test, another for actual flight and flight planning (includes a half day of field flying) with the other half day being mission planning with various tools, such as SiteScan, or Pix4D, and issues related to getting he right GSD, shot angle and coverage. Our third class is what to do with the resulting data - processing it, and using orthos and models in various Autodesk software like AutoCAD Map, Civil 3D, Infraworks or Recap. It would be of little value to someone doing real estate or video work, but should be pretty helpful to those in the engineering world. We've spent a lot of time trying to develop reasonable workflows. BTW, the "we" is CADsoft Consulting (http://www.cadsoft-consult.com). We are an Autodesk partner and do a lot of engineering technology consulting.