Alan Perlman

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  1. The course diploma process is laid out within the course, and students are asked to not send anything directly to me but to fill out the form on this page: Saw your submission come through, @Rodney A Wilson, will take a look!
  2. @Up Sonder cool share! Re-thinking our category threads over the next weeks and will consider this request, thanks!
  3. Great responses, all. Echoing sentiments re: not giving up your day job unless you have serious traction / business plan / connections / hustle / grit and understand that it might take a while to get off the ground.
  4. Yah, didn't take it like that at all! Was just playing to my own insecurities. I wasn't a huge user of MRF or DIYDrones or some of the other big forums prior to the PhantomPilots / InspirePilots forum family hitting the scene. Those seem to be relatively active. @Uaviator53, that's great news! What a cool gig, and the kind of thing that you can scale to other departments if interested. The demand is certainly there.
  5. I can certainly relate to that! Building any kind of community is challenging. To @Av8Chuck's point, I wouldn't say fewer people are interested in drones, or that FB is replacing forums, or anything like that. I just think the bar for this kind of information exchange medium is much higher than it used to be. For what it's worth, admittedly I could be doing a lot better job managing this forum, bringing on and incentivizing moderators, figuring out ways to make it grow, etc.
  6. Good feedback, @Juggernaught. Will let their team know.
  8. Great deal indeed. Thanks for sharing, @James V.!
  9. Here's the latest from the FAA's website: How can non-US citizens fly UAS for commercial purposes in the United States?Non-U.S. citizens who want to fly for commercial purposes may do so under the Small UAS rule (Part 107) by getting a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) issued by the FAA. The FAA does not currently recognize any foreign Remote Pilot Certificate or equivalent because globally-recognized RPC standards have not yet been developed. To obtain an FAA-issued RPC, they must submit an application for foreign air carrier economic licensing. Application instructions are specified in 14 C.F.R. Part 375 and should be submitted by electronic mail to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of International Aviation, Foreign Air Carrier Licensing Division. Additional information is available at
  10. Ah! This is amazing, @Steve Bennett.
  11. Hi @CDS, great question. Ultimately, it depends on the kind of customer and this should definitely come up in the sales process. Easy thing is to have some kind of cloud-based storage with easy sharing like DropBox. Uploading to YouTube on a client's behalf is an option as well, but would you be uploading to your own account? Or to theirs? Do they need you to set up an account for them? Unlimited number of options, just make sure to communicate clearly with the client ahead of time re: deliverability.
  12. I use iMovie for super quick editing on my laptop, but plan to get either Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X.
  13. Very cool, @Everest! How do you like the Autel?
  14. 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.
  15. Love the creativity. What a great example.