Alan Perlman

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  1. Flying a Drone During the Solar Eclipse

    I mean, this guy definitely knows what he's talking about. I trust him wholeheartedly.
  2. Positive news related to content with drones

    Nice share, Ed!
  3. Flying a Drone During the Solar Eclipse

    Ooh, pulled pork is a good idea. I'm still trying to decide what I want for lunch. My folks are coming over, and we plan to grill something yum yum
  4. Pricing By Work Product?

    Not sure there's a need to break it out by travel, set up time, etc. But I've always liked the idea of breaking it out by data acquisition vs. post-processing. That demonstrates that you're not just a guy with some cool drone equipment, but that there's real expertise here and that you're taking the data and rendering in a way that'll be beneficial to the client. That's where the real value is and what separates you from a commoditized drone pilot who charges by the hour. Re: the data acquisition part, I know a handful of pilots who charge a flight minimum of 2-3 hours. So even if you're only up in the air for 15 minutes, you're still charging your minimum, which makes sense given the airspace research / scouting you're doing, the travel, set up, flying, take down, etc. You can also charge a half-day or day rate as well. And on the post-processing side, you're absolutely right that some of the end products have varying degrees of work / expertise, and you should build that into your rate. If a client balks at your price, ask them why. That'll help you understand product / market fit and whether or not that particular type of mission and use case and client are going to be a good fit for you longer term. Building a service-based business is tough! It's a lot of back-and-forth and experimentation, particularly with price and service delivery, until you feel like you're getting it right. Internally, I like the idea of tracking your hours just so you know how to forecast your own efforts. When I ran a marketing agency a few years ago, I had an internal goal of getting at least $100 for every billable client hour. My pricing evolved over time to be more value-based vs. simply deliverable or hours-based, but that number helped me understand whether or not I was finding success on a month-to-month basis.
  5. Flying a Drone During the Solar Eclipse

    Due to the angle of most sUAS cameras, you likely won't be able to position the camera to get the eclipse in field of view. Even if your camera tilts 30 degrees up, the sun will be high up in the sky on Monday. I plan to film the shadow, but even then my expectations are pretty low. Not sure I'll be able to discern anything at 300-350 ft. Would look a lot cooler from higher up
  6. Ahh, thanks for clarifying and glad you got in contact with the help line. Good rule of thumb is to never copy directly from Microsoft Word. I always have a program called Sublime Text (same thing as Notepad) open on my computer. It strips the formatting and saves me a ton of trouble with writing emails, keeping tabs of lists, copying/pasting content, etc.
  7. Hi all, assuming good weather, I was planning to do a time-lapse of the moon's shadow racing across a field at the park across the street from my house during the solar eclipse next week. I'm in Nashville, TN and right in the path of the totality, so looking forward to a wild show. At first, I was worried about noise pollution, but there aren't usually folks home in my neighborhood, certainly in this park / field during the day. I'll be at around 300-350 ft. AGL, so there may be a small whine, but it shouldn't be distracting. By hovering / doing a time-lapse, I don't have to be as concerned about having a VO / maintaining situational awareness, and I can take some time to actually enjoy the eclipse. By the way, public disclaimer, make sure you get special glasses if you plan to look directly at the eclipse! Saw this note from the FAA as well and thought I'd share. If you ARE flying next week, know that there might be more manned aircraft traffic in the air and to watch out just as you normally would (but with extra vigilance!). -- FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education Are You Flying to the Eclipse Path Notice Number: NOTC7320 Do you plan to fly your aircraft on August 21 during the solar eclipse? If yes, you’re not alone. Several airports located in the path of the eclipse have notified the FAA that they are anticipating a significant increase in air traffic before and during the eclipse. Many of these airports are non-towered and have limited capacity to accommodate an increase in traffic. Here are some tips to fly safe in the path of the eclipse. Use US Chart Supplements (formerly AFD). Check NOTAMs for your departing and arriving airports, including airports along the route of your flight. Remember, some airports may already be at capacity. Call your destination airport, and respect the runway closures and safety information they provide. Expect Unicom congestion, and check for additional instructions on ASOS/AWOS voice over. See and Avoid is a high priority. Watch out for possible drone activity. Utilize Air Traffic Services when available. Use IFR operations when appropriate, file VFR flight plans …. let Air Traffic assist you! Have some specific questions about an area or airport? The FAASTeam is here to help. Our local FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM) are available to help with local knowledge. Find your local FPM for any given area For a refresher on non-towered airport communications, click
  8. Thanks for posting here. Hopefully someone can chime in with some insights!
  9. 8/12/17 - Community Update

    The Taft Drone Club in Cincinnati, OH was just awarded a HUGE grant to support STEM learning by bringing drones into the classroom. Learn more about the grant (and check out our new scholarship for high school students!) over here. FPV racing? Yes please. DR1 just announced their roster, locations, and sponsors for the 2017 season, and we can't wait. The DR1 Champions Series will start in October—read about the series and see pictures of all the locations over here. As an industrial tool, the DJI Matrice 200 is rated IP (Ingress Protection) 43,which means that it’s waterproof and can fly in the rain just fine. It can also fly in sub-zero temperatures, with a heating system that kicks in to keep the batteries and sensors warm when under freezing conditions (pretty cool, right?). Gap Wireless will be demoing DJI Matrice 200 drones at The Big Drone Show. More on that announcement over here. Last call! Use code UAVCOACH when registering for The Big Drone Show, Canada's premier drone event, to get 25% off the $90 conference ticket. From The Community Forum Here are some notable threads from this past week: Looking for a private instructor Eagle Eye UAV (Thanks to UAV Coach!) Aerial Downtown LA DJI Matrice 600 for sale Temp certificate
  10. Who will be going to Interdrone in Las Vegas?

    Look forward to meet you there!
  11. DJI Matrice 600 for sale

    Thanks, Steve!
  12. Looking for private instructor

    Love this community, thanks guys.
  13. Preparing for airport development

    Great to meet you, @John Woo!
  14. We are pumped to announce the Big Drone Show, Canada’s premier drone event, as our latest community sponsor. The show happens next month in Toronto, Canada on September 27th and 28th. If you're interested in attending make sure to use the code UAVCOACH for a hefty discount of 25% off of what is already a very low ticket price of $90. The Big Drone Show is packed with events, and will feature talks by drone industry leaders from around the world, the Toronto Drone Film Festival, a B2B Meeting Zone where companies can connect, a 2 day Hackathon, and of course lots of product releases and announcements from big companies like DJI and others. You can also read our article to learn more about the show: