Alan Perlman

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  1. 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.
  2. I got the below email from the MultiGP team. Unfortunately no one on our team will be able to make it, but happy to bestow field reporting duties to someone who's able to be in Muncie, Indiana and wants a free Press Pass! -- Good Day, My name is __________________ and I am responsible for press relations with MultiGP. As a member of the Radio Controlled Modeling community we want to formally invite you to the MultiGP International Open, Featuring Rotor Riot. The event is taking place at the Academy of Model Aeronautics Headquarters in Muncie, IN, August 9th – 13th. MultiGP is planning on this being one of the largest FPV events of the year. Some of the planned highlights: 5 day event On site at the 1,200 AMA Headquarters 8 different themed (Freestyle, SPEC, Wing, Team, Rookie, etc.) FPV flying fields The ROTOR RIOT Team will be in attendance for the entire event Daily fun fly events Daily competitions Vendor presence RV and Camping (additional fee) on site MultiGP would like to offer you a complimentary Press Pass for access the entire International Open as a media representative. We encourage you to come out and share your experience with your followers; blog, VLOG, live stream, share, and podcast directly from the event! We also ask that you help us to spread the word about the International Open leading up to the event (example: we are currently running an early bird registration which saves the pilots some money on the event and enters them in a giveaway). Included are a few links that have further details on the International Open, such as a basic schedule, registration page, and the ROTOR RIOT announcement. International Open Event details - http://www.multigp.com/news/47/2017-MultiGP-International-Open-Update International Open Early Registration - http://www.multigp.com/news/48/early-bird-international-open International Open ROTOR RIOT announcement - http://www.multigp.com/news/56/RotorRiotInternationalOpen Please let us know if you are planning on attending, and feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions. Thank you for everything you do for our community and our sport, I look forward to seeing you at the International Open.
  3. @Av8Chuck and @Air One - pinging their team to ask right now.
  4. This position has been closed. Thanks for applying, all!
  5. Hi all! We just posted this to our News section and plan to look at candidates over the next few weeks. Please spread around to anyone who you think might be a good fit, better yet apply yourself! https://uavcoach.com/hiring-student-support-manager/
  6. Would love to learn more about this. Creating content in such a fast-growing industry is tough.
  7. Hi all! Just got a great email from one of our students and wanted to post here. Thought it'd be fun to crowdsource an answer / start a discussion around this very hot topic given DJI's recent firmware update: I have a problem...perhaps you can help me since you are well connected in the drone industry. I live in Starke, Florida. About 10 miles from my house is Camp Blanding (Air Force and National Guard Training facility). Of course, flying around the base is a "no-no", which is to be expected. However, I live roughly 10 miles away and I have never had a problem with flying my DJI Phantom 4 or Mavic Pro until this last DJI Firmware update for their Geo-Fencing. My whole city is now in a NFZ! The B4UFly app below even shows that I am "good-to-go" with flying. Here is the screen capture from my Mavic Pro of DJI's new Geo-Fencing with the NFZ being in RED. At the very top below the "Atti" graphic is Jacksonville's International Airport (JAX) and it's appropriate NFZ area. Almost directly south of JAX airport on the river is one of the military bases in Jacksonville. The HUGE Red NFZ in the bottom left side is my small town of Starke. With DJI's latest firmware update, I now have lost all of my ability to fly commercially for local Car Dealerships and other business that want my services. Below, the red triangle with the purple circle is my house. I'm roughly 3/10ths of a mile from being out of this over-reaching NFZ. Is there ANYTHING that I can do to have DJI change this crazy NFZ since the FAA themselves say that's it's okay to fly in my City and at my house? Of course, I love both of my DJI drones....but this is so bad that I'm considering other companies for future purchases. I really do appreciate what they are doing with the Geo-fencing and I can see the benefit in having it. However, when the FAA says the area is okay to fly....the DJI software should say the same thing!! They should mirror exactly what the FAA puts out....not add more to it.
  8. Was complementing the many voices in this thread, all coming together to discuss a geeky industry / commercial sUAS operation question. The team is everyone here, in this thread and on this forum. The dream is why we're all here. To help push the drone industry forward and to have fun flying drones for fun and for profit in a safe and responsible manner.
  9. Team work makes the dream work.
  10. Well said, @Ed O'Grady.
  11. Thanks for starting off the discussion, @Av8Chuck. One question I'd like to raise is this - we have a very specific example of airspace we're talking about in this thread. Putting the firmware restriction aside, if this student is operating commercially under Part 107, from a regulatory perspective can he actually do so? First, I did a quick look using Airmap's airspace research software. Interestingly enough, and I should start a separate thread about this, it looks like their new beta software is a LOT easier to use and more relevant / sets better expectations than their existing one: https://beta.app.airmap.io/?utm_source=airmap_com So when I do a search for Starke, Florida, I see a bunch of "special use" airspace that lines up with what we're seeing in the DJI app screenshots, but no designation / details beyond that. As a reminder to those certified Part 107 pilots out there, "Special Use" airspace can mean many different types, like Prohibited, Restricted, Warning, Military Operations, Alert, and Controlled Firing areas. It's always a good idea to consult the actual Sectional Chart, as I have yet to find a software that pulls in the details you need to properly verify what's going on. So I open up the Sectional Chart. I used SkyVector.com, navigate to Starke, Florida and found a code for restricted airspace, R-2903-A. I then looked at the border of the Sectional Chart and found out more information: Unless I'm missing something, the student seemingly has a legal right to fly in this restricted airspace when it's not in use. I hope someone can push back / clarify this. So the question(s) then becomes, during those hours where the student CAN fly, does the DJI software automatically adjust? Should it? If the student uses something like this Russian software company to get around the no-flight zone, what are the considerations around that? Like you said, @Av8Chuck, this is a hot topic indeed.
  12. Thanks for sharing that tip, @Av8Chuck. @RTV, Inc. - Jay, thanks again for hosting us. Enjoyed chatting with your team and looking forward to the next one!
  13. Whoop whoop!
  14. Really enjoyed this article @Kara Murphy! Drafting you an email over the weekend per our conversation a few days ago Enjoy the move!
  15. This. Is. A beautiful house! That has its own waterfall! What a treat it must have been to put this together. Some very cool shots, and overall just a warm and dreamy YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BUY THIS UNBELIEVABLE PLACE kind of vibe. I would love this if I were trying to sell this house. Very well done. I think my favorite shot is at 1:56, where you're "Stepping Back In Time" and going backwards down the road. Thanks for sharing! Do you like using Matterport 3D? Seems really fun.
  16. Here’s a real-world example of Class C Airspace Authorization paperwork, issued directly from the FAA: http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Class-C-Airspace-Authorization.pdf
  17. I doubt they did. It was likely a miscommunication. Would be a good infographic / report to see the breakdown of how many waivers have been issued in what category. Airspace authorization requests as well, but there's no database / transparency there like there is with the waivers.
  18. @Steve Bennett Looks like 978 waivers have been issued as of 6/13/17, mostly Daylight Operations. https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/waivers_granted/
  19. Hey @PLKetchum, it sounds like you applied for a WAIVER and not AIRSPACE AUTHORIZATION. Here's the distinction on the form itself: Why the FAA chose to combine both processes into one form is beyond me, but they're actually two different requests. We do our best to break down the difference in this free FAA airspace authorization guide. This is a far-too-common thing, so you shouldn't feel bad about doing it. There just needs to be more education around this. If I were you, I'd reapply and ask for "airspace authorization" by checking the first box and not the second one. And I'd encourage you to ask others in this thread to review any language you create for the two open form fields, proposed area of operations, and description of your proposed operation. Hope that helps!
  20. I don't think the FAA has updated this yet. There's a chance they've removed this question from their database, but if it shows up on your test I'd answer it as if the most recent court regulation didn't happen. They haven't updated their study guide or official materials anywhere else yet.
  21. I'd apply again. There's a chance you checked the wrong box or filled it out the first time incorrectly, but it's really hard to say what happened. Class D authorizations aren't taking that long anymore...usually just a few weeks before you hear something back. There's a dedicated support line / email address for UAS: https://www.faa.gov/uas/contact/. Also, here's an FAA airspace authorization guide we put together that might be helpful.
  22. HAHA there are far more important issues to deal with re: SPAM / general forum moderation, but I thought it might be funny to mention that.
  23. Hi all, nice write-up in Drone Life about our humble little community over here. Special shout-out to @Steve Bennett and @R Martin who made the article http://dronelife.com/2017/06/05/a-guide-to-the-top-drone-forums-and-facebook-groups/
  24. Needs more aerial. Ha, just kidding. That looks like a lot of fun! Montana has always been (really high) on my list of states to visit.