Alan Perlman

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    How's business?

    Here I am In the future, use the @ symbol before my name and I'll get a more direct notification. I participate in the forum where I can but am laser-focused on hitting a few strategic initiatives so don't always have the time. To me, worrying about other pilots devaluing your services...that's not something you can control. No centralized national body or membership will change that. My advice would be to focus 110% on what you CAN control...building your own business and kicking ass while doing so. Some inspiration for you: There's no silver bullet here. Just a lot of persistence and focusing on the right thing...getting high-quality clients that others can't compete for.
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    Greetings from Idaho!

    Welcome, @Mdblocker! I was just in Idaho all last week—rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River up near Stanley. Had fun exploring downtown Boise on Thursday night. I really hope to spend more time in Idaho. Beautiful state. Stay in touch and let us know what questions you have along the way.
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    The Pass (cinematic short)

    Love it, thanks for sharing! Seems like it was a fun day
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    ​🔝​ Iceland expands food delivery by drone in Reykjavik

    Thanks for sharing, @SkyWatcher Ilan! Here's a big takeaway from the article for those too lazy to click through
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    Wow, beautiful. Love the variety of shots and the editing in the intro. Thanks for sharing!
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    New Member in Washington State

    Wahoo, congrats @Dooger09 and welcome to the forum. Love Seattle and the Mt. Rainier area—climbed it about 15 years ago and hoping to get back again soon. Spent some time in Tacoma and Spokane as well.
  7. Hearing this more and more from other folks in the industry. Big fan of Skyward and their team, for what it's worth.
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    A formal introduction...

    Welcome, @Janus!
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    Parrot #ITSCOMING

    Eeeeeeenteresting. More info over here:
  10. Hi all, just got this email from one of our students: Thoughts? I haven't spent enough time comparing the two myself. (cc @Lewis@IcarusAerials @Trevor - Icarus)
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    New Drone Pilot from Flower Mound,TX

    Welcome, @John Hook! Stay in touch.
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    Hello from California

    Came here to post that! Welcome to the forum, @spanick
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    How's business?

    Ooh, hoping some folks will chime in here. I think the general consensus for a lot of folks is that it's very much a one foot in front of the other kind of situation—those that stick it out day after day and continue to build relationships, to fly, to put themselves out there, to learn and to embrace a consultative sales process are the ones who are going to find business. There's absolutely opportunity out there, but it's a brand new industry, and people looking for market rates, quick money, and blueprints of how to succeed don't get what it takes to hustle and to build a service-based business. It's tough work! #mytwocents
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    Parrot #ITSCOMING

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    New to this field

    Welcome, @Hawk2DroneDriver!
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    Recurrent test ??

    I'd prefer a flight check / operations check by an sUAS-rated CFI over another multiple-choice test any day of the week. Wonder if we'll ever head in that direction.
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    Recurrent test ??

    The FAA just updated their ACS standards today to include more info about the recurrent testing process. Happy to answer any questions if you have them. We'll be sending out a note to our students in a few weeks once we've finished mapping our modules / lessons to each of the items up for the recurrent test.
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    Recurrent test ??

    Yep! Was going to send an email out on Saturday morning. Wrote up a short article about it over here: No specifics on # of questions, but I'm thinking it'll be 40 or 50 based on the 90 vs. 120 minute test appointment time.
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    Hey @Spitfire76, your image / link doesn't seem to be loading. Here's an article I was reading this morning: Love the autonomous tech and future implications behind Skydio, but following people and cars? Not a compelling marketing strategy / positioning. I'm a huge fan of their team and technology and hope they can find product / market fit. What's happening behind the scenes is quite remarkable compared to everything else on the market. But in the meantime, the price point and use cases being shared aren't doing anything for me. Waiting for them to find traction and don't think it's going to be with consumers.
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    Videos that fly over houses

    Interesting, thanks for sharing! This implies that the property owner ultimately owns the airspace up to 400 ft. above their property.
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    New addict

    Oh man, a grave mistake indeed Great to see you in here @SeanK. Stay in touch and happy studying!
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    DJI - Iceland

    Oh man! I'm so sorry to hear about the battery situation. Iceland is a beautiful country and a drone pilot's paradise. Too cool re: the DJI store, had no idea they had one over there.
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    Looking to expand my portfolio

    Great to meet you, @Chuck Webb. Welcome to the forum / sUAS community!
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    Videos that fly over houses

    Hi @Bullshot, where are you located? In the U.S., the Part 107 regulations for commercial sUAS pilots don't say anything about flying over private property. There's certain critical infrastructure / DOI / government sites that you're not allowed to fly over, and if you're operating from private property, you're going to want to get permission to stand on / operate from / take off and land from that property, but you're allowed to fly over private property without permission. There are other considerations like privacy, local ordinances, etc., but from an FAA / federal perspective, you don't need permission. Hope that helps!
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    Recurrent test ??

    Still waiting on official word from the FAA. Been pestering them for an answer myself