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  1. Ahhh the firmware update gremlins

    Autel look like DJI clones. But I assume different software?
  2. I think I get what you're saying Chuck. What Gary says is spot on if you look at it in isolation, but in reality nothing exists in a void. It's rather similar to a professional dictating and a secretary typing up the correspondence. In some instances - where the professional is a one fingered warrior - this is a faster workflow. In others - where the professional (lawyer, surgeon, etc) can actually type at a good speed - dividing the labour thus makes for a slower and more expensive operation. It's actually all down to the context of the individual operation. Where and how best the integration is achieved, by whom and the value of the now attainable data or visual perspective. I think the 'invisibility' of the drone element is key to whatever it is that is being done. So, being able to skate is a really good analogy because where, how and by whom it is integrated will never be the same in any two different cases.
  3. Spot on from Gary.
  4. Cool. But must admit that I like the dslr and uav shots best!
  5. Video Editing Software

    You could also have a look at Hitfilm.
  6. Hi JBR. Yes, I agree entirely. I recently saw some amazing macro photos taken with uv fluorescence light. Stunning and totally unique to that photographer.
  7. Too true FlyingRaider and Spitfire76 - viable UAV incorporation must be a complementary tool to an existing toolkit or skillset to be acceptable and useful within the industries. It must be invisible, and as Chuck says above, it needs to be able to: Be capable of collecting data accurate enough to meet the requirements of the customer. Ensure that the collection of the data adds an order of magnatude more efficient or enable the collection of the data that is not possible any other way. Ensure that the collection of the data enables a distributed workflow. Without this you're not going anywhere. As for agriculture, we must remember that precision agriculture is all about observing, measuring and responding so that at the end of the day the right stuff can be applied at the right time and in the right place. It's the latter part that is all the farmer really cares about, provided that it delivers reduced costs, higher yields and hopefully a bit of profit.
  8. Great insights from someone who's been there Chuck and it does make sense to me!
  9. Precision Agriculture

    Hello RealWindAerial. Welcome. I have been involved in agriculture most of my life - precision in regard to livestock genetic optimisation and AI breeding programmes but not yet in terms of remotely sensed data utilisation. Precision agriculture is a very broad term so please elucidate. First question is what sort of farm data management are you referring to and what pre-existing experience do you have of agriculture and in which sector? The fact that you're asking about flight frequencies and stages of growth suggest that your experience is limited, but please do correct me if I'm wrong. Second question is more of a suggestion, that you check out the following thread and add to the discussion there. Agriculture has a lot of potential but also an equal measure of hurdles. I look forward to hearing more.
  10. It is so easy to become preoccupied by the drone technology itself and lose sight of its purpose as it relates to individual business needs. After all, what's the point of an airline? Presumably to convey people and things that want and need to be moved from A to B quicker than other modes. Why do airlines operate the routes and aircraft on those routes that they do? Because they have calculated that those combinations move the things they need to move in the most efficient, economical and profitable way. This is of course a gross simplification of all the complex components at work, but it is, I think, a useful comparison to keep in mind when planning ones own aviation related business. Back in the days when I was the business development analyst for a specialist wet leasing airline, I would generally source the aircraft that would match the intricately planned operations of our client carriers. But on one occasion it was the other way round - an owner came to us and wanted us to take two of their MD11 out of the desert and put them to work...somewhere. This scenario is analogous to 'have drone, go find work', and trust me, it is not always easy and can be hard to make profitable. So, what is the purpose of your business? What do you plan for your business to do, to excel at, what is the end game? Where does your interest and skill set lie? Does the inclusion of drones actually improve what you can do? Is your interest sufficiently strong that you would still develop that business even if drones were not involved? I believe that this last point is the key: Would you still build your proposed business even if drones had no place in it? If you are setting up a new business in this new space, then it is essential that what it delivers to the client, irrespective of how, is what drives you to build and develop that business (this should also inform what additional skills you yourself improve on or learn and which ones you leave to others). Only then will you have any chance of making it a profitable entity. Hand on heart, can you say that your business / proposed business does this? For me, the usefulness of remotely sensed data to precision agriculture is exciting. I know about farming and I enjoyed three years as an undergraduate analysing satellite derived data. So, as I wind up the family farm and plan ahead it is this combination of expertise and interest that drives the proposed new business. Drones (and I really do hate that term but never mind) do feature but only so far as they can deliver cost effective and accurate data that can be translated into meaningful information to inform the decision makers on the ground. Consequently, I rank business management followed by improving my GIS knowledge and image processing skills ahead of my own UAV operator skills and certifications. I think that 'drone businesses' and the drone industry as a whole will have become truly successful when the drone element has become invisible. Where do you stand on this? DISCUSS!
  11. Farm work successes

    Has anyone had any good successes this last growing season? Juggernaught, have you had positive feedback from your client? What platforms, sensors and software are you using and are you satisfied with the results? What will you most likely change going forward? Is agri really worth all the hype? Cheers
  12. First Clients - Almost

    Onward and upward. Was the farmer pleased with what you could show him - did he see it as a good roi? I hope the interested parties take you up. Good luck.
  13. Mavic Pro & Agri Work

    Hello I'm looking at entry level drone for agri work. Something that I can start with and which might also suit other farmer operators to whom I give business advice. I like the Mavic's small portable size as compared to Phantom, I know that one supplier can add a specialise NDVI sensor to it and was wondering if anyone was using this and with what results. In time I will upgrade to more substantial platforms and sensors, if needed, but for now I'm looking at this or another for proof of usefulness and of ROI purposes. Any thoughts gratefully appreciated. Thanks PS I am a qualified pilot and am currently doing uav ground school.
  14. First Clients - Almost

    How's the season panned out Juggernaught?
  15. Nano / Micro Drones

    Anyone got any experience with operating micro or nano drones for anything other than early training or military? I have recently gotten very interested in these and flapping wing drones as both seem to me to be more wildlife friendly. Thoughts?