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  1. Falcon 8 - Asctech (Anyone currently using)

    These guys use them..... http://www.huvrdata.com/#about
  2. live high voltage power line inspection

    That is a good question! And here is a video of the mission.
  3. Drones with up to 2 hours of flight wo a charge

    I wish you the Best Of Luck with your project!
  4. Radio Tower Modelling

    Back to profitability statement again. This is my concern as for some customers the stills and or video product is satisfactory. But for others the 3D point cloud is a requirement. So my question then becomes who pays for the significant difference in time and fees for post processing software and or computer time to create the 3D point cloud? Pix4D has the option of either local processing if you have enough computer to accomplish or cloud processing. Either is time consuming and adds a cost premium to the data acquisition equation. Can a pilot who gets paid for collecting the images also charge the added costs for providing a 3D point cloud with photogrammetric precision to the customer? Again I suspect that Av8Chuck would correctly state in a reply - that is a customers choice or preference. Then I would ask if his company has a Bentely Systems (or Pix4D) license plus the expertise to digitally edit and or align these images for premier accuracy output, then process the images into a deliverable 3D point cloud? The bottom line to me is that I wish to know what is the potential for adding profit to a set of images which you collect as the drone pilot if you produce the 3D point cloud? I have some initial budget estimates put together for a fast deskside computer and costs of software applications as well as cloud computing license costs, it is difficult for me to make this comparison.
  5. First of all please be aware that the Drone Ground School has an excellent overview guideline article on Tower Inspection mission planning and execution! https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/tower-surveying/ I will be attending a class in Ft. Collins, Co Mar 22 & 23, that provides training on using drones on cell tower inspection missions. Some of what Steve Fleming offers in this course includes drone flight simulator time and actual hands on flight time taking inspection pictures and video of his own 100 foot tower which has numerous different antenna and equipment installed. Digital copies of all your images and videos taken are provided for you use as marketing material as you pursue future paid inspection jobs. Steve is a member of the National Association of Tower Erectors and also a committee member working to establish industry guidelines for drone tower inspection training and safety concerns. He has over 30 years experience as a tower climber and installation worker plus he has developed techniques and is a certified tower emergency rescue expert and also trains others in this skill. He is also a licensed aircraft pilot as well as part 107 pilot. The 16 hour training course offers students, who successfully pass, both an OSHA – ANSI – NATE compliant certification training on “Authorized Tower Person or Climber” AND “Tower Inspection Drone Pilot” certifications with ID cards. http://technicalrescuesystems.net/tower-structure-inspection-osha-authorized-climber/ Of additional interest is that he is working with a tower inspection company that is developing applications for automated drone flight missions that are targeted for both wind farm and communications flight missions. One of their primary features is to include collision avoidance capabilities in their drone flight applications. The company is Red Mountain Scientific and additional information on their products can be found here. https://redmountainscientific.com/ I expect that this training will provide me a better chance of getting my start in the field of providing aerial communication tower inspection services and getting paid too. Here is a link to the recently completed NATE guidelines for using drones to complete safe communication tower inspections. https://natehome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/UAS-Operations-Document-2nd-Edition-Jan-2017-E-FILE.pdf
  6. Part 107 Renewals

    This my only FAA license, so I was thinking that I would have to re-take the exact same test again.
  7. Any Inspire 2 pilots experiencing dropped video or control links? Not at all or never? Sometimes high interference encountered when in high use 2.4GHz areas can become a problem. Most often the best use of the 2.4 or 5.8 freq and band settings capability of the I2 + Go 4 app for tuning your optimum connectivity as shown in this video will help cure the problem. https://youtu.be/wdhkNbIx6c8 However if you want the very best in connectivity and absolutely no flying within VLOS autonomously initiated RTH scenarios, then these boosted antennas, the Cyclone or Atlas, from Titan Drones Inc. are providing excellent results on DJI drones. Just wondering if anyone has some time spent using these with the Inspire 2? I'm considering getting one of these antennas and will keep you all posted if/when I do this controller upgrade.
  8. Inspire 2 Propellers

    Still shots are far safer to take with much less risk involved.
  9. The link below is to a white paper After Action Review co-authored and written by Coitt Kessler, Program Manager, Austin Fire Department Robotic Emergency Deployment (RED) Team, and Gene Robinson, the Chief Pilot for the Wimberley, TX, Fire Department. The event was the flooding associated with the Blanco River in S. Central Texas just about 30-40 mile South of Austin Texas on May 23rd-24th, 2015. The Blanco rose at a rate of 17.5 feet in 1/2 hour and at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the stage was 32.4 ft., flood stage is 13 ft. The river level crested at 43 feet early Sunday morning, flowing at a rate of 223,000 cubic feet per second — 2.5 times the flow of Niagra Falls. The white paper details the efforts of all participants in the SAR missions including the many hobbyist drone pilots (pre-part 107 days). There are details included about the dangers of self initiated drone flights and their interaction with the many Coast Guard and private fleet of heli-copters all flying low altitude SAR sorties. It becomes evident that one of the biggest issues is that the coordinated efforts of the SAR professionals was with not being able to communicate and coordinate flight activities with the drone privateers. There is ample information contained for anyone who chooses to offer their free services in coordination with the local authorities during disasters and or more typical SAR missions. It is a noble calling to assist in SAR functions, but more than just a willingness to help, it is necessary to become an asset to the mission so as not to endanger others. The only way to safely integrate yourself into this activity is through training and taking the time to meet your local SAR professionals prior to these events. This will help you know who you will be working with and how they operate as well as them getting to know you, your equipment and capabilities. Coitt Kessler - http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Fire/Wildfire/RescueRobotics/bios.pdf Gene Robinson - http://susbexpo.com/gene-robinson/ The White Paper - https://www.suasnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Texas-Memorial-Day-Floods-A-White-Paper.pdf
  10. Jay Manley has the credentials and offers a really informative lecture covering all aspect of part 107 involvement in SAR activities. The series of topics includes suggestions on how to get free training and certificates so that you to learn what terminology and procedures are required for the Part 107 pilot to ease into structured SAR missions being conducted by officials and public servant members. This information is crucial for you to understand and to gain acceptance into the group by working in harmony with their efforts. These people have "been there, done that" and would welcome your offer to provide free services of value to your local community as long as you are able to work within their framework of standard operating procedures. Jay Manley has a long history of search and rescue participation, including actual mission “Finds”. Jay is a 18-year member of the Civil Air Patrol, with the rank of Lt. Col., has over 600 hours of flying and over 150 actual mission hours of flying. But besides the flying aspects, Jay is also a certified Incident Commander and actively helps train other members in search and rescue activities. He is also a Life member of the AMA and has been operating a UAS business for almost a year now. Recently he has taken it upon himself to extend the training that he has had in search and rescue with CAP into the area of UAS operations. This course is a collection of that knowledge and training. https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley
  11. dh has a very simplified approach to pre-flight mission planning and automation. The Graphical User Interface is easy to use on an Android touch screen tablet the download onto your aircraft. One of it's strong features is that it allows you to pre-define "no-fly" zones in both horizontal and vertical dimensions so that you can prevent your aircraft from collisions in adjacent airspace. Also of significance is the interactive 3D flight path analysis tool which allows you to have an interactive interface with your mission design to verify dimensions of your flight path prior to takeoff. The app also offers free flight profiles for your use with plans to have users share their own flight profiles as well as dh working to increase their own offerings. Plans for desktop support are underway as is support for the Crystal Sky display. At this point in it's life cycle the app is in BETA mode and offered for free use. There are some tutorial videos on their home website as well as some early users who have published their own on youtube. Also the app offer the pilot the ability to link flight data into Airdata for creating flight reports and keeping track of information required by the FAA for flight and maintenance log records. And partnered with Bentley Systems. www.http://droneharmony.com/#home
  12. Drones with up to 2 hours of flight wo a charge

    @ArchAngel You might wish to consider http://www.droneamerica.com/ Their Savant Hybrid VTOL drone up to 2 hours, their Huginnair VTOL up to 8.5 hours and their fixed wing Phoebus up 7 hours. Of course their payload specs would have to be worked out with you to meet your contract demands. Hope this helps - Michael
  13. For (dji professional) pilots

    Yes but not yet integrated into their flagship Android platform the Crystal Sky and or the P4P+ display. So for users of these displays you are only able to use the GO 4 app.
  14. Local Drone Laws/Ordinances

    Here is a webpage that has a great amount of information pertaining to all drone laws beginning at the Federal level including individual federal agencies regulations and extending to the state level laws. https://jrupprechtlaw.com/drone-laws
  15. Best Tablet To Use with P4P

    Full review with brightness rating detailed measurements Asus 3s 10" https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ZenPad-3s-10-Z500M-1H006A-Tablet-Review.189693.0.html