Steve Bennett

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  1. Steve Bennett

    Is it Legal to Shoot Down a Drone?

    I agree it's illegal to shoot down a drone. I wouldn't try to but wouldn't be surprised if someone did try it. People do all sorts of illegal things, even though it's not safe etc. my recommendation, if it isn't too much trouble is, contact the land owners of the area you will be flying over to make them aware of your services and why/what you are doing to start a dialogue. Offer to share with them the data you collect.
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    OK, thanks for clarifying. Looks like I want to book my exam for October 1. This gives me a good window to prep for passing it.
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    LAANC - is it working for you?

    I noticed it's live now...
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    FAA Unmanned General Recurrent (UGR) test

    So, mine expires September 6, do I wait renew until October 1? Wouldn't that prevent me from flying commercially from September 7 - October 1?
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    LAANC - is it working for you?

    So, LAANC is supposed to be live today in So Cal. I went to see if it would work so I logged into my Skyward account to try and request an authorization. I got a note that ATC has temporarily disabled LAANC requests in my area (tried two different airports in 2 different counties OC/LA). I hope its just growing pains and will open up tomorrow....
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    Wanna Film Golf Courses? Every City Is Now Available!

    This is an interesting concept but it leaves me a bit skeptical due to requiring pilots to invest in this prior to being accepted. If you look at a program like Drone Base, they don't require their pilots to make any investment aside from dressing professionally and having their drone/license ready. If the additional requirements weren't there, I'd consider joining...
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    Drone training in a TAFE

    Hello @Jack Gillson - while I don't have the experience you are looking for, I'm hoping that bumping this back to the top will catch someone's eye.
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    Good Seeing You All at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

    Here are a few highlights from the show floor. Clockwise from upper left descriptions for all 3 images. Image 1: firefly6 (VTOL and glide flight); Intel mini drone used at Super Bowl halftime and Winter Olympics shows; this orange and black drone has actuated pincher claws; I want that orange jet drone! image 2: Yes. Yes NASA had a booth there discussing their R&D into UTM; global aerospace had collected crashed drones (mostly DJIs) to convince you to get insurance; wireless induction drone that recharges mid-air; SenseFLY albris up close and in person. image 3: drones for the movie industry (films such as 007 use these); those scary robot dogs were there; Skycopter and their spherical caged inspection drone; DJI Matrice 210 (got to see this thing fly in the rain outside).
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    Xponential - AUVSI Denver

    @Av8Chuck - I've always been a fan of function over form. I kinda liked seeing the exposed carbon fiber and other bits. Can't wait to see video of your bird flying...
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    Good Seeing You All at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

    Hey @Alan Perlman - great meeting you and Chuck! What a great event, still sorting through all the photos from the exhibit floor, will try and post more later. I missed getting to talk to the precisoin hawks guys on ABVLOS...
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    Local Drone Laws by U.S. State / Country

    Hey thanks @Alan Perlman - looking great! How often will this be refreshed?
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    NASCAR and the Feds team up...

    So... I can't wait to see this updated on whether local LEO got permission to use jamming or just Feds...
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    Switching Cameras

    Hey @Joe Melbornson - not sure. Perhaps if you linked to the drone website others might have more to go by?
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    Hey @Graham - best to practice with similar areas near where you live first.
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    New to the community.

    Hey @AV8rSatrom hope you are able to satisfy safety requirements for that airspace - it's a doozy!!! I've looked at it before for a project my previous employer had in the SD harbor. I said never mind - leave it to the real pilots in helicopters - easier to get airspace access.
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    Looking for a career change

    Hello @Ken Grabey - it's tough to flip careers. Maybe use your current career as a way to get into drones on the side?
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    Drone pilot

    Hello @Pepe Rodriguez - maybe you can bring drone to your current employer? They would foot the bill for hardware and training and you would get to do the flights prior to maintenance work?
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    Drone Intriguist?

    Hello @jestlick - make sure and do your homework, a lot is involved to make drone flight a profitable business. You'll do more paperwork than flight most likely...
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    Hello from Spain

    Hello @David Spain - welcome to the forums
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    New to group

    Hey @TWellmann - glad to see another P107 here
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    Has the FAA stopped approval of waivers?

    They are still approving, I got two approvals 1-2 weeks ago from 5 months afterward submitting them. Big backlog.
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    New drone enthusiast

    Congrats on passing and welcome to the forums!
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    Hello From Orlando Florida

    Welcome to the forums!
  24. I had dreams of doing something similar to this as a kid, except with a radio flyer wagon. Too much time spent reading Calvin & Hobbes I suppose!