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  1. ndroll

    How's business?

    I hate to be Negative Nelly here but my optimism has turned to pessimism lately. I attended Drone Focus in Fargo last week (mainly because I could drive there and my kids live there). My thoughts, for what they are worth and in no particular order: It seems like many in the industry are mainly trying to come up with an idea that they can then leverage into a "start-up" rather than solve real world problems with the technology (not all, but many). In the ag arena, it looks like companies that provide or use the large military style drones are going to move into the ag sector. Those drones can fly more acres in a shorter period of time making them more cost effective because, In talking to some drone service providers, they mostly expressed that there is no viable use case for drones in ag, at this point. There may be some insurance work for hail/crop damage claims but farmers aren't willing to pay to see a pretty map that tells them something they may already know or are unable to fix anyway (I concede that there is a large difference between small grains and orchard/nut/other tree crops). We have alot of licensed pilots but the average Joe isn't aware that he can't hire the kid next door with the drone to take pictures for his business. Therefore, we have alot of unlicensed people getting paid a few bucks to do something that is technically illegal but not being enforced in any way. It looks to me like the little "mom and pop" shops probably aren't going to drive this business. You are either going to be an employee of a large corp or you have the resources to start your own "large-ish" business with pilots dispersed over a large area.
  2. ndroll

    Why should I start a drone business?

    With farm commodity prices tanking the past 1-2 years, it's hard to make a case to farmers for increasing the cost per acre calculation. To make it pay for itself you're going to need quantity which makes things even harder. With different crops planted at different times and the window for actionable data gathering sometimes quite small, farm data gathering is going to be a tough haul. I live in the midwest and I don't see farmers jumping on the drone bandwagon around here. Maybe if you live in an ag area with more specialized crops/orchards you might see better reception from the producers, but not small grains farmers.
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    Farm work successes

    In my area of the country (northern ND) drones for ag has not taken off yet. Input costs already too high and farmers question the usefulness of all the data. Most of them kind of want to put their heads in the sand at a certain point and hope that they get a decent crop. But we also haven't really been presented with good use case scenarios either.
  4. Bought the Mavic 6/16/17. We have been using it with no issues. I went to fly it on Sunday and started getting the gimbal overload message and the camera was flopping around like a fish out of water. Have to say I am a bit disappointed. It seems to be an issue with the fragile cable that snakes thru and around the gimbal. Anyone else have to send in their Mavic for this repair and were you satisfied with the result?
  5. ndroll

    No Playback

    Regarding your first question, is it possible your card is bad? Is your computer pretty new (new enough to handle 4k, assuming that is what you are shooting in)?
  6. ndroll

    Hello! New NDSU Student member.

    Welcome, from a fellow NoDak.
  7. And because everyone has a camera in their pocket, everyone is a photographer The last house we sold, our realtor took the photos with his phone. They looked so terrible, colors were off, so much so that oak colored trim looked pink in some pictures. The house sold, but I don't think his photos really helped that much. Everyone wants something for little or nothing it seems. I have been mulling what exactly I can do with my 107 as far as a business. There is so much potential in the field but also so many roadblocks. I know it goes back to the question of quality but I can literally have people tell me they can take pictures/fly a drone as well as a pro. I work in IT and you don't know how many people are "experts" about computers because they have one sitting at home or their boyfriend/girlfriend works in IT and tells them how stuff should work. Well if you know so much, why did you call me???
  8. ndroll

    getting into agricultur

    Jumping into this thread a little late but this is one area I am looking at also for a drone business. I do have the luxury of being married to an agronomy supplies salesman so have a little insight. Like Juggernaught said, farmers are pinching pennies and it's hard to get them to see value in something that is "just another expense". Also like Alan said, there are not alot of use cases that you can point to right now to justify the extra cost. I asked my husband why he thought drones weren't really taking off in farming (at least in our area) and he said they mostly all rely on satellite images. Some farmers have bought drones but I think they thought of them more as a toy (even if they write them off on their taxes). My brother installs GPS units in farm machinery and he hits the nail on the head also, telling me that farmers like tech but they want someone else to run it, analyze the data and keep it working. They also want it cheap.
  9. ndroll

    Hi from North Dakota

    Passed the Part 107 test on Monday thanks to UAV Coach and some YouTube vids. Hadn't taken a formal test in many years so was very nervous but the testing staff was very friendly and helpful. Got my FAA paperwork submitted last night so hopefully I will have a temp license shortly.
  10. ndroll

    SkyVector "DROTAMs"

    It may be a UAV testing site. I'm in ND and we have manufacture and testing of military UAVs here. We have a large DROTAM in the Grand Forks area.