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  1. Flying a Drone During the Solar Eclipse

    Not to be a total downer, but does anyone want to wager o the number of auto accidents because drivers are trying to look at it while driving? I like Ed's approach.
  2. Dude, your son? C'mon I told you I'd help out...
  3. Looking for private instructor

    Here's a good resource for those wanting to learn the basics of flying a quadcopter.
  4. Learning to fly a quad

    Thanks for sharing this. They talk a lot but they certainly offer some good tips for beginners.
  5. Hello All

    Sorry for the 50 questions but most people are trying to turn their hobby into a business and the discussion is very different with someone who basically puts their job on the line certifying the data they provide. There's a wide discrepancy between drone manufacturers who claim all sorts of things from DJI to MicroDrones. As someone who already knows the importance and difficulty of getting accurate survey data, you're also probably aware of the costs. At the moment the costs range from about $30K to $65K for drones that have the instrumentation needed to get the level of accuracy required. That instrumentation also weighs more than six pounds depending on sensors, so it won't be a hobby grade drone conversion. As someone who might be new to drones you just need to know that all drones fly, it's not about the drone. The accuracy of aerial surveys has more to do with the integration of the payload, instrumentation, drone, and GC so whatever platform you choose it needs to be open and reconfigurable. That eliminates the consumer drone manufacturers, they're vertically oriented and very closed systems. If you haven't checked these guys out, you should. I'm not suggesting you buy one but it helps to see and understand why they're so expensive. But if you want a platform that produces data you can trust you're going to trend in this direction. This is the MicroDrone MD1000, sorry test flights are kind of boring but at least you can see what it is. Also, you have to forgive the music, its just what it looked like to me... http://iplayerhd.com/player/7135e140-b85a-452d-b316-282a25bc74c7
  6. Inspire 1 or II or?

    My first suggestion would be to wait as long as you can before making your purchase decision. A lot has changed in the last couple of weeks that will hopefully lead to other manufacturers being funded. There's quite few very good commercial drone manufacturers that have been unable to get the necessary funding to scale up. That seems to be changing. Your not going to get the level of accuracy required to certify data from an off the shelf Inspire, for an additional $6-$7K you can add additional technology that will get a DJI from about 6 meters of accuracy to about 10cm. If you can wait, there should be more platforms available that can get the accuracy needed. It won't be inexpensive to get to 2cm, but it is achievable.
  7. Mode C vs Class C

    Mode C Refers to aircraft equipped with an altitude encoder and altimeter. With Mode C, ATC will actually see the flight level altitude on their radar screen if the transponder is operating in the Mode C or "ALT" (altitude) Mode. I don't think the Mode C vail has anything to do with drones. A COA is a "Certificate of Autherization" which you don't need with rule107, that's not to say you don't need an airspace authorization. This explains what's needed to fly in controlled airspace. https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/faa-airspace-authorization/ if this doesn't answer your questions let us know, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me can help you.
  8. Flying Indoors but in a NFZ

    Sorry, the only way around it is to not buy DJI. They are the only manufacturer that implements NFZ/GEO Fencing the way they do. It arms in area's it shouldn't and won't arm in area's it should. It's anyone's guess whether it will work.
  9. Hello All

    Are you hoping to become an aerial service provider or do you take the aerial survey, create a deliverable you can certify?
  10. Hello All

    Hi, @PhanSurvey, what makes you think there's error in DroneDeploy's process? What do you think is introducing those errors? Where are you located? I'm sure you'll find people willing to discuss your concerns.
  11. Before we started Aerial Alchemy one of our guys designed and built large scale RC planes and turbine helicopters. The whole drone thing has kind of taken over our lives, but we have a lot of fun with this stuff. where are you located? We're in California and might need help designing fixed wings that can carry 7-10 pounds for 120 minutes.
  12. Aerial Downtown LA

    All of these shots were taken while transitioning to and from the launch point. The survey mission itself is autonomous but it's never beyond the line of sight. Most of the mission was flown at around 800ft MSL which was about 300-400 ft AGL. The shots of the hi rise buildings, remember you can bee 400ft about the nearest object that you're within 400ft of. You also need to make sure that you don't fly over people or traffic. In this latest picture, you can see one of the construction sites we used as a launchpad. If you look at the other pictures you'll notice that we're mostly over construction sites or parking lots. [Nevermind, I can't upload any more pictures, I've apparently reached my limit. I thought this was changed]...
  13. Introduction

    With PX4 based autopilots you can use an analog joy stick that does all the cyclic functions (right stick) as well as Yaw plugged into a laptop running MissionPlanner. You could probably find one that has the throttle on the joystick itself. It really depends on the problem you're trying to solve but you don't need to fly to own and manage a successful "drone" business. You don't need to fly to be the PIC either. If you're going to do this professionally you need at least two people on every mission anyway.
  14. calibrate gyro?

    What kind of drone?