R Martin

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  1. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started: https://skyvector.com/?ll=33.2600113300133,-97.8350256458189&chart=27&zoom - SkyVector for aeronautical charts & airport information https://www.1800wxbrief.com/Website/#!/ - 1800wxbrief for weather briefing https://www.aviationweather.gov/gfa - NOAA graphical weather https://www.iflightplanner.com/ - flight planning and weather, aeronautical charts with satellite view https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/ - Check NOTAMs before flight http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html - check TFRs before flight http://uas-faa.opendata.arcgis.com/ - FAA UAS data in ArcGIS Online format *** http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.423.htm - Texas Privacy Act - Drones *** https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=bdbd83b90630a32f49bc9b59cc3b8605;rgn=div5;view=text;node=49:;idno=49;cc=ecfr - NTSB accident reporting criteria and methods https://earth.nullschool.net/ - Stress killer
  2. Depending upon where specifically you plan on flying you may need a COA/Waiver. Without specifics, its impossible to answer your question. I do not see any place along the coast that would prohibit you from flying though.
  3. Try flying without DJI GO4 running. You can use Drone Deploys app or Pix4D Capture to plan your flight plan. I know that geofencing is not built into Pix4D Capture. I do my preflight with DJI Go and then shut it down. Flight planning apps usually do not like having other apps running at the same time (at least the one's I use).
  4. Are you using DJI GO4 exclusively or do you use another app to plan you flights? If you are using another app, you should only be running that app solo; not with DJI GO4 in the background. That may help resolve the problem?
  5. Thank you for sharing that Chris. It is getting to that time of year that heat is going to be a big issue for us.
  6. 1) It depends upon your local FSDO. I did not receive any notification during my initial requests for authorization but recently, I received the notification that the request had been received at 1PM and I have the authorization in my hands an hour or so later. It took approximately 28 days for the FSDO to acknowledge that they had received the request....individual results will vary. Be patient. 2) You probably should file for the airspace you need 2-3 months in advance of the time you are going to need to to give the local FSDO time to process (and correct it if necessary). I know it is not always possible to see the need that far into the future but it is going to take about a month at minimum to process the request based upon my experience in the process.
  7. My latest round took a few days longer but came back with a one year period instead of the normal six months (authorizations, not waivers). I think I've been working with them long enough now that they know I know what I am doing and they give me a little latitude. I know that they have a lot on their plate so I just try and make it easy for them to say yes.
  8. Nothing is ever easy. If it was no-one would need us. You are going to be limited in scope regardless of bends in the banks by battery life. Instead of using the square tool to plan your flight use the polygon tool. You can drop a polygon over a 4-5 acre segment of river and then create a new flight plan once you are done flying it. It works in Pix4D. I use it all the time. If you are going to process with Pix4D then use Pix4D Capture to plan your flights. Pix4D Capture will write a .p4d file to the mission folder that you can point the software to and it will load all the necessary data in one click. You can also use Drone Deploy app to do the same, but you are going to have to process everything manually. I have to do that occasionally...no big deal.
  9. Nothing like the smell of burning rubber?!?!? Looks like fun.
  10. Instead of filing for a waiver which can take upwards of 6-9 months, file for authorization instead which "can" take up to 3 months but in reality takes less than that (I am still getting around a 30 day turnaround on my paperwork). The main difference between the two is this: authorization is "generally" only granted 6 months at a time and then you have to refile whereas a waiver can be for up to ?2? years. The hassle of applying for the waiver is offset by a much faster turnaround and as you establish credibility with you local FSDO team, they may be inclined to extend the amount of time they give you on authorizations (or they simply get tired of renewing a half dozen pieces of paperwork every six months from you). As an Unmanned Pilot you have more than enough to worry about making sure that you are in compliance with the rules and regulation that go with your sUAS license. When you approach realtors be sure and provide them proof that you are legally operating and that should be enough. The rest can suffer the consequences when they occur...just my two cents.
  11. Congrats on passing your Part 107 and now the fun begins. The learning now begins on everything else that was not included with the Part 107 exam. Hope you enjoy the airspace around Houston.
  12. Welcome to the forum Dirk. There is a wealth of informed people here that I'm sure can help guide you through the bottlenecks that you are going to face setting up your business.
  13. What software are you going to use to process the data once you are done and does that software manufacturer offer an app to program your mission planning? Pix4D does and it definitely works with the X3/Z3. Drone Deploy does as well.
  14. Instead of giving you a BS answer why don't you go to the source and ask the FAA? 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 2000 Lawndale, California 90261 Phone: (310) 725-6600 Fax: (310) 725-6670 That is the contact info for your local FSDO and they will tell you how they want you to do it. Provided that you give them what they want, you should be able to conduct your business with minimal drag. This solution will most likely save you a lot of time, paperwork, and grief. As a side note, I have multiple CoAs for the same city/same airport. At least the latest round I just got back has been approved for one year vs six months.