R Martin

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  1. You are right in that the FAA does not specifically prohibit flying over moving vehicles, but, they clearly state that you are only allowed to operate over people under cover or in a stationary vehicle. I was told by my local FSDO that waivers for flight over people are not being reviewed at this time, and there was no definite time frame for them to begin. I can only speak for my municipality, but closing a street is not a big deal but you do have to schedule it in advance through the city transportation director so that EMS and the PD get advanced warning of closures in order to do route planning. The best course of action IMO, is to hire an aviation attorney to negotiate a middle ground that complies with the regs but also allows you to do what you need to do if this is going to be a common occurrence. They can at least give you guidance on what constitutes a participant and a non-participant. Better to be right by the law than another example.
  2. Intent is the key word. As long as you don't intentionally do something that will get you in a sling you are pretty much covered. The legislature did a pretty good job of crafting the law though.
  3. Might want to add the Texas Privacy Act HB 912 Sec. 423 to that list too. Sec. 423.004 through .006 are of particular interest.
  4. Completed. Good luck on the paper.
  5. Correlator3D UAV would be your solution then.
  6. I do not recalibrate my compass unless I get a prompt saying that it is necessary. I only calibrate once per flight profile. I use Drone Deploy for flight planning. I create my flight plan offline prior to departing for the job site. I do my normal preflight and launch in P-GPS mode, perform a control check, increase the altitude to around 10 feet and then switch to the Drone Deploy app. On the RC, switch to F-mode, then call up the flight plan in the software and it uploads to the UAS. Once loaded, you click twice and the software takes over until flight completion or a battery change is required.
  7. I know that its frustrating but you just have to keep at it. The FAA is working to improve the system and make more data available to operators in order to help us get through the process. It certainly is not going to happen overnight. This gives me hope and certainly looks like they are going to make a lot of information available that is going to make it easier to see at a glance where you can file and receive authorization quickly and where it will take more effort, but the process to commit all of this information into a spatial database for each airport in the US is a massive effort. This is a small sample of what is available at this moment: http://ais-faa.opendata.arcgis.com/ Keep the faith.
  8. All of that information is provided via the DJI Go app on your tablet as you fly. In the event that the tablet fails and you lose you positional data, then that would be cause to execute a RTH function and call it a night. I think that is what they are looking for. You can always call the local FSDO and ask them too. The Fort Worth FSDO was extremely helpful to me when I was going through the process.
  9. I believe it is written to the EXIF data for each image. Once you plug the images into your software (Pix4D, Correlator3D, AgiSoft, ect...), the software will tile the images and create an orthomosaic for you that can then be imported into ArcGIS as a basemap allowing you to drop additional layers over the top of your ortho.
  10. At $1000.00 a month you can afford a mapping grade GPS and Zephyr antenna on a range pole and do your own. Of course you are going to have to figure out what to spend the money you are ultimately going to save on too.... You can pick up a Trimble Geo 7X for around $7000.00....
  11. Accuracy over and above that of the UAS is going to be dependent upon your ground control points and their accuracy. With accurate GCPs, we are getting in the 1-1.5cm range on the surface for northings and eastings. You won't be able to meet that with a software-only solution. You are going to have to invest in a GPS unit that offers the accuracy levels you are hoping to achieve, or hire a mapping or survey firm to set control on your site that you can orthorectify your data to. I know that the Inspire 1 can gather in the 30cm - 5m range of accuracy (roughly 11 inches to 16 feet). For real estate and some other application that is good enough. For construction and survey, it doesn't cut it.
  12. There are others out there as well. You could look at ESRI's ArcGIS as well. Either way, you are going to have to learn the software and both will take you a few nights of heavy reading to get on-board. I am sure there are less complicated solutions with all the freeware floating around, but we use ArcPro and AutoDesk here.
  13. Correlator3D works great for us. So does Pix4D. The difference between the two is Pix4D works on any OpenGL compliant GPU but the overall lifetime cost to buy the software is more expensive. Correlator3D requires both OpenGL and OpenCL 1.1 + support to run (OpenCL is an Apple API I believe) but, the cost, even buying a GPU that will run the software (FirePro W7100) is a less expensive option. Either solution will work if you have a workstation beefy enough to do the processing or the time to spend waiting for the final product.
  14. Hi all. I am a not so recent graduate of Alan's on-line program. I operate an Inspire 1 V2 currently for a state university in support of new construction and maintenance. Our program has gone through the legal hurdles of obtaining permission to fly in controlled airspace. We are currently validating policies and procedures to move forward and make UAS operation a standard practice in our day to day operations.
  15. They both do the same thing well. On a perpetual license with a yearly maintenance agreement (and a new GPU to run it which we did not have), Correlator3D was my pick. I think that their support is a little better. You can run a 15 day trial of both and decide which you prefer.