Derrick Ward

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  1. DJI Spark inside abandoned factory/train yard

    Very well done!
  2. Drone School

    Myself and thousands of other enthusiast are in the drone business. And yes flying drones makes you money but the act of flying the drone alone won't make you a dime. I spend most of my time behind the scene and very little flying. However I have found this to be very lucrative. Not just speaking for myself, I am connected with many others in the industry that are doing the same. I agree with you that there is no skill component in passing the 107 test I'm pretty sure everybody agrees with you on that. As far as it being not difficult, I guess that depends on the individual. There is a lot of crucial information that is continually changing in that test. For me the first time was very foreign. I have several certifications in many different areas, I don't think part 107 Is something I or anyone else should take lightly.
  3. Drone School

    If the question is... can you fly drones profitably? Then the answer is yes. But like with most businesses not everybody. And you are right, the issue isn't whether people enjoy flying drones or not. The issue is a different one when you decide to fly for profit. And like with any business the operations that takes up 90% of your time behind the scenes are the very operations that will make you or break you in your business If not done correctly. Part 107 actually gives you an advantage in creating a lucrative business flying drones. It helps separate the serious commercial pilot from the hobbyist. But flying drones is not what makes you money. It's the very information or technology that you are handing over to the customer. How the customer receives that information does not matter to them. To be successful consider these reasons below in building a successful business. You have a passion and love for what you'll be doing, and strongly believe -- based on educated study and investigation -- that your product or service would fulfill a real need in the marketplace. You have drive, determination, patience and a positive attitude. When others throw in the towel, you are more determined than ever. Failures don't defeat you. You learn from your mistakes, and use these lessons to succeed the next time around. Studies of successful business owners have shown they attributed much of their success to "building on earlier failures;" on using failures as a "learning process." You thrive on independence, and are skilled at taking charge when a creative or intelligent solution is needed. This is especially important when under strict time constraints. You like -- if not love -- your fellow man, and show this in your honesty, integrity, and interactions with others. You get along with and can deal with all different types of individuals. I can truly understand the frustration and legalities you point out. We are in "one of the most dramatic periods of change in the history of technology. This UAS industry is growing so rapidly, it is accelerating beyond anything I have seen since our cell phones became smart phones. The successful UAV operator will have to continue to navigate their way through FAA regulations 's and state governmental authorities. Safe and happy flying to all..
  4. Drone School

    Not boring for everyone. Many of our students are fascinated by this stuff and attack the subject matter with gusto. Agree re: aligning curriculum with high school STEM program. Found some good resources / ideas over here: I'm one of Alan's students. The day I decided to turn my UAS into a commercial business I couldn't stop thinking about it. After signing up for Alan's course I listened to and dissected every line with enthusiasm. I wanted to know every aspect of how to operate a successful UAS business and what the FAA required me to know and do. I went through Allen's course twice! not because I didn't think I couldn't pass the test the first time I went through it, but because I wanted to devour and master every aspect of this curriculum for my own knowledge and growth as UAS pilot. Lastly, to run any business successfully there is a tremendous amount of blood, sweat, and tears behind the scenes. There is licensing, insurance, website advertising, promotions, accounting, maintenance, record keeping, login information and flight,s and financial investing just to name a few. Flying is what we all thoroughly enjoyed doing. However if and when we decide to integrate that into a business we must take on the 90% behind the scenes. Safe and happy flying to all..
  5. Can a hobbyist fly a drone at night?

    I just want to say thank you to all that had commented on my question. You have all been very helpful. Happy flying!
  6. Who will be going to Interdrone in Las Vegas?

    I will definitely be there. looking forward to it!
  7. Can a hobbyist fly a drone at night?

    Thank you for your input. Was very helpful.
  8. Everybody knows that a commercial pilot must first get a waiver to fly at night. But my question is, do hobbyists fall under the same criteria? If you're licensed pilot but you're not flying at the time for money can you fly at night without a waiver? Can a hobbyist that is not a commercial pilot flight at night? Any help to clear this up would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Wind Turbine Inspections

    Hi, Av8Chuck, I'm flying the inspired 2 what the X5S camera. Does that camera have high enough resolution to do the job? Also could you tell me exactly what these companies are looking for an inspection. Are they looking for serial numbers, cracks, mix, gouges in the blade? Do you need an infrared camera or are aerial inspections done without one? Also what's the best way to get a hold of these companies to get in the door? I know you hear these questions probably quite often, but I committed to getting these answers and finding a way to get in the door. Thank you for all your input and help.
  10. City ordinance

    Thank You For your input.
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  13. City ordinance

    Thank you for the insight and the input. Very helpful and still researching.
  14. City ordinance

    Can a community or a city establish them selfs as a community that does not allow UAS flight. I had a request from a customer to do a cell tower inspection. The cell tower was located in South Jordan Utah. A housing development in South Jordan Utah has stated they do not allow UAS in that community. I don't think they understand the commercial side of this. Can a community or development restrict otherwise legal flight from a commercial 107 licensed pilot? I don't think they have the authority to do this. In every other respect airspace, airports, it's legal to fly. Does anyone know where I can get the documentation to show such a community that a commercial pilot would retain the right to fly? Any help would be greatly appreciated.