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  1. Hello!

    Hi everyone, this is Sparkles and I'm based in NYC. I have a DJI Mavic Air and I'm very new to all of this, so I'm very excited to learn more from everyone here, and I'd love to get together to for group flying sessions if you guys do that!
  2. First of all please be aware that the Drone Ground School has an excellent overview guideline article on Tower Inspection mission planning and execution! https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/tower-surveying/ I will be attending a class in Ft. Collins, Co Mar 22 & 23, that provides training on using drones on cell tower inspection missions. Some of what Steve Fleming offers in this course includes drone flight simulator time and actual hands on flight time taking inspection pictures and video of his own 100 foot tower which has numerous different antenna and equipment installed. Digital copies of all your images and videos taken are provided for you use as marketing material as you pursue future paid inspection jobs. Steve is a member of the National Association of Tower Erectors and also a committee member working to establish industry guidelines for drone tower inspection training and safety concerns. He has over 30 years experience as a tower climber and installation worker plus he has developed techniques and is a certified tower emergency rescue expert and also trains others in this skill. He is also a licensed aircraft pilot as well as part 107 pilot. The 16 hour training course offers students, who successfully pass, both an OSHA – ANSI – NATE compliant certification training on “Authorized Tower Person or Climber” AND “Tower Inspection Drone Pilot” certifications with ID cards. http://technicalrescuesystems.net/tower-structure-inspection-osha-authorized-climber/ Of additional interest is that he is working with a tower inspection company that is developing applications for automated drone flight missions that are targeted for both wind farm and communications flight missions. One of their primary features is to include collision avoidance capabilities in their drone flight applications. The company is Red Mountain Scientific and additional information on their products can be found here. https://redmountainscientific.com/ I expect that this training will provide me a better chance of getting my start in the field of providing aerial communication tower inspection services and getting paid too. Here is a link to the recently completed NATE guidelines for using drones to complete safe communication tower inspections. https://natehome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/UAS-Operations-Document-2nd-Edition-Jan-2017-E-FILE.pdf
  3. Greetings from Rochester, NY

    Hello everyone, Excited to join this community of Drone Pilots and prospective pilots like myself. I am passionate about responsible and legal drone use for commercial use and also for personal enjoyment. I am currently studying for Part 107 exam with the ultimate goal of using my commercial license to establish a successful and respectable business. I'll be monitoring this forum for tips, advice, ideas, etc., and sometimes asking questions -- maybe too many at times. I hope to become a valuable contributor. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Ray Kaforey
  4. Hi From Atlanta

    Hi from the Atlanta Georgia area. Just got my temp certificate. As part of my day job I use ground based laser scanners, so hope to supplement that with drone footage from a Phantom 4 or Inspire eventually. I also will be getting a Mavic of my own to use at weekends, my goal is to make videos of national, state and local parks just for fun. I have a land survey background so may eventually branch out, but that's a long way away for now. I'm hoping I'll learn a lot of the admin portion here, such as how to get flying permissions in the many restricted airspaces in my area.
  5. Introduction - Al Barboza

    Hello fellow aviators!!! My name is Al Barboza (a.k.a. Big Al). I just passed my FAA sUAS exam a few days ago. I have held a Private Pilot License since 1993 & Aircraft Dispatcher License since 1996. I wasn't current so I had to take the Practical Test and scored a 93% on it. My pursuit of this license started a few months ago after my boss remembered that I held a Private Pilot certificate and wanted to know if I would be interested in flying a drone for the company (I work in the security department of a large oil refinery). I of coarse was excited about the possibilities. This has opened up a whole new world to me. If anyone has any suggestions for me as a "newbie" to drone flying, please let me know.
  6. Hello from Mechanicsville, VA, USA

    I am a relative newby that is having a great time flying my P4P and P4P+. The future definately looks bright having just received my temporary Remote Pilot Certificate today!
  7. Training leads

    This is my very first time on this platform and I would like to thank the brain behind this amazing initiative. Thank you, Alan! So I have been having sleepless nights on what I could do as a side gig while I am able to still keep my full time job and the thoughts of becoming a UAV pilot just flashed across my mind. I am very interested in starting this but I need folks' lead in finding an outstanding hands-on training online. Thanks for the anticipated suggestions and I am very happy to be a part of this community! With gratitude, Lucky
  8. New to Mavic Pro

    I can not figure out how to get out of the beginner's mode. Any suggestions?
  9. New Member

    A few years ago I started a small video production company, CRD Multimedia LLC. I do mostly free work for non profit organizations. I have done a few commercial jobs. I also made a feature movie, BLIND VISIONS, a micro-budget thriller/horror film. I have flown manned aircraft in the past. I had a private license with an instrument and a multi engine rating. I have not flown an aircraft in many years. I got interested in flying drones last year. I recent bought a DJI Mavic which I love. I have recently got some requests for drone video work. I know you need to be a certified commercial drone pilot to charge for your services just like manned aircraft. My research led to believe this program is the best way to prepared for the exam and be a better pilot. I have taken several FAA exams in the past and they are much tougher than many people think.
  10. Hey Everyone! I've ran a drone business for the last three years based out of Nebraska, USA, and I'm working on a software tool that takes the frustrating/time consuming things about the job, and automates them a bit to save everyone time. It's called Schedudrone, and we're getting ready to roll the platform out in September. Right now I need a bunch of eyes on it. I want to know what you think of the concept, and if you like the concept, please consider signing up on our site. This is the best way for us to gauge community interest! Thanks! -Justin
  11. I'm reviewing the drones to purchase and would like any recommendation on a Drone and Software for mining purposes, measuring stockpiles and 3D mapping.
  12. Hi From Chicago

    I'm 18 years old, and I just graduated from high school. I have my part 107, and I used the Drone Pilot Ground School to help study. I am currently taking the Mapping 101 class. I hope to open up my new company this month.
  13. Introduction

    By way of introduction, I am Dave Hunt. I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. I teach all of my classes online, including a Sociology of Golf Class. I got my drone in order to take aerial videos of our university golf course to use in the presentation of my class in our online learning management system (D2L). I am also the Faculty Athletics Representative at AU and I plan to use the drone to help our athletics marketing team create videos of our sporting events and student-athletes. I purchased a DJI Phantom 4 and look forward to learning how to use it and obtain my license.
  14. Thanks Alan!

    I passed the remote pilot knowledge test this week thanks to Alan's awesome course. It really did prepare me for the exam. I came into this thing with no formal aviation background or training. A word to everyone taking the exam make sure you know the sectional charts.
  15. Hello and Intro from NJ!

    Hi All! I am a professional photographer new to UAVs and I just bought my first drone, a DJI4. As I begin the learning curve of flying drones I realize the more I know the more I realize I don’t know! I’m hoping to increase my knowledge with this group and connect with other users. I photograph mostly portraits and events for families and corporate clients, but also have a commercial real estate client that has been asking their photo vendors if they are using drones. The demand is no doubt increasing for aerial photography. I plan on getting certified under the new Part 107 regulations and wondering how deep a knowledge of aviation I will need to pass the test. Any info in that regard or recommended study guides is appreciated. If interested, here is my portrait website: http://www.kencavanagh.com and gallery of real estate photography: http://bit.ly/KCphoto_realestate Best Ken
  16. New to UAV's

    My wife bought a Phantom 4 for me when they came out, love flying it. As close to the real thing as you can get. Had a wild hair that I could do some kind of agribusiness with vineyards since that's what we do. Was very disappointed with the rules last spring regarding what you needed to have to go commercial. We are very excited with the new rules and are looking forward to doing something commercial in both real estate and vineyard inspections. Anyone else flying vineyards, I would love to talk to you.
  17. Agriculture Research

    Hello, My name is Brady Koehler I work with the USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND. I am a lead technician for a sunflower drought stress study. The study will take place over the next 2 years. We have small plots that are about 5 acres and want to get as much information on a plant by plant basis if possible. I am most curious about image processing software that can help me get everything below. I have looked at a few places but there are so many out there. What would you recommend? I also would be curious to which drones you like most. I am currently looking at the DJI Inspire or 3DR Solo combined with an infrared camera, thermo camera, and rgb camera which we can mount and remove. Below is a list of everything we want the drone to do: · Plant height and plant count (RGB camera) · Maturity and flower date · Rogue plants · Hybrid phenology · Evaluate leaf and canopy traits · Canopy height · Canopy temperature to determine CWSI · Measurement of canopy light reflectance for determination of NDVI and CWSI. · Data geo-referencing · Temperature · Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) · Crop Water Stress Index (CWSI) · Leaf Area Index (LAI) Thanks, Brady
  18. Hello All, My name is Joe, and I'm a recovering Gulfstream pilot. I currently fly a G-450 based in Moscow, Russia. I work month on/month off, and am looking to get into the UAV business in the near future. I will probably be quiet for a while as I am still in research mode for all of this, but look forward to helping where I can and learning as I go. If anybody is in the Jacksonville area, feel free to contact me to either say I'm dumb for thinking I can make this happen, or just meet up and provide guidance in this process, I welcome both. I look forward to hopefully contribute and maybe provide a lessons learned in the future. Any questions on manned aerial vehicles, feel free to ask away. Yes, most pilots hate "drones" and know nothing about them. I was one of them up until about a month ago. I'm not saying I'm fully reformed, but it has been eye opening for me as I researched this endeavor... Respectfully, Joe