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  2. Eric Matyas

    Free Music Resource for Your Videos

    Here are this week’s new free tracks. They are all from my Funny pages: CHEESY SCIENCE (Looping) - Classic 50s sound…conjures up cardboard sets, blinking lights and extra cheese. Good for satire. https://soundimage.org/funnyquirky/ DO IT (Looping) – “This is your conscience speaking…” in humorous hip-hop style. https://soundimage.org/funnyquirky/ THE ASTRONOMY CLUB (Looping) – Somehow these kids always seemed to have a lovable goofiness about them. I was never in the astronomy club, but probably should have been…I love all things having to do with space (and certainly qualified as far as the goofy factor was concerned!) https://soundimage.org/funny-3/ THE DRUNK PELICAN DUET (Looping) – This is what happens when 1) you hire a couple of pelicans to play drums and accordion outside your dockside restaurant, and 2) you let them drink before the gig. https://soundimage.org/funny-4/ PLASTERED BY LUNCH TIME (Looping) – They stumble out of the bar, their bellies sloshing with beer, and head back to work…if they can find their way back to work…lol. https://soundimage.org/funny-5/ Enjoy…and Happy Holidays!
  3. RobH626

    Cheerson CX-20 Build

    Hello, I have been getting extremely into drones over the past few years. I have become a pretty decent pilot and I feel that I am ready for an upgrade. I bought an Open-Source Cheerson CX-20 to "build" to understand more about how UAVs work (not just how to fly them). I've went ahead and done some normal upgrades like a gimbal, landing gear, and props but now I need some help. I would like to get a bigger battery to be able to support the added weight but I have no idea what to get? I am also looking to put telemetry into the drone and not quite sure what all I need. I would really appreciate any advice or input! Thank you, Robert
  4. Well, now I want to edit my original question.... Anyone get authorization in a LAANC 0 altitude grid in CLASS B or CLASS C airspace? No luck here for 75ft about a mile from runway but not in the flight path.
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  6. Mike Coddington

    Drones for Education

    Wow! This is great stuff. Thank you for forwarding this my way. This is what I am gunning for. I want to talk with these guys. Mike
  7. Luke

    Masters in UAV

    To be hired ? Or to start your own business and then be hired ? Most people aren't looking for drone pilots to hire full time. Most pilots have their own business and offer their services to possible clients. That's probably your best bet when it comes to being hired.
  8. Hi guys! Thanks for the replies. Thanks for the tip on airmap. Im heading first to BigIsland. I hope to get some shots from the vulcanic moon landscape and also hope to get some coastal images. If you have any tips on locations for flying please let me know. Never been to Hawaii before. Looks amazing. I also thought about visiting Kauai if time is left. I also want to find jungle, coastal cliffs formations, caves so are open for any suggestion if you can recomend something. Again , thanks for the replies earlier. Also what would a outdoor cloathing be like , shorts, t-shirt , hiker boots and raincoat ? cheers J
  9. Eric Johnson

    Easy Drone Parts website - BUYER BEWARE!

    Yep. I'm in the same situation. Ordered 3 port charger on December 5th. Received order confirmation and paid in full. I've sent no less than 4 requests asking for update, have called several times; after being on hold for ever, I get a 'voice mail box is full and cannot accept message'. Terrible experience. DO NOT BUY FROM EASYDRONEPARTS.com
  10. Spitfire76

    Drones for Education

    @Mike CoddingtonI just found out about this new challenge that you might find interesting. https://www.cnydrones.org
  11. Richard Alward

    Flight BVLOS

    Ken - I sent you an email with the subject line "UAV Coach / Flight BVLOS" I look forward to continuing this correspondence. -- Rich
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  13. Jim B

    DJI Mavic Pro ($500), Nashville, TN

    Hi Alan (and Ryan), Thanks for the information. It makes more sense now. And...as they say...there'll always be another drone (haha). By the way, I'm really enjoying your course...very helpful. Will be sure to recommend to others. Happy flying!
  14. Ken L

    Flight BVLOS

    Very interesting Richard. Thanks for the more detailed info for painting; those are the colors we'll use; saves our hassle to experiment. This is the first I heard about the firefly log files having a date & time code; I couldn't discern a pattern with a collection of log files. I better examine them again. Great idea to set up an artificial barrier, like the hay bale stacks at our test area, to test what happens with and without a repeater in the air. We'll do it over some soft landing spot. You've been really helpful and I know our hydrology section will have more questions for me about NVDI/multispectral mapping[I didn't know that camera geo tagged]. I'd appreciate if greatly if you'd email my personal add: kenforestry@charter.net Have you ever seen the firefly increase or decrease it's speed when landing in copter mode? Is it one constant speed to touch down? Like landing hard enough to break the landing gear? Have you ever seen a landing where the on board gps may have acted on an incorrect alt and landed hard?
  15. Pete Clarkson

    Pete Clarkson

    Hi - UAV Coach Pilots! My name is Pete Clarkson and I reside in Sunny Palm Harbor, Florida. First off, to be clear, I do not know how to fly a UAV/Drone. I have never flown a UAV/Drone. I do not own a UAV/Drone. I have however, become an avid "sideline enthusiast" and am about to embark on this new journey chapter in my life. I am recently retired (age 59) from the Insurance Industry where I have held various executive positions with Fortune 50 and 100 American companies for the past 28 years. I have lived in a dozen different states from coast to coast and managed large business in nearly every state east of the Mississippi River. I have always wanted to fly. To have a birds eye view of the world would be spectacular! I am very interested starting small but thinking big! I am very interested in Arial Photography, Video Photography and mastering the virtual pilots seat of an unmanned system! In short, I want to fly and I want to be good at flying and I want to be really good at Arial Photography! My plan is to take a number of courses that will prepare me to achieve the above mentioned goals. I am currently enrolled in one class and am exploring another with a conference call this coming Thursday 12/20/2019. My wife is giving me a DJI Spark for Christmas as my first ever Drone. I know this will not be my only one. I am interested in the Mavic 2 Pro and the Phantom 4. I want to learn the complete manual control first (although I understand the Spark is way automated) so that I can fly manually. Ultimately, if the experience is good and I can pick this up, who knows, maybe I'll get 107 Certified and fly Commercially. Or perhaps work in an industry that utilizes Drone Technology. But first things first. Thanks for your time and I look forward to the journey! All the Best, Pete Clarkson
  16. 1goodrun

    Hawaii allowed droneflying zones

    Aloha Johan, My friends and I have been flying drones on the Hawaiian Islands for a few years now. The Islands offer incredible opportunities to capture those moments your looking for. There are many places you can fly UAV's that can be right on the giving tourist paths or you can challenge yourself and take the roads less traveled, either way you'll bag those moments few ever get the chance to behold. The No-Fly zones on many apps here can be somewhat misleading when your not physically located at your desired launch point so give your self some latitude when your planning on a set location. This is the winter months for the Islands and can be at times temperamental as far as extreme winds and drenching rains, so when were figuring a drone shot in our plans we map out different locations around the islands the may not be affected by the same weather conditions. Up and Over!
  17. Richard Alward

    Flight BVLOS

    Ken, Krylon Fusion for Plastic in Red Pepper/Safety Red is the preferred color! (I also added a bit of red on top to help see my bird during turns and when it is climbing away from me) You might be able to test your repeater concept by setting up a situation in which direct line of sight between your ground control station and the bird is blocked, but you've got the repeater up in the air to relay telemetry. If communications fail with the barrier in place, you could easily remove the barrier to regain control without putting your FF6 at risk. My focus is on vegetation mapping, so my camera of choice is the RedEdge multi-spectral sensor. RGB cameras are just for fun, so I haven't spent much on them. I may have some engineering contracts next year so I will be having to learn more about them this winter. Are you referring to the tlogs? Their names are the date and time, right? So that's how I keep track of them. I record the approx takeoff time of each flight as part of my pre-flight checklist, so it's not too difficult to track down the correct log if I need one. However, since all the RedEdge images are geotagged (unlike the A6000) I don't need the log files unless something goes wrong. Cheers...
  18. Alan Perlman

    DJI Mavic Pro ($500), Nashville, TN

    Hi Jim — our forum wasn't the only place that this offer was posted.
  19. Ken L

    Flight BVLOS

    FYI for the BVLOS-interested folks. There are presently 23 approved BVLOS [part 107.31] waivers. That's out of approx. 2,000 submitted 107.31 applications. People would have better odds playing blackjack... Here I am writing a bvlos app for the gov. The latest approved waiver, for the oil co in Texas, is not, yet, posted on the FAA website. Does anyone in the community know any details about that waiver, which is to fly a UAV, that exceeds 55 lbs, fly over oil fields. Richard, thank you posting that informative note. Good tip about painting it bright red and mounting the antenna up higher. We'd not thought of either of those tips. The challenge for obtaining a BVLOS waiver is that the FAA expects the pilot to be able to take control, even if the UAV is flying on automatic behind a ridge. Failsafes are not enough to satisfy FAA. Hence, my interest in mounting this repeater https://www.dxengineering.com/search/product-line/davis-instruments-wireless-repeaters/wireless-frequency/902-928-mhz?autoview=SKU&sortby=Default&sortorder=Default underneath a phantom and hovering it 400' above a firefly launch point to push the signal downrange behind an intervening ridge. The BEV folks confirmed that they've never heard of someone trying this. I'd love to find out about your favorite camera settings for Firefly. We have a sony A6000 and the settings provided by BEV are not good enough for us. Could you, please, post back with the camera you have mounted, your favorite bright sunny day ISO setting, and which Fn focus mode you use for mapping? Have you figured out how to avoid porting in and downloading the log files after every flight in the case you're flying multiple mapping flights per session? [the files are not sequentially numbered] We've discussed doing a mission where the flight alt is lower than our launch alt; impressed that you did one.
  20. Kalyan Kumar Reddy Nalladimmu

    Masters in UAV

    Hello everyone , This is kalyan from India.Iam new for this community.I need some suggestions from you,I am interested to study on UAV for my masters.As the course is offered mostly from USA universities.I am thinking about the job offers after completion of course. Is it really hard to get a job ? I am really tensed about it.And which universities would you suggest me to apply ? Thanks in advance, Kalyan
  21. Luke

    TWO SOULS

    Very nice, what drone do you use ?
  22. Hey Pilots, For all those who are interested in or see what it takes to work for a big budget Hollywood production. This article provides some great insight: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/day-life-movie-set-drone-pilot-bobby-watts/ Spoiler alert* (You may need at least $60,000 just to get started)
  23. Jim B

    DJI Mavic Pro ($500), Nashville, TN

    Well, that is unfortunate (for me). I thought since I had responded first, I had first shot at it. I don't think that was the proper etiquette for an online sale.
  24. Ryan

    DJI Mavic Pro ($500), Nashville, TN

    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  25. Cyclops55

    Buzzy the Drone: What do you think?

    Intended for the non-commercial drone market obviously. But if you are trying to promote the commercial drone business and regulation development it sends signal that drones are toys, comical and not a business tool.
  26. Antonio Esteban Gonsalez

    TWO SOULS

    Thanks Eric! This is Ukraine near Kiev.
  27. JBR LIFE Photography

    Kahului Airport - LAANC Authorized

    Aloha gang! I'm proud to present a few images from yesterday morning's drone flight. Through LAANC, I was able to get a special authorization from FAA & the control tower manager to fly this location for a beachfront home (not pictured). While the mission was a beach home, I couldn't resist grabbing a couple shots of the airport itself. What I was most impressed with was how smoothly the approval process went. From request filed through LAANC (AirMap) to authorization was less than 2 weeks. I had to submit a custom unlock request to DJI, which was approved within hours, and loaded to the aircraft days before the mission. A quick call to the tower the morning of the flight, and the manager was already prepared, as he authorized the mission. We recapped the mission details (altitude, duration, radius of operation), and ended with 'Call me when you're done so I'll know, until then I'll keep the traffic off your spot as best I can.' This is the second '0 zone' I've been able to get approved for flight. The first was further away from the airport, but not by much. Seems like if you have a solid plan and a reasonable tower manager, there's a good chance you'll be approved. Details about the flight itself: Mavic 2 Zoom equipped with 3mi vis anti-collision lighting (top white, port, starboard), 300ft operating radius, 75ft AGL max altitude. Operation time was 8am-9am. Enjoy & Mahalo for viewing!
  28. Luke

    Buzzy the Drone: What do you think?

    Only catched my eye because it sounded silly. That's the only reason I found myself here. Sigh, just wasted 45 seconds of my life. somewhat interesting nonetheless, just to see what other people think.
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