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    One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
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    You don't need to look at forums - just look at TSA since they make and enforce the rules. Simple.
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    Rutherford County, TN has become the first county government to receive a waiver to fly sUAS over people (also known as a 107.39 waiver). The county received permission from the FAA to use the Snap drone, created by Vantage Robotics, for their flights over people. They plan to use the waiver in both emergency and non-emergency scenarios. Read today's article to learn more about Rutherford County's 107.39 waiver and Vantage Robotics' Snap drone. In the last year the FAA has quadrupled the total number of 107.39 waivers, issuing fifteen of them to twelve different entities.Since the news of their 107.39 waiver first broke, Rutherford County has already had several agencies contact them to learn how they can pursue one for themselves. Are you excited about the progress being made on the 107.39 waiver front? Let us know what you think by sharing your comments and thoughts here on this post.
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    Hello, I am a drone pilot for a local law enforcement agency in Tennessee and a new member to this group. I'm reaching out to all resources to further my education with sUAS and build my experience in training. Our UAS unit has had several successful flights where suspects were located as well as lost children. We also perform security checks for public events in our community and assist neighboring agencies with active incidents when requested. We use a DJI Inspire v1.0 with a Zenmuse X3 and a Zenmuze XT by FLIR.
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    I am a patrol deputy but assigned to the Aviation Unit which includes the use of UAS. We have recently acquired a Bell OH-58 Kiowa from the military but it is still a developing program.
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    Hello Brutus! I wish I was closer to you in New England because I would absolutely welcome you to shadow all of my flight operations for the timeframes you outlined. If you are interested in taking a "road trip" to the Morehead City/Beaufort, NC area, I'm happy to partner with you on this project. FYI - I'm also a personal flight instructor for UAV Coach and a brand ambassador for Women Who Drone. I approach my role as a drone pilot seriously and would love to help anyone aspiring to become a certified drone pilot!
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    I am an 18,000 hour helicopter pilot. Many of the things we do, I see being done by drones in the future. Such as moving Christmas Trees, river surveys etc... so I have been looking to see if there is a company that builds drones that have a payload of 300 to 1000 pounds for the lift work. Also one that could autonomously survey a river taking video footage along the way. I would attempt to build my own if I can find a supplier of parts.
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    Aloha peeps! We often talk about including interior and ground level photography with our exterior drone work, as a way to round out our real estate media biz models. Today, I thought I'd share a few examples of what I produce for my clients. This home is going to be listed for somewhere around the $3M mark, and for good reason. The area where it's located is sparsely populated, and by sparsely, I mean like barely anyone or anything around, other than cows, goats & sheep. There's a small winery, general store, and post office nearby and that's it. Privacy on an island is quite valuable, as anyone could imagine. Shooting interiors to showcase a view is all about realism. Whether you use lighting or HDR techniques, the main thing is to make it feel as real as you can, so the viewer gets the sense of actually being there. Personally, I prefer to use lighting, but occasionally there just aren't enough lights in the world, so an HDR shot is in order. Even then, I'll incorporate lighting to help with the realism part. The interior shots in this post were done using a combination of radio triggered speed lights, sometimes with a shoot-thru umbrella. I used a Sony A7R III + 16-35mm G Master glass. Each frame is a single exposure, worked in Lightroom, no HDR work here. Mahalo for viewing, and enjoy!
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    At Airilo, we believe in the power of collaboration. We developed a network of drone pilots that stretches across the country in order to offer exceptional videos to real estate agents and vacation rental owners. This network allows us to efficiently deliver our products, but it also provides inspiration for new and better ways of doing business. Especially in real estate videography, we saw sharing videos with clients and getting paid in a timely manner as a common pain point. I can attest to the hassle of emailing Youtube links to share videos with clients, sending Dropbox folders to download the video files and using Paypal to invoice clients only to have to manually remind them if they are slow to pay. I yearned for a platform that would allow me to automatically share videos with clients after I uploaded them and allow clients to download the videos only after they had paid for them. This sentiment was echoed by many other drone pilots. Thus, the idea for Airilo Connect was born. We are currently working on a platform that brings together scheduling, video review, file transfer, and billing so that drone operators don’t have to waste time piecing together multiple programs. In the end, we aim to provide a complete solution for client interaction, product delivery and billing, allowing drone operators to focus on what they do best: providing stunning videos. In the next several months, we will be opening up the beta program for Airilo Connect. The first phase will allow drone pilots to upload their videos and share an online version with their clients and enable clients to download the video after a payment has been made. Even in this basic form, we hope to save drone operators time by automating the sharing and file transfer process and get them paid faster by requiring payment before download. As the beta program progresses, we will add scheduling features, photography and virtual tour sharing capabilities and an automated project management system. Throughout this process we would love feedback on what features you are most intrigued by as well as what features you think should be added. We are excited for this beta program to be the beginning of a conversation about what tools we can provide to best serve all of you. We will initially be inviting people to test Airilo Connect based on when they sign up for the beta program. If you would like to sign up for the beta program click here. We will keep you updated on our progress and will notify you when you have been chosen to be a product tester. I look forward to working with all of you because good things come from working together. Sincerely, Matt Rafferty
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    Got this question over email and thought it'd be great to post here:
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    Hey @AprilRamone, welcome to the world of UAVs and to the forum; there are a lot of great people in here with experience and a helpful attitude. I own Colorado Aerial Imaging and have been flying drones in the Denver Metro area for a little over 3.5 years, primarily performing inspections. I'd be happy to help you understand the local Colorado and federal regulatory rules as well as the equipment options. DJI owns the market share of drones in the world and they have very good products. The Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom are great drones for hobbyists and "prosumer". They cost about $1,500 without extra batteries, cases, ND filters, etc. I'm not sure what your budget is and your skill level, but you might consider finding something less expensive to learn on if don't have a lot of experience. Another option would be to contact a local American Modelers Association (AMA) club and see if you could visit their flying field and ask to fly a club member's drone at their flying field. They have wide open spaces that are legal to fly in, so you wouldn't have to worry about where to fly and you could try before you buy. Another solution would be to go to DJI Colorado, a store near Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, CO where they have a small indoor cage that you could fly their demo drones. The store has knowledgeable staff. The cage is pretty small, it really only allows you to get a sense for how noisy the drone is, but other than that, you're pretty limited on what the cage flying will provide for you. But, as @Philip Moore more suggested, flying over the wedding, while it's in progress, might be distracting unless you had the Zoom version which would allow you to fly higher. And as @Av8Chuck suggested, during a wedding, I think it would be difficult to transition from doing all of your normal photography shots and then transitioning to the drone. Drones are great for creating that establishing, scene setting shot, but I think your money shots are still those on the ground. So, you may want to consider adding a drone photographer, someone specifically dedicated to the drone shots to your team. Keep in mind that in order to fly professionally, the pilot will need to have an FAA Part 107 certificate (which is not hard to get especially if you use UAV Coach as your training aid). You'll also want to have drone liability insurance and spend some time figuring out the local laws. For example, it's illegal to takeoff or land in any Denver city parks and we have quite a few airports around the Denver Metro area which puts another limit on the areas that you can fly. @Isabella | UAV Coach provided the link that has some good resources to figure out those local laws. Feel free to reach out to me and I'll be glad to help.
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    Hi @Eva Wei There are a handful of good drone recommendations for beginners in our "Cheap drones for beginners" guide here: https://uavcoach.com/cheap-drones-for-beginners/
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    Delivery drones are required to make precision landings based on GPS, IR, or RTK-GPS, which can be unreliable in certain locations. There are other obstacles to drone deliveries too. Restrictions on flying over people or beyond the visual line of sight hinder companies from delivering across far distances or to locations that require passing over people. Then, if a drone does successfully make a delivery, there’s concern that items delivered by drone will be targeted for theft. Together, these issues are known as the “last mile problem.” Drone Delivery Systems and FlytBase are working together to offer a solution to the “last mile” and security issue of drone deliveries. The companies have just announced a partnership for the development of a precision landing kit, compatible with any delivery drone, to allow for secure and precise drone delivery to AirBox Home—the world’s first smart drone delivery mailbox. With secure and precise landing, operations can be scaled with diminished thefts or damages. Learn more in our blog post, "Drone Delivery Systems and FlytBase Partner To Develop Smart Mailbox and Precision Landing Kit for Drone Deliveries." Share your thoughts on the future of drone deliveries in the U.S. or reflections on the technology from FlytBase and AirBox in the comments below.
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    Welcome. It's nice to see you here. If you have any questions, just ask. I'm sure someone here can help you. Best of luck.
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    I believe UAV challenges are great ways to push this technology and just heard about this one from the latest podcast episode from Randy Goers at The Drone Radio Show. Organized by the accelerator Kryptolabs this is a delivery challenge to push the duration and payload capabilities of UAVs. There are 2 categories using either batteries or hydrocarbon. Fixed wing capable of carrying 15kg for 45 mins for battery powered or 50kg for 360 mins if hydrocarbon powered Multi-Rotor capable of carrying 50kg for 45 mins for battery powered or 50kg for 180 mins if hydrocarbon powered
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    Since when has marketing language ever been misleading or blurred the lines of truthfulness? 😎 A tethered drone is treated the same as a non-tethered drone within the regulation.
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    Looks like Greg Crutsinger (founder of ScholarFarms) is at it again using drones to map the damage inflicted by the terrible wild fires that we have had here in Northern California. https://youtu.be/sh5HAcfpsdw Butte County Website
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    I did a little research on Federal RFPs for SUAS-related products and services, and I must say, I'm sort of blown away. As of today there are 30 active SUAS-related opportunities in various stages (Pre-RFP, Post-RFP, etc.) Some are looking for SUAS training providers, others are looking for equipment and parts suppliers, and still others involve operating SUAS's. The opportunities seem to run the gamut from training, to service and supplies, to operating, to SUAS countermeasures. Long story short, There's a wealth of federal opportunities out there, and the vast majority of them are with the Dept. of Defense - which, under this current administration, is going to be getting a ton of money over the next few years. So, those of you who are thinking about building a business focused on SUASs, it looks like now is a good time to start one. As someone mentioned in a different post, there's a lot of bureaucracy involved in selling to the Federal Government. But you don't have to sweat that too much if you are just getting started. Getting started is pretty simple - apply for a DUNS #, and once you get one, register your business in SAM. Once you've done that, you are good to start bidding. But bidding as a prime contractor might be tough to do at first. So, if you have a unique capability - or better yet, if you qualify for any kind of special designation that the Government is always looking for (e.g., Veteran-owned small business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business, HUBZone small business, 8(a), woman-owned, economically disadvantaged woman owned, etc.) - you can shop yourself around as a teammate to the larger companies who do this stuff. Larger companies always have to have a small business subcontracting plan in place, and most of them struggle to meet their requirements. So this is definitely a good way to start. I make my living developing proposals for the Federal Government - been doing it for close to 15 years now. So if any of this seems interesting to you and you have questions, or just want to chat about it, let me know.
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    Gear---DJI Phantom 3Pro+PolarPro Cinema Series ND+ND/PL 8,16,32 Filters.
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    Used the ramping feature in FCPX on this one, thanks for the tip @Talon Six Aerial!
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    Love the first drone shot! I'm gonna steal that one. Have you thought about ramping the speed jump on the drop in the first shot? It may look more flowy and less choppy. Just a suggestion.
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    My latest work. This was tough with the house being empty, but I think the results came off decently. Also @JBR - I held the camera lower based on your recent feedback. Thanks brother!
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    Nice! Where is this by the way?
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    Yes make sure you get your liscense, good point Alan!
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    Hey @Brian Byers! Thanks for posting. What are the expectations from the show re: output quality and types of shots? When it comes to advice / tips / warnings, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND practicing as much as possible Read through the user manual until you've committed it to memory, and spend a lot of time just hovering in front of your face and doing simple flight patterns and testing out the various settings on your transmitter and within the DJI app. Like any piece of complicated consumer equipment, it'll take a while to gain a sense of comfort with the system. Some people will say something to the extent of, "the thing flies itself," and sure, while the flight software is incredibly advanced, that's one small part of the operation. A strong, safe, competent, and professional sUAS operator knows the aircraft and system inside and out and can fly in a variety of flight environments, all the while having a "pilot mindset" and maintaining strong situational awareness, running through pre-flight checklists, etc. This response is a bit frazzled but hopefully helps you understand what you're getting yourself into! Also, make sure you're certified by the FAA, and that you are insured during the flight. Happy to answer questions about either of those.