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  1. Thanks Chase, that helps a bunch! The specifics make things a bit complicated.
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  2. We were doing this in 2017-2018, miles out at sea, using a FLIR DuoProR to locate the people in the water, streaming the location data back to the ship that would launch a second drone with a lifesaver and use radar to navigate it to the people in the water. It was amazing how accurately they could drop the lifesaver from about a mile away.
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  3. Congrats on your first drone...they are a blast. Mainly fly safe and manage your batteries to get the most out of them. Each model is different and I don't know your particular model, but on my DJI drones I store the batteries at about 60% charge, never charge them when they are hot, and watch for swelling/cracking etc. Your owner manual should have some good guidelines, and YouTube is your friend Happy flying!
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  4. Hi Everyone! For any Part 107 renewal questions, feel free to check out this article: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/recurrent-knowledge-test-part-107/ Please let us know if you have any questions! Best, Chase
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  5. Ok Ya'll so I took the test today. While it says there is an introduction and 3 sections, it really is an introduction and one section. It took me about an hour or so to get through the intro and section one. Sections 2 and 3 are essentially other resources for you. Yes, you do need to get a 100% on the test - it was a 45 question multiple choice test. If you did read through the lessons you should be fine. Happy to answer any questions people have. Cheers, Adam
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  6. Has anyone taken it yet? Do you actually need a 100%? Likely will take it tomorrow as I lapsed a few days ago....and can update this thread afterwards. -Adam
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  7. I don't think your the confused one...
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  8. Hi Zacc, who IS the Navy? Who speaks for the Navy? Part of what started this wild goose chase was a FOIA which received the logs from those on duty that night. Its not that "The" Navy doesn't want to disclose the information, they probably don't think there's anything to disclose. A lot of Media organizations want to create notoriety for themselves by generating this kind of clickbait. I don't have the answer but I sure don't think they were the Chinese spying on us. They don't need to use drones and if they did where did they launch and recover them from? How many drones could f
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  9. My understanding of Part 107 certification is that it never expires but you do need to take the recurrent test in order to be "operational". In other words if after 24 months of passing the initial test you don't take the recurrent test you can not fly commercially until you pass the recurrent test. I took my initial test back in September of 2016 and since I did not end up flying commercially I did not bother to take the re-current test in 2018 but would also be interested to know for sure if I can simply take this new free online recurrent test that should be available in March.
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  10. Drone Deploy is fine if you are not planning on using GCPs and you don't want to mess with learning the software. Basically, they do all the processing for you and a little cleanup of the 3D aspect. The pricing isn't bad as a temporary solution for a full package sans GCPs at around $3000.00 a year. You have a lot more control over your projects with Pix4D both up front in establishing GCPs and checkpoints and in the final product including a lot of additional outputs like contour lines, DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, ect...For this, you do have the additional task of learning how to use the s
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