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    Hey Chad. @Av8Chuck is correct - there is no standard nor requirement to have a manual. You are correct - there is little out there to give you guidance (HINT @Isabella | UAV Coach and @Alan Perlman, maybe a future blog post or guide with a starter template?) Getting started I wouldn't spin your wheels on it. Put a good checklist in place that covers safety and procedures for equipment and operations. If and when you start working with bigger clients or government agencies, you may need something more robust. I put mine together because I needed a Safety Management System to get a waiver, and an operations manual was an easy way to do it. Bonus is it sets us apart as a professional aerial media company as I go for larger clients and contracts. I ONLY did it because I had to. I suggest you skip the paperwork and spend your time marketing and practicing your skills.
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    This was flagrant stupidity, the rules are so clear and if you fly over restricted areas you get nailed. I don't understand why they returned his drone to him and I do not believe the fly away claim. They should have nailed him a lot harder and he should be banned from ever flying any aircraft be it drone or otherwise.
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    Hi @Alan Perlman Thank you for your response. Don't worry about the delay I have been helping bounce ideas off of @Steveb on a weekend get away in Spain, under the business forum. I will check out the drone jobs guide and see if there's anything in my area that i can find at least to start off with. Both @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach and you talk about setting up a portfolio based website, are there any websites in particular that you would recommend? As of right now one of the few gallery websites I've looked into is Envira Gallery. This site caught my attention because they also have forums that visitors or clients can read for tips. I have subscribed to the magazine "Entrepreneur" To help keep me motivated and I like hearing or talking with others who have been successful. I will look into the suggested reading material as well. Again Thanks @Alan Perlman for time and input.
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    Hi @JustinT, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! @Alan Perlman offers some great advice and there are also some great bonus lectures in the Drone Pilot Ground School course that you might find helpful in getting a drone business started. I think one of the most important things to figure out is what area of the drone industry interest you the most? It could be photography/cinematography, mapping, agriculture, inspections, and the list continues to go on. I knew from the start that I really enjoy the photography and filmmaking side of the industry and that is the direction I am going to direct my business to over time. Once you figure that out, you will want to figure out your name, slogan, branding, etc. It is important that you choose a name that is unique and something that people will remember. For example, I live in Michigan and did not want a generic name like 'Michigan Drone Services' or something like that. There are two issues with a generic location based name: 1.) People might think that you will only do work in that state. 2.) There are many names that sound just like the other and it will be difficult to differentiate yourself from the competition. For example, I named my business 'Galactic Droneography' with the slogan "Out of this world Droneography." I have had quite a few people that have told me they loved the name, logo, and overall branding theme. Like @Alan Perlman said, building a service business is difficult, so it's important to stand out and have a name and a service that people will remember. Once you have all that figured out, purchase a drone that will be suitable for your intended application and practice flying until you are comfortable with the drone and its various features/flight modes. Once you are comfortable with the drone, get out there and build up a portfolio, that way you have something to show a potential client. Building a website is apart of this step because you need to have an online presence. A potential client is more likely to look you up online before ever sending an email or picking up the phone to contact you. There are many website building websites that make it relatively simple to build a great website. I personally used wix and have been very happy with the website. Now I did not use one of their templates, I built it out how I wanted it to look. However, there are some really good templates on the website if you do not want to design your own. Here is my website as an example: https://www.galacticdroneography.com Another thing I cannot stress enough, is to have all of the systems you think you need operational before you ever send out that first email or make that first phone call. Have an email for business, website, online payment system (I use Square), invoice system, a business phone or phone app that makes a different phone number but it is routed to your own phone, legal contracts, etc. I like to research potential clients that I would like to work with. For example, my fist commercial job was in October at a place place known as the Scripps Mansion. I saw the house and knew I wanted to have that house in my portfolio. I sent a friendly email introducing myself, what I do, and more importantly, what I could do for them. They ended up hiring me for the job and they were thrilled with the results. Most of the time you will need to educate the client on what you do and why they need your services. It can be very challenging, but also very rewarding when you send those photos and video over to your client. One thing I forgot to mention is the importance of knowing how to edit photos and videos. Being able to edit a picture or video and bringing it to life shows your client that you know what you are doing. It drives me crazy when I see someone trying to sell an unedited photo with a DJI watermark on the corner of the photo. It just looks really unprofessional. Flying the drone is only one part of it, being able to capture a stunning image or video and telling a story is the difficult part that is often over looked. Practice, Practice, Practice, is my best advice. Even if you take a basic picture that may not be that great, edit it anyways and learn. Sometimes I look at some of my early edits and I would never post them now haha. You get better with each flight, email, phone call, edit, etc. Sorry for the long post and I hope this helps. In all honestly, this response just begins to scratch the surface of getting a drone business up and running. It's a learning experience and I am just getting started. Good luck and feel free to ask me any questions! - Chase
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    @Av8Chuck, Thanks for bringing this topic to the forum, it is an interesting discussion. I also agree that the Skydio 2 is not a game changer but it defiantly brings something fresh and exciting to what's currently on the market. The advanced obstacle avoidance on the Skydio 2 is the real game changer and it will be great for filmmaking applications, but I think inspections and other difficult work environment applications would be great for this drone. DJI drones have great obstacle avoidance systems, but sometimes I find their system to be too sensitive. There have been times where I just turned it off because the obstacle avoidance prevented me from getting a cool shot of flying through trees or really low to the ground. I was really interested in possibly purchasing a Skydio 2 because the price is so reasonable for what you get. However, the biggest downfall with the drone in my opinion is the 12 MP camera. I have a Phantom 4 Pro now and if I was to buy a new drone, I would want the camera resolution to be an upgrade. However, I think Skydio is on the right track and it will be exciting to see what the company does next. Best, - Chase
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    Good one. Guess I'll just cancel that contest I was going to run But, to chime in, I echo the sentiment about the obstacle avoidance being a "problem solver," particularly in urban environments and inspection use cases. Remeber the inspectors who crashed a drone into Millennium Tower (San Francisco) earlier this year?
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    Ok, back to those other homes I like to shoot...
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    There are times that you benifit from the property your shooting, they’re awesome, added to your video they look even better. This property, not so much but you still made it look great. Ok, it’s been a while — I hate you. Nice work.
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    If you can be a little patient you could probably get a good used M2Pro, or better yet you can get a Skydio2 for $995 and you’ll be the envy of everyone in the forum.. don’t stress or overthink learning to fly a multirotor, they’re very easy to fly.
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    Welcome to the forum. The Part107 knowledge test is reasonably easy, you can find a lot of study materials online for free. Having said that, the FAA asks questions in a really funky way and the DronePilot Ground School does a good job of preparing you for how the exam is given. It’s not all about the answers but how the question are asked. If you’ve never taken an FAA knowledge test this advice will sound a little wonky, but for those that have hopefully they can chime in and maybe explain it a bit better. If your considering a DJI you might want to consider a Mavic Mini, I have not flown one but I understand they fly like a MavicPro2. The camera shoots up to 2.7K plenty good enough for online video so you can learn an “aerial” workflow for much less.
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    This guy flying over crowded Manhattan streets and buildings. His channel has many other videos like this.
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    I used lights in just about every shot except the living room. The lights were a mix of a Dracast 1000, a FalconEyes SO-48, and smaller lights like the Aputure AL-F7 for accents. That was also the last job that I did with my GH5. Now that I'm on the A7iii I'm finding less need for additional lighting which is very nice. In fact I overlit my first A7iii job because I underestimated the dynamic range that camera is capable of!
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    I'm not surprised you knew that particular workaround. There always seems to be trade-offs.
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    Aloha Dave, Yes, this does work...it's really just a fast burst rate timelapse, which works out pretty nicely. Only problem is, as @Av8Chuck mentioned, it's a TON of extra work. For stills, I mostly use my a7iii. The 24mp images are much more storage friendly, and slide through LR pretty easily, whereas the monster 42mp files from the a7riii will run you out of space ASAP and make LR crawl. If you're serious about tossing between Sony & Panasonic, then I'd say Black Friday be damned, and you just rent one of each to try out. Save a couple hundred on a sale is cool, but spending a couple thousand and becoming unhappy is by far worse. Personally, I vote for more DR over bit depth. But that's just me.
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    I actually ditched the GH5 to go to the A7iii because of the lack of dynamic range. It’s not a problem on outdoors or indoors with lots of light, but in the mixed lighting situations we typically see in real estate, I was not getting great results. Admittedly, I miss the 10 bit color and 4K/60 Of the GH5 but with the ease in editing and dynamic range with the A7iii shooting in SLOG2, I have not looked back. Great timing for choosing either Sony or Panasonic as both are on sale for the shopping weekend!
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    I’ve done this with LightRoom and LRTimelapse, it works great but it’s a lot of extra work. I color correct 4K in resolve and it gets almost as much DR with much less effort. If your shooting stills it’s hard to beat the A7RIII, if your shooting 4K video it’s hard to beat the Panasonic GH5 with 10bit internal. The Sony A7RIV is a good hybrid with something like 65MP stills. I’m not sure if it has as high a burst rate as the A7RIII? Good luck.
  17. 1 point
    With any quad copter you have 2 motor/props that rotate clockwise and 2 that rotate anti clockwise. I would first make sure that this is setup up correctly for that drone..
  18. 1 point
    At mRo we are committed to design and manufacture innovative high quality hardware at a very low cost for unmanned vehicles that use open source such as Ardupilot and PX4. We collaborate regularly with members of the UAVCoach community and exchange ideas to continue creating awesome projects. As always, we like to know the opinion of the newbies and experts of this forum to combine it with our knowledge and provide you with the best hardware design experience that exceeds expectations. We are currently designing the new state-of-the-art autopilot and that is why we want to hear it and get to know your needs better by answering the following short survey. Click here to access to the mRo survey Thank you very much to the entire UAVCoach community, all this is for you. Stay tune, you will have more awesome news soon... (BTW In the picture you can see one of our pick and place machines, producing the new mRo Control Zero autopilot)
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    @JBR LIFE Photography ‚ the underwater shot! Amazing
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    Thanks for chiming in @Av8Chuck and @Joey Ambrose — I think the confusion might be coming from a blog post we wrote a while ago: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/ramp-checks/ It might feel a bit intimidating for a solo operator, but the reality is that as long as you're organized and have some basic checklists in place, you can always create stuff that's more robust if clients demand it longer term. Joey, great idea for a starter template, will add to our list
  22. 1 point
    FAA-Certified Drone Pilot Wanted: Ashburn, Georgia A We Get Around Network Member - on behalf a real estate agent - seeks an FAA Certified Drone Pilot for:✓ Location: Ashburn, Georgia✓ Property type: two residential properties near each other (aerial photos only)✓ Deadline: ASAP but no later than Wednesday, 21 August 2019✓ Deliverables: edited aerial photos✓ WGAN Member will refer you to the real estate agent to work directly with your client This is a free lead. Just trying to help out a We Get Around Network Member seeking help. Thanks, DanSmigrod@WeGetAroundNetwork.com
  23. 1 point
    I’ve got a DJI Spark and at 300-400ft altitude it is very difficult to see in the air even with a perfectly clear sky. Is there accessory or something that can be added to the drone to make it easier to see up in the sky? I know there are anti-collision strobes for civil twilight but I’m talking the middle of the day in bright sunlight.
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    ......You never stop amazing me with your creativity. The pool shot legit blew it out of the water. Loved the timelapse at the end as well. very nice work.
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    I think this is a bad idea as explained now. I think this will cause more conflicts between public and pilot. I also think it is an infringement of my rights in the U.S. I realize other countries don't worry too much about personal rights, but I think the U.S. does (not necessarily the politicians). bf
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    Anything you add to your drone to increase visibility will also add to the weight of the drone and increase drag and reduce the ability to control of the aircraft. Its much safer to fly only as far as you can comfortably see the drone, afterall safety first always.
  28. 1 point
    Cervino (Matterhorn) and Mont Rosa in the Italian Alps. Drone footage, 4k video and timelapses. Mountains and castles in Aosta valley https://youtu.be/sMkY1i_mwCs
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    This one listed @ $5.425M. When I saw it in the daytime, I thought 'Dang, this is a nice house!' Then at sunset, I was like 'DAAANGG, this is a SEXY house!!' Enjoy!
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    Im a helicopter pilot and it’s not uncommon to land in spaces where there’s obstacles about 20 feet from the rotor. I’m low and slow and if something unexpected like a lawnchair flies up it’s easy to pull in a bit of power to arrest the decent or just move off to the side if there’s room. My point is when helicopters come and go the pilot is on high alert, if a drone appears out of nowhere I’ll deal with it. Can it be dangerous absolutely, is it dangerous, not necessarily. It’s like when a squirrel runs out on the road, if you see and it’s safe to stop, slow down or move around it you do, if it’s not, you hope for the best and look back to see if it made it. Despite the total over reaction drones and manned aviation can live in harmony...
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    Hi @Adam G, I am going to echo what @Av8Chuck said. Hospital heliports are not controlled airspace, therefore you do not need permission from the hospital to fly there (you would need FAA authorization if the heliport happens to be within controlled airspace). Just to be clear, the FAA has sole jurisdiction over the National Airspace System and the overall operation of drones. The hospital has no legal authority to grant or deny your drone from flying in that region of airspace. Now they could ask that you not stand on their property and fly, which they have the right to do. The FAA authorized your operation, meaning they believed that your operation can be completed safely without a high risk of error based on numerous factors. As always, remain vigilant when flying and always yield to manned aircraft operations. I hope this helps! - Chase
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    Hi @Johannes, Drone laws in other countries can be a very complex subject because the industry is evolving rapidly and regulations vary from country to country. I am not aware of any other country that requires a permit to share aerial photos and videos. Therefore, I cannot provide another example at this time. I suggest looking into the permit process to see if this is something you want to pursue. I hope this helps! - Chase
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    And yes, THEY ARE NOT MANUFACTURED IN CHINA! Do you work at mRo?
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    Let this be a lesson to all that continually say you should inform everyone in your flights immediate area, now what do you do? It’s actually quite easy: It appears from your altitude restriction that you got a LAANC clearance or a clearance directly from the FAA. If that’s the case, fly the mission. The FAA took all of the obstacles, airspace, and air traffic into consideration when issuing the clearance which is the reason for the alt restriction. This is why you DO NOT ask for permission to fly from those NOT authorized to grant it.
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    What I’m pointing out is your assuming the drone is violating the rule from watching the video. It can be very deceptive viewing pictures or video especially from that altitude.
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    Why do you ask? I have no idea what the airspace is but for the sake of discussion let’s say that it’s class G. In Class G it’s not illegal to fly over buildings or cars with people in them as long as they’re not moving. From the altitude he is flying and the wide angle lens being used, there’s plenty of space to fly over buildings but appear to be over the street. If the UAV crosses over the street and there’s a break in traffic or it’s at a standstill, that would be legal as well. Is it legal, probably not. But in the US your innocent until “proven” guilty beyond a “reasonable” doubt. The impimentation of the Part107 rules is sufficiently vague enough it would be difficult to get a conviction. Im not defending these flights one way or the other, I’m just pointing out it might not be as illegal as it appears.
  38. 1 point
    I recently got a job opportunity to fly my drone and capture video footage of a bridge. This client is a transportation firm and participated in the design of the bridge. Can I fly over the bridge to get footage if there are cars on it? I know I can fly over stationary cars but what about moving. If flying over moving cars isn't allowed, can I get a waiver to do this? I am part 107 certified but never came across an answer to this situation. I feel like there are lots of little situations which aren't specifically answered by the FAA. Any advice helps! Thanks! Max
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    Another great video by u Vic! Always enjoy your work on here, YouTube and AirVuz!
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    Thanks Chase! Will upload something as soon as I record something I am proud of. Need to practise more!
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    Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend and had the opportunity to get out and fly. As fall is quickly approaching, I wanted to share a picture I captured a while back. The image location is Alderman Lake in Highland, Michigan. It is a part of the Highland Recreation Area which was formerly owned by Edsel & Eleanor Ford. The lake is located just down the road from Haven Hill which is where the Fords built their retreat in the rolling hills to get away from the city and stress of building an automotive empire. The lake is one of many owned by Highland Recreation area and even today it still feels like an escape from everyday life. This picture shows the transition from Spring to Summer, I will probably go back to get some pictures of the trees changing colors. I encourage everyone in the forum to share a drone picture, looking forward to seeing the work of others in this community! Best, - Chase
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    Dave and Secure Hover, et al., I charged $25 per hour drive time, then I charged $175 per hour flight time, and .58 cents a mile. The one thing that I did not charge for is post processing. I am really glad you mentioned that since I had 2gb of video to upload, and over 425 pictures at 5mb each, LOL. Was a fruitful day, learned allot, it was clear, calm and cool. Took the day off from my full time job, and made a cool $500+ for this event. Appreciate your input, and will add the post processing in next time as my 50GB fibre connection to my house took four hours due to the site that was accepting the upload, Cheers fellas................and as my good friend Alan Perlman always says..................Blue Skies................. Jeff
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    I'm using a pair of Dracast Bi-Color LED1000 Pro lights. They allow for color adjustment (5600-3200K) as well as brightness control and put out a LOT of light. I also have a pair of small Neewer CN-304 LED lights to fill in the smaller spaces and dark spots. While the Neewer lights only give brightness adjustment, I have a set of gels to somewhat control the color temp on them. How I used the lights is kind all over the place. It's a game of moving lights for every shot sequence, so as to hide their reflections in windows, hotspots on ceilings, floors and furniture, and still get an even spread of light in the space. For the wide shot of the living room that also show a part of the kitchen, I used 2 Dracast lights just behind the couch, angled toward the corners of the room a bit, along with a CN-304 in the far right-corner to light up the dark spot, and then another CN-304 in the dining room, hiding behind the fireplace, lighting up the kitchen a little more. If you get the lighting right, you can work some real magic in post to bring out the data that was captured. I'll see if I have any pull-back pics of the setup. If not, I'll be sure to get some pull-backs of the next shoot involving dynamic lighting. Here's a link to the Dracast set I use right now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LS6WFJO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Another note - I did NOT use the lights in every scene, only the ones where a beautiful broad ocean view was needed from inside a dark room. The rest of the place shot without lights just fine, but a lot of that is because the camera has 15 stops of dynamic range.