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  1. DJI’s products never seem to launch without a leak or two. But lately these leaks have gone from a few pieces of information here and there to full-on lists of specs and details about the product. And DJI’s forthcoming FPV drone is an example of this new normal—we first started hearing about it last summer in connection with a patent for a camera that looked like it could be made for an FPV drone, and since then the leaks have just kept coming. We've even gotten a glimpse of the actual product: So when will it actually launch? And why is it producing so much buzz?
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  2. @Dave Pitman I love Danny MacAskill! I included that first video in one of our recent weekly roundups. The filming and the riding/stuntwork are just mindblowing.
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  3. We need a drone that can fly in 50 knots of wind and has enough fps, 120, at 4k ideally. We have yet to have our needs met and are hoping that the fpv pro version will be able to do so finally. Do you think this is wishful thinking in this version?
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  4. Is your crew doing close proximity cinema? One of my fav athletes (super humans) is Danny MacAskill. Some classy close proximity drone work (Andy Lawrence) in his last video for anyone interested.
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  5. It’s an overpriced piece of...? Not that I’m bitter and tired of competing with plastic toy drones.
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  6. Funny Chuck, before I got to your last paragraph, I was already thinking about how AirMap, and others, came up with a grand scheme, sucked in some like-minded VC $$, hired some lobbyists and went about fabricating a problem for which they would be paid to provide a solution. And, walah! the UTM idea was born. It's an amazing idea. Record all of the uas operation "meta data" in the entire country and store it. Then, if something goes wrong, the "recording" can be queried to try and find out what happened and who is responsible. The model has already been proven by the NSA. UTM aims
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  7. Hi! This is a collection of my videos from my first 3 months of flying with my FPV drone. Hope you enjoy it😃 Would be great to get some feedback from other FPV pilots.
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  8. We don't do any cinema. I worked in the entertainment industry for about 20 years developing tech for digital film effects. We sold the Software we developed to Apple in 2002 and I called it a day. That guy is insane. Having said that, I really enjoy watching Danny MacAskill. It's so great to watch someone who's so talented but so gracious and so humble. While watching the first video I couldn't help thinking one mistake and his career, if not his life could be over in the blink of an eye. It was interesting hearing in the behind the scene video that his crew felt the same way an
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  9. A very interesting development. A demonstration of a UAV navigating using internal maps and AI when GPS fails. I think this could be a huge development. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-delivery-drone-gets-to-destination-in-israel-without-gps-signal/
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  10. You guys are all a bunch of drone industry geeks
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  11. Atollaviation, I think most people in here understand that it takes more work to fly a commercial aircraft, or private aircraft, than it does to get a 107 pilot certification. You have a right to your opinion , even if the FAA, the agency that issues the pilot’s licenses doesn't agree with you. There's nothing wrong with having a opinion. I don't think there's any reason for a argument. You have a right to your opinion, however personally I'll stick to the definition as it is described by the FAA. ( By the way I am currenyly taking classes for a private pilot’s license ). I appreciate
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  12. Fair, I can handle an "agree to disagree", absolutely no shame in that. I fully understand and respect the pride that comes with many hours of work and effort put towards a craft.
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  13. Hi @Zacc Dukowitz no worries, anything I can do to help. Regarding the UTM, we now have two CRADA's with the Navy and our principle investigator is also part of the NASA committee for UTM so I've heard a lot about what works and what doesn't. Interestingly, as I've heard some of this Patrick Eagan has reported on the same issues. Not exactly the same way that I hear it but he must also know someone who is a part of the UTM testing. You know the expression "Follow the Money." There's a lot being said about UTM but there was very little public debate on was it necessary in the fir
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  14. Confirming that AirMap deleted that post after it created a lot of backlash for them. @Dave Pitman you're right, I think that was definitely them slipping up and stating their true mission. @Av8Chuck, had no idea NASA's UTM testing was so shaky. Can you share some links to where you read/heard about that? Would be curious to read up on it. Dave did a good job a while back checking me when I was writing about UTM and really just adopting an industry perspective without thinking about how its rollout could impact drone service providers/individual operators (hobbyists too, for that matter).
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  15. I think the biggest hurdles are airspace and safety. The worlds airspace is so busy without throwing in new flying machines at low altitude, bad weather and [at least for now] who will fly them and how will it be regulated - will you need a pilot licence or will they introduce some new licence? Uber definitely bit off more than it could chew with their predictions, after all it is flying, even if it's based off a multi-copter design. In fact as everyone knows the multi-copter is inherently unstable and needs some nifty electronics to not fall out of the sky - now go put people in the
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  16. Hi Zacc, I think it is a well written summary of the current state of things, well done!
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  17. Oops, sorry. Just when I thought I was done... I realize that people generally don't agree with this, but HOBBYISTS ARE NOT DRIVING THE COMMERCIAL ADOPTION OF DRONES PERIOD! I know that people want to believe in the easy button and cheap but that's not the way markets grow. It has nothing to do with who has the best mousetrap, and everything to do with peoples eversion to the cheese. If anyone's really interested you should read Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. Its an oldie but a goody that explains the technology adoption life cycle and the hobbyists or techies role
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  18. hello everyone, I am interested in drone fishing, and thats my only purpose, I am not camera savvy or into sight-seeing. Only purpose for drone is to drop the bait in the sea, so if anyone can suggest cheap drone with good range I would appreciate it. I am not interested in bait drop atm. I have already considered phantom 3 standard which has 1 KM range, if there are any drones in the market which can go the same distance I would be interested in it. I am from Australia
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  20. @Zacc Dukowitz MacAskill is such a modest and nice guy with superhuman skills. Another guy like that is skier Candide Thovex. Candide's latest video share his pal Aziz Benkrich, who is also incredibly talented, shoots the video and is so good that in the comments some think it was shot with an FPV drone. While off topic for DJI's FPV drone, the skiing and video capture skills are definitely worth a couple minute view.
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  21. @Av8Chuckthat's really interesting re: your professional experience w/ UTM. Sounds like you're privy to some information our readers would love to hear about . . . would you possibly be open to sharing some of what you know for an article on the realities of UTM? I could say 'an anonymous source' if you preferred it, and of course you could vet it before we published. Curious to hear your thoughts, and thanks for considering it.
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  22. I'm not trying to belittle or undermine someone who has the remote pilot certification, whatever it may be called - in Australia its the RePL, in the US I believe its the Part 107? I think it's a great way to get new people in aviation introduced to some of theory and regulations behind flying. It is my opinion that Drone Pilots are not pilots. I believe this is why most regulatory bodies around the world do their best to make this distinction e.g. Remote Pilot Licence, Drone Pilot. I really like what can be achieved with UAV's and the way they've improved or simplified our way of life -
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  23. Thank you Luc Jacobson for finally posting some common sense and some reality. Great post. Very well done!
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  24. This is well written. Do you know why pilots don't have to pay for weather briefings, file flight plans, or VFR flight following? For a couple of reasons. First the FAA is a federally funded agency so our tax dollars have already paid for those services and two because if pilots had to pay, they wouldn't. They'd fly without a briefing or flight following, and they'd scud run around the weather to avoid the fees, all creating an unsafe environment. So those three big blue "Commercial Service Providers" situated firmly between the FAA and the operators, how do they make money? Who
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  25. Khalid Bin Malik, which drone did you end up buying and how did it work out...? I know of person using the DJI Phantom 3 and he has had very good service with it and no problems from the environment (water). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccyS8LbD4_c
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  27. @Roxanne C-KWelcome to the forum. it appears that you have the experience and many of the skills required to have a career in the commercial UAV industry. If you an figure out how to take the experience you have with GIS, agriculture, and environmental studies on the ground and extend your reach accurately to 200 ft, you will have a lucrative career. If on the other hand you take a toy drone with a mediocre camera and try to compete producing YouTube videos to compete with my 17 year old nephew, well that’s not what I would consider a good path to walk. Focus on what you already
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  28. It really depends on the nomenclature and how we're defining the market. That's why when we have these discussions I almost always recommend people read Crossing the Chasm. not only does Moore do an excellent job of explaining the technology adoption life cycle and gives lots of examples how it effects high tech market development, but it also provides a great vernacular so we can share an understanding on how the market is defined. Even though this is an older book, when talking about true growth for the commercial drone market, this book explores the required change in management to
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  29. Yeah, NO.. Sure the concept that a large percentage of first responder drone programs started internally, usually with the assistance of an outside organization or donated equipment etc is valid but very few, if any, of the first responders are "hired" to run or operate the "drone" program. The other point I would take exception with is that 25% of drone programs start from the top-down. That might be true but those top-down programs probably account for the largest percentage of jobs which is a reversal from when this started. If you remember in 2014 the two big markets tha
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  30. No problem at all! It was an old thread - I wasn't expecting a response at all It is tough when the demand for houses makes marketing less of a priority for Realtors. Are houses at all prices going that fast or is it just the median-priced homes? Maybe some deeper research might reveal that lower priced or high end homes are on the market a little longer and could benefit from some targeted aerial imagery to boost interest. If you really want to do drone work in the residential real estate you might have to invest some time learning more about the nuances of the market. Personal
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  31. @Drone Outlook I am so sorry for not replying sooner. Thank you for taking the time to give me some tips. I really like your idea and was not aware of this. I will definitely be looking into this soon. I have not had much luck connecting to realtors. I even reached out offering a free service to some and didn't get any response. Houses are selling so quick (within hours) in our area, so that may play a factor too. The weather in Indiana has not been pleasant, so getting out is rather difficult for flying too. It has been cold, wet or windy, so hoping to get some flying time in soon! W
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  32. Congrats for passing the FAA part 107 !
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  33. Good choice - that's what I'm doing. It does cost a few dollars more to do it that way but gives you the maximum flexibility.
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  34. Awesome! Welcome and looking forward to seeing your contributions. - jim L-5 Imaging::http://l5imaging.com
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  35. I recently completed the training course and passed the part 107 with a 98%. I'm looking forward to reading through the forum and building on my drone knowledge.
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  36. Welcome to the forum. Ive only been to Tennessee to view a factory to manufacture UAVs in Johnson City. Looks like a great place to live. Heres a video of our trip (mostly of the current factory).
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  37. Welcome to the forum. Have you checked out the real estate thread? We have several threads discussing how to get started, produce, techniques etc., with quite an active group willing to provide advice. I recommend asking your questions in that thread.
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  38. Welcome to the forum. We used to have people who provided classes on thermal and photogrammetry but unfortunately I have not been as active as usual so I don't know if they are still offering that through UAV Coach. One thing you may want to keep in mind is you might find non-drone related thermal or photogrammetry training more thorough and accessible. Its your knowledge of those technologies that companies pay for not the fact that you can fly a drone. Applying that skill set to the drone is pretty straight forward.
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  39. If your phone is not connecting to the app even though you are able to connect to the drone Wi-Fi, turn off the mobile data on the phone. Then reopen and reconnect and it will work.
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  40. There's the PowerRay Wizard, not sure it qualifies as "cheap" though.
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  41. Not similar priced, its 200$ and P3S is 700+ You have a point.... how much does a fisherman drone costs? any shops in Adelaide?
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  42. It’s similar in price to a phantom. If your going to be flying over the ocean you have to count on the drone getting wet. You get a phantom wet once with salt water and it’s over. So even if the Splash drone is a bit more expensive it’s cheap insurance.
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  43. Its expensive man! And will the drone corrode even if I fly it high above the sea level? Does anyone has idea on MJX B3 BUGS 3?
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  44. If you want any drone to last then in that environment then it has to be waterproof so that you can rinse it off with fresh water after every flight. Salt water/air is very corrosive and DJI drones don’t last. Heres a drone that’s setup exactly for what you want to do. We just used it in a test and it worked very well. https://www.swellpro.com/waterproof-splash-drone-3-auto.html
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  45. just saw this as well: any thoughts on this? https://www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_330810.html?wid=21&lkid=10392671
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  46. Aloha community! I'm new to the forum, but not to UAV Coach, and wanted to jump in on this thread. Since I primarily shoot real estate, seemed like the perfect first post spot. Thanks for sharing these videos, Av8Chuck. The work is solid, and very pleasing to watch. I like that you break up the shots between wide and tight, which is vital to create an attractive real estate video that doesn't put the audience to sleep. As for the matterport camera talk, I own one and use it on the island (Maui). I've even folded the 3D tour model footage into video projects, and no one has yet t
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  47. AV8Chuck - Great breakdown up above on calculating your overall price / cost. Particularly about distinguishing yourself from others and how that will help you not become commoditized across your area of business. On the part of equipment directly above though the piece about expect to make "x" with a commercial drone and 300-500 with a Phantom (or I am guessing you mean Inspire) is a bit off base. The "value" that you bring isn't in the equipment (unless the equipment you are flying can't meet the requirement of the job and fulfill the clients need), the value is in the service that
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