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  1. 5 points
    Had a winter storm come through overnight and give us just a bit of wet snow and some dramatic morning skies. Still getting the hang of working with raw images from my P4Pro, but it sure is fun!
  2. 5 points
    We had a mission in downtown Los Angeles and I thought I'd share some stills.
  3. 4 points
    Hi Everyone, In the effort to keep the spammers at bay, I'd like to suggest, if possible, to click the "Report post" button next to the spammers name. This will send an email notice to the admins/moderators of the forum who can limit the activity or ban the individual if needed. Thanks!
  4. 4 points
    Hi Landshark & welcome! The typical advice to someone starting out is to get an inexpensive but well designed "starter" drone to learn on. I'm no expert on those, but if you look around on the forum there are several recommendations, none of which I'm competent to vouch for. Alan also maintains a list of inexpensive drones on uavcoach.com, You may also want to go the simulator route, I did try a Great Planes simulator & hated it, but that's just me. The not so dirty little secret is that a good and expensive UAV is much easier to fly than one of the cheapos. The GPS lock and things like object avoidance provide much greater stability as well as the ability to fly in winds 25-30 mph. Still, I guess there are some good reasons not to drop $1200 - $1500 before you figure out if this is something you really want to do. Once you decide to move up to a system capable of producing the images you'll need for real estate work. I'd advise staying away from UAVs that are designed to use a GoPro camera. Those cameras are made for close up work, the lens is too wide and there's way too much distortion. The big hitters right now are DJI Phantom 3 & 4 & Inspire and the Yuneec Typhoon H - all excellent machines. I fly a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, and I just love it. Rock solid in the air, very easy to control, lots of flexibility and a camera that produces great images and video. For still images I shoot raw DNGs and use Photoshop for post production. I send videos to my 15 year old nephew for edits. He's not only a lot younger, but also quicker & smarter than I'll ever be. I think the single most important tool for starting out in the business is a portfolio of your shoots. I continue to use a series of the same properties taken from the ground and from the air - really demonstrates the advantages of aerial work and is especially good for waterfronts and large commercial properties. Whatever you do, please don't forget to have a good time doing it & Fly Safe!
  5. 4 points
    WEUAS is now on deck. Wounded Eagle UAS Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non profit wounded veterans support resource needs your HELP! Our mission is to train wounded veterans to build, fly, and maintain small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for the commercial unmanned vehicle industry as a career. There are no charges to our students for their equipment, training, tools, or UAS. We need your help building this organization. It’s time we gave back to those who’ve paid the 2nd highest price our country can ask of its people. Just imagine being confined to a wheelchair and now you can soar beyond the trees! You can make the difference. We ask for your support helping us with training our teammates to a new life and career as sUAS operators and technicians.
  6. 3 points
    Hi folks! I'm excited to announce that we'll soon be redesigning the UAV Coach website, as well as this forum. Have gotten some great feedback from you all over the last several months and look forward to rolling everything out soon. In the meantime, in case you missed it on our blog or in our latest community update emails, I wanted to introduce Flyte, a drone flight ops management platform and our newest community sponsor. Click here to request a 30-day trial, and read more about their platform below. What are you using to plan and log your flights? What most people don’t realize about operating sUAS is that 80% of the work happens before and after the flight. That’s the sad reality of being a professional drone pilot. You’ll spend more time planning, logging, rendering and producing data than flying. An app like Flyte can streamline a big chunk of the non-flying part of your operation by helping you: Conduct airspace research. Need to know if you’re flying in controlled or uncontrolled airspace? If there are any other hazards or special airspace considerations in the area? You sure do. Capture / save / send that research. Check out the map below. See the alert and caution icons? And how you can create custom marks on the map? You can save all of that research as well. This is particularly helpful to send to a client or other crew members ahead of time. Good for demonstrating professionalism. Work offline and in-field. Flyte is good for using at home, but you can also use it in the field, before and after flying, to ensure you’re always equipped with the info and resources needed for strong situational awareness and in-the-moment logging. Log your flights, batteries, and aircraft. Even if you’re not a certified sUAS operator, you should be mindful of logging your battery usage and aircraft maintenance schedule. That’s just...taking care of your stuff. Not to mention the safety considerations. Flyte was built for both individual operators and teams. Their platform enables management of multiple pilots, drones, risk assessment / documentation to ensure the effective management and digital records of all activities. Click here to request a 30-day trial of Flyte for you or your company.
  7. 3 points
    @Kyle@NWDW - I'll give you a quick rundown of what I do, this is with the caveat that I am creating a ton of video and still assets and am a firm believer that if I don't 3 copies of my data I don't truly have it backed up (3-2-1 principle below) this is part of my OCD after decades of system engineer work. All of my work comes off the various media it captured on (RedMags, CineSSD, SD card, Cfast, codex, etc) and goes directly onto my attached storage, this is an 18TB direct attached storage. Depending on what I am working on some of that makes it's way into various local folders and starts replicating across the LAN to a large 48TB Network attached storage. I am generally keeping about a quarters worth of work on my local drive (assets I know I am finished with get moved off earlier) then moved off to another offline disk (which is kept at a different location) and replicated to the large NAS. That NAS (it is a QNAP system) is replicating off to Amazon's glacial storage, for long term storage. Luckily I have never had to retrieve from here but this is my third copy and likely my safest. If I need to retrieve from it (I have for testing) I make a request, then hours later can start that transfer and am charged for that. The storage itself is very cheap, cost can get high with retrieval. This seems like overkill to some, but I have never had a client file that I needed later in the year not be available, never lost anything. For sharing directly with clients I will either give them assets on media or deliver through Vimeo, Dropbox or WeTransfer
  8. 3 points
    Hi everyone - I haven't been real active on this forum but I thought I would weigh in with what I do in regard to licensing, rights, charging etc. I'll try to make this a quick (I am not know for this!), succinct read. I license / sell use of my imagery in a couple of different ways. Almost always, regardless of the deal I own the imagery and am free to use it as I please. There are a few exceptions to this, let's start there. 1) Cases where I don't end up owning my imagery - Work for hire, very high price commercial jobs. This has happened a number of times in my still work when working for a major brand. In those cases the imagery that I created wouldn't have had recurring commercial value to me as it contained trademarked material. In these case I had a very high day rate, did my shooting, in some instances I edited and delivered in others I shot and delivered directly. In nearly all the cases I was able to show the work when proposing new work to clients but where I wasn't I could point to work and list clients like "Brands include, BofA, Crowdstrike, Nike, etc" 2) Someone mentioned flat rate - about half the work I do is architectural work. Both with traditional cameras and with aerial systems. Almost all of this is billed as a daily rate, plus all expenses and I give the client a direct use license that they and the direct tenants can use. The client knows that they can use the imagery for all their needs, forever, and I also can use the imagery or allow others to as needed. I have a handful of clients that I do this with and I prefer this. First my client knows that I am not coming to them to hassle over licensing (I don't have time for that), they pay a day rate that allows me make enough that I really only need to work a handful or two of days a year and they get exactly what they need. For these clients though, they have been with my for multiple years and I know that typically they are going to hire me for well into six figures of billable work a year. I charge them a day rate, travel, food, production, travel time, etc. They are really good size productions. 3) Licensing - I try to stay away from this except that I have had a number of images, sold through an agent to large travel brands that have either taken images I have my agent representing or commissioned. They have a strict license on usage and duration (and a number of other factors) and they pay for that particular use. Typically this image cannot (or similar images in a series) be used in a commercial use by me or any other clients during this licensed use. I first negotiated something like this on my own, it went well, no problems, I was happy with the fees, then I had an airline a number of years ago that had a new route from one side of the world to another and they wanted to use an image of mine. I went through an agent and that figured was 10X what I previously charged. This business is increasingly rare, but over the course of years has been a good piece of income. 4) Stock / Agencies - this has been terrible. over 10 years I have probably made somewhere in the range of $10k from ALL stock / microstock agencies. The prices have gone from multiple dollars / image / download to multiple cents. There are people that are doing well and they are putting up 10k+ images / year (or month for some) and are dedicated to it. If I was going to try and make it off stock I would get into a platform like offset where I am dealing more with companies in scenario 4 above. One this to be cautious of @Christopher Korody up above stated "Not even Getty and Corbis try to enforce anymore" this isn't true, they do. All the time, they have really sophisticated methods that have gone way beyond simple hashing and they enforce use a lot. Enforcement for them is much more lucrative than selling is. With enforcement they look for punitive damages and if you have received a letter from them then you have seen this. But that's simple, don't steal work. Hopefully this helps someone with some thoughts! Bill Nichols
  9. 3 points
    If you are referring to the one in Southern California (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sherman+Oaks,+Los+Angeles,+CA/@34.1455689,-118.4785297,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c297dba79cbcf3:0x39b4e3f8071ff16!8m2!3d34.1489719!4d-118.451357 ), then you have the unique perspective of living within 3 airports airspace: Burbank (KBUR) Class C, Van Nuys (KVNY) Class D and Whiteman Airport (KWHP) Class D along with numerous helipads and other places to notify. I would suggest using the app from the FAA: B4UFLY, to plan an area to practice flight. It will notify you of all flight facilities in an area. It starts by picking up the GPS on your smartphone/tablet but you can pinch to zoom out and look for an area that's clear for flight. SoCal airspace can be a challenge to navigate, believe me, I know!
  10. 3 points
    Hi Derek, Thankfully, due to part 107 regulation the FAA passed in August 2016, you do not need a full pilot license. As long as you are 16 years old, you can take the Remote Pilot exam from the FAA. I would highly recommend the course at http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/enroll/?coupon=ENROLL50&gclid=CNWa5uC_jdICFQhYDQodmLcBFg to study and prep for the exam. Once you study up and pass the FAA exam, you will be clear to fly commercially. The main thing is to start logging hours you fly. Write it down or store the information somewhere so you can show prospective employers how long you've been flying. Which means, if you can, fly one now as a hobbyist (since no license is required) and log those hours. As for other complimentary degrees, I'll leave that question for answer by others in the AG market, not my specialty.
  11. 3 points
    Looked at the sectional and you are correct about your airspace. If you are operating as a hobbyist, then the 5 mile rule applies. BUT the FARs do not say that the airport manager has to approve the flight. Instead, the airport manager must be notified. He can only object if there is a real and serious threat to safety. In addition, I have read on the FAA's site that the notification can even be electronic, as in email or voice mail, provided all pertinent info is provided and that enough time is allowed for the manager to object. My understanding is that he can object but not prevent the operation, but I'm not an attorney! But all of this is for hobbyists. If you have your Certificate, in your area it's open skies for you.
  12. 3 points
    You are welcome. As I earlier mentioned to an other new member, I warmly suggest for you to purchase a beginner drone, as a DM007 or a Syma 5 and ...learn to walk before running (lol but not lol). They are very strong (resisting several crashes....!!!!) and easier to fly. BUY SEVERAL PERTINENT LIPO BATTERIES and do NOT keep them fully charged at all times, because if you do the lithium will separate from the polymer and the iron, quickly reducing the batterie's capacity. CHARGE WHAT YOU NEED THE NIGHT BEFORE FLYING and USE IT ON THAT DAY. At first, try and keep the drone hovering at about a metre from the surface; avoid sudden control inputs and manage to keep it as steady as possible. It will not be easy but you will learn. DO NOT TRY AND KEEP FLYING WHEN THE LOW BATTERY WARNING STARTS!. Land as soon as possible, within a few seconds: in this way you will not damage the battery. Gradually increase the extent of control,'till you will be able to take off, fly at about 3-4 metres from the surface and perform a number 8 horizontal pattern. If you have the possibility to do so, start to fly in a big indoor gymnasium (obviously empty) or a similar place. You will not have to fight the wind. If flying outside, choose very calm days. All the best! Cheers from Bruno
  13. 3 points
    I haven't looked at the specs for the standard lately, but I think it is worth at least getting the Advanced for the extra $100. I want to say the Standard doesn't have a good mount out of the box for iPads, the image sensor isn't as good, and the controller doesn't have all the features the advanced and professional have. If you are on a budget, go with the Advanced. If you can, I suggest skipping straight to that. We hacked together a lot of stuff with PixHawk, and it always ended up with frustration, lots of monkeying around after the fact. The P3 is a great deal IMHO.
  14. 3 points
    Well, that's disconcerting. More than half of the holders out there are already dismissing the rules that they have applied for. What other rules do they think don't apply to them, or are too restrictive for their operations/egos? As a full time helicopter EMS pilot, I land and take off from practically any scene required to do my job safely in order to save lives. I rely on other pilots to follow the rules in the airspace I fly in for me to concentrate on what we call a critical phase of flight. My crew and I are my first priority. The patient is second, which could be any of you 52% out there thinking that you are better than anyone else and don't think you should have a documented understanding of the airspace you so ignorantly insist on flying in. I will abort any mission if it poses a safety hazard, including a UAV flying in my area......yes, I fly below 400' regularly, especially on a recon pass. Those that say that I'm not allowed to....my retort is for you to get an understanding of what I am allowed to do by passing a knowledge test. You'll find out that not only am I allowed to, but according to my GOM, I am expected to prior to landing in an unimproved area. I agree that having an airman certificate is restrictive to fly a UAV commercially, but they are the rules at the moment. Having an understanding of the NAS is the most important part of this rule. You can still fly in Class Bravo airspace with a DJI geo-fenced unit, as the NFZ only surrounds the airport by about a mile or two. Does that mean that you're going to go ahead and fly in that airspace if it's just outside the NFZ without approval? Do you even know the restrictions of Class B compared to Class C,D etc? Airspace is there for a reason. Understanding the reason is part and parcel of complying with the rules governing that particular airspace. I know that this survey was posted outside this group and not all operators here represent the 52% of the result. This is a message to all the 52% in and out of the group that think they are above the regulations. The idea is to be more restrictive initially then relax as this industry grows and safety and trends are considered. Please fly safe by following the rules, understanding the airspace you fly in and consider manned aircraft. End of rant.
  15. 3 points
    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful villa. Making me rethink my 1 bedroom apartment here in NYC I got a little dizzy those first 30 seconds. If it were me, I'd do a little more cutting so as to make the introduction more captivating to viewers. I'd also focus on smooth, stable footage. It gets a little jerky here and there. That'll come with practice. Are you flying in ATTI mode? (cc: @Christian Tucci who is a Final Cut Pro X whiz and may have some other suggestions)
  16. 3 points
    the two zmr,s are fast flying fpv drones one with 2206 2100kv cobras on 4s with 20 amp esc, and the other has emax red bottoms 2205 2300kv motors on 4s with 20 amp esc. the blue one i just started building it has curved arms for x frame design, also on 4s with cobra 2204 2300kv motors,with new littlebees 30amp esc. ive been thinking about saling one because tht new lumenier 210 looks sweet. tht will prob be my next victim. I love to build.
  17. 3 points
    As a bee as well as a drone keeper, nothing about this sounds like a good idea to me. Bee colonies - especially commercial colonies - are already at great risk from colony collapse disorder and a variety of parasites. Stressing them further by incorporating another pesticide into their environment without knowing what will be the full effect just seems really dumb. We are appallingly close to losing the ability to pollinate a wide variety of crops. Why try to make matters worse? On the other side I'm pretty sure that nothing about bee behavior is simple, and there is a huge amount about their behavior we just don't understand. Swarms are one thing we think we understand pretty well, and swarming is something a beekeeper tries to prevent as it weakens the original colony. By the way, in the bee world a drone is a male bee whose only purpose is to impregnate a new queen should the colony decide it needs a new queen. There are only a couple of dozen males in a hive of 30-40,000 bees. The queen decides whether each egg she lays will be a drone male or a female worker. Drones have no stingers, and, as they are not needed over the winter, in the fall the workers chew off their wings and legs and push them out of the hive to die.
  18. 3 points
    Joe, My name is Charles Joseph. Silk Purse Productions is my real estate marketing business. Here's a link to the portfolio I use to show clients the advantage of aerial photography: https://picasaweb.google.com/silkpursepro/AerialPortfolio?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMmPj-7Sw-P-fA&feat=directlink. Most of the aerial shots were done with the Phantom 3, but the ocean front property was done with my earlier Phantom 2, which met it's end when it landed by itself in a swimming pool, actually the drone was OK, but the camera was toast - very soggy toast. I'm looking at flying this weekend in a local park. I want to work on waypoints. I'd be happy to show you what the P3A can do. Let me know.
  19. 3 points
    The combination of DJI Inspire and Osmo or Yuneec Typhoon and Steady Grip seems like a natural for real estate applications, enabling both aerials and walk throughs with basically the same technology. My best guess is that walk throughs will be slow to penetrate the market, at least in my area in New Jersey. The biggest impediment is cost. I can't see doing stills, aerials and walk through for less than $500, and that's going to be a tough price point. Face it, that much work will take at least half a day, and that doesn't include post production. Don't give up your day job - yet.
  20. 3 points
    My occupation allowed me to visit a spot close to my hometown. It was great to get back in the cockpit and even better to get the chance to film some wonderful sunrises. Messed around with different advanced flight modes, control gains, and camera settings. Enjoy the picture show.
  21. 3 points
    Alan, I know I have shown this to you but thought I would get some feedback from others on the forum on what they think of my logo from a business standpoint. Its been copyrighted and is filed to be registered. I think it would be great to see other folks logos if they have them , fortunately since I own an embroidery /screen printing company it makes the promotional part of business advertising easier and affordable. I have always believed word of mouth is by far one of the greatest ways to advertise ones business or services. Be great at what you do and over deliver to your customers / clients every single time and stand behind what you do. I am looking forward to the progression of Air One UAV Flight Services, still in the start up mode Dean / Air One
  22. 3 points
    I ran into the same issue while flying in a manufacturing environment, had to use F and was not to happy with the video had close quarters plus drifting around a lot , I also would of been concerned about safety in your situation having many people being present. You did the right thing under the circumstances , I think the next time I will do Osmo on a stick with the X5 less nerve wracking and better footage... Just need to get the new boot for it released. My 2 cents. Also lots of practice not using GPS helps a bunch.
  23. 2 points
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  24. 2 points
    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points
    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!
  27. 2 points
    I'd like to echo the comments of @R Martin above. Although I did have a background in aviation, much of the material was new to me and Alan's course made it simple. I think I was given 2 hours to take it and I was out the door in 17 minutes with a 94 or thereabouts. It was as simple as going in to pick up milk while my wife waited in the car! And I mean it! Thank you Alan.
  28. 2 points
    This is a great thread deserving of resurrection... How have all of your efforts panned out over the past 10 months? Aerial Alchemy is growing fast, we’re up to nine employees and looking to hire more. Not that the number of employees equates to success. But we’re certianly trending in the right direction. I believe our approach is similar to what many have mentioned in this thread. Although we have had to build out a significant infrastructure it was our sales and engagement with customers first that necessitated it. It’s interesting that by taking a sales or customer engagement first approach we seem to have built in a lot of value into our technology and services. We initially considered manufacturing and selling drones, “but a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” commercial customers didn’t seem to want to purchase drones. They kept offering us bigger and better opportunities to provide the service. Once we accepted that we were more likely to be successful as a service provider a lot of good things started to happen. When about the time this thread started it was a struggle to figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up, now I can’t wait to get to work and think everyday is a great day to be in the commercial drone business. I hope everyone is trending in the right direction.
  29. 2 points
    In short, it would generally be illegal to shoot down someones uav. The FAA considers them aircraft and willfully damaging them is forbidden and punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 2 › § 32 That said, if you remember, William Merideth got away with it in Kentucky. Even in states or municipalities that have enacted more stringent uas legislation, taking the law into ones own hands and shooting down a uas that was not threatening your safety would be seen as a crime (in most states). Here is a short article that addresses the subject. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/theres-a-drone-flying-over-my-house-can-i-shoot-125546065994.html
  30. 2 points
    There’s a lot there to talk about. It’s not up to the operator to determine whether their activity is commercial or not. It costs more than $500 to attend and you have to pay to get credentialed to shoot there. So yes this is commercial. If everyone were permitted to pursue a passion for aerial photography then it might be considered non commercial but that’s not the case. Also he did a pickup shot for a foreign documentary how can anyone argue this was non commercial. One thing that cracks me up is that no matter how a bunch of millennial earth cookies want to spin Burning Man, it brings in more that $35M in revenue and some of the exhibits probably costs more than $1M. This is every bit as commercial as an NFL game. They want to claim that it’s art, that’s fine but apparently photography is not an acceptable art form. They are certainly entitled to make the rules, but to cliam this isn’t a commercial activity and that it has some sort of social redeeming value is kind of hypocritical. Obviously this guy does not have a 107 certificate. If he did he’d know that Burning Man doesn’t have the authority to restrict him from flying there unless the FAA issued a TFR. They can stop him from landing and taking off inside the area defined in the permit for the event but they don’t regulate airspace. They certainly don’t have the authority to grant him permission to fly at night or over people. The guy did a great job, this is a well produced video, but I it should be reported for what it is. No matter the intent, this video promotes a commercial venture which by the FAA’s definition makes it commercial.
  31. 2 points
    @Dave Pitman I agree with you... B4UFly app is only for hobbyists. The FAA even states that's the case, but a lot of people are confused. Here's what the FAA FAQ for B4UFly says: https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/media/UAS_B4UFLY_QandA.pdf "Q. Is B4UFLY intended for commercial operators or hobbyists? A. B4UFLY is really geared toward users of unmanned aircraft who fly for hobby or recreation. The app parameters are set up in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336) in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. However, we expect civil or commercial operators will also find aspects of the app useful, and we will consider future enhancements." But, the FAA website page that describes the B4UFly, doesn't make that clear. https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly So, as usual, the FAA ends up confusing a lot of people.
  32. 2 points
    People come to these forums, to the understanding of commercial sUAS from different perspectives and at different points along their journey. Keep in mind that in the US this industry has officially existed for less than a year. Most companies who would benefit from the data drones can collect are still trying to figure out what, if anything, it might mean to their business. The route for most on this journey has traveled through the "hobby" market where there is a mix of DIY build it yourself, manufactured drones built with hobby grade off the shelf components and RTF consumer drones. Part of the reason people get so ginned up over DJI is because it's all they have experience with. Most companies who are evaluating the effect drones will have on their businesses will not build their own and companies selling drones built with OTS hobby components are coming to the painful realization that they can't scale manufacturing, they don't have a dependable supply chain, and the uptime reliability is suspect. The perception, and the suggestion, is that DJI is all you can get. If that's what you think, you are wrong. Companies like Kespry, Ascending Technologies, Microdrone, Liecha, and many others are providing drone platforms that are advancing commercial sUAS technology an order of magnitude beyond DJI. The trouble is, the price of those platforms are $25k-$65k+, and at first that would appear to be cost prohibitive for those who began their journey in the hobby market. But by the time you kit out an M200 or M600 it costs $20k or more. So do you want to build a business around a platform that engineered purpose built solutions for the problems your trying to solve or do you want to build it around a company who's success is from building toys? I know people have a problem with me calling DJI's a toy, but putting SS badges on a six cylinder Comaro doesn't make it a Super Sport... Call them whatever you like, but for anyone who is serious about building a commercial sUAS business then take the time to research drone manufacturers whose sole reason for existing is to developing purpose built solutions for commercial applications. Can you make money with a consumer drone and a .99 cent cell phone app, sure. Just depends on what you really want to do.
  33. 2 points
    Amen re: more explanation in the practice quizzes / tests. We're working on it! I wholeheartedly agree.
  34. 2 points
    Anytime people debate which tool to use for a particular profession the discussion often focuses on the wrong issues. Does it matter - PC/Mac. Nikon/Canon or 2K/4K etc.. Being a professional is not about the drone you use, its about what problem do you solve and will people pay you to solve it. Also everyone evaluates technology through their own prism, service providers, manufacturers, systems integrators, end users, all often come to very different conclusion about the same technologies. Another key to profitability is predictable future wealth. Once I have something that works how can I scale it or broaden its mission. DJI is a vertically oriented, closed product line. No DJI accessory can be used on non DJI drones, and you can't integrate non DJI accessories on DJI drones. Not all pixels are created equally so if I wanted to use something other than a DJI camera on a P4 that has more than a tiny sensor and plastic lens I can't. Not only that, I can't even use batteries from a P3 in a P4 or an Inspire on an M100 or an M200. Professionals need tools that are open and extensible, so if I want to mount a 50MP camera that can be controlled with the drones avionics and GCS, I can. If I need to reconfigure the drone to lift more, I can. If I need to be able to edit or modify missions in realtime, I can and if I need to be able to perform the same mission with a different drone with the same repeatable outcome, I can. That is not DJI. Also, professionals have to be concerned about liability, they have too much to lose. No professional should be using a drone that does not have hardware redundancy. If any part of a quad-rotor fails it crashes and there's nothing you can do about it. So the issue isn't what drone to use, its more the application of the drone and what drone can I use as a platform to build a business? Building a business based on toy drones is a very risky proposition.
  35. 2 points
    Yet if you wanted to take a helicopter up there all you need to do is call the approach freq...
  36. 2 points
    Hi Bert. Happy to share my observations, as I have some relevant experience. For background, I've logged about 100 hours flying an I1Pro ( X5 camera). Flew Phantoms for several years before (from Phantom 1 with GoPro to P3VP) and also have a Mavic. A friend I often collaborate with has P4P, and I've flown that several times and compared footage and stills with the I1 as we sometimes combine our work. Here are my thoughts on your questions: Comparing the drones themselves: I1 feels a bit less refined in the air but more powerful than the P4P. I can get smooth footage (i.e. fly smoothly) with the I1, but doing so feels a bit easier with the P4P (and Mavic) under most conditions. I try to land my I1 when there's 30% battery remaining, and that allows me to reliably get 12-15 minutes of flight time with the higher capacity TB48 batteries. P4P seems to be significantly longer, but I don't have enough experience with that craft to comment quantitatively on its flight times. I1 looks more professional and seems to get more "respect" from some customers, which matters in some of my shooting situations. I1 is significantly less convenient to haul around, especially for air travel. It's not just the size; TSA restrictions limit you to carrying 2 TB48s in carry-on luggage (you can't check spare batteries at all), so I have to ship spare TB48s to my destination via UPS or some other carrier. A pain. When operating in my home area I tote my I1 in the Bestem Aerial InsPak X5 hardshell backpack, which has the advantage of being very light weight while still allowing me to transport the bird in landing mode with camera mounted (I am careful), so this decreases setup time significantly over Travel Mode case configurations. But the P4P is so much easier to transport and setup/teardown. Comparing P4P and X5 cameras: I shoot primarily DNG stills with both cameras, using flat profiles to maximize flexibility in post. First, let's compare the P4P and the X5 paired with the Olympus 12mm lens (which is the closest FOV option I have). For stills I prefer the X5 over the P4P camera. The X5 images have more dynamic range and cleaner/sharper detail, and the X5's images are less noisy than the P4Ps at all equal ISO settings. For video it's a closer race (for comparable field of view). The P4P's higher bit rate allows for a bit less compression artifacts in the footage. I1 requires more care to get tack sharp footage. But I think you can get very similar results from both cameras when shooting with the Oly 12mm on the X5. Where the X5 leaves the P4P behind is when you use it with longer focal length lenses, such as the 25mm and 45mm from Olympus. The key thing is that these let you capture a more zoomed in and detailed view of your subject without flying uncomfortably close. I really like the added safety, especially when I'm shooting moving people (runners, cyclists, boaters, etc.). And I feel that I can be less disruptive and still get the close in imagery I need. I don't use 2-controller (Pilot/camera operator) setup, so can't comment on that. So, as you can see, there are real tradeoffs here, where the I1 X5 wins sometimes and the P4P others. The real clear winner, based on everything I've read and hear, is to get the I2 with X5S camera! Seems to offer better flight characteristics than the I1, and the camera wins hands down over the P4P and X5, for both stills and video. It's still a bit klunky to carry around and bring on airplanes. But it's better than the I1 due to the dedicated travel/landing mode switch and smaller individual batteries. I'll be getting one of these shortly. Hope that's useful!
  37. 2 points
    Shot this short video during a very windy morning at Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The cape is in the Portuguese municipality of Sintra, near Azóia, in the southwest of the district of Lisbon, forming the westernmost extent of the Serra de Sintra.This was one of the most windy flights I have ever flown and had engine power issues due to overheating as the drone had to fight it's way back from the beach, about 600meters away from the coast, facing some strong cross winds. This was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Standard and edited in Final Cut Pro X.
  38. 2 points
    Hi Mariano, This is actually a pretty well made video. I really like the feel of the music, I like the length of the video, the shots are unique and cool. I love your logo and the animation of it. Here are a few thoughts on what could be improved: 1.) Do you have more footage to select from? Considering the video is on the shorter side it is all the more important to not be repetitive with footage. A lot of the shots are just that (i.e. train tracks, stadium, statue etc...). It would be ok if it showed dynamically different angles of each of those subject but they are essentially the same shots over and over. 2.) Maybe use a more epic shot as the opening shot, especially since the music starts so abruptly. Is this how the music starts naturally or did you edit it to be that way? 2.) At 00:00:35:00... this shot has an awkward camera move. The camera tilts down, stops, then tilts down a little bit more. Unless this had a very specific point for being like that, I would avoid including shots that show these sorts of camera adjustments. If it was a single, smooth tilt down, then that is what you want to have in there, but if an awkward camera move got captured, usually best to not use it in the edit. Unless, the shot is very important and you don't have another/can't refilm it. 4.) Have the Instagram and Facebook text slides at the end stay on for longer, they go by so fast I could barely read it. 3-5 seconds for something like that usually works best. You may have to let those slides extend past the end of the music though if the music track ends there, but that is okay because it is better if people can actually read the text. Let me know what you think. Can't wait to see the next cut of this video! Good job!! Christian
  39. 2 points
    Got it! Thermal will stitch, but be ready to use serious overlap. I use 90% frontlap and 80% sidelap flying roof missions, and that tends to create enough pixel density to generate a useful point cloud. If you want to be absolutely sure, fly a high overlap grid with a departure heading of 360 (so, north to south) then fly a second grid with a departure heading of either 270 or 090 (straight east or west) then stitch both passes. Make sure your departure headings are upwind if possible, any headings seperated by 90 degrees will work You really need the overlap to provide enough data for the stitching software to work with. The more "pixels on target" you provide the software, the better the Ortho and point cloud will be. Also, radiometrics help immensely, and pick high accuracy GCPs with an RTK GPS if you can. Now, onto the practical. A 2mi2 mapping mission with 90% frontlap and 80% sidelap at 400' would take about 473 minutes to complete. That's 7.8 flight hours, just for one pass. If I had a bunch of room to take off and land, and a bunch of money I'd fly this with a Precision Hawk. I'll assume you don't have $40k to work with, so I'd set up the mission like this. Day 1: RGB Ortho/DSM X3 or X5, approximately 9 batteries. (factoring in +2 for weather related efficiency penalty) Estimate 4 hours onsite. Day 2: N-S Thermal 1st pass: Zenmuse XT, 12 batteries, generate 50% of the North-South scan. Estimate 6 hours onsite Day 3: N-S Thermal 2nd pass: Zenmuse XT, 12 batteries, generate 100% of the North-South scan. Estimate 6 hours onsite. Day 4: E-W Thermal 3rd pass: Zenmuse XT, 12 batteries, generate 50% of the East-West scan. Estimate 6 hours onsite. Day 5: E-W Thermal 4th pass: Zenmuse XT, 12 batteries, generate 100% of the East-West scan. Estimate 6 hours onsite. Yeah, I can see it easily becoming a week of work before processing, so make sure to budget accordingly. Are you planning on using Pix4D locally? or on the cloud? that'll definitely add some time to the process after all the imagery is gathered to make it intelligible. Bottom line, You've got this! It'll just take a little sweat. Estimate accordingly.
  40. 2 points
    Yes I have actually I've been practicing with my own home and a few other structures learning to fly nice and steady and get the right angles for the best composition
  41. 2 points
    First, unless I am missing something, this would be considered by the FAA as a commercial operation of a UAV. I would be best if someone (or you) look into getting your Unmanned Aircraft Part 107 commercial licence through the FAA. UAV Coach has an awesome online class that you can take to get you up to speed. I just went though it and just passed my test yesterday, it is very thorough. They also have a Mapping and 3D modeling course that I have not taken but hear good things about. That may be helpful. Recreational/hobby users of UAVs may fly without a Licence but if you or your company gets caught performing commercial operations with out a licence there could be stiff fines even if you are a non profit. Part 107 is new. I mean really new it just went into affect last Monday and is not even a week old. My personal feeling is the FAA has now made a definite distinction between the Hobby and commercial flyer and are going to enforce the rules very strongly at first. Since you are also flying over residential areas, I would also look into insurance for your operations. All it would take is a bird strike, a small child or a car's windshield and you potentially have a problem. Best to be covered. I personally would inform the neighbors that I will be performing operations in their area, explain what I am doing and invite them to watch if they have any questions. People are always concerned about privacy and get nervous when they think it is being violated. I am not going to say the class or the test is easy, but knowing where and when you can fly is important. As for the UAV itself, I have flown a few and so far my favorite company is DJI. They have some real good intelligent products for the money. The Phantom 4 and inspire are two of my favorites. If you are going to do it, do it right. Hope this helps.
  42. 2 points
    There is actaully a solar powered aircraft flying around the world right now. It's just about to finish up it's flight. It uses the sun to power the aircraft and charge batteries during the day then runs on battery power at night. Pretty amazing accomplishment. You can follow along live here Solar impulse Live I think using hydrogen in airships went away after the Hindenburg.
  43. 2 points
    Hi, I'm very new to this drone scene but very intrigued and plan to buy one sooner than later. The question is, what to buy, especially as a new drone operator? Should I expect a lot of crashes and just buy a junk one first? Or get what seems like the best fit for me and just go for it and don't crash ; ). Maybe I'm expecting a harder learning curve than it will be. Seems like you have to buy before you can try and fly one, i.e. no test flying product available it seems. On product; I've seen the Phantoms and the Inspire both from dji. A cinematographer I met recently was the one encouraging to try this venture and possible work with her so she was pushing the Inspire, which after looking at it I see it can use two controllers one to fly and one to shoot, so I can see it would be advantageous for cinematography with a crew. But I'm sure there are probably many great options that would work for me. Im not sure of my future usage but I would want to use it for commercial purposes once I get established. So those of you using them for commercial purposes or intending too.....what features have you have you found the most useful or features that are not big deal. Do you find the wider angle cameras benefit most shoot styles or something not as wide? I am not familiar enough to know how loud most of these drones are but I'm thinking flying too close and low with wider angle lens would be annoying. Thoughts? And how challenging was it for most of you learning to control these without damaging them? Or are most of these strong enough to handle a little learning curve? Thanks for any input!
  44. 2 points
    Be careful. Be very careful. The FAA defines commercial use of drones very broadly. I believe their standard is "any commercial purpose." Using drone footage for real estate listings would certainly be considered commercial use. Take a look at any of the threads on this forum that have to do with a 333 Exemption to get a feel for what's involved, and take a look at http://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/333_faqs/. Having said that, I don't think you'll get very good results with a drone without a point-able camera, ie a gimbal. Let me suggest a different strategy for you to consider. Get yourself an inexpensive drone and use it to learn how to fly. The regulations about commercial use will be changing, maybe later this year, maybe next year. The new regs will be much easier to comply with. If you find you like flying and haven't smacked into too many trees or houses, then you could look at spending enough money to get yourself one of the really suitable drones, like a DJI Phantom or Yuneec Typhoon.
  45. 2 points
    400 feet AGL The mischief the 400 ft rule intends to remedy is protection of the minimum sector altitude within a radius of 25 NM from an airport. Planes fly 1000ft above the highest obstacle within 25 NM of an airport unless when on the approach path towards the runway. That is why approach paths are protected. If the highest ground within the said radius is 4000ft, MSA is automatically 5000ft. It doesn't really matter how high your ground is. If you limit the UAV to 400ft (except in approach paths of aircraft from around 7DME), your flight will be perfectly legal. You will have 600ft between the UAV and aircraft. By limiting UAV operations to 400ft AGL regardless of the ground elevation, there will always be a safe distance between the UAV and passing planes. However, if you are within a radius of 5 miles from the airport, contact the operator and ATC.
  46. 2 points
    A short clip of some snowmobile wheelie action. Check us out on instagram. @adrenalineaerial. Enjoy.
  47. 2 points
    I would also check your nearest Craigslist city site and see what other firms are out there and what they are charging.
  48. 2 points
    I am building/printing one that was already designed, but I would assume that you would first take into account the size of the drone, and what you are looking for it to do. Racing drone? FPV drone? Just something that flies? Then think about the components and their sizes. For example, flight controllers are different sizes, so choose one and make sure your design fits. Also think about PDB (power distribution boards), compass/GPS, and the rest. Look online at other builds to get ideas...