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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. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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)
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 2 points
    Hi, After Drone Pilot Ground School graduation & certification, I started a year ago with just my Mavic Pro and encouragement from a realtor friend. I enjoy photography so much that I quickly added interior stills and video to my business, but the aerials are what bring the clients. Fortunately for me, I’m older and retired and don’t have to support myself with this work. So I bought a Phantom 4 Pro last June and now have a Mavic 2 Pro for backup and for travel. I love the creative part of this work (post production!) and have gotten my clients all by word of mouth. It only takes a few, so create a portfolio and go for it! Marykayulsamer.com
  21. 2 points
    Good stuff in the linked article but there are several important things to remember; Our drones are not waterproof, so we should not ever fly in the rain. We can fly in light snowfall as long as that snow is not wet. Temperatures between 36*F and 25*F can produce wet or slushy snow, which further melts and turns to water than can enter electronics and cause problems. Colder temps generate "dry" snow which is usually OK to fly in. Avoid freezing rain or any condition that creates airframe icing. If you see ice accumulating in any form on the airframe or propellers land immediately as a crash is imminent. Ice adds weight that accumulates quickly and disrupts the airflow over the propellers. Falling snow reduces visibility. Understand you will not be able to fly as far away and still maintain line of sight. Don't try to push for long distances in falling snow, even when using FPV, as snow is a solid and will attenuate radio signals. If you aircraft is becoming hard for you to see the radio signal is becoming hard for the aircraft to see. Searching for your aircraft after a fly away in 4' deep snow is no fun. Plan your take off and landing areas. You don't want to land and bury your camera in the snow. Clear away the snow for an area large enough to take off and land. I've flown numerous times in temperatures as low as +2*F and in light snow with no problems aside from some slight "notchiness" in gimbal pan rotation. Understand that a crash in cold weather can be disastrous for some plastics as they become quite brittle at low temperatures. Plastic props can shatter if they have become cold and get bumped into things. If you use common sense and follow some decent safety practices you can do a lot of cold weather flying with few or zero problems.
  22. 2 points
    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  23. 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!
  24. 2 points
    I should add that with my book of paperwork I carry a copy of the FAA reg that states that any person interfering with a pilot is in violation of law.
  25. 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
  26. 2 points
    I thought the tetrahedron indicated where the wind is coming from, not what runway to land on? In this image the wind is blowing from bottom left corner to upper right corner. I would land on runway 18 if I wanted to land heading into the wind.
  27. 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.
  28. 2 points
    Amen re: more explanation in the practice quizzes / tests. We're working on it! I wholeheartedly agree.
  29. 2 points
    It's not permanent, it's a Temporary flight restriction in place until further notice and presumably for as long (or short!) as he remains President. The President has not been back to Trump Tower since being sworn in, but his wife and son continue to live there. I think you are correct about being in Class G but that is a complicated piece of airspace. I think I know the job you accepted and the 2 midtown properties are within the TFR zone. I lived there all my life until 5 years ago (before I had any drone interest) but I'm not up to date on any NYC local regulations. I guess the first issue would be getting the Airspace Authorization for the TFR zone. As far as NYPD goes, if they get involved in your flight, I don't think they will care about your Part 107, an Airspace Authorization from FAA, a letter from Santa, or anything else.
  30. 2 points
    Sure, do it all the time. The reason this is important is not to prevent using technology to aid the pilot, but the ONLY rule the FAA has, kind of the prime directive, is that you maintain 100% control, 100% of the time. The majority of drone accidents are caused by the failure or interference with GPS, the magnetometer or barometer. If you can't switch out of whatever assisted mode your in and fly manually when either of these systems fail, you're no longer in 100% control of the drone. For consumers DJI is the most feature rich but its also the unsafest. We often fly in GPS denied environments, in high energized environments which can play havoc with your magnetometer and we can takeoff and land in the ocean which can mess with the barometer, we can do this because we can switch out of whichever mode is unreliable or into manual mode. But you have to know how to fly to do that safely. Also, people might be putting their faith in technology in the wrong place. Most of the time when you initialize and try to arm a Phantom on the hood of a car, it won't and you have to do a compass calibration. So how good is that technology?
  31. 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.
  32. 2 points
    I too am always looking at how to address this. It is a fundamental challenge when filming with rapidly changing lighting conditions too. I wish I had a better answer, but I think you address this through practice. With the aerial cinematography work I have done, watching some of the greatest aerial cinematographers at work, I have noticed that they just have such a precise way of adjusting the iris and focus and everything while in the middle of a shot. It is done so perfectly that you don't even notice the changes in exposure being made, you just notice a perfectly exposed shot while filming the object and moving around. You can set and lock exposure if all you are trying to do is keep the focus set for a certain object while you are just adjusting the drone or changing position. If you are still filming the object from the same direction, then the exposure can stay the same of course. The specifics on how to lock exposure depend on the drone/camera you are using. Which one do you have? With consumer/prosumer drones/cameras, the controls are usually not precise enough to really make adjustments while operating so you might find it hard to do that first method, but none-the-less, practice can't hurt. Christian
  33. 2 points
    I just heard about this company that are planing on providing a home security system with a drone. https://sunflower-labs.com I wonder what the FAA will think of this ?. The drone is autonomous and geofenced into the owner's property but this is still a commercial application and so would surely require FAA approval. Also I'm sure that standard home owners insurance is not going to cover any liability in case something goes wrong with the system. I sent them an email pointing this out so will update this thread if I hear anything back from them as it is an interesting application.
  34. 2 points
    Hi Chris, It may be a good idea to create a map of your area that shows where the airspace restrictions are, and how long of a delay can be expected depending on which air space they are in. This would be a great resource to provide your regular clients, and they would see your branding each time they referred to it keeping your business at the top of their mind. It would also be a really great resource to put on your website and share on social media. I would bet it would generate significant traffic on your site as people look for your services and maybe get you some back links which is very important for SEO. Yes your competitors might use it (make sure your branding is on it), but if you are the first one to get it out there it helps establish you as the local expert.
  35. 2 points
    Hi, My name is Ranveer, Electronics tech and hobbyist and currently working in IT repairs. I am very happy to be here and look forward to have fun gaining help and eventually help where i can with my experience. Just got my first Quad; the MJX X101. If you guys have any info about this quad, i would like to hear from you and i will also share my experience with this drone. Thanks every one here and hope you have a great day. Ranveer.
  36. 2 points
    Just an update, I have revised the company logo and name to Air One Media Flight Services LLC, same look just a change on some wording, got it copyrighted now waiting for trademarking. For those of you that have gotten your insurance coverage what kind of rates and from whom did you get it from, I know Alan has listed several on the forum here. I would like to here what others have gotten as I am looking for a good carrier now. Thanks in advance
  37. 2 points
    Good morning everyone! Just finished taking the knowledge test for Part 107, and glad to say I've passed. The courses from UAV Coach hit it right on the nose with enough background information to understand the questions throughly. Pay close attention to each lecture and go over all the quizzes/tests and the knowledge test will be a breeze. Just pay close attention to what the question asks and you'll do great. Best of luck to all taking the test! -Wash
  38. 2 points
    Good answer, Spitfire. "uncertificated person will be permitted to manipulate the flight controls of a small UAS as long as he or she is directly supervised by a remote pilot in command and the remote pilot in command has the ability to immediately (emphasis added) take direct control of the small unmanned aircraft". In other words, the certificated PIC should be standing next to the un-certificated person, not back in the truck drinking coffee...
  39. 2 points
    I am not racing but have been using the APM 2.6 flight controller for my home built quad and have just started to look into replacing it for a Pixracer flight controller. Painless360 has put together a great series of videos on it.
  40. 2 points
    Hey there @wbrowning71. Pick up the phone and knock on some doors. The more conversations you can have with people, the more you'll learn. In a local market, you need to start networking ASAP, either through your own family/friends, through industry organizations, through Internet research and cold emails / LinkedIn requests. Try everything. Just be genuine and consultative / helpful and have a good grasp on what questions you should be asking. You're not selling. You're gathering information about your market. You're asking folks if they're familiar with sUAS. You're asking them about the big pains in their job, and exploring whether or not sUAS photos/videos/data would offer a better solution (higher quality, faster, cheaper, more effective, safer, etc.) Hope this helps get the brain juices going.
  41. 2 points
    If you're already a pilot, you can go to http://faasafety.gov to take a UAS course, and then come late August, when the rule is implemented, you'll be able to apply for Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate (a UAS rating on your existing license) without having to take the Aeronautical Knowledge Test.
  42. 2 points
    @AlPurvis I don't actually work for this company so I can't answer your question but from the photos on their website (http://www.monticoinc.com/) it looks like some high end hex-copter which is most likely a custom build. I just posted the news item as I thought it shows what a small startup company like this can achieve this rapidly growing industry.
  43. 2 points
    I've had the DJI Ultimate Flight App for about a year and a half, I've used it over a hundred times on my Phantom 2 Vision+ and it works flawlessly. I know some folks have had problems getting their mobile devices to connect with the App, but once you have a good device it really works excellent. In addition to that, the apps creator (ken) will always answer questions pretty quickly and help anyone with whatever problem they may have. Like anything, you have to familiarize yourself with all the options with the app, but it really is good and the fact that the creator usually replies quickly is a plus.. Good Luck
  44. 2 points
    Also I would have the money for buying the new phantom 4 ???...so I'm getting roses....
  45. 2 points
    A couple of thoughts: I developed aerial real estate photography as an add on to my conventional photography business. So I have a pre-made customer base. I have actually done photography from a helicopter, and the cost for drone photography is an order of magnitude less. It's also relatively easy to identify properties (a pretty small percentage) that would benefit from aerial shots. The offer I make to new customers is "If you don't think it's worth it, don't use the pictures and you don't have to pay for them." I have never had anyone take me up on that, but even if they did, it would add to my portfolio. The most obvious candidates for drone work are waterfront, or near waterfront properties, large estates, big, high end homes with swimming pools or elaborate landscaping, and houses that sit on a hilltop that makes ground based photography troublesome. I follow all regulations, and I'm insured. That helps me going after big companies that are always worried about liability but are more likely to represent high end properties. I find that still shots are in much greater demand for real estate than video, though that may be different in the UK. I think the most important tool for you would be a portfolio of your work. Go out and shoot some properties. Nothing beats going out over the water and shooting back at a house or maybe a hotel or resort. They eat that stuff up. It's very important for you to talk to real estate agents to find out what they want or need even if they don't know they need it, and you've got to have something to show them. Last, I think if I were in your shoes, it might be a good idea to identify some people already doing conventional photography for real estate. Talk to them to see if you can piggyback your aerial work on to theirs. Good Luck!
  46. 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...
  47. 2 points
    UPDATE: I asked Drone Deploy if they support the X5, they do, iOS only.