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    This was flagrant stupidity, the rules are so clear and if you fly over restricted areas you get nailed. I don't understand why they returned his drone to him and I do not believe the fly away claim. They should have nailed him a lot harder and he should be banned from ever flying any aircraft be it drone or otherwise.
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    Hi @Alan Perlman Thank you for your response. Don't worry about the delay I have been helping bounce ideas off of @Steveb on a weekend get away in Spain, under the business forum. I will check out the drone jobs guide and see if there's anything in my area that i can find at least to start off with. Both @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach and you talk about setting up a portfolio based website, are there any websites in particular that you would recommend? As of right now one of the few gallery websites I've looked into is Envira Gallery. This site caught my attention because they also have forums that visitors or clients can read for tips. I have subscribed to the magazine "Entrepreneur" To help keep me motivated and I like hearing or talking with others who have been successful. I will look into the suggested reading material as well. Again Thanks @Alan Perlman for time and input.
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    Hi @JustinT, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! @Alan Perlman offers some great advice and there are also some great bonus lectures in the Drone Pilot Ground School course that you might find helpful in getting a drone business started. I think one of the most important things to figure out is what area of the drone industry interest you the most? It could be photography/cinematography, mapping, agriculture, inspections, and the list continues to go on. I knew from the start that I really enjoy the photography and filmmaking side of the industry and that is the direction I am going to direct my business to over time. Once you figure that out, you will want to figure out your name, slogan, branding, etc. It is important that you choose a name that is unique and something that people will remember. For example, I live in Michigan and did not want a generic name like 'Michigan Drone Services' or something like that. There are two issues with a generic location based name: 1.) People might think that you will only do work in that state. 2.) There are many names that sound just like the other and it will be difficult to differentiate yourself from the competition. For example, I named my business 'Galactic Droneography' with the slogan "Out of this world Droneography." I have had quite a few people that have told me they loved the name, logo, and overall branding theme. Like @Alan Perlman said, building a service business is difficult, so it's important to stand out and have a name and a service that people will remember. Once you have all that figured out, purchase a drone that will be suitable for your intended application and practice flying until you are comfortable with the drone and its various features/flight modes. Once you are comfortable with the drone, get out there and build up a portfolio, that way you have something to show a potential client. Building a website is apart of this step because you need to have an online presence. A potential client is more likely to look you up online before ever sending an email or picking up the phone to contact you. There are many website building websites that make it relatively simple to build a great website. I personally used wix and have been very happy with the website. Now I did not use one of their templates, I built it out how I wanted it to look. However, there are some really good templates on the website if you do not want to design your own. Here is my website as an example: https://www.galacticdroneography.com Another thing I cannot stress enough, is to have all of the systems you think you need operational before you ever send out that first email or make that first phone call. Have an email for business, website, online payment system (I use Square), invoice system, a business phone or phone app that makes a different phone number but it is routed to your own phone, legal contracts, etc. I like to research potential clients that I would like to work with. For example, my fist commercial job was in October at a place place known as the Scripps Mansion. I saw the house and knew I wanted to have that house in my portfolio. I sent a friendly email introducing myself, what I do, and more importantly, what I could do for them. They ended up hiring me for the job and they were thrilled with the results. Most of the time you will need to educate the client on what you do and why they need your services. It can be very challenging, but also very rewarding when you send those photos and video over to your client. One thing I forgot to mention is the importance of knowing how to edit photos and videos. Being able to edit a picture or video and bringing it to life shows your client that you know what you are doing. It drives me crazy when I see someone trying to sell an unedited photo with a DJI watermark on the corner of the photo. It just looks really unprofessional. Flying the drone is only one part of it, being able to capture a stunning image or video and telling a story is the difficult part that is often over looked. Practice, Practice, Practice, is my best advice. Even if you take a basic picture that may not be that great, edit it anyways and learn. Sometimes I look at some of my early edits and I would never post them now haha. You get better with each flight, email, phone call, edit, etc. Sorry for the long post and I hope this helps. In all honestly, this response just begins to scratch the surface of getting a drone business up and running. It's a learning experience and I am just getting started. Good luck and feel free to ask me any questions! - Chase
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    @Av8Chuck, Thanks for bringing this topic to the forum, it is an interesting discussion. I also agree that the Skydio 2 is not a game changer but it defiantly brings something fresh and exciting to what's currently on the market. The advanced obstacle avoidance on the Skydio 2 is the real game changer and it will be great for filmmaking applications, but I think inspections and other difficult work environment applications would be great for this drone. DJI drones have great obstacle avoidance systems, but sometimes I find their system to be too sensitive. There have been times where I just turned it off because the obstacle avoidance prevented me from getting a cool shot of flying through trees or really low to the ground. I was really interested in possibly purchasing a Skydio 2 because the price is so reasonable for what you get. However, the biggest downfall with the drone in my opinion is the 12 MP camera. I have a Phantom 4 Pro now and if I was to buy a new drone, I would want the camera resolution to be an upgrade. However, I think Skydio is on the right track and it will be exciting to see what the company does next. Best, - Chase
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    Good one. Guess I'll just cancel that contest I was going to run But, to chime in, I echo the sentiment about the obstacle avoidance being a "problem solver," particularly in urban environments and inspection use cases. Remeber the inspectors who crashed a drone into Millennium Tower (San Francisco) earlier this year?
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    Ok, back to those other homes I like to shoot...
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    There are times that you benifit from the property your shooting, they’re awesome, added to your video they look even better. This property, not so much but you still made it look great. Ok, it’s been a while — I hate you. Nice work.
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    If you can be a little patient you could probably get a good used M2Pro, or better yet you can get a Skydio2 for $995 and you’ll be the envy of everyone in the forum.. don’t stress or overthink learning to fly a multirotor, they’re very easy to fly.
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    Welcome to the forum. The Part107 knowledge test is reasonably easy, you can find a lot of study materials online for free. Having said that, the FAA asks questions in a really funky way and the DronePilot Ground School does a good job of preparing you for how the exam is given. It’s not all about the answers but how the question are asked. If you’ve never taken an FAA knowledge test this advice will sound a little wonky, but for those that have hopefully they can chime in and maybe explain it a bit better. If your considering a DJI you might want to consider a Mavic Mini, I have not flown one but I understand they fly like a MavicPro2. The camera shoots up to 2.7K plenty good enough for online video so you can learn an “aerial” workflow for much less.
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    I used lights in just about every shot except the living room. The lights were a mix of a Dracast 1000, a FalconEyes SO-48, and smaller lights like the Aputure AL-F7 for accents. That was also the last job that I did with my GH5. Now that I'm on the A7iii I'm finding less need for additional lighting which is very nice. In fact I overlit my first A7iii job because I underestimated the dynamic range that camera is capable of!
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    I'm not surprised you knew that particular workaround. There always seems to be trade-offs.
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    Thanks for chiming in @Av8Chuck and @Joey Ambrose — I think the confusion might be coming from a blog post we wrote a while ago: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/ramp-checks/ It might feel a bit intimidating for a solo operator, but the reality is that as long as you're organized and have some basic checklists in place, you can always create stuff that's more robust if clients demand it longer term. Joey, great idea for a starter template, will add to our list
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    Hey Chad. @Av8Chuck is correct - there is no standard nor requirement to have a manual. You are correct - there is little out there to give you guidance (HINT @Isabella | UAV Coach and @Alan Perlman, maybe a future blog post or guide with a starter template?) Getting started I wouldn't spin your wheels on it. Put a good checklist in place that covers safety and procedures for equipment and operations. If and when you start working with bigger clients or government agencies, you may need something more robust. I put mine together because I needed a Safety Management System to get a waiver, and an operations manual was an easy way to do it. Bonus is it sets us apart as a professional aerial media company as I go for larger clients and contracts. I ONLY did it because I had to. I suggest you skip the paperwork and spend your time marketing and practicing your skills.
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    Hi @Adam G, I am going to echo what @Av8Chuck said. Hospital heliports are not controlled airspace, therefore you do not need permission from the hospital to fly there (you would need FAA authorization if the heliport happens to be within controlled airspace). Just to be clear, the FAA has sole jurisdiction over the National Airspace System and the overall operation of drones. The hospital has no legal authority to grant or deny your drone from flying in that region of airspace. Now they could ask that you not stand on their property and fly, which they have the right to do. The FAA authorized your operation, meaning they believed that your operation can be completed safely without a high risk of error based on numerous factors. As always, remain vigilant when flying and always yield to manned aircraft operations. I hope this helps! - Chase
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    Let this be a lesson to all that continually say you should inform everyone in your flights immediate area, now what do you do? It’s actually quite easy: It appears from your altitude restriction that you got a LAANC clearance or a clearance directly from the FAA. If that’s the case, fly the mission. The FAA took all of the obstacles, airspace, and air traffic into consideration when issuing the clearance which is the reason for the alt restriction. This is why you DO NOT ask for permission to fly from those NOT authorized to grant it.
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    What I’m pointing out is your assuming the drone is violating the rule from watching the video. It can be very deceptive viewing pictures or video especially from that altitude.
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    Why do you ask? I have no idea what the airspace is but for the sake of discussion let’s say that it’s class G. In Class G it’s not illegal to fly over buildings or cars with people in them as long as they’re not moving. From the altitude he is flying and the wide angle lens being used, there’s plenty of space to fly over buildings but appear to be over the street. If the UAV crosses over the street and there’s a break in traffic or it’s at a standstill, that would be legal as well. Is it legal, probably not. But in the US your innocent until “proven” guilty beyond a “reasonable” doubt. The impimentation of the Part107 rules is sufficiently vague enough it would be difficult to get a conviction. Im not defending these flights one way or the other, I’m just pointing out it might not be as illegal as it appears.