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    Attention: This giveaway is closed. The deadline for entry was August 4, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). Winners have been contacted by email. UAV Coach is giving away two passes to InterDrone, the most comprehensive commercial drone event in America! Artfully designed to maximize your time, the conference includes 4 days of workshops, panels, sessions, over a dozen industry keynotes, and special events. The conference takes place September 3-6, 2019 at Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prize Two winners will be selected to receive a 3-Day Plus Preconference Pass, valued at $960. Winners are responsible for their own travel, meals, and accommodations. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend InterDrone 2019 in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by midnight, August 4, 2019 for a chance to win one of two tickets to InterDrone 2019. Details Contest Opened: July 19, 2019, 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closes: August 4, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: 3-Day Plus Preconference Pass Admission to the preconference tutorials and Policy Day on September 3 Admission to all classes and panels on September 4, 5 and 6 Admission to Exhibit Hall on September 4, 5 and 6 Admission to keynotes, and Solutions Showcase sessions Admission to all special events, including the Networking Reception, After Hours Sessions and Enterprise Connect Networking Event Coffee breaks where indicated Winners: Two (2) The future of the commercial drone industry begins at InterDrone. Over the course of 4 days, attendees receive comprehensive drone training from the industry’s top speakers from world-class companies and entities such as DJI, the FAA and more. Attendees gain exclusive access to the leading drone companies on the show floor and the unrivaled opportunity to see the tech in person. UAV professionals from every corner of the drone world use InterDrone as the platform to network with fellow attendees within their vertical as content and special events are tailored to their specific enterprise needs.
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    I'll second what Chuck said - your work is extremely impressive. I'd also be grateful to see you participate with us in the thread Chuck posted since I'm a frequent poster myself. I've learned a lot and hopefully passed on a few tidbits of my own.
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    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
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    Reforestation, a $62 billion industry, is one of the best ways to combat and recover from climate-change induced disasters, such as some wildfires. However, reforestation techniques have not changed in 100 years: trees are still planted by work crews with shovels—a slow, expensive, and grueling process in which recruiting labor is a challenge. However, DroneSeed is working to change that with semi-automated reforestation made possible with UAVs. DroneSeed recently announced the first-ever approval by the FAA to operate heavy-lift drone swarms weighing greater than 55 pounds. The drones will be used to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees. Read the article here. Make sure to share your thoughts on DroneSeed’s exciting work with drones in agriculture and reforestation in the comments below.
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    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.
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    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
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    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!
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    In general, its probably best to have the UAS Certificate. Following the letter of the law... if you're paid to teach and you're teaching students and flying (other than safe recovery) you'll need the 107. I'm in a particularly bad position.... my school is within the zero altitude area of the local class D and the tower at the airport is a contract tower and not part of the LAANC system. I know the tower chief and have had him over to the school when we had a 333 exemption but now his hands are tied. I've had a COA request in the system for over a year and have not heard anything from the FAA. Also for me its a matter of not just losing my UAS Certificate but also my other flying privileges.... the FAA very seldom takes just one certificate. Oh yea... the chart is awesome Alan!!
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    Aloha UAV community, I just returned from a trip to Europe, where we rambled through a few countries, ending in the Swiss alps. Switzerland, as it turns out, is super drone friendly, and has a well developed, easy to understand set of rules for UAV operation. To satisfy the insurance part of their rules ($1M CHF liability for all operators, hobbyist or commercial), I found that my PPA coverage is global...so that's awesome! The trip itself was a whirlwind, and I was able to snag only one flight in this town, during fading light, so I made the most of it and had a go. Here are a couple of my favs from the set, shot on a Mavic 2 Zoom. Enjoy, and Mahalo for viewing!
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    LOVE the night shots! Any special techniques with the drone settings and/or editing those?
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    0:12 — You misspelled "introducing"! 1:21 — you take a shower while you're there? (just kidding, I like the effect though) And I love the last few shots showcasing the hiking, surfing, etc. options around the property. Such great storytelling!
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    Here's an image from a recent shoot in Captiva using my Mavic 2 Pro.
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    I've gotten the same from some of the homeowners who've been around when I shoot. And the houses look incredible. My typical response is , "Are you serious? Do you do contract work?!?!"
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    Well I gotta ask.. what’s the use case for this? Haven’t done a lot of operations in the rain (some inspections and flood response videos) but every single time we ended up with rain on the camera lens and ruining the shots. Every so often the wind or movement would clear the lens.. but for the most part we’d have to land and clean the camera. There would definitely be times I could see this as helpful... so how are y’all ( JBR specifically... love your stuff) getting around this issue. Thanks in advance.
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    Hey Bill, thanks for posting. I’m a consultant (civil engineer) in Brevard so it’s good to see SJRWMD getting into the use of drones. They’re a great tool, and we use them for almost all of our current engineering projects. We use a Phantom 4 Pro and process in Pix4D. Since almost all of our projects involve a surveyor, we have the benefit of using very accurate GCPs for processing our imagery. As you might know already, the altitude readings are based on barometric pressure. They’re going to be relative readings, meaning that even if you calibrate the drone before flight, the altitude is still going to be some “random” value that doesn’t correspond to any real NAVD88, NGVD29, etc. value. Until you use an RTK model (or something along those lines) or input some type of ground control information, you’re not going to be able to achieve any real level of vertical accuracy. Your horizontal accuracy may also be off by a decent amount (5-10 ft in our experience). Your imagery may also “tilt” in one direction since there’s no vertical control to orient it correctly. To achieve what you’re looking for, your best bet (for having a small budget) is to input some type of ground control in your Pix4D processing. There are some pretty cheap GPS units out there that could give you a decent measurement of x, y, and z. By setting a few targets and inputting some “good enough” values into Pix4D, it will greatly improve your results. They won’t be perfect, as the GPS units have limited accuracy, but it would be a big improvement over no control at all.
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    @JBR LIFE Photography which lenses are you using with your A7? Remember, the A7RIII is a full frame camera that shoots great 4K video and 43MP stills. I think the resolution in this camera outweighs the difference in dynamic range. @Talon Six Aerial keep in mind that for aerial the ability to control the camera from the ground in real-time is a significant advantage. It’s quite easy to control the Sony, not sure how you’d do that with the BM-Pocket Camera. @JBR LIFE Photography remember this conversation from about a year ago? I don’t think you had started using the A7 yet. I know the economics haven’t changed but Imagine getting aerial with that camera! It will rock your world. We’re flying the A7 with the Sony G240mm lens. It’s amazing...
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    At least it isn’t a DJI... It will be interesting to see how well this works.
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    Hello everyone! I’m still new to the droning world but I’m on my way to becoming a better drone pilot. I purchased my first drone in December 2018 and just passed my part 107 exam thanks to the help of Drone Pilot Ground school. Excited to be a part of this community. John Hale
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    1. Scope of work Aerial Infrared thermography of transmission power line using drones for hot spot/Fault detection. Classifying the severity of the fault base on known relevant methodology and the current load percentage. Using radiometric thermal imaging system and appropriate platform (Drone/VTOL) Analyzing and reporting. 2. Characterization of requirements 2.1 Defining of flight profile (Height, Velocity, Background, Clutter, Distance from object, Angle, Field of view). 2.2 Choosing the write platform (Drones, VTOL, flight time depend on payload weight. Charging on site, Autonomous capability, stabilizing capability/Gimbal, integration of payload to the platform, communication, level of data security). 2.3 Choosing radiometric thermal imaging system and NOT thermal camera, choosing the right optics for measuring temperature of faults and not only detecting faults, there is big difference between detection and measuring. 2.4 Elimination of false alarm and solar reflection during flight. 2.5 Measuring the fault temperature based on the right emissivity, otherwise you measure wrong temperature. 2.6 Classification of the fault severity and schedule of the repairing. 2.7 Defining all kind of potential faults in power transmission lines. 2.8 Preparing and defining template of the test report. 2.9 Considering all regulation issues that relevant to the mission in SOW. 2.10 Attention and solution for obstacle in the Flight Route (Parallel of transmission power lines, crossing of distribution power lines, communication network etc.) 2.11 Recognizing the pole in terms of number and coordinates (the pole and drone GPS not at the same position). 2.12 Choosing of Analyzing software or using SDK. 3. Milestones of the project 3.1 Execution of paragraph 2. 3.2 Purchasing of radiometric thermal imaging system including lens. 3.3 Integration of the radiometric thermal imaging system with CCD camera. 3.4 Execution of POC and on site pilot. 3.5 All the analyzing and reporting must made by certificate thermographer with aerial infrared thermography of power transmission line from helicopter.
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    I've got one on the way. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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    Greetings, Derrick I'm more is the KISS school of thought on this (keep it simple, stupid). I use a UAV Pilot Logbook from Parhelion Aerospace. It's about 9" x 5" and slips easily into my drone carrying case so it's with me whenever I'm out flying. The logbook has spaces for everything you mentioned --though of course you can't download drone files into it. Bill
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    Hey @dnedzel I highly recommend looking into https://airdata.com/ for flight tracking, monitoring, and analytics. And https://kittyhawk.io/ for drone management and obtaining flight waiver (they also have limited flight tracking). Let me know if this helps.
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    Those are some great time lapses. Some very good photography as well. I’m guessing you edited this compilation to show off your TL’s? It is a good reel but it’s a bit long. I’ll certainly check out your Pond5 if I need any stock footage. Thanks for sharing.
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    You are certificated, not any entity. Is your driver's license issued in the name of your company? Nope. Same with pilot/operator certification.
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    I have an Inspire 1v2 referbished, four batteries, multi battery charger, extra props, nd filters, HPRC 2780W hard case.. Flown maybe a dozen times. No problems with it at all. Thought I might have more use for it and need to downsize the fleet. One of the batteries came with it. The other three are the higher capacity. Five extra sets of props (two per set). The wheeled case is pretty large, but stores the Inspire in the landing position. I have about 2300 into it would take 1800.
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    Actually, never mind. I watched it again and it does flow through the House really well. There are some areas, like the living room where there might have been more shots than needed, I’d be guessing that’s where the customer might have wanted to add shots back in. My critique is just me being bitter because I hate you for capturing paradise. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.
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    If you're a true rookie I would start off with a holystone drone that you can get off of Amazon. They are cheap, they allow you to crash and they will teach you fundamental flight maneuvers. Check out this video for more information:
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    Appreciate the feedback, all! @JBR LIFE Photography, here's the original file — https://www.dropbox.com/s/dk5jo1jbfw3km3a/DJI_0074_original.DNG?dl=0 Would love you to work your magic. Alan
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    Hi, I’m new to the drone community. I have two birds in my fleet: a Phantom 4 Pro v2 and a Mavic 2 Pro. I’m near Bastrop, TX (central Texas) and I’m in the process of developing a business model that will turn this flying hobby into a full time business. I’m a systems engineer and consultant full time at Microsoft and specialize in Dynamics 365 ERP platform and am an Microsoft Cloud Architect. Areas of interest are technology, Hank (my Belgian Malinois working K9), self-defense, crossfit, travel, gun ranges, and photography.
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    From now till Dec 12, Pre-Order PIXY F to get PIXY DAMPING FREE 😱 😱 😱 👉 http://bit.ly/2SD4XhS Vietnamese technology firm Gremsy wants to conquer the market for industrial-use gimbals: and their latest product is a big step in that direction. Gremsy announces the Pixy, a professional grade gimbal with all of the features commercial pilots need. The Pixy is designed for specific compact industrial cameras. The initial version – the Pixy F – is designed specifically for use with the best-selling FLIR Duo Pro R, leading thermal solution for commercial drones. The Pixy uses Gremsy’s latest technology to optimize performance: with fast and easy setup and longer flight endurance for inspection, mapping, or search and rescue missions. Palm-sized and weighing only 360 grams, the Pixy F offers the combination of high precision and high performance with an exceptionally lightweight. The plug-and-play integration with the FLIR Duo Pro R is designed with the single professional operator in mind. The new gimbal features the 32-bit ARM high-speed gMotion Controller to allow for fast response and an accurate altitude estimation. The addition of a new absolute encoder enables the gimbal’s 2s startup time and ability to detect home even with vibration. Pixy is fully compatible with Pixhawk to synchronize altitude: good news for industrial experts flying with the Pixhawk flight controller. Pixy F features include: HDMI Quick Release – real-time viewing Startup time within 2 seconds Automatic home detection even in vibration environments No balancing nor tuning required Fully compatible with Pixhawk FC Plug and play Ideal for, but not restricted to, unmanned systems missions the Pixy heralds an agile approach. The modular design and electronic layout enable operators to use the same hardware for a wide variety of missions; Pixy is fully customizable at customer request. You can find additional information about the Pixy F here.
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    Hi @Carebear1968 and welcome to the forum. Where are you located? All multirotors pretty much fly the same. They name similar features differently, DJI calls a flight mode “ATTI” while others call it “stabilize,” they all have more or less the same features. You need to learn where and what all the knobs and switches do, you can get that information from the owners manual, you’ll find that most of that has to do with camera and gimbal control, but regarding primary flight control they are all the same, so any flight training video would be applicable. The learning can be broken down into three main categories: Primary flight - Controls related to flight Telemetry - Status information Accessories - Controls related to camera and gimbal etc. If you don’t do number one right it’s going to cost you money, if you don’t understand number two it can be unsafe, hopefully the worst thing that happens if your not good at number three is you get bad shots, however, it’s easy to get distracted by number three and you forget number one and it costs you money... Number one is general to all drones so there will be a lot of videos that you can watch that will be applicable to your drone. Most drones provide number two and it’s just a case of learning where on the display each parameter is. Number three is drone specific, this is t a really popular drone so finding videos with this specific detail might be difficult.
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    This is very interesting, and a great way to motivate payment. I too can attest to the reality of the problem, as I've had to make a strict rule of no pay, no media delivery. It definitely lights a fire under the realtors, as they need their listings active ASAP (here they get fined $100/day if not listed within 2 days of signing the agreement). An automated system to handle this would save hours of process. Looking forward to seeing how this rolls out!
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    Nice work as always JBR. I'm spending the winter polishing my interior skills so I can be a one stop shop for all the realtors next spring. I just picked up an XPLOR 600 to do the flashed shots and am working the photoshop blending techniques. It seems like the local realtors just want single vendor, so I'm hoping by offering everything business will pick up even more.
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    I purchased the 7.85", super bright Crystal Skye, a nice hard, zipper case and a spare battery and never took them into the field. I also have the mounting bracket. I paid about $1,250 for the package (purchased everything on Amazon in May of this year, so about 5 months ago. $850 for the lot and I'll ship it to you in the US. Msg me for more info.
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    The first two aerial shots, Did you use the lume cubes for those ? I can see the new lighting kits at work in these photos. Really does make a difference. Beautiful.
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    Loving the ability of the Mavic 2 Zoom to track objects in motion! Had this fly-by while working a property the other day. Saw the flock in the sky with my own eyes, headed toward the little M2Z, so I spotted them in the finder and gave it my best whack. I might have a new hobby in the midst of this career / hobby...
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    Hey @JBR LIFE Photography, When were you going to tell us you have those huh ? haha !
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    You know, buzzing around the golf course and whatnot...
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    I am wanting to get to repairs as it looks a whole lot easier that aerial work platforms and the current canbus systems that control them
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    thank you guys,thanks for your help。it is interesting with drone,and i control it flying,up and down!hha。you guys are professional,thanks again
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    Hi @lefant, Two common pieces of advice I've read for beginners deciding which drone to buy include: 1. If you're new to flying, purchase a cheap drone to practice on. It would be unfortunate to buy an expensive drone just to crash it by accident. Check out our guide: "Cheap Drones for Beginners." 2. Determine what you want to use the drone for before purchasing. Drones can be used for many different things, and certain drones may cater to your desired use more than others. Researching what drone is most popular in your field (whether it's real estate marketing, construction, agriculture, or something else) will help you get a feel for the types of drone you should buy. Many beginners make the mistake of buying just any drone to later find out there are drones with features better suited to their needs. This helpful video also offers 200 tips for beginner quadcopter pilots.
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    Thank Luke. I'm really enjoying this whole new hobby!
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    Welcome to the forum. Nice video, keep’m coming!
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    Greg seems to know a thing or two about this technology. http://www.dronescholars.com/home-page
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    Chris, thank you for posting this. That was totally ridiculous on that individual's part. I hate to say it but we know his issue was not really about drones; pretty sad. Kuddos to you though on staying controlled. That would have been hard for me especially when he was disrespecting and profiling you. Anyhow, keep up the good work bro.
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    Good luck with your program. We've been doing that here in California for the last three years. Before the introduction of 107 most of the instruction was STEM related with little hands on experience. Surprisingly after 107 the class morphed into two parts, teaching students to pass the 107 with considerably more hands on primary flight training and a more application specific curriculum of using drone in industry. Its easy to see how this will extend into more about remote sensing and the sorts of problems that can help solve. Its challenging to find the right balance, high school students get bored really quickly...