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    Would you mind explaining why users here should use your service as opposed to other similar services. Curious how much you pay, how much lead time for services, do you take airspace into consideration , etc?
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    It is so easy to become preoccupied by the drone technology itself and lose sight of its purpose as it relates to individual business needs. After all, what's the point of an airline? Presumably to convey people and things that want and need to be moved from A to B quicker than other modes. Why do airlines operate the routes and aircraft on those routes that they do? Because they have calculated that those combinations move the things they need to move in the most efficient, economical and profitable way. This is of course a gross simplification of all the complex components at work, but it is, I think, a useful comparison to keep in mind when planning ones own aviation related business. Back in the days when I was the business development analyst for a specialist wet leasing airline, I would generally source the aircraft that would match the intricately planned operations of our client carriers. But on one occasion it was the other way round - an owner came to us and wanted us to take two of their MD11 out of the desert and put them to work...somewhere. This scenario is analogous to 'have drone, go find work', and trust me, it is not always easy and can be hard to make profitable. So, what is the purpose of your business? What do you plan for your business to do, to excel at, what is the end game? Where does your interest and skill set lie? Does the inclusion of drones actually improve what you can do? Is your interest sufficiently strong that you would still develop that business even if drones were not involved? I believe that this last point is the key: Would you still build your proposed business even if drones had no place in it? If you are setting up a new business in this new space, then it is essential that what it delivers to the client, irrespective of how, is what drives you to build and develop that business (this should also inform what additional skills you yourself improve on or learn and which ones you leave to others). Only then will you have any chance of making it a profitable entity. Hand on heart, can you say that your business / proposed business does this? For me, the usefulness of remotely sensed data to precision agriculture is exciting. I know about farming and I enjoyed three years as an undergraduate analysing satellite derived data. So, as I wind up the family farm and plan ahead it is this combination of expertise and interest that drives the proposed new business. Drones (and I really do hate that term but never mind) do feature but only so far as they can deliver cost effective and accurate data that can be translated into meaningful information to inform the decision makers on the ground. Consequently, I rank business management followed by improving my GIS knowledge and image processing skills ahead of my own UAV operator skills and certifications. I think that 'drone businesses' and the drone industry as a whole will have become truly successful when the drone element has become invisible. Where do you stand on this? DISCUSS!
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    This recent blog post by skyward shows how they see instant approvals happening. https://skyward.io/today-laanc-tomorrow-utm What's great is that it looks like there will be an option for pilots to use the free version of their platform to make these requests. yeah!
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    Hi there, I recently read some articles about UAVs being used for the purpose of structural inspections of offshore oil platforms and the cargo tanks of ships. Having worked operationally in the maritime industry for the last 16 years, in both the offshore energy and merchant sectors, I was wondering if I can help any UAV professionals get started in these markets. There is definitely lot of room for UAV service and product development in the maritime industry, so depending on your needs, I can help you understand the maritime industry better and identify local opportunities wherever you are in the world. If you are interested in developing new UAV related software and hardware, which may engage, entertain or help improve the safety and welfare of sea-goers, I would be happy to provide input and give advise. Just let me know! All the best Thom
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    First to Scott, thanks very much for the thoughtful reply and clarification of terms. I appreciate it. Regarding the sentiments about FAA delivering something soon......You guys have heard the news about the LAANC beta test right (referenced above by Scott)? Check out Skyward and Airmap websites (the two companies with authorization so far) More questions than answers right now, but they're off and running at a few airports so far. Some are actually Bravo airspace.
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    Perhaps there is a care taker or ranger of some sort that patrols the area whom you could ask. If not, try local police/sheriff to see who manages the area. If you can find the management for the area, they might very well know the answer to your question.
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    I think I was one of those freaks... lol
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    1.VOLTAGE Lipo battery cells have a nominal voltage of 3.7 volts per cell. If a model named a 3 cell (3S) 11.1 volt battery – lets just say that is what has to be used. 2.CAPACITY Capacity indicates how much power the battery pack can hold in milliamp hours (mAh). This is just a fancy way to say how much load or drain (measured in milliamps) can be put on the battery for 1 hour at which time the battery will be fully discharged. 3.C Rating(DISCHARGE RATE ) Discharge rate is simply how fast a battery can be discharged safely. 4.Safety Instruction Many people ignore the label, the battery was soon broken. If you need your battery life longer, you must use it as the label says.
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    ..and you should not let it discharge below 3.0 volts per cell or over charge it above 4.2 volts per cell. A good charger will stop charging when all cells are equally charged (balanced) to 4.2 volts. Puffy batteries are signs of old or bad charging or discharging. LiPo batteries can catch fire and you only have to google "LiPo battery fires" to find out what damage they can do. Its a chemical fire and using a regular fire extinguisher will not work, use sand. This is how I charge my batteries.
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    You can always count on the government to fowl up things to the point that nobody is going to follow the rules. This of course due to no response from the FAA for waiver requests. I’ve been waiting for three Waivers I requested over three months ago. Here is the funny part. I included with each request a Previous approved FAA waiver that match my request exactly. The FAA has already approved waivers exactly like my requested waiver. This is beyond comprehension.
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    @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.