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  1. 5 points
    All that single shot orthomosaic tells the farmer is where the in-field variablility is on that day, but not what causes it. And unless you are calibrating for reflectance, you won’t be able to confidently compare orthos between two dates. Unless you are a trained agronomist, and/or have scientific training in crop sciences, geography, remote sensing or related - or can partner up as a data collector for an outfit that can do the required analysis - your service (and value to the grower) stops after data collection, since you’re not qualified to provide Rxs (what multitude of soil and other factors are creating that in-field variability? You certainly can’t tell from a single orthomosaic captured on one day and the farmers know that). There are many agronomic service companies that could benefit from quality reflectance maps, but your role would be a service provider to them, not directly to the grower.
  2. 5 points
    Recently got back from a short trip to Miami Beach with my family. Woke up at sunrise on our last morning there to sneak in some drone flying at South Pointe Park. Feedback, particularly when it comes to the color grading, is welcome!
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    First RE video for 2019! Fun fact: this house had three offers within 5 days of listing.
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    Thanks for the feedback Chuck. The day of the shoot was completely overcast, so those blue skies in the drone shots are total fakes (yay for color masks). I did the best I could with the interior light, plus I was dragging around a FalconEyes RX18 to provide some extra light for the rooms. The house was dark though since the skies were darkening all afternoon. When I cranked up the brightness in FCPX, I started getting noise, so I had to balance between the two issues. In the end, what you saw was about the best I could do given the totality of the circumstances I’m using a Panasonic GH5 with a 8-16 lens for my interior work. I just picked up a 15mm Sigma f1.4 that I’m looking forward to using for interiors on the next shoot.
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    I concur, very well done and I too like the slow steady camera moves. The challenge with slow camera movement is it can significantly slow down the pace of the video and make it feel longer than it is. The cure for this is to not use so much of the shot. You had a few reveals where it took a while to move through the doorway or hall, unless there’s something compelling I don’t need to look at the door or hallway very long. Cut out most of the move and get to the payoff faster. You get the benifit of the move without slowing down the pacing. Also, natural light really saves on time but it’s also very flat. Unless you have a property or realtor willing to pay for the extra time it takes to light, you can use something like DaVinci Resolve to pump up the volume and brighten up the scenes. It will make your shoots appear more three dimentiomal. These are just suggestions on areas you might want to improve in. Quality wise your videos are starting to look really good. Curious what camera are you using? Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.
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    Are you interested in becoming a part of Operation Drone Search & Rescue We are looking for retired firefighters, police officers, military vets and citizens who are FAA part 107 certified to help volunteer for Search & Rescue, Disasters, Infrastructure, Damage Assessment, etc missions when requested, working through a unified command system with Fire or Police Departments, Cities, Governments, FEMA and private citizens. You do not have to be a drone pilot to join but you must be a retired firefighter, police officer, military vet’s, or citizen. We are looking for pilots in command, visual observers, communications, logistics, PIO, webmaster or just boots on the ground. We will set up task force around the country. All volunteers will abide by all FAA regulations and will at no time deploy or freelance own their on. We are looking for Volunteers in Florida at this time but will take volunteers from anywhere in the US. Classes below should be completed within 1 year of start date. Volunteer Requirements Incident Commander NIMIS FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Jay Manley SAR Course (Free) https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley Night Flying By Larry Woods Course Pilot in Command must be FAA part 107 certified NIMS FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 classes https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Jay Manley SAR Course (Free) https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley Night Flying by Larry Woods Course Visual Observer NIMIS FEMA 100, 200 https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Jay Manley SAR Course (Free) https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley Visual Observer Training by Larry Woods Safety Officer NIMIS FEMA 100, 200, 700, 800 https://training.fema.gov/nims/ E/L 954: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Safety Officer https://training.fema.gov/nims/ Radio Operator's CERT Emergency Communications Module Participant Manual Flight Release Officer Requirements Coming Soon Logistics Officer Requirements Coming Soon Financial Officer Requirements Coming Soon ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST AGREE TO BACKGROUND CHECK AND HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE For information on any of the positions email d_saxon@operationdronesSAR.org
  7. 2 points
    Women and Drones highlights the aviation gender gap in this illuminating article: Women Drone Pilots Women account for 5.8% of certified FAA remote pilots. This number has steadily increased over the years, but the ratio of women compared to men in aviation is still significantly off balance. Read the full article for more statistics on drone pilots, and let us know how you think this gender gap may affect the industry as a whole in the comments below.
  8. 2 points
    I can only speak about my experience on the Canadian prairies. It is very difficult to compete against the commercial aerial applicators. They have their own agronomist on staff. They have direct connection with the chemical companies. If the farmer hires their services they do the prescription for free. On a typical day they will cover 10,000 to 20.000 acres. An agronomist is expected to cover 5,000 to 6,000 acres per day. Unless you specialize in a high value crop or find a niche I found it very difficult to be competitive when the work is being done for them for free.
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    Yep! You'll get your hard card in the mail in 6-8 weeks. You're good to go in the meantime. Blue skies and safe flying out there
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    Aloha all! I recently had the pleasure of filming a $21M home on Maui, with the challenge of squeezing most of the goodies into a single minute. Admittedly, this was a tough one. The interior space is rather dark, so I needed a bit of lighting to help out. The property itself is heavily guarded by trees on the ocean side, making it tough to actually see. Additionally, there are so many special features of this home, a minute isn't nearly enough to showcase them all, so selecting the best of the best was a chore. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the outcome, and the client is most definitely happy, which is the most important thing. This video was shot on a Mavic 2 Zoom and Sony A7R3. Enjoy!
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    **The entry period for this giveaway has closed. Congrats to our winners @Mike Frye , @Euphorion , @Dioptra Adam , @Teri B , and @Ed Kozak . Information on how to claim your VIP Pass has been sent to the winners via email.** Greetings from UAV Coach — We're excited to announce an exciting opportunity for our UAV Coach community members. Providing a space for drone pilots to network, to share stories, and to offer advice to one another is a passion of ours. We hope to provide you with opportunities to grow and advance in the industry. That's why we've partnered with AUVSI to host an awesome giveaway. UAV Coach is giving away five VIP Passes to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. At this conference, the winner will get to connect with 8,500 technologists, regulators, and users across commercial and defense sectors. The winner will also have an opportunity to meet with members of the UAV Coach staff attending the conference. The conference takes place April 29 - May 2, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Prize Five winners will be selected to receive one VIP Pass, valued at $1,599. With this pass, you'll have access to: All four days of the conference, including educational programming XPO Hall Keynote Sessions Women and Diversity in Robotics Special Event Startup Showdown Competition Conference Proceedings VIP Club Access Chairman's Reception Winners are responsible for their own travel, stay, and dining accommodations. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by March 5, 11:59 PM for a chance to win one of five passes to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. Giveaway Details Contest Opened: February 20, 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closes: March 5, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: One (1) VIP PASS to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Winners: Five (5) Whether you're new to unmanned systems or have been in the industry for years, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 has something for everyone. XPONENTIAL brings together people, speakers, and exhibitors from across the globe and from more than 20 industries to convene to discuss where the industry is now, and where it is headed. There will be over 700 exhibitors to see unmanned systems in action and over 150 sessions for learning. Whether it’s hands-on demos, thought-provoking keynotes or speed-networking sessions, we give you the opportunity to experience all things unmanned. Submit your entry by March 5, 2019, 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win!
  12. 2 points
    Sorry, I realized I had the exposure too high on this, re-worked it. Here's the correct version I meant to send you. Catalog should match this one now. This also means there wasn't as much data loss in the highlights as I had thought initially.
  13. 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.
  14. 2 points
    As a certified, commercial drone pilot, these "rogue drone pilot" incidents concern me. For the past two years, I've been approached by curious bystanders and others who are annoyed with drones altogether while conducting drone operations. The negative drone reports people read and hear about in the news stays with them and helps shape their opinion about my career choice. Many feel emboldened to express their belief that drones invade their privacy or are disturbed by their noise...still another person told me she wanted to shoot my drone out of the sky. The bottom line is that the actions of one can have an affect on many and rogue drone operations will result in my job becoming more difficult. Not only in dealing with drone bias in the public, but in additional regulations that are enacted out of fear and ignorance, holding everyone accountable for the actions of a few. I teach introductory drone courses at a local community college and plan to use this incident to educate participants on drone ethics and why ethics matter. In my classroom, there is no preference toward the commercial pilot over the hobbiest - I consider us all to be "enthusiasts" and that is what brings us all together. Whether the Gatwick incident was conducted by a hobbiest or commercial pilot, the situation received international media coverage and it will impact every one of us in some way. We need to work together and find a way to reach out and educate those who fly rogue operations out of ignorance or willful disregard for rules of law and overall safety.
  15. 2 points
    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  16. 1 point
    On the morning of New Year’s Eve, police closed the M48 Severn Bridge when a man was spotted climbing the bridge tower and flying a drone off it. The bridge passes over River Severn and serves as a major motor crossing between Wales and England. The bridge closure brought traffic to a halt in both directions and lasted for about 30 minutes. Alexandru Scutaru, 30, of Northampton, was charged with causing a public nuisance. He was released on police bail with conditions that he not go to either Severn crossing pending a court appearance. Scutaru is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ court in February. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) administers the rules for flying a drone in the U.K.; however, they are not responsible for handling violations. Instead, the public is encouraged to report any concerns about drones being used in their area to their local police. Read the full story: Man Arrested for Flying Drone off Severn Bridge, Brings Traffic to a Stop | Legal Parameters of Flying a Drone in the U.K. What do you think of the CAA passing the responsibility of enforcing drone laws on to the police? How might local police prepare to respond to threats caused by rogue drones? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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    Hello, We are a software platform that helps solar companies use drone imagery to survey and design projects. We may need a drone pilot in the St. Louis area, preferably who has some solar experience. At a minimum, we would expect the pilot to be familiar with the concepts discussed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M10GCIg0ka8 If you're interested, please let me know. Best, Jason
  19. 1 point
    Hi Philip, I understand your frustrations with the halt on Phantom 4 Pro production. I own a Phantom 4 Pro Plus Obsidian and it is a great drone. I personally prefer the look and performance of the Phantom compared to a Mavic. The company decided to discontinue the original pro model and the Pro V2 has been out of stock. I do not think that DJI is going to discontinue the Phantom line. I could be wrong but they have a lot invested into the line and the Phantom series made the company what it is today. DJI also just released Terra Mapping software which is only available for the Phantom 4 Pro. There are some other reasons that could explain the current halt in production. Here is an article discussing this topic further https://uavcoach.com/phantom-4-pro-discontinued/ Best, Chase Flynn | UAV Coach | Community Support
  20. 1 point
    The FAA has ordered increased surveillance of drone operations in areas where reports of risky or noncompliant drone operations are high. Some sights identified for increased surveillance include communities near airports, areas with wildfire activity, and areas with ongoing emergency response efforts. These surveillance activities will be triggered when any of the following scenarios are met: Where 5 or more UAS investigations occur within Class B, C, or D airspace, or 10 or more total investigations occur in any airspace When 10 or more sightings occur at an airport or there is a significant increase in the number of UAS sightings, as notified by AFG leadership When supporting enforcement actions against any UAS operations that interfere with wildfire, law enforcement, or emergency response Intensified surveillance could result in increased ramp checks and enforcement actions against drone pilots who don't follow the FAA's guidelines for operating a drone. Learn more about the FAA's decision to increase surveillance of drone operators in today's post: FAA Orders Increased Surveillance of UAS Operations in Areas Where Drone Incidents are High Share your thoughts on the increased surveillance activity and a possible increase in enforcement actions in the comments below.
  21. 1 point
    Sorry I didn't see this earlier. Another great video. You should have cornered the Hawaiian market by now.
  22. 1 point
    There is thermal imaging camera manufacturer in Beaumont Texas, ICI , (https://www.infraredcameras.com/) that has drones equipped with infrared cameras and cameras that fit on other drones. They are open for questions about their cameras if you are interested. They also have thermal imaging training.
  23. 1 point
    I've got one on the way. I'll let you know how it turns out.
  24. 1 point
    Very nice job. I liked the music, worked well for just 1 minute.
  25. 1 point
    Excellent summary, Jonathon. While I don't work in that particular space, the concept is important and your VALUE proposition with repeat work and pricing is spot on. You could add another + to you list. The media buyer can see what they are getting up front and then decide rather than basing their decision on similar work = VALUE. Mahalo!
  26. 1 point
    I am East Bay droner and willing to help this cause when you have a plan for an organized effort.
  27. 1 point
    That looks great. Curious why it had to be a minute? Did it take less time to produce a shorter video?
  28. 1 point
    Hi, I find your work beautiful, the photos are very well done _______________________________________________________________________________________________ VPN Nox AnyDesk
  29. 1 point
    Bill. Good luck with your new venture. I started 4 years ago with the same idea...offering drone photography to real estate agents. What I quickly learned was 1) Many agents are loyal to their existing photographers who provide interior/exterior and drone photography. 2) Offering only drone photography to agents, or real estate photographers, will severely limit your opportunities. 3) Some real estate agents are frugal and prefer to use their telephone to take photos...call these agents... your target market! I started by showing up at Open Houses on Sundays and offering to take (free) interior/exterior photos and post them on my Real Estate Photography FB page. 100% said yes....just don't get in the way. In addition to your drone, purchase a used DSLR Crop Frame camera and tripod and watch all of the Real Estate Photography videos on Youtube. BTW, I deliver all photos to the realtor via dropbox link sized to approx 2mb through Lightroom CC. Best wishes in your new business. I have had a blast. Bob Sowder Sowder Real Estate Photography & Drone Aerials
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    Hello Todd I totally agree with you about the scope of use for UAV and other unmanned aerial platforms, Funding creativity could draw from all those uses within a county or municipal government. I would love to see more conversation about specific use failures and successes. My present focus is on response and recovery because that is the nature of my position. This does not stop me from making notes for future projects. HAZMAT, damage assessment, Search and Rescue, Bridge inspections, and fire response are on my immediate interest list. Looking for policies, SOP, SOG, and best practices tools, tactic and techniques. I cobbled together a rough Annex for our county comprehensive emergency management plan. It talks mostly about data retention and required disposal of non evidence (Criminal) information. This is at best a minimal guidance document. Please keep me in your email stream on any new ideas and I will do the same. I am a retired Florida National Guard member (34 Yrs) Thanks for sharing. Hans
  32. 1 point
    I am selling my slightly used Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 with a bunch of accessories for $1500. It has about 50 flights and just under 7 hours of flight time. The shipping will be included in the price for convenience. If you are in driving distance of me then we can meet in a public place to exchange. Pictures are attached. All included in this bundle: 1 - Styrofoam Original case 1 - Drone 1 - Controller 3 - LI-PO batteries 1- 3 battery charger w/ cables 4 - Propellers 1 - SunVisor for up to 9.7in iPad 1 - Neck Lanyard 1 - 64g micro SD card that is in the unit 1 - Plastic gimbal lock 1 - USB cable
  33. 1 point
    It is. You need a Part 107. It would be great if you have experience with Ardupilot. We’re starting contractors out as camera operators with the opportunity to become UAV operators once you’ve demonstrated proficiency flying our Y6’s. Probably the more difficult aspect of this opportunity is the length of deployment in the field. The coverage area is from Bakersfield to the Oregon boarder and we won’t know the assignments until after each crew is trained. Depending on how many people we hire for this project will determine how long each team will be deployed. It could be as long as three weeks at a time. Our SOW is until the end of April but it’s doubtful the project will be completed by then so there’s the possibility it will be extended. I’ll post a job description shortly.
  34. 1 point
    Hey @JBR LIFE Photography. We just started the beta program for Airilo Connect. We'd love to have you as one of our initial beta testers. If you're interested, here's a survey to get started: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XG2XSG5
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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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    Bill makes a good point. I recently flew a project for a contractor that is rebuilding the S333N water control system for the South Florida Water Management District, providing orthomosaics and data of the pre-construction area and pre-construction ground video of existing conditions. Using longer range UAVs to provide images and data for the water management districts offers greater detail for more accurate decision making. Cities along Florida's coast that expect sea level rise have started to use LiDAR and photogrammetry to measure seawalls and implement rules requiring landowners to increase seawall heights. This speaks to the use of UAVs to observe and measure ecological systems.
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    Np, glad you like the edit! If you have any questions, hit me up and I'll gladly assist. Enjoy delving into the catalog!
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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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    Nicely done Alan! Only thing is maybe warm it up a bit since you are saying its sunrise! Cheers, Adam
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    Excellent hues! Great pic Alan. Phenomenal.
  42. 1 point
    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.
  43. 1 point
    Giorgio, I think the response you received from KCAA is clear, at least to me. There is no permitting process at the moment and you are not cleared to fly. In addition, since you are travelling TO Kenya, their customs inspectors might even impound the a/c. Unless you get clear and specific authorization to enter the country with your drone and fly it there, I would not attempt it.
  44. 1 point
    Mahalo! Checked it out, put it to use in my editing tonight. I'll share once it's all wrapped.
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    Make it plain, four hours inclusive, total to include the photos and videos. This is not an if / or type of thing. Your paying me $1500 for my time, equipment (Drone and cameras) Photos and video. Editing, in fact, can be additional charges, per hour. Exactly how many edits does the customer get? Your time, computer and work product are your money. That doesn't come free. Suggest one edit. Don't forget to have and charge for insurance. Last thing you need is some low life coming after you for purposely getting too close to your drone "because he was drunk" (insert any money hungry grubbing lie here.) Let them choose the method of delivery but include each items cost. I have heard of too many getting taken to the cleaners because of what they did not have in writing beforehand. Your knowledge, skills and abilities are valuable. Get the fair price for them. This is a contract situation.
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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...
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    Ooh, I know this one It's a trick question. You can't find visibility requirements on a sectional chart. The minimum visibility for any sUAS operations is always 3 SM, no matter where you are flying. It's a regulations question, not a sectional chart question. The chart is a red herring meant to throw you off. One of the many ways the FAA tries to trick test-takers! (cc: @robolizard222)
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    I hadn't considered it from this angle, but I see your point of view for sure. One thing I'll point out that I think you'll appreciate, is that these maps will be integrated into the B4UFly app, meaning you'll be able to see which grid you occupy by zooming into the map. As I understand, this will also be integrated into AirMap. But definitely, in print, this means little. It's the resource they currently have, so it's better than the first go around we had a year ago. lol That was a fun experience in finite map plotting!
  49. 1 point
    Drone professionals operate at the intersection of manned aviation and terrestrial-based resources. The FAA provides this map thinking it means something to a drone operator, to some degree it might. But that map/chart is more meaningful to a pilot in the air than an operator on the ground. The lines in the grid actually "cover" a distance on the ground, if a drone operator zooms into this map how can you determine if the house you want to scan is in the No-Fly zone, or the house next door? The width of the line is probably more than the width of a street. I'm guessing you choose whatever map you want to be displayed under the grid, a more useful map for drone operators might be a street map, but there's really no point of reference. Hopefully, they'll get this sorted and running soon.
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    No new threads, but this is a great resource, so thanks for hopping into the conversation, @PJKirkpatrick. Good news re: the Part 107 rules here in the U.S....you don't need to file any additional paperwork if you're inspecting a tower and flying over 400 feet, as long as you're within a 400 ft. radius horizontally around and above the topmost part of the tower (assuming you're not getting into Class E airspace). Here's an illustration below to reinforce: