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    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.
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    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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    In our area most of the professional real estate photographers have added a drone to their toolbox. The aerial photography is just a piece of the overall marketing puzzle. You’ll likely need to have additional cameras to get hired to shoot real estate, but if you can shoot and edit excellent aerial footage you can probably learn the traditional photographic skills.
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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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    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 gang! I'm proud to present a few images from yesterday morning's drone flight. Through LAANC, I was able to get a special authorization from FAA & the control tower manager to fly this location for a beachfront home (not pictured). While the mission was a beach home, I couldn't resist grabbing a couple shots of the airport itself. What I was most impressed with was how smoothly the approval process went. From request filed through LAANC (AirMap) to authorization was less than 2 weeks. I had to submit a custom unlock request to DJI, which was approved within hours, and loaded to the aircraft days before the mission. A quick call to the tower the morning of the flight, and the manager was already prepared, as he authorized the mission. We recapped the mission details (altitude, duration, radius of operation), and ended with 'Call me when you're done so I'll know, until then I'll keep the traffic off your spot as best I can.' This is the second '0 zone' I've been able to get approved for flight. The first was further away from the airport, but not by much. Seems like if you have a solid plan and a reasonable tower manager, there's a good chance you'll be approved. Details about the flight itself: Mavic 2 Zoom equipped with 3mi vis anti-collision lighting (top white, port, starboard), 300ft operating radius, 75ft AGL max altitude. Operation time was 8am-9am. Enjoy & Mahalo for viewing!
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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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    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
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    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.
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    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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    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!
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    A small job I did for a friend that owns their a real estate company. Nothing to fancy, nothing compared to @JBR LIFE Photography. Just looking for some feedback so I can improve in the future.
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    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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
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    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  21. 1 point
    In the firmware that I complied for your earlier I changed it to from 200 to 100 figuring that you still want to have some minimum height during RTL but not as much as 200cm. That's what I used to test with SITL and noticed that if I was currently at 50cm triggering a RTL would make it climb to 100cm instead of 200cm. If its 0 I would expect it to maintain its current height but would prefer to test it.
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    Hi Everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week so far, the weather is starting to get nice for drone flying! I thought I would share some of my favorite photos that I have taken. I encourage all of you to also share some of your favorite pictures in this thread. - Chase
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    Hi @Trish — congrats on getting certified. I use an iPad mini 4 with wifi+cellular, and the size makes it so that it JUST fits and does not require an additional mounting bracket. I've been enjoying it quite a bit, though I've also been told that the new smart controller is 100% worth the investment. No additional cords and a brighter screen. But the advantage of the iPad mini is that you can run other apps on it — DroneDeploy, Litchi, etc. Hope that helps!
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    Thousands of photographers cannot wait to take their lens to the skies thanks to drones equipped with consumer- to professional-grade cameras. We've created this post as a guide to capturing aerial drone photography like a professional, from shooting modes to exposure settings to lens filters. Drone Photography: A Guide to Capturing Images Like A Professional All of the topics we’ll cover in this guide include: Investing in the right aerial photography drone From purchase to practicing safe flying Shooting modes and general exposure settings Drone camera filters Post-processing drone photography Becoming a professional drone photographer
  25. 1 point
    Hi @Sandy , Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! The drone industry is exciting and full of opportunities. Do you know what you want to do with the drone? I am interested in learning more about what information you are looking for. Always feel free to ask any questions you may have, there are plenty of resources within the UAV Coach community! Best, - Chase
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    While I haven't tried it, my initial reaction is that a joystick control seems like a great option if it is in a fixed environment, e.g. like when you are sitting in an aircraft or at a workstation with a sim. Walking around with it in an unfixed configuration with it attached to the remote does not seem ideal to me.
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    Thanks! Pictures would be helpful if you have them. @Isabella | UAV Coach — let's get this included in this week's newsletter.
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    I have volunteered to fly my drone for the local county tourism office. The tourism office is interested in creating a video to announce a new pedestrian and biking pathway soon to be developed. The tourism office would like for me to fly and video tape the proposed pathway for future use. I suggested to the office that we may need to communicate to the general public that on certain days there will be drone flying in this general area. The office is also interested in printing a flyer , to be handed out, informing the local residents and address any concerns prior to flying. Can anyone help or suggest what steps we can take reduce any problems with the general public. This area is low populated , towns of less that 10,000 and very rural.
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    I generally find it very challenging to produce interesting real estate videos using only exterior shots. This project was no exception - a planned business park that has only one complete building. Although the building exterior looked totally finished, the building interior was literally just dirt and a couple of plumbing and power mains. I've never seen anything like it. This was my first time using CrumplePop's Easy Tracker to do the property lines. It was indeed "easy", so I'll probably be incorporating this technique into future projects. Another interesting challenge with this project was that it is in DJIs new approach and departure path geofenced areas. I followed the DJI Unlock website instructions, uploaded a copy of my wide area authorization, and had the unlock code within about 20 minutes. PRO TIP: I discovered the hard way that you need to be logged into the DJI Go 4 app on the CrystalSky in order to see the unlocks; it took me longer to figure this out than it did to get the unlock authorization from DJI. Doh! Anyway, I think this came off pretty well and the clients were happy:
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    The P4P has been taken out of production for some specific reasons and those are believed to be that the image sensor is no longer available, DJI have stockpiled enough to keep production of the lower volume RTK version going but here and now it’s believed this is the reason. This is the same cause the X4S has been dropped as well. As for will there there be a replacement it’s remains to be seen, the dev time needed to produce another camera for this model may not bring enough return now, this was one only camera in this size range with a mechanical shutter so it does leave a gap. the P4P is not a pro tool in the sense it’s like a Red camera however it’s was very good at what it did, at the end of the day it’s all about using the right tool for the job that gets the desired results regardless of costs.
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    Nice work! Very smooth, good use of slow & steady, kept me engaged, and gave a good sense of the property. If I could offer one nitpick, it would be to keep the ceiling fan status consistent. If one fan is on, turn them all on, and vice versa. Personally, I prefer fans to be on and as slow as they'll go. But I do have one client who very much dislikes moving fans in video, so I make an exception for her...because it's her money and whatnot. Regardless, great job, let's see more soon!! 🎬🎥🏠💰
  35. 1 point
    Thanks for sharing this. The DJI/FLIR solution is very robust and high quality. FLIR is definitely the industry leader in thermal imaging. The hardest part is determining the correct optic for your application. 13mm seems to be a good roofiing choice, 25mm seems to be a good choice for electric utility companies, and the 19mm seems to be good for doing a little bit of everything. FLIR also offers good software for analyzing and sharing thermal images
  36. 1 point
    This article touches on many aspects: should it be legal to fly in National Parks? why are people not equally outraged that he’s illegally rollerblading? Did Skydio intentially try to mislead the public for commercial gain? did they know they were breaking the law? any and all of these questions could be its own thread. Unfortunately there’s no remedy to change the regulations regarding national parks. It could be argued why does the Park Service get to regulate airspace when the FAA prohibits State and local law enforcement from doing the same? The fact that people had to move out of the rollaerblader’s way made more of an impression on me than the fact it was shot from a drone. Aside from the law they were just rude. The trouble with flying here is that if they would have crashed it would have been difficult, if not impossible to recover the drone. Although I think the environmental aspect is way over blown. It’s illegal to throw things in the geysers yet people throw coins in for luck all the time. Skydio most likely knew that it was illegal to both fly and rollerblade there. They didn’t seem to care. It’s unfortunate, it was a great shot, it certainly inspired me to want to visit. But because of narrow minded bureaucrats and inconsiderate operators the ban on flying in National Parks will never be lifted nor will it prevent this sort of thing from happening. It’s also unfortunate that there is a blanket ban on flying in National Parks. The irony is that if the parks had been so tightly regulated in the 1950s -1970s Ansel Adams would not have been allowed to photograph Yosemite and influence public opinion to the degree that many of the National Parks might not exist today.
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    thx Alan great insights!
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    Hello, I would like to share this test flight video of ART25-QFS from ARTCOPTER, a drone & drone component manufacturer based in Korea. The main purpose of this flight (hovering, actually) was to test/measure the flight time of this quadcopter with T-MOTOR MN5212 KV340. The total weight (including a TATTU PLUS LiPo battery) was 6.4kg, which was a little bit heavier than we aimed, and the weather was windy, so I didn’t expect too much from this trial. But it made 40 minutes of quite stable hovering! (we expected 30-35 minutes at most) We are planning on testing other motors as well, and studying how the max flight time would change by reducing the total weight of the same frame. https://youtu.be/thPNAnNqVw8
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    Thanks Valerie, I found the link in the junk folder. Thank you very much for introducing this great work.
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    Richmond, VA (RVA) is one of my favorite places to fly both day and night. Most of downtown with the exception of some US park areas, and a helipad or two allows for almost complete freedom to fly. Rivers, trains, cityscapes and historic buildings make it interesting. Most of the Richmond (RIC) class C is to the east of the city. Gallery at www.dronesixsolutions.com
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    Alan, with their request stipulations, wouldn't Corporation, FL be putting the remote PIC in legal jeopardy? They said that the remote PIC did not have to know anything about the drone or the software. According to part 107, the remote PIC would have to take over the controls in case of an emergency. Just asking.
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    While the winter has historically been a lean time for the commercial UAV industry, I have been very fortunate to scale up this winter, to the point where I am getting the most amount of jobs (mostly reoccurring jobs) in my career. I have to give UAV Coach a big thank you for my recent successes and I would like to share some of my experiences and secrets with this community. Below is a video I produced on this subject. And if your looking for any tips or things I may have missed please let me know in the forum.
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    @JBR LIFE Photography did you get to drink that coffee that's being made at 1:12? Hehe, great video! I know I've told you this before, but I love the variety of shots you do — it really showcases the property and what it would FEEL like to live there. Re: Peter Lik, it was a great gallery. I've always been a fan of his work, though I have mixed feelings about his pricing and pricing fine art in general (interesting article here). Also had a lot of fun at the National Geographic gallery a couple of blocks away. Beautiful prints that my 2yo got a kick out of.
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    Aloha Alan, This is a beautiful image, for sure! I have a few feedback notes, regarding a bit of color work. I could type them up here, or if you'll send me the RAW file, I'll make the adjustment in LR and send you the catalog, so you can see exactly what I did? Great shot, regardless, thanks for sharing! Warmest Mahalo, Jonathon
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    We just interviewed UAV Coach flight training instructor Cher Brown about her experiences adding drones to her operations as a professional photographer / videographer at KEVA Creative, a company she owns and runs along with her husband Terry Brown. Read the interview with Cher to get her advice on opening your own business, adding drones to an existing business, and also to learn more about how she approaches drone education. Let us know what you think here in this topic, or chime in to share your own insights from experiences you've had adding drones to your photography / videography work.
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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)