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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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    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
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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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    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!
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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.
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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.
  14. 1 point
    Hi team, Greetings. Am Mr.Meshack Sanga,a Tanzanian boy living in Dodoma City. I want to be trained to be drone pilot.my goals is to use for commercial like mapping and surveys
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    I recently came across this company https://werobotics.org and they partner with Flying Labs which have a location in Tanzania https://flyinglabs.org/tanzania/ It looks like they provide training.
  16. 1 point
    Aloha everyone, I thought I'd write a little bit this morning about media licensing. I've been realizing lately, there are many real estate media providers out there who shoot the images or video, work their magic in post production, and turn the media over without any licensing restrictions at all. The practice has become so common, that now many realtors don't even know that licensing exists, much less how it works. So, what is media licensing and how does it work? Basically, it's this: According to U.S. copyright law, photographic media (including video) is owned by the creator of that media, unless otherwise agreed upon via verbal or written contract. In short, if you click the shutter, you own the image, unless you're shooting for an entity for hire, who already had you sign something saying they own the media you create. An example of for-hire work would be second shooting a wedding, being an in-house magazine photographer, news journalist, etc. As independent imaging specialists, only we can determine how the media may be used. For example, when I license media to a realtor, it's for a specific time period, duration, and comes with limits. Some of those limits are that it's non-transferrable, non-exclusive, may not be used as paid-for advertising, and many more details that matter to me. Once a property has sold, realtors no longer have need for the media, outside of personal advertisement for their own marketing (i.e. showing a potential listing client the media they use). However, it's become commonplace for brokerages to use images from their agents' listings for all manner of in-house ad work. I've even discovered multi-million dollar brokerages swiping my images from the MLS system, using them on their corporate websites. These are not small companies doing this, and they know better, and I'm quick to offer them the opportunity to purchase a license or remove the media. Ok, so you're probably thinking right now that you really don't care if some brokerage swiped a single image or two and made a few hundred million dollars without paying you. That's ok, I suppose, to each their own. But wait! There's MORE!!! If you work in an area where properties are bought and sold repeatedly, you'll want the opportunity to license that media to the next realtor who's picking up the listing. It happens here on Maui often...condo up for sale, I shoot it, it sells, next realtor comes along in a year, nothing inside the unit has changed, so they license the existing media from me. Another opportunity for re-licensing media is when the home doesn't sell, and is picked up for re-listing by another realtor. Right there is your earning potential in full swing...you have images, they need images...let's connect! Now, here's the tricky part where a lot of media providers miss the point. How much should I charge to license media I've already created? Ready for the answer? Ok, here goes: Full price. Yep, you read that correctly. I charge full price to license imagery to a realtor, whether I'm shooting it for them, or already have it on a hard drive. Why? One word: VALUE. By offering media that's already created, you bring huge value to the table because you're helping the realtor to skip the hassle of having a photoshoot, making sure the home is clean & staged, waiting for the perfect weather, waiting for the media to be delivered. Instead, you can enable them to list that home the day they pay the invoice for the media you've already created, and THAT is VALUE. We don't make a ton of money shooting for realtors. It's no secret, but it's still a fun workspace, and there's potential to earn much more once you open the licensing box. Our market has become crazy saturated, and that's not something we can stop. However, we can preserve the market value by exercising our media licensing rights. I hope this sheds a bit of light onto the power and importance of licensing for those who are just starting out, or have never considered this concept. Remember, our media serves as assets. Licensing is how to monetize those assets over and over again. Warmest Mahalo, Jonathon
  17. 1 point
    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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    Thank you for the info.
  20. 1 point
    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!! 🎬🎥🏠💰
  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.
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    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.
  25. 1 point
    I've got one on the way. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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    Hi, I find your work beautiful, the photos are very well done _______________________________________________________________________________________________ VPN Nox AnyDesk
  27. 1 point
    I am interested in this drone. Is there anything wrong with it. Being it is so new is there any warranty on this drone from DJI? Thanks, Larry
  28. 1 point
    Hello, I am in the process of building a drone program at my high school. We are a rural school with about 380 graduating class. The drones that we currently have were purchased through grants. I am searching for any donations or reduced cost drones for this program. As we all know getting drones in the hands of young students will keep this technology growing. My high school students are wanting to introduce drones and safe flying protocols to the middle and elementary schools. They also want to start a drone repair program so they can learn to build their own drones. We would accept anything at this point to get the program up and running. Here is a recent article about our drone program written by Isabella: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/high-school-drone-program/ thanks for any consideration my email is: George.boudman@gmail.com
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    @dnedzel Thank you so much for your kind words! If you have any work now or in the future I would love to see them. Best,
  30. 1 point
    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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    I am a new phantom 4 adv owner, still training in the simulator ( plus we've had some high wind days here! ). I own a dive and whale shark tour shop, looking to take my photography from underwater to above. http://diveislamujeres.com/galleryMenu.html I have been watching the "launch/land from a boat" videos, that will be one of my primary platforms. I've held off on the purchase for a couple of years, finally took the plunge! Looking forward to integrating aerial footage with my underwater footage, and maybe doing some vacation foto gigs for visiting tourist. Come on down! Cheers, Jim
  32. 1 point
    Great thread - thanks for the info and perspectives. This happened to me yesterday flying a simple mission in a residential area here in Seattle. (Mission was for DroneBase, Auctions.com - 9 surrounding photos of a home). Near the end of my flight a car pulled up from around the block, man gets out and approaches me while I'm flying. Doesn't say much at first, I (like many in this thread) was friendly and offered to answer any questions he may have. Which he did.... "What are you doing?" I've been hired by XXX to take photos of this home. "Which house are you taking pictures of?" The residence just in front of us. ....."If you fly that above my house again I'll shoot it down. I have a 12-gauge that would take that out." OK. "My house is the one in back of this one." I didn't feel the need to engage to heavily with him as his mind seemed to be made up and not sure a conversation would have helped. Had I flown over his home/property - yes, at 85-100ft as I looked to get the needed photos for the back of the subject home. I did leave the area straight away and needed to confirm my belief it wasn't illegal to fly over another's home. I also was curious about the legality of this threat.... Regardless of what seems like a gray area for air space above one's home, I like the approach of alerting neighbors - I'm curious if anyone has ever used a simple postcard handout as a way to educate/inform as well? I feel like it can be a fine balance between awareness and education for neighbors, and causing more alert than is needed for a 5-10 min flight. Thanks again all...welcome any more updates on this topic so I know what to say next time
  33. 1 point
    You are certificated, not any entity. Is your driver's license issued in the name of your company? Nope. Same with pilot/operator certification.
  34. 1 point
    +1 to extra batteries, and some kind of carrying case or backpack. Extra SD cards and cords. Extra propellers. On the insurance side of things, you have a few options. Here's a guide that walks through the basics: https://uavcoach.com/drone-insurance-guide/
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    They are very responsive. If you subscribe to their service, they provide contacts for help. In fact, if you're completely new, they offer an on-boarding program called something like success services to help you through each step of the process. They also will sell you a drone, but you can use any drone that's supported.
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    I did represent the FAA for years. They'd rather have the input and be able to discard it rather than suffer something untoward happening. Especially in a large city. This is, "if you see something, say something."
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    Thanks for posting this request Alan. I was able to assist Chris at Corporate FL and we completed the project on time. Jim
  38. 1 point
    Hello Mr. Hans, If you break the mission sets down via the National Response Framework (NRF) core mission areas of protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery, both UAS and Tethered Aerostat Systems (TAS)™ show incredible potential. Most folks are only thinking about response and recovery, but the UAS/GIS component becomes critical for the preparedness stages as well. Here is a brief example of how we integrated UAS and TAS into a FSE on January 24 here in Miami: sUAS News Happy to have a conversation with you as needed to discuss further.
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    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
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    @Luke This is cool, I dig it! I had totally forgotten that there are places in the world where being only a minute or two from the highway is cool. lol I like the extra details you included, and the music wasn't overbearing. Nice work!
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    Amen. Came here to write the same thing
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    What Do you mean by "Map Out"? Most generic cad programs have issues with large point clouds and so you need to find a program that is particularly designed to handle them. There are many of these and they each have differing capabilities. So part of the answer will depend on what you want to do with the point cloud. If you are modeling pipes and small detailed infrastructure, you want one that specializes in that. If what you want is to be able to run contours and do some simple structure outlines, then there are many that can handle this. What kinds of features are you trying to extract? Also important is what kind of underlying cad programs are you using as many of these are tied to one or the other. ACAD has a couple of different programs from simple to very complex. So does Bently. But there are many smaller stand alone programs that will do well and export to many file types like dwg or dxf. Things like PointCab or Pointfuse may suite your needs. Again, it depends a lot on what you are trying to accomplish, what kind of learning curve you are willing to take on, and what your budget is. Gary
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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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    Hi everyone, I recently got a DJI Mavic Air which I'm planning to bring with me when I travel. Can I get some advice on how drone insurance works, whether or not insurance policies have international coverage, and how much can I expect to be paying annually as a hobbyist? I'm not using the drone for commercial purposes, purely just to take nice photos and videos during my travels. Do I even need drone insurance? Will I get arrested/fined by foreign countries if I don't have drone insurance?? Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a good insurance company, please feel free to share the info with me too. I'm very new to this and would appreciate any advice. Thank you!
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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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    The problem with the approach so far is that it's built on a false set of assumptions, both AirMap and B4UFly were launched to solve a problem that didn't exist. They were white boarded by committees of people who knew little to nothing about the issues professional operators would face and they were responding to the hyperbole from two or three years ago that thankfully just didn't happen. There are not "millions" of drones in the air as predicted, until recently there had been no midair collisions and the recent midair resulted in little damage and certainly no serious injury or death. It's ridiculous to think that operators are going to check with B4UFly, AirMap, DJI, and FAA.gov before every flight especially when there's such a potential conflicting information.
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    One thing to remember is surveying laws vary by state. Here in California, if you are setting ground control for aerial mapping it falls under the California Professional Land Surveyors' Act. If you are not a professional land surveyor and you want to utilize ground control to increase your positional mapping accuracy I highly recommend you consult with and hire a professional land surveyor to set the control for you.