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    Aloha gang, I had the joy of spending three full weeks in my homeland of east TN, a hop and a skip from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As any sane person would do whilst visiting their grandkids, I made sure to rent a cabin...across the street from the park boundary...with a great launch and landing area on the deck. Here are a couple of my favorite shots peering into the park and surrounding area. Enjoy!
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    Drone footage, timelapses and 4k video in Taormina (Sicily)
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    Hi all, hat tip to @Zacc Dukowitz — in this guide, he walks through 4 major talking points for those of you looking to shape the next significant stage of the U.S. drone industry (1-cost, 2-compliance, 3-privacy, and 4-logistical concerns) and potential solutions so you can make a more informed and impactful comment. I've read dozens of the 9,000+ comments, and so many of them aren't following the FAA's commenting guidelines and wouldn't likely be considered during the review period. Hopefully, this guide makes it easier for you to be an advocate and to help push this industry forward in a safe and sensible manner. https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/remote-id-public-comment
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    Thanks! This looks like a great American made drone. I do plan to fly commercially but a lot of the companies seem to have software that only works with DJI drones. Don’t want to sink $$$ into a DJI drone that will limit who I can work for.
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    We have seen our fair share of interesting drone-related stories, but this one is a first, even for us. A Senate committee in Florida just unanimously passed a bill that would help fight invasive species that continue to thrive in the state. With the increasing population of Burmese Pythons, the state is looking for a proactive alternative to eliminate this invasive species from the state. This initiative would also allow wildlife agencies to assess, manage, and eliminate invasive plant species that are taking over the Everglades. To learn more about this developing drone application, check out this article from The Washington Post.
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    I hear you! There’s so much hype and miss information online. But what are the facts? What’s IS going ? What is truth online? Not trying to get “deep.” In a rush to publish people tend to rely on others to validate the information being provided. Big mistake! At the risk of sounding conspiratorial especially when it comes to highlighting anything the FAA is doing. Its strange being on the recieving end of this sort of notoriety. We fly a lot for the Navy and increasingly for the Army. When I tried to warn people about how the impending federal ban on DJI might affect future business opportunities, I was vilified. But as the ban has taken hold and we’re still flying, the military has written quite a few press releases about our work. Now I get calls and people complimenting us on work that they have only recently heard about but we did a year ago. At first I thought it was really strange, but now I just accept it for what it is, people who think they know something trying to be supportive. The internet not only distorts the truth, it changes it. What might be an outright lie today will become truth in the future. Unfortunatley, the Internet has become a place where everyone knows how to do everything, but where very few have actually done anything.
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    Good job. Some very nice time lapse and great shots. Well done.
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    This sounds great for customer service, but how is this going to help a one man operation? All I see is more restrictions and government fees to pay. I don’t make squat now. I see it as big business and big government overreach making it more difficult for someone to break into this field.
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    May I ask which company is offering this? I had a very similar experience with best drone services llc, a shady drone company that is trying to be the Uber of roof inspections. They wanted me to fly drones for them and inspect some roofs for insurance purposes. Overall, they almost sold me on it before I realized that the pay was not worth the insurance costs. Name and shame.
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    I also had a hard time picking the right drone. It took me more than a week of research just to narrow down my choices . I ended up getting the Force1 F100GP Drone. Its just around $180. Definitely worth my money.
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    You should check out the Mavic Mini
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    Yes. The Sony a6500 is a great camera for aerial. There are a couple of pancake lenses, 16-45 kind of thing you can zoom from the ground.
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    All good advice. This is not what I think people should make but what the going rate is. This is approximately $125K per year. If you were to win this contract and paid your employees $125K loaded or 1099s $500 day service providers have to charge at least $2500/day rate to make approximately 15%. The reality is that very few enterprise companies will pay that much and the risk is too great for 15%. Although this might represent millions in revenue the service provider is lucky to get to break even. How many of us are charging $2500 per day? How many are making $2500/day doing property videos? Inspecting cell towers? Etc.. Until the value of the data collected is significantly higher, I don’t believe the labor market will support the numbers @village video is suggesting. Not to say that I wouldn’t want that. If there are forum members making this or more please let us know.
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    Remember you will also get a 1099 and have to pay the taxes No medical or retirement either. $300 is too little for a non flying day. You still need to eat, pay medical, and pay toward your retirement so your $300 isn't what you are getting paid! Yes the way they want to do things is normal but, $300 to 500 is way too cheap. It would be right IF you were their employee. Look I have been self employed for 44 years. I am NOT rich and yet NOT poor either, just lucky, 69 years old and still working... but I never have worked... I get paid for my life's passion! If this is what you live for... go for it at any price ... If your prices are too low you will figure it out. If this is just business, well Employers match employees FICA tax and depending where you live maybe a lot more taxes that as an employee you won't see. Form 1099 you are both the employer and the employee so figure a hefty tax hike! You get hurt on the job you make nothing till you work again. There is a lot to consider but I would think $60 per hour standby time in the rain is probably where you should be & $150 per hour flight time per hour (4 hour minimum) plus travel time at $35 per hour plus costs should get you started without immediate failure! Best of Luck
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    Don’t worry about the length of your post, all good questions. Scaling a service company is very difficult. By hiring you as a contractor they’re trying to shift the burden of expense to you. Not unusual nor is it a bad thing. However, generally you need to travel a lot, do they cover your expenses? If so how? Do they pay a flat rate per diem? Do they pay mileage or cover your fuel? Also, how they deploy you is important. You don’t want to have to travel 300 miles to a location, then turn around and travel back within 10’miles of where you started when you might possibly be able to do multiple missions in one area and then travel the 300 miles to rinse and repeat. What happens when you travel 300 miles, it’s raining, you have to spend the night and it’s raining the next day. Can you afford to wait for the weather to clear or will they pay a reduced rate to wait or do you only make money when the drones in the air? Insurance sounds really high. Our UAVs and payloads are valued at about $50k for $1200 year with $4M liability. Aviation insurance is a bit different in that this is also our business liability insurance. You can get drone insurance by the hour but I don’t think it covers your business outside of the flight. Either way $3500 seems pricey. Do you mind sharing who it’s with? most companies like PrecisionHawk are paying contractors $500 day for flight days, $300 for training and weather days plus room and board. They supply the I2 or M200. Not only is the rate important but so are the terms. When do they pay expenses and when do they pay labor. Net 60 is not unheard of although we would never ask our contractors to do that. We generally try to pay our contractors on the same pay periods as our employees. That can be effected by the contract we have with our customer so occasionally we can’t meet the same pay schedule but we won’t go beyond net 30. If they’re legitimate it might take a month or so to sort out the details but generally once you e figured out a system that works for both of you it can be very lucrative. Good luck.
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    Hello everyone, I hope that you all had a great week and had the chance to get out and fly your drone! Back in October, I had my first commercial job for a company called Guest House, Inc. which is in Lake Orion, Michigan at the former estate of William E Scripps. The Scripps Mansion and the surrounding property has a rich history and it was an incredible opportunity to be allowed access to this property. Before William Scripps built the Mansion, he used the property as a farm known as Wildwood Farm. The farm was founded in 1916 and by 1920 it was world famous as a stockbreeding enterprise. The Scripps family was very wealthy because Williams father James E. Scripps was the founder of the Detroit News. William would go on to create the countries first commercial radio station, Detroit WWJ. The familes media company is still around to this day and is known as The E.W. Scripps Company. In 1926, William Scripps decided to build what would become the Scripps Mansion. The mansion is a massive 28,000 square feet with 67 rooms. It was used as the families summer home as their main residence was another mansion located in Detroit. The family spared no expense building it spending $2.8 million and hiring renowned landscape architect Bryant Fleming to design the landscape which is still in excellent shape almost 100 years later. Large fountains, stone walls and stairs, and detailed stone sculptures still remain on the property. The original property was over 3,800 acres but most of it was sold off when William Scripps passed away in 1952. Today, the mansion and surrounding Guest House campus sit on 100 acres. William was also an avid pilot who was close friends with Amelia Earhart and she had him build her a glider that she flew at his property. The runway where she flew is actually still there today in the Bald Mountain Recreation Area, which just happens to be on our '5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Detroit' guide. You can hear the AMA club airplanes flying around even though its miles away from the mansion. There is so much history at this location and it was an honor to have the opportunity to walk around this incredible property. There have even been some movies filmed here, anyways just wanted to share some history and some of the pictures I took for Guest House. Enjoy!
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    I was an Army pilot, UH1H/AH1G (the occasional OH58 and CH47) loved it. Purchased an RC helicopter and can’t fly it to save my life. I got into UAVs in 2008 because I wanted to do aerial photography and I could fly them without crashing. Don’t really like flying them but it enabled me to do what I wanted. The best UAV depends on what you want to do with it. If your into shooting video and pictures for YouRude it’s hard to beat the Mavic2Pro. Small, easy to fly, decent video. The Phantom3 is pretty good. If you want to do aerial professionally then you need a better camera. Your not crazy, just don’t be lulled into believing you can buy a $1200 toy and make good living with it. On the low end everyone dives to the bottom and try’s to compete on price, if you want to compete on quality, like everything it gets expensive. Dont over think flying a multi rotor. If you get disoriented flying a P3 just let go, it will auto level, take your time getting reoriented and then just kind of push it around. Place two LZ’s on the ground about 10 feet apart. With the drone facing away from you take off from one and land in the other about 20 times. Then, 90 degrees right, rinse and repeat. Do this for every 90 degrees. You already know that if the drone is facing you the controls are 180 out. Practicing it this way just gets your head to let go and trust your muscle memory. Good luck and have fun.
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    We're celebrating our company's 5-year anniversary this week. Our team can't thank you all enough for reading, for training with us, and for helping to push this industry forward. It's been a wild ride. Here are a few thoughts on what we've learned. Would love to hear what you've learned as well! Please share.