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    New short film "Autumn Fires". Filmed entirely with the Mavic Pro. Polar Pro ND Filters.
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    You are required to follow the instructions on the COA, no more, and no less. I have COAs that require a phone call and others that require checking and adhering to the ceilings defined in the UFM and no other requirements. So, read your COA and do what it says and that's it.
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    Very cool, love low drone shots mixed with higher ones.
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    That's gorgeous @Alex Martin! Is this somewhere in New England?
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    Hi @Alex Martin, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! Thanks for sharing your video with us, it was very well done and I really enjoyed the low flying shots over the rocks and the leaves. Fall is one of the best seasons in my opinion for some epic drone footage. Nicely done! - Chase
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    Thank You so much for your insight. I look forward to getting my cup of coffee on Saturday mornings and firing up your newsletter. I got a bonus video this morning. My son and I are Part 107 certified. I have a aviation background as an airline captain. My son is probably the youngest drone pilot in the state of Kansas. Thanks Again Theresa
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    Hi, I have had some interest in UAV's and their applications, and have spoken to a few manufacturers as part of my job. It appears that the high quality drones are often times stuck with using cheap inferior connectors to connect batteries, cameras, audio, LIDAR or other components. They are often not weatherproof, unshielded, not secure in shock and vibration, or otherwise unreliable. Many military UAV's solve the issues by using very high priced, very high quality military grade circular connectors. What are the thoughts of standardizing on some high quality connectors for the commercial UAV market, perhaps creating some commonality in these interfaces? This could be an industry consortia effort, creating specifications or standards. I am interested in feedback.
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    DJI Matrice 210 RTK drone in like new condition for sale. The drone is mint but used, everything is aligned and it works flawlessly. It is free from scratches and has never had any issue/crashed. I've had this for over a year and used it about 12 times for a few projects. Price is $6700 (plus shipping), Included are Matrice 210 RTK V1 drone with dual gimbals installed Cendence remote controller Crystal sky screen 2 TB 50 batteries 2 Crystal sky batteries 8 propellers 2 battery chargers, cables and hard case.
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    Sure as long as you don’t turn it into the DoD. What you say about connectors is mostly true, however, is that a problem? We’ve engineered out most of the Chinese and hobby grade components but we have not gone to the canon style plugs the military uses. Too expensive and too heavy, but the plugs we are using seem more than adequate. I say that squeamishly... You bring up another great point about standardization. Every drone manufactured in the US is different, however I’d also point out that so is every Chinese drone. Because of DJI’s market share they are the de facto standard in the consumer market but even there you can’t use a P3 battery in a P4 - very few of their accessories are interchangeable between product lines and that’s within the same company. Standardization is the key to scaling this industry just try to raise money to manufacture hardware in the US!
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    Yes have already registered for the part 107. Yes you did help. Thank you very much.
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    Took a cruise to Alaska. Not a lot of aerial, but lots of planes and ships...
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    This week the FAA granted the broadest approvals for drone delivery they have ever issued to Flight Forward, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service (UPS). The approvals come in the form of a Part 135 certification, which gives Flight Forward the permission to operate a “drone airline.” Part 135 certification is the same certification smaller airlines, such as charter airlines, receive from the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to operate. Alphabet Inc.’s Wing (originally Project Wing) was the first drone company ever to receive a Part 135 certification back in April of this year. However, Wing’s certification is limited in scope. Read today's article to learn about the difference between Wing's and Flight Forward's Part 135 certifications, as well as requirements for any drone company that wants to get into the delivery business.
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    The new miniature high-end Autopilot designed for any type of unmanned vehicle. A high-performance autopilot, specially designed for advanced/professional users who require the best of the best with minimal space. The mRo Control Zero is a clean sheet design with triple IMU sensors. It is featuring the ICM-20948 9DOF (3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer) which is based on the legendary, field-proven and fully supported MPU-9250 and the ICM20602 6DOF (3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope), both with several thousand hours of flying. Also, we squeezed in the new German-made Bosch BMI088 6DOF that features a proprietary internal vibration dampening system specially designed for aerial robotics. Together with the ICMs, this combination will ensure the best performance in all situations. The new included DPS310 barometer is more sensitive than the venerable MS5611 without the noise and light sensitivity. Built for Builders! Control Zero, in its core, is a universal development board! The mRo Control Zero comes fully supported by PX4[Coming soon] and Ardupilot. If you require further customization, the Control Zero will come with all the libraries and examples that will allow you to initialize and access all the board sensors and functions directly via our reference code. Yes, you will be able to create your custom software for this board in no time, no need to worry about initializing everything (We did it for you). The software is written in C and utilizes a free, easy to install Eclipse-based IDE and supplied by ST. All is included for free with the sole purpose of giving you access to learn, edit, and improve. Be sure to read and understand ST Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) license. But… Be aware of the “limitations” of C, any careless handling of a single byte can potentially provoke a buffer overflow (don’t worry, it won’t damage the board). But hey, This how we all learned at some point, right? The recommended IDE also supports C++ so that you can jump to objects anytime you wish to. Learn more about what is the mRo Control Zero Autopilot To Buy click here
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    Beagle Drones is a drone company that sells a modular plug and play drone kit that educators have been using in different STEM education scenarios. The drone is so easy to make that the company boasts you can go “from building to flying in less than 30 minutes.” But Beagle Drones started out making their kit primarily for FPV racing. Read today's article to learn about how their drone kit was adopted for education, and to get the story of how its being used in STEM by students as far-ranging as those in an elementary school robotics club to those in a college sUAS class. Love the idea of drones in STEM? Chime in here to share your thoughts.
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    If you are a flight director and are concerned that your operators are getting proper authorization when needed, why not just have them submit copies of their authorizations in any area requiring them? No apps required at all. Seems fairly simple to me.
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    @Spitfire76 the Cube is a good flight controller but it’s not as advertised. That “H” logo on every Cube is a Chinese manufacturer. They can claim that the Blue Cube is made in the USA but in the long run it will probably not pass muster with the DoD. Doesn’t make it a bad controller, but depending on the application, provenance might make a difference so people should be aware. Thats generally a good video that explains the differences between Cube’s but it’s a bit of revisionist history. 3DR is not out of business. Phillip Rowse was one of the developers at 3DR but like I mentioned earlier by the time the SOLO was released the Pixhawk2 was already old news. Again, doesn’t make it a bad controller, it’s just that if your going to make development decisions you should be aware that there are already controllers out there that have been using the 32-bit STM32F777 Cortex M4 core with FPU rev. 3 which is much faster with better components than the yellow Cube has been flying for some time. One of those controllers is available here: https://store.mrobotics.io/mRo-Control-Zero-F7-p/mro-ctrl-zero-f7.htm. I don’t care if people purchase this flight controller, but if we’re going to have a discussion about the best non-Chinese manufactured controllers then it should at least be a consideration. Also, although Phillip Rowse gets a lot of well deserved credit for the Cube, it was developed at 3DR, the link I provided is to mRobotics, Jordy Munoz the founder of 3DR. He’s not exactly chopped liver. Phillip has gone on to fix many of the short comings of the original SOLO controller, which is great, but there are more capable controllers available that would make a better choice for developing commercial UAVs.
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    Hi Chase, Yes! Most recently I took aerial video and photos of LED lighting on a fleet of ships to show the different beam patterns of our lights on the deck and how effective they are for the crew. I attached a picture as an example.
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    Hello @bhhagai and welcome to this forum. I assume that you are using the RPi as a companion computer connected via a serial connection to the flight controller. http://ardupilot.org/dev/docs/raspberry-pi-via-mavlink.html I imagine that the cellular modem would be connected to the RPi to provide command, telemetry and possibly a video stream from a camera connected to the PI. I don't have one of these but you may want to check into this CubePilot (Pixhawk 2.1) carrier board https://dronee.aero/pages/lychee I like the idea of being able to replace not only the Cube Flight Controller but also the Raspberry Pi module while keeping the carrier board. This is of course important when it comes to upgrading either of these modules. There is already a number of Cube flight controller available including the Blue one which is made in the USA https://docs.cubepilot.org/user-guides/autopilot/the-cube-module-overview
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    Hi @Kdrone_Imagery, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! It is great to hear that you are working on getting your drone business going, how has business been so far? I am sure there is some great scenery in that region that would look incredible from an aerial perspective. Best of luck with the business and please let us know if you have any questions! Best, - Chase
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    Kind of depends on the application and where your located. Pixhawk was 3DR's version of the open source implementation of the hardware for the open source software Ardupilot. Some companies like Hex66 began manufacturing the Pixhawk2, which is now known as the Cube. Many commercial UAV companies choose to manufacture there own closed source hardware in support of PX4/Ardupilot. There are several reason for this: The Pixhawk2 on which the Cube is developed was old before it ever went into production - research the history of 3DR. You don't fly a $100K LiDAR on a UAV made with cheap hobby grade or Chinese components. If you want to sell or service US enterprise customers or the US Federal government then your prohibited from using Chinese components. You may want to check out the flight controllers on this website, none of them are manufactured in China and Jordy was one of the founders of 3DR. https://store.mrobotics.io/category-s/107.htm There are already several flight controllers available using RaspberryPI's, something people started developing a couple of years ago.
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    Hi @Shaun Deardorff, Welcome to the forum and congratulations on recently becoming Part 107 Certified! I am in a similar situation as I have started to build my drone service company. I have been working overtime building out every aspect of the business so when I start to get clients (I actually just received an email from a potential client as I type this) I have all of the systems in place for a smooth customer experience. The first piece of advice I will offer you is to come up with a unique name that will stand out among your competitors. I have seen countless times where I see ten drone companies with similar names. Having a generic company name makes it very easy for a potential client to forget who you are. A great logo is also just as important as it conveys to your customers what you do and who you are. I decided to name my company Galactic Droneography and made my slogan "Out of this world Droneography" I have had many people tell me how much they loved the name and logo design. I tell you this to show the importance of standing out with creative branding. @Alan Perlman is correct on the importance of getting a website up as quickly as possible with a portfolio for potential clients. Even if you only have a few photos it is a start, just make sure you put up your best work. Sqaurespace is a great option for a website, I personally used Wix and have been very happy with it. I can't speak for all of the SquareSpace features but on Wix it will pull the colors from your logo and helps you set up a nice looking website that looks like your brand. Or you can do what I did and make your own design in the Wix Editor. My first version of my website was very basic and that's okay because you can always go back and revise the design and order of the pages later. I have lost count on how many times I have revised my website. Here is my website if you would like an example: https://www.galacticdroneography.com Its important that everything you do has a similar design style. Whether it's a Facebook cover photo, website, YouTube Banner, it should all reflect your brand and be easily identifiable. As for looking for clients, always be researching and thinking about who your clients could be. Instead of targeting realtors, I have been reaching out to custom home builders. This is more of a niche portion of the market but it shows custom home builders the importance of having aerial images and videos when the showcase the homes they build. You can also offer to take progress videos or photos of home build for project management and promotional purposes. I have built out a spreadsheet in Google Sheets with all of the potential clients I would like to do work for. You do not have to limit yourself to one niche either. If you are really good at photos and videos, there are numerous applications for that. Sending emails explaining how you can solve a problem for them can be very effective. I try to keep the emails simple without sounding like this email has been sent to 1500 people. The worst thing that can happen is they say that they are not interested or they do not answer the email. Just figure out what works and what does not work and improve the process along the way. Posting content in local Facebook pages can also be very effective in getting the word out. Just be sure to only post once a week on those types of pages so it does not get annoying to others within the group. Facebook ads and Google Ads can also be an option and you can advertise for $1 a day on Facebook and around $2 a day to start on Google Ads. Running some ads at the start can also help get the word out with the hope that overtime you can bring in more organic traffic to offset the balance between organic and paid traffic. A word of advice on Facebook ads would be to be strategic with how many days your ad will run. If you want to start off with a dollar a day, only run that ad for seven days. Facebook will work harder to push that ad into peoples timeline compared to if you paid $1 a day over a period of 30 days. I hope I was able to provide some helpful information and feel free to ask any questions. Best, - Chase
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    Hey @Shaun Deardorff, thanks for joining the forum and congrats on getting your license. Some quick comments, happy to flesh this out some more with you and looking forward to your response and others in this forum chiming in. Despite a handful of full-time drone pilot job listings here and there (scroll to the bottom of the guide to see some), I'd encourage you to think about building out your own freelance business that could maybe turn into something more full-time down the road. The sooner you can get a website and portfolio up, the better. You can use something like SquareSpace to get started. Take a look at other drone pilot websites in different cities to see how they're pricing and packaging their services. Throw something up as soon as possible, it doesn't have to be perfect, but you need to have some kind of professional presence, particularly when you start reaching out for work. Which brings me to my next point! I'd start developing a target list of companies to work with in the area. Real estate brokers, agents, firms, construction companies, property management companies, car dealerships, anyone that would benefit from high-end aerial photographs or video footage. As an example, here's how Derrick Ward got started: Anyways, I hope this at least begins to answer your question. It's a new industry with lots of opportunities, but it's not a transactional kind of sale — meaning you're really going to have to hit the pavement, understand a consultative sales approach, and be OK with tweaking and improving your process along the way. Would recommend reading SPIN Selling and The Ultimate Sales Machine if you're interested in developing a best-practice outreach process. Stay in touch and safe flying out there, Alan
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    The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is one of our favorite drones on the market. Since its launch last August, the Mavic 2 Pro has become the most popular consumer drone. With hard-to-beat camera specs and long-lasting battery life, it checks most of the boxes on a pilot's wish list. The drone comes with a pretty significant price tag, retailing at $1,499. Check out our review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. We've partnered with DJI to offer an exclusive discount on the Mavic 2 Pro, making it more affordable. We're giving away codes for 20% off the Mavic 2 Pro to five members of our community. To claim them, simply comment on this post what you'd do with a Mavic 2 Pro. The first five members to comment will be emailed the 20% off coupon code and link to purchase. The codes will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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    Hi Felix I have some experience with crop spraying by helicopter, and also crop spraying drones, but not one like yours. I found that most of the crop spraying drones do a pretty crappy job with lots of patchiness, and are often more problematic than they are worth. The best crop spraying drone I have worked with is by for the XAG P series, its quite pricey but definitely the only one that truly delivers a uniform spray pattern, and lives up to its efficiency rates. I think the key is that it has RTK GPS, so it is able to keep its line very accurately, and can even do spot spraying on individual trees. I believe that there are over 30 000 of them in operation in China, where they are the go to platform for spraying. Also has nice and easy pilot controls. no RC skills necessary. check out www.specialisedagriculturalservices.com and www.cropsprayingdrone.com for more info on them The DJI is also okay and a bit cheaper, there are quite a few guys spraying with them in our area with some good and some not so good results. They do seem to have a few more issues for what I hear, and are not quite as durable. Let me know how you get on with yours. where are you based and what are you farming?
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    Hey pilots. recently DJI halted production on the Phantom 4 series. DJI has its "reasons" but this is a blow to the drone industry because the Phantom 4 Pro is widely regarded as the best all-around drone on the market. The industry is leaning too much toward to hobbyists with a steady stream of foldable drones while leaving out more serious commercial pilots (we are their customers too!). I believe the community needs to come together to show our dismay with DJI. I think the best action to do is by contacting DJI (https://www.dji.com/contact) with our thoughts. If enough people reach out to them, it could give them a reason to change course.
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    I did that with the $300 drone just got it out of the backpack all shiny and pretty but I didn't have the GPS on so when I took off it did this loopty-loop thing hit a tree flew down the tree then hit a car LOL all within 10 minutes of having it
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    Amazon has lots of good beginner drones. You can also look at hobbypartz. Like @Isabella | UAV Coach said, Buy a cheap drone to practice on. Once you're comfortable with it, upgrade to a better drone. If It's you're first drone, I wouldn't spend more than 100$ on it. I crashed and destroyed three drones while I learned to fly them. Thankfully I only spent 80-120$ on them. The last one I got failed on it own after two months of flying, then I bought a Typhoon H. Just be careful not to rush you're self while learning. Spend a few weeks or months ! flying them until you buy one that cost anymore than 500$ Nothing is more sad than crashing you're brand new expensive drone that you just bought. Hope that helps and good luck !
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    Since I have my own thread going here: Just another day in the office...
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    Pricing, to a very large extent, will depend on the price of the properties you're shooting. A real estate agent will be a lot more likely to spend marketing money on a multi million dollar estate than a $250 K tract home. If you're just starting out I'd suggest speaking to one or more local agents - preferably agents who specialize in large, high end properties. I find that I get a lot more requests for still images than video because the websites local agents use most, the MLS & realtor.com, do not host video, though that may be different in your area. It's also important for you to understand what advantages aerial photography brings to real estate marketing. Basically there's no reason to do aerials for an unassuming Cape Cod on a a quarter acre lot. I'm attaching conventional and aerial pictures of a nice colonial I shot last fall that, I think, show the advantage of aerial photography. Having said all that I'll tell you that I charge $250 for aerial still photography, $150 if I'm also doing conventional photography as I save travel time.I charge by the day for video work. $400 for a half day, $750 for a full day. Post production is much harder for video, at least for me. I wish I could charge more, but I think I'm pretty close to what the market will bear.
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    I'm flying the Phantom 3 Pro. I'm located in North Texas. I have no background in real estate. Just thought that would be a good market to get started with. No website yet. I have been working on a portfolio of pictures and video's. I'm filling my 333 exemption tomorrow. I have formed OneDrone, LLC. I'm planning to start knocking on doors next month. I saw my first drone about 3 years ago, It had me hooked. So this year i finally took the plunge and decided to go all in.