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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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    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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    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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    **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!
  6. 1 point
    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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    Hello Forrest and welcome to this forum - Richard, Northern California
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    Yes you can although you need to tell the test center that you are not a US citizen and of course your nationality. Apart from your nationality being printed on your remote pilot's certificate I don't see any real difference.
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    There are several facets to this issue. Starting with an understanding of the term "Public Commons". Both a city park, and the airspace above it are: Public Commons. Spaces designated for public use. While both are designated for public use, they have different governing bodies. And very different reasons for the way they are governed. 1. The map enclosed is the FAA drone map. This can be viewed at : https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad As you can see from the attached map, the airspace you mentioned is available for up to 200 feet AGL. Your complaint is the ground level approach. You want to use LAND to launch your UAV that is not governed by the FAA. So the flight would be legal, but the launch would not be... May want to talk to a neighbor who would understand your predicament. My input is this. This map also shows significant land away from congested areas to practice your craft. Be professional, and understand why governing bodies make the rules they do... I would expect to see more restriction of urban drone usage, in particular - for security reasons. I caught this online recently and expect that we will see an predictable upheaval in the industry at some point. This is a Washington Post Article on the Kalashnikov Exploding drone. -Note- I do not support this mindset. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/02/23/kalashnikov-assault-rifle-changed-world-now-theres-kalashnikov-kamikaze-drone/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d84bbda5486d
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    Hello - I am a newbie based in Victoria, BC and just purchased a "toy drone" to learn - my long-term game is to purchase a DJI Mavic Air. I have a number of interests mostly revolving around coastlines. These interests include: (a) drone use for acquiring unique coastal imagery, (b) drone use for use in Marine Search and Rescue and (c) extracting georeferenced data from imagery.
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    Hello @Kate This link to the FAA website shows what is required by foreign UAV operators wanting to fly in this country. https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/foreign_operators/ According to the above it looks like there is a bit more to it than just obtaining a Part 107 certificate.
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    Well done. First one looks it was taken in winter and then came summer in the second. No imagination in house design. How many houses built from one set of plans? We have the same problem here lack of imagination. Even if they painted the houses differently Back to the photos .. interest in seeing your next effort..
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    You can see images of what I have at the following links. Everything: https://ibb.co/ZcBJTcf Pixhawk since it's not visible in the first shot: https://ibb.co/x8qNbTR Also, updating some numbers since I got better counts. (8) Used 8in rotors (6) spare unused (4) Lithium batteries (2 used at a time) [each battery is 11.1V 2200MAH 24.42WH] (1) Turnigy TGY 9x - 5Ghz remote transmitter (1) ESC programming card (misc) Assorted wires and other components (all visible in the first photo)
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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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    Well, to her credit 3500sqft is a small property for $21M. You’d think with such a high per square foot cost she’d want the longer version.
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    Despite the San Francisco Bay area being the high-tech capital of the known universe it is extremely drone hostile here and almost everywhere in the immediate bay area is a banned place for one reason or another. I live across the street from an East Bay Regional Park on the San Francisco Bay and I was nicely warned by a park worker that if the East Bay Regional Park Police caught me they would fine me and there are "no drone" signs posted everywhere now. I had launched at the far, far corner of this park and I was flying over the bay/water which is not part of the EBRP. It's a real bummer because the views of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge are stunning from this park. Unfortunately California is an extremely litigious state, full of regulations, and I don't see that ever changing. Add to that all the "tree-huggers" here are going to give you resistance for disturbing birds or sea lions or whatever. I was harassed once by a "volunteer sea lion monitor" (he even gave me a business card!) who was concerned I was disturbing the sea lions that were sleeping...
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    Excellent summary, Jonathon. While I don't work in that particular space, the concept is important and your VALUE proposition with repeat work and pricing is spot on. You could add another + to you list. The media buyer can see what they are getting up front and then decide rather than basing their decision on similar work = VALUE. Mahalo!
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    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
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    I am East Bay droner and willing to help this cause when you have a plan for an organized effort.
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    That looks great. Curious why it had to be a minute? Did it take less time to produce a shorter video?
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    Hi, I find your work beautiful, the photos are very well done _______________________________________________________________________________________________ VPN Nox AnyDesk
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    I've listed 20 drone websites and articles that I like best in 2019. I think this is pretty useful for new pilot like me! Hope this can somehow help you guys, too. Top 20 Drone Websites & Articles You Should Check Out
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    @Av8Chuck Drones have been in use by the military for longer than they have been used by civilians for commercial purposes. I think that is fair and accurate to say, even while the technology supporting military UAVs may have developed on a track of its own, separate from the technology behind civilian and commercial drones. So no, civilian drones did not come from the military, I agree with you there. There are large differences in the design and purpose behind each. However, I don't think it's fair to discredit the writer based on their observation of UAV use evolving over time. And again, going back to the main point of the article, the gender gap has been documented and reported by credible sources, including the FAA's own U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics for anyone interested in taking a look at the numbers themselves.
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    Interesting news, Kittyhawk,io to design new B4UFLY app for the FAA https://kittyhawk.io/blog/faa-selects-kittyhawk-as-sole-provider-of-new-b4ufly-application/
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    I just hit the EASY button when I used the https://dronepilotgroundschool.com./ The curriculum was straight forward and enjoyable to work through. I passed the test a week after enrolling and had not started before that. I could see someone using this well designed course to study for and pass the test in one day. The great part is that they can use it as a resource for years to come because I doubt if you passed the test in a hurry you will be well prepared to be much of a professional. It does often seem true that if profit is your motive, emptiness your soul.
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    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
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    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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    Greetings, Derrick I'm more is the KISS school of thought on this (keep it simple, stupid). I use a UAV Pilot Logbook from Parhelion Aerospace. It's about 9" x 5" and slips easily into my drone carrying case so it's with me whenever I'm out flying. The logbook has spaces for everything you mentioned --though of course you can't download drone files into it. Bill
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    You bet, I tried to post my favorite underwater photo but there seems to be a restriction for me; maybe cause I'm a new guy? HAHA, oops! I thought that was written to me and from a post where I complimented another members underwater photo, sorry.
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    Hey UAV Coach Community, I just released my reel. For the past year, I have been very fortunate to work on some incredibly cool and unique projects. From Hollywood to the Gulf of Mexico, this reel represents what an incredible year I was able to experience. For all those looking to make a career in the drone industry, I hope this reel proves that it is more than possible. Special thanks to the team at uavcoach.com. Let me know what you all think. Also please subscribe to the channel as I provide a lot of valuable information to aspiring drone pilots.
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    Create Labs is an organization that creates pathways for youth to gain exposure to STEM fields through immersive, educational experiences. We are teaming up with Drone Parks Worldwide to organize an immersive drone experience for hundreds of underserved youth from the Houston community. Youth ranging from 8-18 years old, will each learn the fundamentals of drone flying and drone racing technology. We are currently seeking more great drone companies that would like to showcase at the event and provide interactive experiences for the participants. This is a great way for your company to make a meaningful impact on the lives of many children who have never even seen a drone in person! If you have a drone-related venture and would like to participate or simply care about giving back and would like to serve as a sponsor, feel free to contact us to learn more. I tried to attach a deck but the file was too big. Email me and I will send you further information. For More Information, Please Contact: Abran Maldonado Event Producer / Cofounder Create Labs Ventures Inc. Abran@Createlabs.io CreateLabs.io 646-397-5516
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    Hey @dnedzel I highly recommend looking into https://airdata.com/ for flight tracking, monitoring, and analytics. And https://kittyhawk.io/ for drone management and obtaining flight waiver (they also have limited flight tracking). Let me know if this helps.
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    Looking for some drone events to book your calendar with? There are many drone conferences coming up this summer and fall to choose from. Here's one we recommend considering: The 13th annual UAS Summit and Expo—set in Grand Forks, North Dakota, near the heart of some of the most prominent U.S. UAS activity currently happening—is set to showcase and explain the evolution of UAVs this August. Join UAS Magazine, industry leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators at this event. Building off of 12 years of previous event success, the UAS Summit & Expo will provide important insight into today’s UAS world. True to its trailblazing roots, this year’s event will unite industry thought leaders, policymakers and high-impact end-users like never before. The two-day event will include: Focused, technical presentations and special events designed to describe the latest technology offerings, software packages, business models and regulatory updates on the UAS industry Exclusive conference social media site, where you can connect with your colleagues before, during and after the event. Industry specific tours Exhibiting companies showcasing the latest technologies, new product launches and valuable industry services Register now at http://www.theuassummit.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,
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    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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    Thanks Valerie, I found the link in the junk folder. Thank you very much for introducing this great work.
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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
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    Hehe, came here to post that same comment, @Av8Chuck. @Matt Paul — would love you to consider our program at https://dronepilotgroundschool.com. You can use the code FLY50 for $50 off. We've helped over 15,000 people get through the certification process and have some great bonus lessons and real-world application teaching you won't find in any other online Part 107 test prep course. If you don't pass your exam, we'll pay for it as well. We also have a 30-day money-back guarantee if you hop in and realize our teaching methodology isn't a good fit. Most students take about 10-15 hours to get through the course...while most spread that out over 1-2 weeks, we do have some students who cram over a period of 1-2 days if that's what your schedule demands. Happy to answer any specific questions you have about the certification process or our program. My email is alan@uavcoach.com
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe you can fly over state & national parks. You just cannot take off or land in them.
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    Just had an incredibly pleasant experience with DJI's customer support and have been asking them questions / dealing with similar issues over the last couple of years. Never had any negative experiences, but perhaps I'm the anomaly. Here are some other experiences:
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    I actually rode a bike across that bridge, it is huge, and those towers are super high. I wonder if the guy was having mental issues. It is a critical road artery into Wales, so closing it would have a significant negative effect on traffic, further contributing to the negative press regarding drones - this is a very unfortunate event.