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  1. 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 u
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  2. It's been a long time coming, but we're happy to announce that we've received our FAA Section 333 exemption. Our team patiently waited 6 months and 2 days for our Section 333 Exemption (and Blanket COA) from the FAA. We received it and are now cleared to operate commercially! Is it a perfect process? No. Is it the only door the FAA has given us to comply here in the US? Yep, sure is. While I’m proud to be one of 4000 companies who have successfully navigate this process, I’ll be even more proud when cleaner sUAS rules are put into place." In case you're interested in the guidelines I
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  3. We want to thank everyone for being apart of our community and for entering our DJI Mavic Mini giveaway! The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 29th here on the forum and in our weekly newsletter that goes out every week on Saturday morning. Looking for a new drone? Well, our friends over at DJI have given us a brand new DJI Mavic Mini to give away to our UAV Coach community! The Mavic Mini is a great starter drone that combines everything we love about some of DJI's best drones into a small, but powerful package. Click here to learn more about the DJI Mavic
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  4. Couldn't resist grabbing a pano the other day on my way home. I never tire of this scene, and conditions were just right for it. Enjoy!
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  5. Hi guys! Short film of an abandoned factory explore - used the drone inside for a few shots along with the train-yard stuff. Thanks for watching!
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  6. I'd like to respond to Joe3223 re the challenges of running a UAS Business.... .....It was supposed to be the greatest thing since the light bulb. I was going to get slammed with business, it was....."a website". However, strictly speaking only for myself, in my experience I'm finding that no matter how sophisticated your web site or clever your SEO expert is, at the end of the day it cannot make personal contact of any kind, provide true traditional customer service or prospect for new business. Unless one thoroughly understands html codes, web crawling, SEO, directory listings and
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  7. Hi all, just got a written response back from Drone Base, with their permission to publish. See below! -- 1. We completely understand the concerns of the "potential" to get paid on Pano Missions. This is a new business model and we're working with customers up and down the real estate stack (agent/broker, owners, and data services companies). We've had some tremendous success so far in the first month of launch with thousands of Panos being completed with hundreds of distinct pilots getting paid. We're getting very creative in our sales + marketing channels and on the other side
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  8. Here's a link to the PXL Media Studios real estate video show reel -
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  9. 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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  10. 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 fa
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  11. One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
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  12. Hello my name is Paul Glidden. I live in New Hampshire, USA I have been flying quadcopters / drones for little over a year now and love flying them! I have been into r/c hobby for over 25 years racing 1/10 scale cars and trucks since I was a kid and always done most of my own repairs. I started a drone repair business on the side in May, because of the long wait times me and my friends were having to get their drone repaired by the company they bought it from, for the mostly non-warranty repairs. I don't have a website yet, but plan on setting up something in the next few weeks. I d
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  13. Had a winter storm come through overnight and give us just a bit of wet snow and some dramatic morning skies. Still getting the hang of working with raw images from my P4Pro, but it sure is fun!
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  14. We had a mission in downtown Los Angeles and I thought I'd share some stills.
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  15. Uploading these really changes the color.
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  16. We flew two missions last year in Coastal Trident, a law enforcement exercise to test port security for homeland defense. The first is a bomb on a boat and our ability to detect and pursue. The second was integrating one of our drones into first responders command and control and detecting nuclear material on a large ship. Both missions were successful.
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  17. Another untouched resource (and a tax deduction) is to do 2D/3D/short video of churches. You can look up churches in your area and also the state church/conventions/synods/county associations, etc. Send them several samples of your work (screen shots of a 2D/3D, close ups of church roof damage, asphalt parking lots, gutters, etc. and then charge a ridiculous amount ($80-$120) and when you send them the invoice show the going rate of what you normally charge (our case was $485) and then show the cost to them ($120) and take the difference as a donation/benevolence deduction. At 10 churches per
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  18. A smidgen is 10 smirchs, a smirch is 10 tads, A tad is 10 frog hairs. Haven't you ever hear of the hillbilly metric system?
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  19. Loved this post from Flight Evolved: http://flight-evolved.com/search-and-rescue-drones/ Excerpt: There are several things that make a search and rescue job different from the industrial inspection, mapping, and videography jobs we normally do. In our discussions we came up with three UAV types that should be considered for search and rescue drone operations. We ranked each platform on a set of characteristics that we consider the vital considerations for search and rescue drones.
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  20. Hey guys, I thought I might chime in here. I'm a land surveyor in Idaho, USA, and hold a degree in Geomatics. I am in the process of starting a UAS Department for my current employer which is a Land Surveying, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture firm. My goal is to provide UAS ground data that a licensed land surveyor will feel comfortable signing and stamping. This is the final goal for many of you looking to provide "survey grade" ground data. But, let me tell you, its not as easy as just using centimeter grade GPS or a 1 second Total stations to set GCP's. A huge part of our j
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  21. Im in the same boat. I have a buddy that will be doing all my post processing through Adobe Premier and he said that he has worked with other sUAS pilots and they are getting $500-700 for all the video and photos. Now these are primarily high end real-estate fly's but I would think just regular 1 day events you should be comfortable at or around $249-$349 for an hour fly/shoot. If they want to get super detailed or want extra video maybe then charge $25-$50/hour extra. I've already had a church offer me $200-300 to fly a car show they are doing and they simply want the video footage an
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  22. Hey guys, just finished up my Aerial Reel for last years work. Please give it a look and tell me what you like or didn't like. Thanks! www.mothershipimaging.com
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  23. Passed the online exam!!! Getting my BFR done and I'll be ready to go. Little advice for those drone pilots out there. I don't think this exam is gonna be as easy as some of the authors of the articles I've been reading think. Study your airspace,weather, and aeronautical charts. Can't wait to hear what it's like. Good luck!
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  24. For all of my professional editing I use Final Cut Pro X. I previously used Final Cut Pro 7 and still do for some massively complex projects but for anything to do with aerial reels FCP X hands down gets me from rough cut to final export the fastest. It is very intuitive with minimal training and easily works with 4K footage. If you haven't heard yet, my friend Brendan and I are designing a course on cinematography for UAV Coach. There will be a post-production element to this course where I will go over the basics of editing and coloring your aerial reels. Keep an eye out for the course
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  25. Jon, Real estate agents, or at least the ones I deal with, often have trouble grasping the advantage of shooting their listings from the air, especially as aerial photography will increase their marketing cost. And as I'm sure you know, that money comes out of their pockets, and it can be 6 months or more until they see a return. It's important to be selective about which properties to shoot from the air. Some are easy to figure, like waterfront properties, but for some it's not so obvious. I put together this portfolio in an effort to demonstrate the advantage of aerial work - https://
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  26. DJI’s products never seem to launch without a leak or two. But lately these leaks have gone from a few pieces of information here and there to full-on lists of specs and details about the product. And DJI’s forthcoming FPV drone is an example of this new normal—we first started hearing about it last summer in connection with a patent for a camera that looked like it could be made for an FPV drone, and since then the leaks have just kept coming. We've even gotten a glimpse of the actual product: So when will it actually launch? And why is it producing so much buzz?
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  27. Is your crew doing close proximity cinema? One of my fav athletes (super humans) is Danny MacAskill. Some classy close proximity drone work (Andy Lawrence) in his last video for anyone interested.
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  28. It’s an overpriced piece of...? Not that I’m bitter and tired of competing with plastic toy drones.
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  29. I thought this article was interesting on the choice of drones for precision agriculture. http://bestdroneforthejob.com/drones-for-work/agriculture-drone-buyers-guide/ The choice of using a fixed wing drone over a multi-rotor makes sense as they need less power providing longer flight times and typically there is no need to hover but rather to keep moving taking pictures of the ground.
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  30. Before every single photoshoot, I arrive early and knock on every surrounding neighbors’ door and explain to them why they may see a drone above or near their house. And almost every single time, I get “ohh thank you, I appreciate you letting me know”. in my experience just making people aware of your intentions eases their inhibitions about drones.
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  31. Darshana....Stay the course if you can.... Every industry constantly shifts for various reasons but opportunity abounds for those with vision and the courage to turn that vision into a reality...Whatever the industry in general is going to morph into...it will become....and we all have to "go with the flow".... ...But....If you're looking for a "ground floor" opportunity, the drone industry at this moment in time...is "it"! The sky's the limit (no pun intended) for one to achieve all the success they can want and handle. Respectfully I submit..."get your feet wet"...you may be the next
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  32. Greetings, Folks. Just got a Phantom Pro +, learning to fly it and starting to study for the 107 test. Pretty daunting. Interested in Cinematograpy, I'm an experienced aerials cameraman, flown with people you know, Alan. Paul Barth and Al Guthery in Florida, and the Tamboros in LA.
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  33. Hi All, I wrote my first piece for DRONELIFE and had to name UAV Coach as one of the best communities. I'm really enjoying the discussions here and I hope more people catch on. Here are some others I recommend, as well. http://dronelife.com/2017/06/05/a-guide-to-the-top-drone-forums-and-facebook-groups/
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  34. AV8Chuck - Great breakdown up above on calculating your overall price / cost. Particularly about distinguishing yourself from others and how that will help you not become commoditized across your area of business. On the part of equipment directly above though the piece about expect to make "x" with a commercial drone and 300-500 with a Phantom (or I am guessing you mean Inspire) is a bit off base. The "value" that you bring isn't in the equipment (unless the equipment you are flying can't meet the requirement of the job and fulfill the clients need), the value is in the service that
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  35. Hi Everyone, In the effort to keep the spammers at bay, I'd like to suggest, if possible, to click the "Report post" button next to the spammers name. This will send an email notice to the admins/moderators of the forum who can limit the activity or ban the individual if needed. Thanks!
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  36. Most of the quadcopters are powered by lipo batteries, a low temperature environment will greatly decrease the performance of a lipo battery. When exposed to a temperature below 15°C, the chemically reactive substance in the battery obviously decreases as well as the discharging ability influenced by the increase of its internal resistance, and the voltage drop accelerated when the battery's discharging. There are two risks if the cell drops below 3.0V. 1. The power system for the aircraft cannot provide enough thrust to maintain its flight. 2. The battery will automatically shutdown
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  37. Hi Landshark & welcome! The typical advice to someone starting out is to get an inexpensive but well designed "starter" drone to learn on. I'm no expert on those, but if you look around on the forum there are several recommendations, none of which I'm competent to vouch for. Alan also maintains a list of inexpensive drones on uavcoach.com, You may also want to go the simulator route, I did try a Great Planes simulator & hated it, but that's just me. The not so dirty little secret is that a good and expensive UAV is much easier to fly than one of the cheapos. The GPS lock and th
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  38. Thanks! I just got back and passed! The test is similar, referencing a different chart here and there and asking a different style of question at times. However, as long as you went through all the lectures and have an understanding. All will be well! Best of luck!
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  39. As a follow up, I had a bit of fun testing and cut a bit of a video. Quite responsive and happy with how she flies. Still some issues related to jello in the video, but am putting it down to the dampeners being too soft.
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  40. I tried it yesterday. Technology is amazing....Works very well, thank you DJI, but now I have a stupid looking clip of me sitting in front of my computer on my FB page, any way of deleting it? I know I can restrict it to just me....
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  41. This is what your super duper course certificate (for licensed pilots) looks like PS- if your IQ is higher than your shoe size you'll have no trouble completing the course...
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  42. Hi all, Just got an email from Ben Blackwell, a high school student in Gastonia, North Carolina. He wants to start a drone club at his high school, and he launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund it. Thought this was a nice project, and I felt good about sharing it with the UAV Coach community. Here's the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gastonia-nc-teen-drone-club--4/x/13240473#/ #dronesforgood #stemeducation #giddyup
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  43. We have created a unique structure for how we charge for real estate photography and videos, which is based on square footage of home (as well as any other living space such as guest house), property size and value of listing price. Although we've been told over and over by our real estate clients that we aren't charging nearly enough compared to what everyone else is charging, we have more work than we even know what to do with...hence the rapid expansion from 56 offices in 2015 to 260 by the end of 2018. The infrastructure of having a team of video editors on board has allowed for our franch
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  44. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/21/drone-believed-to-have-hit-british-airways-flight-may-have-been/ As a I suspected, a totally bogus story. I shall await the corrections on Fox News and CNN with the same sensationalism they used with the first story.(but not holding my breath).
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  45. WEUAS is now on deck. Wounded Eagle UAS Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non profit wounded veterans support resource needs your HELP! Our mission is to train wounded veterans to build, fly, and maintain small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for the commercial unmanned vehicle industry as a career. There are no charges to our students for their equipment, training, tools, or UAS. We need your help building this organization. It’s time we gave back to those who’ve paid the 2nd highest price our country can ask of its people. Just imagine being confined to a wheelchair and now you can soar beyond the tr
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  46. Hi @IMann Currently I trying to build up copter on ArduCopter for testing purposes on small fields. Also I have 2.1meter selfmade flying-wing and 1,6m glider on APM too. The Wing has long enough flight time and I want to integrate s110 camera for NDVI analysis using APM possibilities to control the camera. You`re right, we have here some large farms and fields. But also we have huge crisis and during last year our currency dropped 3 times to dollar. As UAV components all cost in $, the agro-monitoring service also has to be expensive. So economically better for farmer to hire worker a
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  47. George, Shooting & stitching panoramas is a snap with a stable drone. Just shoot a picture rotate about 30 degrees and shoot another until you get back to where you started. Make sure you have lots of overlap in the images. It makes stitching much easier and produces a better result. I'm not familiar with Photoscape, but, of course, photoshop does a great job. I used it for the pano below. You also may want to look for Microsoft ICE (Image composite editor). Ice is very feature rich and believe or not, it's free.
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  48. Hi Franklin, thinking about what you've been able to put together so far re: pictures and videos, what do you see your end product looking like? Have you looked at other aerial service companies in the city / state to see what their service packages look like? I'm not talking about price...I'm talking about quality, and what the deliverables are for the client. There are 101 different ways to offer value to a RE broker with aerial photos / videos, just want to get a sense of what you're thinking and where you think you fit into the local market. Do you also plan to get liability insu
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