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  1. 5 points
    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.
  2. 5 points
    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!
  3. 4 points
    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
  4. 4 points
    Here's a good infographic from a post we did with PCS Edventures earlier this year: https://uavcoach.com/part-107-infographic/ --
  5. 4 points
    Aloha all, Just wanted to throw a big Mahalo to Alan for the bang-up job he and the crew are doing with UAV Coach. I crammed for the test using the prep-course for a couple evenings, flew to the Big Island and passed the test today. I'm proud to add that my score was 100% Very helpful course layout, loved the experience, thanks again for the effort!
  6. 3 points
    In our area most of the professional real estate photographers have added a drone to their toolbox. The aerial photography is just a piece of the overall marketing puzzle. You’ll likely need to have additional cameras to get hired to shoot real estate, but if you can shoot and edit excellent aerial footage you can probably learn the traditional photographic skills.
  7. 3 points
    First RE video for 2019! Fun fact: this house had three offers within 5 days of listing.
  8. 3 points
    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
  9. 3 points
    @Luke If this is a promotional video for your services you need to pay attention to fit and finish. Add half a second of black at the beginning and fade up both the audio and video. Your promoting Aerial photography so your photography has to be the focus, you have a lot of overexposed shots, if you can’t correct them then you should remove them. From the Aerial perspective the shot of the horses is well done, it’s overexposure detracts from the shot. Customers will comment on how cool that shot is but are more likely to hire someone with shots that are properly exposed. Fortunately you can probably improve the exposure to make that shot much better. The drone carries the camera and can certainly provide a unique perspective, but it’s all about the photography. That’s what separates a professional from a hobbyist. Like @Alan Perlman mentioned, edit out any and all bad “moves” or “motion.” I’d also shorten up a lot of the shots. Unless a longer shot starts with something really interesting and lands on something that adds to the shot, shorten it. The viewer only needs to see half of the shot above the trees to get the same sense of the overall scene. Getting good footage out of marginal cameras is really challenging so you have to pay attention to your exposure. In general if it’s a bright sunny scene try to shoot 1/3 to 1/2 stop underexposed. If it’s late in the day and the light is fading then you need to be spot on and depending on your area of focus you might need to be a 1/2 stop over. Unless your shooting RAW with something like an X5 on an Inspire there’s very little dynamic range from cameras on Phantoms and similar type drones. You might also consider adding graphics and possibly even a narrative voiceover to help tell sell your services. http://iplayerhd.com/player/cec626ae-f30f-4df9-af7c-deb04f537d9c
  10. 3 points
    Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical capabilities of a worldwide corporation. At Geoscan ltd, we decided to create our own droneshow on a budget using our already developed platform called Pioneer. Originally this quadcopter kit was designed for educational purposes. It is distributed to schools and technical communities to get students familiar with this kind of robots. The platform itself is modular, programmable and easy to assemble and use. 1300 mAh battery gives it solid 8 minutes of flight time. Equipped with GPS and LED modules, it turns into a perfect unit to run any kind of airshow imaginable. Firstly, the animation is designed in any 3D editor. After that it is converted into multiple Lua script, which are uploaded to each Pioneer before takeoff. Despite we don’t use some expensive tech like RTK, there’s never been any serious issues during the flight. In the air each drone acts independently according to its pre-loaded trajectory, using GPS coordinates for orientation and barometer for altitude control. There’s also a safety mode, which allows switching the whole swarm in manual control mode and landing it in case something goes wrong. The first test flights took place in august involving 5, later 10 drones. Two months later, ten dozens of buzzing lights performed a breathtaking show on the Black sea coast. Having main troubles sorted out, we are currently improving animation capabilities and hope to launch 200 drones simultaneously by the end of 2018. You can learn more on our webpage https://www.geoscan.aero/en/pioneer/. Take a look at our last show on youtube: https://youtu.be/DhIOXrtsZEE
  11. 3 points
    Hi Marcos...I own a small video production company with my husband. We incorporate drone cinematography into our film projects and would like to respond to a couple of your original questions regarding pricing, for whatever it's worth. When we quote a price on a project, it includes pre and post production work, our time/travel expenses and we always let our client know that we carry liability insurance, which is built into our rate. We spend a lot of time educating our clients about why it's in their best interest to hire a certified Part 107 drone pilot and why having liability insurance matters. With this said, I have to agree with Av8Chuck that real estate photography/videography is a tough nut to crack due to price undercutting by other drone operators. Realtors don't like to pay a "fair price" and don't necessarily see the value in drone imagery. Therefore, in order to survive as a commercial pilot, you end up taking more jobs for less money or look for other revenue streams in other areas.
  12. 3 points
    Don't forget that flying indoors is not regulated by FAA. So an empty gym, aircraft hangar, or wharehouse might be an option.
  13. 3 points
    Absolutely what @Av8Chuck said, in every way, plus some thoughts. When I first started realizing the impact these 'air pirates' (great term, btw) COULD have on my market clientele, I immediately went into education action. I spent time teaching them, small bits at a time, about potential pitfalls, fines and other consequences of hiring non-Part 107 operators. Here's the caveat - I made sure to NEVER speak poorly of the operators, and I specifically avoided saying anything to the effect of 'Hire me because I'm so Part 107 certified and professional'. Instead, the approach was an effort to truly tell them what I had learned of the legalities and attachments to not following them, followed by a recommendation to make sure that they verify Part 107 Certification & airspace authorizations with whomever they hire for aerial work. That's it. No plug for our own business, outside of the company logo on the email letterhead & signature. It didn't take long for it to circle around into client loyalty and most recently unsolicited recommendations & endorsements by entire brokerages as 'the go-to drone guy'. There are a million ways to run a successful business. Find a few that work for you, and don't bother wasting ANY energy on those 'air pirates'. ?
  14. 3 points
    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.
  15. 2 points
    Aloha gang! I'm proud to present a few images from yesterday morning's drone flight. Through LAANC, I was able to get a special authorization from FAA & the control tower manager to fly this location for a beachfront home (not pictured). While the mission was a beach home, I couldn't resist grabbing a couple shots of the airport itself. What I was most impressed with was how smoothly the approval process went. From request filed through LAANC (AirMap) to authorization was less than 2 weeks. I had to submit a custom unlock request to DJI, which was approved within hours, and loaded to the aircraft days before the mission. A quick call to the tower the morning of the flight, and the manager was already prepared, as he authorized the mission. We recapped the mission details (altitude, duration, radius of operation), and ended with 'Call me when you're done so I'll know, until then I'll keep the traffic off your spot as best I can.' This is the second '0 zone' I've been able to get approved for flight. The first was further away from the airport, but not by much. Seems like if you have a solid plan and a reasonable tower manager, there's a good chance you'll be approved. Details about the flight itself: Mavic 2 Zoom equipped with 3mi vis anti-collision lighting (top white, port, starboard), 300ft operating radius, 75ft AGL max altitude. Operation time was 8am-9am. Enjoy & Mahalo for viewing!
  16. 2 points
    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.
  17. 2 points
    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!
  18. 2 points
    **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!
  19. 2 points
    Reforestation, a $62 billion industry, is one of the best ways to combat and recover from climate-change induced disasters, such as some wildfires. However, reforestation techniques have not changed in 100 years: trees are still planted by work crews with shovels—a slow, expensive, and grueling process in which recruiting labor is a challenge. However, DroneSeed is working to change that with semi-automated reforestation made possible with UAVs. DroneSeed recently announced the first-ever approval by the FAA to operate heavy-lift drone swarms weighing greater than 55 pounds. The drones will be used to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees. Read the article here. Make sure to share your thoughts on DroneSeed’s exciting work with drones in agriculture and reforestation in the comments below.
  20. 2 points
    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.
  21. 2 points
    Rutherford County, TN has become the first county government to receive a waiver to fly sUAS over people (also known as a 107.39 waiver). The county received permission from the FAA to use the Snap drone, created by Vantage Robotics, for their flights over people. They plan to use the waiver in both emergency and non-emergency scenarios. Read today's article to learn more about Rutherford County's 107.39 waiver and Vantage Robotics' Snap drone. In the last year the FAA has quadrupled the total number of 107.39 waivers, issuing fifteen of them to twelve different entities.Since the news of their 107.39 waiver first broke, Rutherford County has already had several agencies contact them to learn how they can pursue one for themselves. Are you excited about the progress being made on the 107.39 waiver front? Let us know what you think by sharing your comments and thoughts here on this post.
  22. 2 points
    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
  23. 2 points
    Aloha peeps! We often talk about including interior and ground level photography with our exterior drone work, as a way to round out our real estate media biz models. Today, I thought I'd share a few examples of what I produce for my clients. This home is going to be listed for somewhere around the $3M mark, and for good reason. The area where it's located is sparsely populated, and by sparsely, I mean like barely anyone or anything around, other than cows, goats & sheep. There's a small winery, general store, and post office nearby and that's it. Privacy on an island is quite valuable, as anyone could imagine. Shooting interiors to showcase a view is all about realism. Whether you use lighting or HDR techniques, the main thing is to make it feel as real as you can, so the viewer gets the sense of actually being there. Personally, I prefer to use lighting, but occasionally there just aren't enough lights in the world, so an HDR shot is in order. Even then, I'll incorporate lighting to help with the realism part. The interior shots in this post were done using a combination of radio triggered speed lights, sometimes with a shoot-thru umbrella. I used a Sony A7R III + 16-35mm G Master glass. Each frame is a single exposure, worked in Lightroom, no HDR work here. Mahalo for viewing, and enjoy!
  24. 2 points
    You don't need to look at forums - just look at TSA since they make and enforce the rules. Simple.
  25. 2 points
    I am a patrol deputy but assigned to the Aviation Unit which includes the use of UAS. We have recently acquired a Bell OH-58 Kiowa from the military but it is still a developing program.
  26. 2 points
    Hello, I am a drone pilot for a local law enforcement agency in Tennessee and a new member to this group. I'm reaching out to all resources to further my education with sUAS and build my experience in training. Our UAS unit has had several successful flights where suspects were located as well as lost children. We also perform security checks for public events in our community and assist neighboring agencies with active incidents when requested. We use a DJI Inspire v1.0 with a Zenmuse X3 and a Zenmuze XT by FLIR.
  27. 2 points
    My latest work. This was tough with the house being empty, but I think the results came off decently. Also @JBR - I held the camera lower based on your recent feedback. Thanks brother!
  28. 2 points
    Hello Brutus! I wish I was closer to you in New England because I would absolutely welcome you to shadow all of my flight operations for the timeframes you outlined. If you are interested in taking a "road trip" to the Morehead City/Beaufort, NC area, I'm happy to partner with you on this project. FYI - I'm also a personal flight instructor for UAV Coach and a brand ambassador for Women Who Drone. I approach my role as a drone pilot seriously and would love to help anyone aspiring to become a certified drone pilot!
  29. 2 points
    I second everything @Av8Chuck and @Alan Perlman said. Like I mentioned before, there are some great shots in your reel, you just need a little fine tuning to get it wrapped up. To speak a little more to what @Av8Chuck said, it's important to cut a scene after the actual 'start' of the action, and before the actual 'end' of the action. Hollywood filmmakers do this all the time. For example, if you want to communicate someone stirring coffee and taking a sip, you would be better off showing a short clip of the actual stirring, and cut to a clip of the cup rising to their mouth and tilting a bit...maybe even a second or two of them actually sipping, but that's it. Your brain will fill in the story-line gaps for you. It's basically the same concept as large TV displays...they only populate a number of the pixels with an actual image content, and your brain fills in the blanks to make the image you think you see.
  30. 2 points
    Some really fun shots, a wide variety of places and subjects and styles. My two cents would be to really focus on slow, steady movements with the camera. I'm seeing a lot of small readjustments within the shots — a great example is at the end of your very first shot, right at 0:13 in the video...edit that jerky movement out!
  31. 2 points
    See? There you go again. You're supposed to be working and you're out playing with your boat. Shame on you.
  32. 2 points
    Surprised you didn’t keep the bird tracking shot in the video? How much for this house? My wife has been thinking about purchasing another house in CA and renting our current house out. I mentioned that maybe a better idea would be to remodel the current house and look at purchasing another house in a location where we might want to spend 4-6 months out of the year. To my surprise she likes the idea and I owe it all to your property videos. of coarse if she divorces me during the remodel it’ll be your fault and I’ll be coming to live with you...
  33. 2 points
    Aloha fellow pilots, We've had a pretty surprising amount of rain over the past month, which certainly did its share of damage. But not all was bad, as what is typically a brown and yellow grassy coastal desert is currently a lush green wonderland! The water is a beautiful blue with a bit of green in the shallows, and the weather is 85° and sunny. This time of year is 'chill mode' for most, while we enjoy a slight dip in tourism, which means less crowded beaches, snorkel/surf spots, and of course, most importantly, less crowded schedules. I've been taking advantage of the free time to play with the new drone, using the telephoto zoom feature to create high detail wide photos. These are some favorites from the weekend. Enjoy the view!
  34. 2 points
    When you forget your gimbal at home, what do you do?? Hand-hold it like it's no big deal and pray you get a clean shot here and there!
  35. 2 points
    Sorry, I replied to this thread before reading your other thread that explained what you want to do. again, the UAV simply adds another perspective that might help communicate something about a property that you feel will interest potential buyers. If your a realtor then you know the challenges associated with getting realtors to pay a fair price for anything. Some realtors in your office or area might welcome another realtor producing content for them to market their listings. However, many are often skeptical because with every listing you promote that’s more experience you have to compete with them to get listing in the first place. It also depend on the market your in. There are a lot of realtors who believe taking property photos with a cell phone is good enough. Adding a drone to that mix is kind of pointless. But if your already shooting the stills and video then adding a drone to the mix isn’t that difficult. As far as keeping it real, that’s often the difference between making money and losing it. Depending how long you’ve been a realtor and producing your own media you might remember when the Canon 5DII came out, just because it could shoot HD a lot of stills photographers thought they could offer video as an adjunct to their stills. Most of them went out of business, just because the 5DII could do both it was two different businesses and their lack of experience in delivering video proved to be cost prohibitive.
  36. 2 points
    Greetings, Thank you all for your responses and shared (valid) concerns. Alan, I found the info-graphic extremely helpful and I plan to share it with other teachers who are looking to incorporate and/or enhance their current curriculum based drone activities, especially at the middle school STEM level where the students can be a bit less 'control-oriented'. Looks like it's time to resume/re-open my Drone Pilot Ground School Lessons!!! Clear Skies, BIll L. Duncan, OK
  37. 2 points
    If the barrier to get a 107 was high, I could see the point of your question/concern. But the barrier to getting your 107 is very low so I would recommend getting it whether it’s tequired or not. I would think your school district would have more of a say in this issue than the FAA and would require it. Your teaching young people to use something that has the potential to hurt them, generally not likely or hopefully seriously, but if something like that we’re to happen and you don’t have a 107 I think it would be bad for you and your program. Why take the risk?
  38. 2 points
    Thanks Chuck! Regarding your final comment, I moved to this "total production" model late last spring and that has helped the business immensely. Realtors around here didn't seem to be interested in exterior aerial video only (photos are a different story), so this year really marked my transition from drone videographer to just plain old videographer who can also fly drones. Anyway, I'm using the standard GH5. Since I also use it for stills I wanted to retain the in-body stabilization. Both GH5 versions will record in 10 bit 400MB/s, but I generally shoot in variable frame rate 60p/23.94p. That keeps me from having to slow down the video in post. If there's a lot of contrast in the shot I will switch to the full 10 bit mode to give me more leeway in post, but that is a rarity. For the rest of your questions: I average one of these videos every 10 days. I do not charge nearly enough - this video cost the client $300. Unfortunately Cheyenne is a very immature market in terms of understanding the value of anything beyond traditional photos for RE marketing. Since the realtors pay for my services out of pocket, I have to keep prices low for now. In terms of cost to produce, that is difficult to say. I've been using FCPX for almost six years so I'm fairly quick at editing; I think this video took me about 2.5 hours in post to complete. On scene shooting time was about two hours for the interiors and multiple return trips for the exteriors due to the extreme haze at the time. So in terms of cost for me, much of the expense of this business is up front costs: drones, cameras, lenses, computer, etc. The only recurring expenses are insurance, the monthly Adobe fees, annual dropbox and website hosting fees. Once you have everything in place the per job cost is minimal since there are no consumables. I'm fortunate that photo/video production is just a side job for the moment. Every dollar I make goes back into the business until I retire from the Air Force here in six months (cannot wait).
  39. 2 points
    Rich, I suspect that KAPF has an FAA contract Tower (FCT) rather than one that is manned by FAA employees. Seems that these towers are not in the LAANC program and it's hard to find information on what's coming next regarding these airports. But I would not assume that the Airmap tag about "coming soon" means very much. FAA at the moment is not prone to issuing airspace waivers as you suggested. That does not mean you shouldn't apply for it however. The problem comes in when you are looking to transition from one grid to another and the altitudes are different. FAA does not really want to hear that you will do this and that to mitigate risk. You're best shot is to apply for the lowest common denominator. If the adjoining grids show 100/200/300 AGL altitudes, then you would be best to apply for 90 AGL. I'm not saying you can't get more than that - just saying that might make it easier. If you get it you can always reapply for higher. I am constantly flying in 0 AGL grids, literally under approaches to my airport and I have never been denied yet. I typically get approval in less that 36 hours but I make it easy on them. If I really only need 75 AGL, that's what I ask for and get. Even though I'm smack under a few approaches, if a manned a/c was at 75 feet then he's going into the marsh and has much bigger problems.
  40. 2 points
    OK but me and Alisa get the Master suite...
  41. 2 points
    I think they're going through some growing pains. I called and left a V/M and never heard back. I then called again and spoke with someone who got our mailing address wrong and didn't inspire a lot of confidence in their company. I emailed their CEO who apologized and said they're planning to move everything to online booking. Hopefully that'll help.
  42. 2 points
    REALLY!! You couldn't have received say a 99 so I had a chance to beat you at something!? I'm really trying to like you but this kind of thing makes it difficult! I think I hate you again, I hate all of you guys... Congratulations everyone. "I think, therefore I am." "I am micromanaged, therefore I am not!"
  43. 2 points
    With all that you contribute here you have a sense of humor too!? I hate you.. i know that’s probably a saying somewhere but your unicorn reference was laugh out loud funny. But as a moderator I have to add a point to your permanent record for using the word “fart.” Flatulence... J/K
  44. 2 points
    Hey guys, so I have been traveling around Europe and tried taking a few aerial shots at night. So far, this seems like the most successful shot I have which was over at Romania. What do you guys think? I have also been experimenting with different equipment to use with my drone and finally settled on the Sony Alpha 6300 and the Gremsy T3 gimbal. Hope you guys enjoy this shot!
  45. 2 points
    We just interviewed UAV Coach flight training instructor Cher Brown about her experiences adding drones to her operations as a professional photographer / videographer at KEVA Creative, a company she owns and runs along with her husband Terry Brown. Read the interview with Cher to get her advice on opening your own business, adding drones to an existing business, and also to learn more about how she approaches drone education. Let us know what you think here in this topic, or chime in to share your own insights from experiences you've had adding drones to your photography / videography work.
  46. 2 points
    Never mind. I’m really starting to like the A7RIII. Glad to see it being put to the test.
  47. 2 points
    @Kirk You probably won't believe Russ either even though he runs a part 141 flight school, but here is his take anyway.
  48. 2 points
    I'd like to echo the comments of @R Martin above. Although I did have a background in aviation, much of the material was new to me and Alan's course made it simple. I think I was given 2 hours to take it and I was out the door in 17 minutes with a 94 or thereabouts. It was as simple as going in to pick up milk while my wife waited in the car! And I mean it! Thank you Alan.
  49. 2 points
    I should add that with my book of paperwork I carry a copy of the FAA reg that states that any person interfering with a pilot is in violation of law.
  50. 2 points
    This is a great thread deserving of resurrection... How have all of your efforts panned out over the past 10 months? Aerial Alchemy is growing fast, we’re up to nine employees and looking to hire more. Not that the number of employees equates to success. But we’re certianly trending in the right direction. I believe our approach is similar to what many have mentioned in this thread. Although we have had to build out a significant infrastructure it was our sales and engagement with customers first that necessitated it. It’s interesting that by taking a sales or customer engagement first approach we seem to have built in a lot of value into our technology and services. We initially considered manufacturing and selling drones, “but a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” commercial customers didn’t seem to want to purchase drones. They kept offering us bigger and better opportunities to provide the service. Once we accepted that we were more likely to be successful as a service provider a lot of good things started to happen. When about the time this thread started it was a struggle to figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up, now I can’t wait to get to work and think everyday is a great day to be in the commercial drone business. I hope everyone is trending in the right direction.