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  1. 4 points
    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 aerial Picasso or National Service Provider...it's up to you....it takes hard work and focus as in any industry but there is a much clearer path to the top right now for one who can stay focused.... ...Something for you to consider....As a service provider you provide, a pilot, the craft, the photographer and perhaps editor. By my count 4 services, all having a specific value. When it comes time to post your rates, you may want to ensure that said rates reflect their real worth to the client and enlighten the client as to the cost they would incur, if they had to procure each service separately for their project....most clients really need to be educated...once again, like any other industry.... ....And yes....There maybe some pilots that don't care what they charge so long as they get business... but in my experience, it's the service provider that is reliable, provides excellent customer service and produces an affordable but equitable quality product... that usually develops into long standing and profitable relationships with some client(s), which can lead to a steady revenue stream....there will be no other time like right now....Hope this helps....Success and Good Luck!
  2. 4 points
    To all professional users out there! The Gremsy S1 Giveaway is now ongoing with a gift set worth $2018 up for grabs! Take this chance to win yourself a new Gremsy S1 gimbal, a powerful companion that will assist you in various industrial applications such as aerial mapping, aerial inspection, surveying, search and rescue etc. This new gimbal also now fully supports Flir Duo Pro R cameras! To participate, simply follow the instructions in the link below and remember to like the Gremsy Facebook page to keep updated about the winning participant. https://gremsy.com/news/gremsy-s1-giveaway/ Participation is free and the deadline is 30th June 2018 so be sure to enter today! More information on the Gremsy S1: https://gremsy.com/gremsy-s1/ Gremsy's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Gremsy/ Best regards, Gremsy Team Questions? Feel free to reach us at contact@gremsy.com
  3. 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.
  4. 3 points
    I agree with a lot of the concern about some of the negativity but also with @L&L DRONE VIEWS to stay positive and it is still early. Dronebase and Droners.io are tough because folks are willing to do that work for so cheap (more of a concern on Droners.io IMO). Also, I know a lot of people locally who fly commercially without a license and they are canabilizing some of the business as they are willing to do it cheaper than I ever would. I would stick to your pricing and show the quality of your work. That is what I have done with my repeat clients and it has paid off. Do I make all of my money from my drone - no. I am lucky to do ground photography and have a successful business there. That said, I enjoy the drone work and know that if I was 100% focused on it, but sticking to my pricing and showing the quality of work to all of the available clients (while perhaps supplementing with Dronebase and Droners.io at a price point I was comfortable with), I would be successful. Clients are still figuring the drone thing out as others have said to include cost, quality, etc. As such, getting in now and pushing will lead to success. Cheers!
  5. 3 points
    Realizing that all my opinion and $5 dollars will buy you is a latte at Star Bucks, I am truly concerned....I can certainly understand an appreciate that there are reliable, honest, hard working folks out there who want a chance to perhaps capture the future or realize a passion for flight, photography even editing but to provide services for an insurance company at what has to be considered minimum wage (regardless of volume) is a danger to all pilots and the industry in general.... ...It sends a message to these companies that there is an over abundance of pilots who perhaps do not know how and/or where to prospect for business and are willing to fly for next to nothing just to get a ROI and in my humble opinion..... that sets a very dangerous precedent when it comes to establishing the value of our services.... ....Those $70 (Drone Base) and $82.50 (EagleHawk Platform/Droners.IO) missions cheapen the value of our services beyond redemption because they will be seen as the norm for excellence as well as industry rates for that kind of service... ...Each pilot regardless of flight or business experience does put in the time, effort and costs to be able to enter into an industry that in some instances may even change a person's life forever....not sound overly dramatic but the issue is serious.... ....The UAV Industry as a whole should be looking to establish general/standardized commercial rates that are equitable and compensatory with the services being provided. Nothing cast in stone mind you, but average rates that any industry/company can expect to encounter which would in essence derail their ability to put pilot against pilot in a bidding war for mission volume.... Perhaps it's time to start talking about forming a pilots association that believes in standardized rates for the good of its pilots. If rogue pilots continue to support the rates of these Insurance Claim Centers, any opportunity of procuring any other business connected with or that can be referred by them, will be unavailable because they believe they have set the industry rate standard for claim investigation because they have pilots that will fly for that rate.... ....Let's be candid here....It's only a matter of time until said Insurance Companies, the Utilities, Law Enforcement, Construction and etc., will provide their own drone operations....business connected thru them will also be affected....translation....there will be even less elephants to bag when on a prospecting Safari....Claims may very well become one of the only ways to generate continuous income as a pilot in the future...if we give the store away now, what will we have later... ....We need to be organized....We need to become more than just a flock of professional rogue pilots in competition with one another....it's time for growth....if there is at least some standardized acceptable rates for ALL then each pilot/drone business can still compete based upon, services, experience, reliability, etc., but at least not for pennies.... ....If we let the claims industry believe that we got our birds at Toys R Us and we don't mind spending perhaps 2 or more hours going and coming to the claimant while burning $10-$20 in gas doing so.... all for $70....then that's all the pilots experience, certification, craft, photography, effort and cost as a pilot is worth to them.... .....Yes, there's always going to be an dissenting opinion and that's America but I've been around the block and I think we all should take a pause and see it from a little different perspective....aerial claim assessment could become the next customer service call centers and right now some pilots are flying for the equivalent of less than minimum wage....not good! How much hot water am I in?
  6. 3 points
    Aloha gang! I'm back with another outside-the-box video project & happy to share it. This is a property listing video, using an on-camera interview approach to tell the story. I won't belabor the description with words, just let the video do the talking. Enjoy!
  7. 3 points
    Had a great time in Denver earlier this week. Could only stay for a short time but had a chance to sit in on the keynotes (wow) and to explore the XPO hall (double wow). Great to finally meet @Av8Chuck and @Steve Bennett in person! Chuck—I still owe you a beer. Sorry we missed you, @ScottF but hope you had a good show. Got to see a lot of Drone Pilot Ground School students and community members, industry folks and met a whole slew of new friends. (Steve on the left...me in the middle...Chuck on the right) Here are some big announcements from the show: https://uavcoach.com/auvsi-xponential-2018/ ...perhaps for another thread, but anyone had a chance to read PrecisionHawk's BVLOS research yet? Alan
  8. 3 points
    Hi @Frederick Yahn, @GoneCoastal Is trying to sell his I2, not debate the virtues of one platform over another. If you’d like to debate that topic start another thread, I think you’ll be surprised and probably very dissapointed with the response.
  9. 3 points
    we build a waterproof drone that takes off and lands in water. the motors are fine to get wet, most ESC's are wrapped in shrink wrap and you can spray any exposed wires o CAP's with different types of chemicals that will make them waterproof. You have to be a little more clever when it comes to the flight controller, Rx, video Tx etc to be able to ventilate the heat and you can't make it a completely watertight compartment because of the barometer. You have to have a way to equalize the air pressure or it won't hold altitude. This is a fun example of waterproofing drones:
  10. 2 points
    I did a little research on Federal RFPs for SUAS-related products and services, and I must say, I'm sort of blown away. As of today there are 30 active SUAS-related opportunities in various stages (Pre-RFP, Post-RFP, etc.) Some are looking for SUAS training providers, others are looking for equipment and parts suppliers, and still others involve operating SUAS's. The opportunities seem to run the gamut from training, to service and supplies, to operating, to SUAS countermeasures. Long story short, There's a wealth of federal opportunities out there, and the vast majority of them are with the Dept. of Defense - which, under this current administration, is going to be getting a ton of money over the next few years. So, those of you who are thinking about building a business focused on SUASs, it looks like now is a good time to start one. As someone mentioned in a different post, there's a lot of bureaucracy involved in selling to the Federal Government. But you don't have to sweat that too much if you are just getting started. Getting started is pretty simple - apply for a DUNS #, and once you get one, register your business in SAM. Once you've done that, you are good to start bidding. But bidding as a prime contractor might be tough to do at first. So, if you have a unique capability - or better yet, if you qualify for any kind of special designation that the Government is always looking for (e.g., Veteran-owned small business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business, HUBZone small business, 8(a), woman-owned, economically disadvantaged woman owned, etc.) - you can shop yourself around as a teammate to the larger companies who do this stuff. Larger companies always have to have a small business subcontracting plan in place, and most of them struggle to meet their requirements. So this is definitely a good way to start. I make my living developing proposals for the Federal Government - been doing it for close to 15 years now. So if any of this seems interesting to you and you have questions, or just want to chat about it, let me know.
  11. 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!
  12. 2 points
    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!
  13. 2 points
    Hello fellow dronists! I made a short guide full of tips when travelling with your drone. I organized the tips into stages such as preparation, pre-flight and flight just make content a bit more digestable. Feel free to give your own advice to help those who are looking to travel in the future. Any suggestions would be good too! As a disclaimer, this is my entry to the Epic Aerial Guides contest. I hope you enjoy it!LINK HERE
  14. 2 points
    I agree it's illegal to shoot down a drone. I wouldn't try to but wouldn't be surprised if someone did try it. People do all sorts of illegal things, even though it's not safe etc. my recommendation, if it isn't too much trouble is, contact the land owners of the area you will be flying over to make them aware of your services and why/what you are doing to start a dialogue. Offer to share with them the data you collect.
  15. 2 points
    That's too heavy ?
  16. 2 points
    Glad to see @Half Chrome got an account here! Would be looking forward on your posts
  17. 2 points
    Programming the Tello is pretty straightforward. You can use Scratch combined with an API provided by Ryze. Once you have everything installed, you can create "programs" by dragging and dropping blocks. My 7 yo uses Scratch in her computer class at school and was actually able to create simple Tello programs. The challenge is that the drone is not nearly as precise as some other ground-based vehicles -- getting accurate repeatable performance is a challenge. Nevertheless, it is still a fun distraction. I am going to attempt to include a screenshot of the development environment.
  18. 2 points
    Where are you located? We develop a great drone that is quickly becoming a solid alternative to DJI. At the moment we're not selling them to the public. We're a small company and being consumed by projects for the Navy. We do have the capacity to support companies that know what their doing and are reasonably close to us. I don't have product shots on my laptop but if you look around this site you'll see our most recent hybrid drone: And here are some videos showing what we do and some of our drones. This one was kind of tongue-n-cheek for some VC: This one shows some flight testing, we can carry from 12 pounds AUW to 48 pounds AUW with our Y6's. I posted about the US Army ban on this forum and was telling people then the unintended consequences.
  19. 2 points
    Yes haha! I've seen a video of it that a Tello drone is programmed to mimic a cat's 'meow' after it flips.
  20. 2 points
    Yah, this'll be interesting. I suspect a similar $150 recurrent test, but testing on fewer concepts. Curious if it'll be 60 questions, or a new SKU of 40 or 50. This slide was from a presentation at the 2017 FAA UAS Symposium.
  21. 2 points
    Jay Manley has the credentials and offers a really informative lecture covering all aspect of part 107 involvement in SAR activities. The series of topics includes suggestions on how to get free training and certificates so that you to learn what terminology and procedures are required for the Part 107 pilot to ease into structured SAR missions being conducted by officials and public servant members. This information is crucial for you to understand and to gain acceptance into the group by working in harmony with their efforts. These people have "been there, done that" and would welcome your offer to provide free services of value to your local community as long as you are able to work within their framework of standard operating procedures. Jay Manley has a long history of search and rescue participation, including actual mission “Finds”. Jay is a 18-year member of the Civil Air Patrol, with the rank of Lt. Col., has over 600 hours of flying and over 150 actual mission hours of flying. But besides the flying aspects, Jay is also a certified Incident Commander and actively helps train other members in search and rescue activities. He is also a Life member of the AMA and has been operating a UAS business for almost a year now. Recently he has taken it upon himself to extend the training that he has had in search and rescue with CAP into the area of UAS operations. This course is a collection of that knowledge and training. https://courses.droneproacademy.com/courses/search-and-rescue-with-jay-manley
  22. 2 points
    That’s a great interview for this just starting out in real estate. Josh provides a pretty realistic overview of drone photography as a business. Thanks for sharing this.
  23. 2 points
    As an active REALTOR for 35 years, I have personally always thought it to be better to hire a professional and pay a fair price for photos and videos. My time is better spent marketing the property and myself. But over the years, I have been greatly impressed by several different photography services and have enjoyed the field myself. When the Mavic Pro first came out, I had to have one and part of my justification for purchasing the drone was to enable me to take aerial shots that were, at the time, quite expensive as I had to hire a helicopter pilot and photographer. The Mavic Pro was a great solution to that once high cost for those photos. Along the way, I have begun to work in my spare time on developing a business plan for providing the same services I have for so long purchased from others. After 35 years in the business, I am looking toward reducing the time spent in the industry selling homes and commercial properties. I will not give up opportunities resulting from so many years in the business, but I intend to refer more business to others and devote more time to my passion for photography. So I am diving into final Cut Pro X and steadily developing the skills to provide the same services to others that I used to purchase for myself. The best part is that there are so many other skilled photo and video professionals to learn from. Success leaves clues and figuring out how to recreate the great videos produced by others is simply a learning and a practice experience. I see that this is turning into a long answer to a short question, so I offer this advice. Find some agents like me and take them out for coffee or lunch or whatever. Do not take NO for an answer. And they will say NO. Or that they already have their own vender. Ask them to try you out one time at no charge and if they like your product, well then you may have the opportunity you seek. But before you ever make that call, be sure you have the skills to provide the product they expect. Until you do, be sure to market yourself on social media sites with displays of your product as it develops. It may start with one great photo or video, but will rapidly grow as do your skills. Be sure to have at least one good marketing video that showcases your skill. Then go for it. You can view my Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/northshoredroneservices/ I've only been adding to it for less than a year. Also: http://www.northshoredroneservices.com And my fist complete property video: Best of luck, Jay
  24. 2 points
    Good method to your madness. Get licensed first to fly and continue researching the drones you would be interested in (and can afford) that could possibly fulfill the role you intend to use it for. DJI is probably the most readily available but the most problematic to fly. Yuneec makes a great product as do a few others. Next think about the camera. Precise work calls for a good camera. For general mapping purposes the absolute minimum would be a 12 megapixel camera which will do the job roughly at less than 120 ft AGL. A better choice would be something in the range of 20 megapixels or you could always design a system around a Sony A7Rii if you can afford it. Pixel count equates to image detail and also allows you to fly at a higher altitude capturing more data per picture and covering more ground which decreases flight time or increases area covered per battery. The newer units fly with a dual-battery setup that may give 25 minutes of flight time under ideal temperatures and battery condition. Single battery aircraft (DJI) can be reasonably be expected to fly about 15 minutes per battery. Batteries run (for my aircraft) roughly $200US each (although I did just purchase 5 TB48 5700 mAh batteries with my government discount for $832 US). I fly small to medium sized job sites (2-47 acres). I have six batteries on hand with five more shipping. If I knew then what I know now, I would have purchased a higher end UAS and paid the price up front instead of my current situation which is now trying to justify purchasing a $20,000 US aircraft to do the job that my $3,000 US aircraft does. Bottom line: take your time and be able to justify your decision before you leap blindly or at least half-cocked into the UAS business. Identify your needs for the service you intend to provide and then find an airframe that will cover those expectations. Also build some redundancy into you needs. Think strategically five years ahead of what you not only need at the moment but what you need to cover other possible aspects of a project (IR roof inspection as an example).
  25. 2 points
    I'm guessing you've already interviewed Ben. I think AirMap, along with DJI are largely responsible for this mess in the first place. AirMap started out as a company who's website you could log into, pay money to add your company to a "no-fly-Zone" for a fee. Now their influencing the regulation of the airspace? For them and DJI this is all about pay-for-play.