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  1. 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? Read today's post to read everything we know so far about DJI's forthcoming FPV drone.
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  2. @Dave Pitman I love Danny MacAskill! I included that first video in one of our recent weekly roundups. The filming and the riding/stuntwork are just mindblowing.
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  3. We need a drone that can fly in 50 knots of wind and has enough fps, 120, at 4k ideally. We have yet to have our needs met and are hoping that the fpv pro version will be able to do so finally. Do you think this is wishful thinking in this version?
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  4. 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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  5. It’s an overpriced piece of...? Not that I’m bitter and tired of competing with plastic toy drones.
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  6. Funny Chuck, before I got to your last paragraph, I was already thinking about how AirMap, and others, came up with a grand scheme, sucked in some like-minded VC $$, hired some lobbyists and went about fabricating a problem for which they would be paid to provide a solution. And, walah! the UTM idea was born. It's an amazing idea. Record all of the uas operation "meta data" in the entire country and store it. Then, if something goes wrong, the "recording" can be queried to try and find out what happened and who is responsible. The model has already been proven by the NSA. UTM aims to take it even further. At least with PRISM, all of the tax payers got to chip in. With UTM, a much smaller contingent has to pay for it. The FAA keeps harping on the need for UTM to enable mass BVLOS operation. But they don't want to discuss the novel idea that only those operating mass BVLOS, thus requiring some way to assign accountability, are the ones that need a plan and will need to pay for it. The problem for AirMap with this idea is that Boeing, Amazon, UPS, fill in the blank, will administer their own programs with no need of AirMap. AirMap needs those that cannot build the infrastructure on their own to pay them.
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  7. Hi! This is a collection of my videos from my first 3 months of flying with my FPV drone. Hope you enjoy it😃 Would be great to get some feedback from other FPV pilots.
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  8. It's a small scale classic Ponzi scheme. File reports at the FBI, FTC, Local Police and Ic3.gov. If everyone files they'll get this guy or guys. They need to pay for this crime.
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  9. Thanks for the compliment @AncientAirship! I just realized I've been negligent and have not posted any of my work for months. Lemme rectify that: Anyway, to answer your question local market demands should somewhat drive where you spend your creative energy. There are never enough motion VFX artists to go around, so that is certainly something that is a worthwhile skill to have. My real estate clients generally don't know what they want in terms of VFX and motion graphics. There are a handful who are super concerned about their own personal branding, but beyond that as long as I communicate the rough specs of the property they have been happy. On the VFX side I routinely do some light VFX with steam, sun rays, and cleaning up skies (lots of wildfires out here). For example in the video above - sun through the trees, skies over the deck, steam over bathtub: all VFX. Here's another commercial property video that's all drone (M2P) and incorporates a lot of motion text elements to communicate the property highlights: Cheers! - Matt
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  10. I'm new to the forum but spent quite a while going through all the posts in this thread and it's been really interesting seeing everyone's skills and techniques improve over the last couple years. @JBR LIFE Photography, your work and @Av8Chuck and @Talon Six Aerial are all consistently high quality so I feel you know the industry quite well. Since this thread is about the future too, what do you (and any others active in this thread) think is going to be next? I live in downtown Chicago so clearly the scene is very different from Maui (most shots are of a specific condo or commercial building rather than a single home), but drones are already a norm, virtual tours seem to be everywhere... what's next? For example, I haven't been in the game too long, but I've already noticed an increase in requests for motion tracking and random VFX cleaning up videos; requests like having floating text that's revealed behind a building, or removing objects from footage to make it look cleaner. Here's an example of what I'm talking about (footage is not mine, just the VFX): I'm curious where I should be focusing my professional development as I seem to be getting increasing real estate work. What VFX and motion graphics are people interested in for these videos? I know a large skyscraper is going to have a larger budget than a normal homeowner, but I suspect homes in the multi millions are likely to have some wiggle room in their budget as well. Side note: I'm excited to be part of the forum! Apologies for writing a book and definitely let me know if I inadvertently violate any rules (for example is it normal to call out posters directly or is fine to assume most active members are following the topic?). I had a lot of fun reading through the thread.
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  11. Flying since early August. No complex missions yet until I get used to more simpler ones but been getting steady jobs.
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  12. This thread is really receiving some attention. What a ride we are all about to go on. Hopefully getting started is a bit easier for you folk not in California! I've been tryin to get my advanced training class scheduled for a few weeks now but the covid restrictions here are making it a pain.
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  13. @btjdrone Prior to signing up myself, they gave me 2 licensees that were already up and running to contact. One they provided because the market was very similar and another just because I asked for more than one. They both weren't extremely helpful but they did answer a few questions. As far as Feedback goes I haven't done my first mission yet. I have received the drone, completed the online training, Website will hopefully be done next week. Last thing is they want you to do a 2 day in person training course to really understand how to work the drone you are purchasing. Not just basic flying but the different settings for the IR Camera etc. That is all I am waiting on but due to Covid the classes have been pretty difficult to get squared away. I would recommend being ready to wait. If you sign up, I wouldn't expect to start flying commercially the following week. It takes some time. @dragonbaseball68 I think most people on this forum aren't flying live missions yet. We are all somewhere between just signing the agreement to waiting on in-person flight training before going live. I have spoke to a few people and there are those who are just doing it solo and will hire more pilots as it makes sense and then there are people I've spoke to who are taking the approach you are where they have a pilot or two on standby as contract pilots being paid per job. For all of our sake, I hope we all need to hire more pilots and the work is plentiful.
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  14. Each autumn and spring one can see an exciting phenomenon here, as the fish try to clear the rapid by jumping over it. About 300 years ago, Jacob, the Duke of Courland, invented a way to catch with baskets placed along the rapid the fish that came upstream to breed and jumped across the rapid. Due to these fishing devices invented by Duke Jacob, Kuldīga used to be called to be a town where you can catch salmon in the air. One could catch as many as 80—100 salmon a day.
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  15. The interesting parallel I thought of was the Xray I had taken this week. That photograph was taken by someone unqualified to render a decision or diagnosis. She was only there to collect data for the expert. When I am actually surveying or measuring anything? And what about photos from the ground of a building? How is THAT different?
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  16. If the drone operator is providing a ground surface file which elevation contours can be derived from, the operator should be a licensed drone pilot (FAA Part 107) and a licensed surveyor in most states. If you are just taking photos for Real Estate presentations, you should be FAA Part 107 licensed but should not need to be a licensed surveyor. I am a FAA Part 107 pilot and a licensed surveyor in many states, including Michigan. I don't make up the rules but must abide by them. The creation of ground surface files using a drone is not a simple matter and when done incorrectly can have costly impacts to the client, adjacent land owners and the general public. I believe the rules need to be clarified to make a distinction between Drone surveying applications and Drone photography.
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  17. We don't do any cinema. I worked in the entertainment industry for about 20 years developing tech for digital film effects. We sold the Software we developed to Apple in 2002 and I called it a day. That guy is insane. Having said that, I really enjoy watching Danny MacAskill. It's so great to watch someone who's so talented but so gracious and so humble. While watching the first video I couldn't help thinking one mistake and his career, if not his life could be over in the blink of an eye. It was interesting hearing in the behind the scene video that his crew felt the same way and there were moments they couldn't watch. All of those guys are talented but I think the FPV cinematography kind of detracts from his performance. Too many sweeping arcs and flyby's. In the ski video the camera guy kept all the attention on the skier. Both are really talented but I really wanted to see the drone follow Danny on some of the more technical transitions down the slab. Both of these videos are great. But the other difference I think worth mentioning is that Danny was risking his life and to a much lesser degree the lives of his crew but that was their choice. As talented as the skier and camera operator are, they were endangering the lives of some really inexperienced skiers that came very close to getting hit. At the speed he was traveling there would have been serious injury. No matter how talented these guys are they're risking a lot to produce YouTube videos.
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  18. A very interesting development. A demonstration of a UAV navigating using internal maps and AI when GPS fails. I think this could be a huge development. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-delivery-drone-gets-to-destination-in-israel-without-gps-signal/
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  19. You guys are all a bunch of drone industry geeks
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  20. Hi @Zacc Dukowitz no worries, anything I can do to help. Regarding the UTM, we now have two CRADA's with the Navy and our principle investigator is also part of the NASA committee for UTM so I've heard a lot about what works and what doesn't. Interestingly, as I've heard some of this Patrick Eagan has reported on the same issues. Not exactly the same way that I hear it but he must also know someone who is a part of the UTM testing. You know the expression "Follow the Money." There's a lot being said about UTM but there was very little public debate on was it necessary in the first place. It was all attributed to "safety" which pretty much quelled any rational debate. I mean, who would be against safety? When you look back on what I call "The Summer of 2017" when the FAA issued "guidelines" of how they "literally" control everything from the grass in your backyard to FL65 which meant that you couldn't fly in your own backyard, not even a kite. Then they had to issue more guidelines defining a kite and how it wasn't included. Really? Not that these laws mean anything, but its against the law for the FAA to regulate commerce, so if you follow the money are they breaking any laws if they turn to a "Public/Private partnership" (The three blue blocks in your diagram) to accomplish this for them? I would argue that it is but I'm not an attorney. I would also argue that's it a conflict of interest if any of the money collected for user fees as part of the UTM could not be used to fund any part of the FAA. People justify drone registration because its only $5, that's to the registrant. The FAA has taken in almost $9M. Where did that money go and where is it being spent? How is the FAA being held accountable for such a sizable amount of money. How much is UTM going to cost to deploy? Who decided it was necessary? Why do we need LAANC? Who, if anyone, made the case for UTM? Everyone who has a financial stake in its development that's who, but the statistics don't warrant it.
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  21. Confirming that AirMap deleted that post after it created a lot of backlash for them. @Dave Pitman you're right, I think that was definitely them slipping up and stating their true mission. @Av8Chuck, had no idea NASA's UTM testing was so shaky. Can you share some links to where you read/heard about that? Would be curious to read up on it. Dave did a good job a while back checking me when I was writing about UTM and really just adopting an industry perspective without thinking about how its rollout could impact drone service providers/individual operators (hobbyists too, for that matter). Hope I'm doing a better job now—I want to write 'the facts' (what the FAA/industry reps are saying and what it seems like is happening on the testing front) but I'm trying to do better at considering whom will be impacted and what that impact might look like. Thanks for keeping me honest Dave and Chuck, know I can always count on you to share your frank thoughts.
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  22. I think the biggest hurdles are airspace and safety. The worlds airspace is so busy without throwing in new flying machines at low altitude, bad weather and [at least for now] who will fly them and how will it be regulated - will you need a pilot licence or will they introduce some new licence? Uber definitely bit off more than it could chew with their predictions, after all it is flying, even if it's based off a multi-copter design. In fact as everyone knows the multi-copter is inherently unstable and needs some nifty electronics to not fall out of the sky - now go put people in them . Obviously Airbus should be at the forefront of building a flying machine and how its integrates with current regulations/airspace, but this is certainly a new sector and will be difficult to predict progression without putting in the test flights first.
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  23. Hi Zacc, I think it is a well written summary of the current state of things, well done!
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  24. Oops, sorry. Just when I thought I was done... I realize that people generally don't agree with this, but HOBBYISTS ARE NOT DRIVING THE COMMERCIAL ADOPTION OF DRONES PERIOD! I know that people want to believe in the easy button and cheap but that's not the way markets grow. It has nothing to do with who has the best mousetrap, and everything to do with peoples eversion to the cheese. If anyone's really interested you should read Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore. Its an oldie but a goody that explains the technology adoption life cycle and the hobbyists or techies role in market development. I realize that all of those Facebook geniuses think its different now but its not.
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  25. So very cool! I grew up on a farm in Iowa. I have some cool stuff of the farm I grew up on - my uncle farms it now. Here's one I did of some silage harvest last year. I have a few more in the can too...just have to find the time to edit.
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  26. For those who want to move on and salvage what you can I have a few suggestions. Take an inventory of: Everyone who paid and what did you get, drone, website, training etc.. Anyone who paid and got nothing? Has anyone received a partial or full refund? Does anyone know how many "licensee's" there are? Is there a list? All of those who became part of DronesForce should exchange contact information. As @Patricio has started to do, everyone should exchange or post your URL [if you received one] and what was your "territory". In the commercial drone market your not likely going to be competitors. There's probably safety in numbers when it comes to sorting out what happened but more importantly in helping each other get started. I would also recommend that you segregate the issues of getting your money back versus deciding what you want to do next. Obviously you want to share as much information as possible and do all you can to recover your investment but Online that will turn into a presidential election. For those that are going through this if you received the hardware [and hopefully the website] then you can consider this an expensive education but you might still get some value from this and help the others that were screwed out of everything. There's no reason that you can't all work together to form a "Coalition" and pick up where DronesForce left off. Not saying it will be easy or ideal but it might be manageable if you work together. Try not to point the fingers at one another, don't be a victim.
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  27. I’m convinced Steven Marsh in this thread is Alex Larson Also, Arwin at Memphisuav is Alex +1 (901) 531-9799. He's going to talk in a southern accent but listen closely and you'll hear Alex. This is also true of Chris P from www.vancouver-aerial.com. +1 (778) 655-8540. He’ll talk with a Canadian accent but he’s also Alex. And finally, Eric P from Alburquerque DukeCityAerial.com +1 (505) 605-6945. I recorded all my conversations when talking with anyone related to Drones Force. I didn’t record these conversations because I was suspicious. I did it so I could review my notes when putting together a business plan. The weekend before I was going to send my $20k, I reviewed all my conversations in one sitting. That’s when it became clear to me that Alex was posing to be all these partners. I didn’t notice at first when I had these initial conversations because a week or two would pass before I had my next conversation. However, when you listen to these conversations back to back to back, it’s quite obvious that Alex is everyone. Even the so called other employees in the office. This for me was the last straw. I’m so glad I recorded these conversations. I had a lot of other concerns and saw many other red flags that moving forward was not going to be a option for me. I hope some of this information is helpful. Good luck moving forward.
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  28. Hi Guys, @JBR LIFE PhotographyI love the use of rain and people. Most of the realtors in my area discourage using people in their videos. I think people want to see people, helps them visualize what they might look like in that home and makes the property video a little more about lifestyle than cabinets.. @AncientAirship thanks for viewing and noticing the improvement in everyone's techniques (accept @JBR LIFE Photography) You know I couldn't pass that up.. Jonathon is a great example of how much of what he does today would have been considered "VFX" work just four years ago. The use of graphics, syncing to music, great photography, using cinematic moves of the camera, aerial, color grading etc.. All done with a great deal of thought on what message is being conveyed about a property. Most realtors four years ago would have said that wasn't necessary, today many require it. That's what creative leadership looks like. Its taken a while but everyone on this thread has done an outstanding job of helping each other improve, demonstrated by @AncientAirship's comments. So welcome to the community, hopefully you'll get as much out of participating as I have. That's enough Mr. Nice Guy, you know I must want something... I haven't posted here in such a long time because I haven't shot any property videos but that doesn't mean that I haven't had fun with video. Here are three of my latest. I think I may have posted one of them on this forum but nobody watched it. WTF? All of these videos use the same techniques that I use on property videos.
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  29. Aloha gang! It's time for some more visual storytelling! This video I'm sharing today marks the last project I shot on the a7iii/a7Riii combo. (upgraded to a pair of a7Siii's). The aerial star of the day was the Autel Evo II Pro. I gotta say, the more I use it, the more I love it, although it has a few kinks to be worked out. This home was on the market with another agent for over a year, with no movement, and barely any traffic. The agent who picked up the listing is a dreamer and visionary who definitely thinks outside the box. In fact, I'm not convinced she even believes there is actually a box, and I love that about her. After hearing the client's vision ideas & concepts, and reviewing the old listing imagery & video, I sat down to write up a storyboard. As I'd hoped, it was a 'go' on first draft, although once on-site there were a couple minor story adjustments. But for the most part, what I wrote is what you'll see in the video. Sound design was definitely inspired by @Talon Six Aerial, as I learn a ton from him about that.
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  30. DDD I can not speak to others and how they feel, only myself and my past experience with being in business. There are some "Back Room" process they take care of that I will not have to worry about until I am up and running, if I choose to. Such as data storage, editing of video, and an app they created for people to order services as well as the website. Also, I have never paid only $500 for a website, by the time it is done I have spent anywhere from $1500 - $3000. I do not produce website myself and I do understand that once you have the template the rest is simple. However, even if I had $14k remaining, I can easily spend that in business if I don't know what I am doing, with Drones Force, and frankly they other licensee's I have an amazing network of help, including this website. That is probably the main issue for me is the support of an organization that wants me to be successful. I have in the past gone into business and the people telling me they would support me only to discover that once I started to get successful they started viewing me as a competitor and no longer saw themselves as a mentor. I know there are a lot of great people out there to help, but I do not know who the good ones are and who the bad ones are so who do you trust? I have already invested and I do hope that I get my money worth and would be a little defensive now if someone told me I was an idiot or over paid for the service, that is human nature. Everyone has their reason for stepping up and paying and then there are those who have their reason for not stepping up. Usually it is past experience that dictates whether you do something or not. Ultimatley you have to go with your gut, buying something is always an emotional decission, no matter how much your brain tells you anything different...but I also drive a Raptor and a Challenger, so I might not be the best one to ask when it comes to buying things, ha ha.
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  31. Reporting to ya'll after first few weeks in operations. Got my first payment last week for the first 3 weeks. Had a few missions but they were basic that's the only thing. They told me more complex missions they will start marketing after 90 days of basic ones. Also looking at getting a friend trained, as I see the calendar is slowly filling up. Good luck guys and I'll keep ya'll updated.
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  32. Just dropping in so I can stay in the loop. Just signed the license agreement (Austin,TX) I already have my 107 but I'm going to do all of the training to get all of the benefits.
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  33. I like the drone footage accompanied by a very nice description of the vintage lighthouse. I'm sure there aren't many cast-iron lighthouses in the world. Most of the rebar skeletons are covered by concrete.
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  34. Hello all. Glad to be here and starting my drone career off for the second time. First and foremost, I would like to thank Alan and the rest of the UAV Coach team for a well thought out and presented training course. I have gone through a couple others and NOBODY compares to the quality and breadth of information covered by Alan and his team. Well Done! I took my test yesterday and got a 95%. Even Old Dogs can learn New Tricks. I'll apologize in advanced for the long post but it's an interesting story, or at least I think it is. My name is Vern and I am a Service Disabled Navy Nuclear Submarine Veteran from back in the days of the Cold War. Spent 13 years on fast attack boats chasing and spying on those pesky Russians. Loved it so much I married a wonderful woman from St Petersburg, Russia and its now going on 18 yrs together. Anyway, back to drones. As I had mentioned this is my second time launching a career flying drones. Back in early 2014 I did some contract work for BNSF Railroad providing 3D Visualizations of various proposed UAV test programs they were trying to get approval for from the FAA. After leaving the Navy in 1995 I pursed a career in 3D Modelling and Animation, a skill I taught myself during the last 3 years in the Navy as an Engineering and Submarine Damage Control Instructor. Fast forward almost 20 years and I have created more 3D technical visualizations and training apps then I can remember and for some of the biggest and best out there like Lockheed-Martin and the Navy's Space and Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). Over the course of 2014 I continued to create and refine numerous visualizations for BNSF and they were instrumental in getting the FAA to approve there test programs. During this time my interest in Drones flourished and I applied for and was issued a Section 333 Exemption, bought a drone, and off I went. Working with a local Lidar Scanning firm I was instrumental in getting their drone program up and running. Having several drones by then and my 333 Exemption played a big role. Those exemptions were like gold back in those days. I felt like that kid in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Am I showing my age yet? So, I flew all kinds of missions from a detailed photographic survey of Ft Myers Florida's Water Treatment Facility for Autodesk University, part of a marketing push to showcase their latest version of Recap, to mapping Quarries and Surveying stockpiles for international giant Carmeuse throughout the Midwest. It gets damn cold and windy in Wisconsin. Was stuck there once for a week waiting for the weather to clear and wind to die down so I could fly. Burrrrr.... But my drone flying was secondary to being a 3D Artist Developing Training Apps and Virtual Reality (VR) was also in it's infancy. Long story short I put the drones on the shelf and put on a VR headset and dove headlong into VR. Fast forward to early 2020 and several VR training apps later we were ready to launch our latest VR app, an Active Shooter Response Training for Educators, and my wife and I just got our Escape Room and VR Arcade open after nine months of hard work and tons of money spent. Then came COVID. With schools shutdown our VR app gathered dust, and I hope it will continue to and will never be needed again, and the state shut our venue down after 4 months of operation. A month after that the building went up for sale and we had two weeks to move out. Ugh... What now. I know! DRONES!!! So late last year I decided to resurrect my drone business and planning to fully launch it this summer in sunny Northeast Florida. My 3DR Solo, Phantom 2 and Phantom 3 Pro are a bit dated so now I have the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. I also had this unrelenting submariner urge to get back underwater so I also purchased the Qysea Fifish V6 submersible. My new business is called "Helo & Sub" and I will also be producing a Youtube channel of the same name that will be similar in ways to Mike Rowes "Dirty Jobs" but drone related. I want to showcase the use of drones in all manner of industries from Infrastructure Inspection and Mining Surveys to Real Estate and Weddings. I'd like to promote not only my own service company but other drone service companies as well. We all have interesting stories to tell. I am finishing my 6x12 Blackout Edition Cargo Trailer Conversion (CTC) which will be a combination Drone Workshop, Data Processing lab and Bunk Room. Also known as the Ultimate Rolling Man Cave or URMC for short. This will allow me to travel extensively for on-site work, go on extensive backwoods adventures, and hopefully hold drone camps and public awareness events. I really like to teach and train people and plan to use my skills and knowledge in VR development to it's fullest in this endeavor. Although COVID was a big downer I am really looking forward to hitting the road and doing some cool stuff real soon. Please feel free to comment, provide advice, ask questions, etc. Have Fun and Fly safe, Vern aka: "Sub"
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  35. The complex contains three buildings. Large Sphere building was used depending on the day and event time as a dinning place, movie Theatre, place for disco or conference center. Second one was used as a hotel and a third, large building used to be a brilliant hotel for a soviet people, but seems it was never finished. Near the complex, you may find a ski track. Seems it was a pretty nice place, until it gets abandoned after the of USSR.
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  36. Hey Chase, The most obvious answer would be real estate but anything that will allow me to fly safely will be done. Inspections. Surveying. Mapping. Photography and videography. Search and rescue. Though most of them will require an upgrade from the A2s. But it was the mid grade with a nice censor. The geo fencing is my only complaint. Several places I can fly but DJI has them shown as restricted and not authorized. Next drone will probably be the Autel duel. I’d like to move more into inspections. How about you? bill
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  37. Ok Ya'll so I took the test today. While it says there is an introduction and 3 sections, it really is an introduction and one section. It took me about an hour or so to get through the intro and section one. Sections 2 and 3 are essentially other resources for you. Yes, you do need to get a 100% on the test - it was a 45 question multiple choice test. If you did read through the lessons you should be fine. Happy to answer any questions people have. Cheers, Adam
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  38. Hi Zacc, who IS the Navy? Who speaks for the Navy? Part of what started this wild goose chase was a FOIA which received the logs from those on duty that night. Its not that "The" Navy doesn't want to disclose the information, they probably don't think there's anything to disclose. A lot of Media organizations want to create notoriety for themselves by generating this kind of clickbait. I don't have the answer but I sure don't think they were the Chinese spying on us. They don't need to use drones and if they did where did they launch and recover them from? How many drones could fly ten miles and then loiter for 90 minutes two years ago? The Drive is really grasping at straws trying to put together some FIOAS to spin this yarn, just like they did with the story about how Rogue Drones Paralyzed Gatwick Airport for More than 20 hours. Funny think about that, no drones were ever found. Do you think The Drive made money on that story? Besides the cover photo isn't even good Photoshop. Do you think any of this is good for the image of commercial drones? What do you think the Drive is hoping to accomplish? Maybe create some false interest in this so they can make money? Do you think we should help them spread this sort of hyperbole? This is a video from one of the missions we did for Coast Trident 2018, check out the destroyer as we leave the harbor. Hmmm. I'd show you the video from 2019 but I'm afraid the jig would be up...
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  40. I recently completed the training course and passed the part 107 with a 98%. I'm looking forward to reading through the forum and building on my drone knowledge.
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  41. Welcome to the forum. We used to have people who provided classes on thermal and photogrammetry but unfortunately I have not been as active as usual so I don't know if they are still offering that through UAV Coach. One thing you may want to keep in mind is you might find non-drone related thermal or photogrammetry training more thorough and accessible. Its your knowledge of those technologies that companies pay for not the fact that you can fly a drone. Applying that skill set to the drone is pretty straight forward.
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  42. I was looking into them around July and backed out once I saw their Google reviews. Clearly fraudulent and paid for. Multiple reviewers giving 5 stars to Drones Force, locksmiths in Jamaica, places in France, etc. All were either world travelers that happened to review the exact same unique places; or they were paying a firm for fake reviews which is illegal in the USA. Then the ads saying “franchise” but in discussions saying it was a licensing agreement instead so they could attempt to get around FTC laws. Should get all affected and do a class action along with handing them over to the proper authorities in Canada. I doubt I was given anyone’s actual names though as they were ghosts on social media.
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  43. Good morning, We would be happy to help you beta test your drone. We have experienced part 107 pilots that are also private pilots. The area we could test it in is emergency services. We currently fly the M 200s, Mavic dual 2 enterprise among other UAVs. Thanks in advance, Wayne Bailey Chief Pilot Blue Ridge Mountain Drones Asheville North Carolina 828-275-4566
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  44. Hey Everyone! I am new to the forums here. My name is Steven and I am from central California. Recently got my 107 and am here to network, learn and potentially get a small business off the ground like I'm sure many of you are doing as well. I have a lot of agriculture here in my region and there is so much to research it is unreal! It is very exciting to be a part of a community in a growing industry. I was gifted a DJI Tello a year ago and I never really had the time or area to take it out as I live close to an airport and before getting my 107 I kind of figured it would be taboo to fly it and didn't really want to risk anything. Recently I have had the opportunity to travel a lot more and learned that I REALLY enjoy flying the little tello around. It was just very impressive how such a small and inexpensive drone still has the capabilities that it does. I immediately went to the DJI store and bought myself a DJI Mavic Air 2. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews on it but personally, I really enjoy it and I think it will work well for doing simple things like aerial real estate photography for now. I am very interested in getting the bigger and better drones. Specifically I am loving what DJI is showcasing regarding the agricultural drones and even possibly the Mavic Enterprise! One thing I hope to learn more about is how to utilize the software that compliments these drones on a commercial level when creating reports for potential customers such as thermographic imaging, mapping, what cameras are best for things like tower inspections etc etc. Anyways, I can talk for hours and ramble so I will leave it as this for now! Looking forward to getting to know all of you and hope you have a good one! Steven
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  45. Hi @Stacy, it’s usually the best if the person who shot the interior edits the photos. Not necessary to do it that way but if the person who edits the shots is the same that took them they learn to be much more efficient in how they take the pictures. The amount of time spent taking the picture can greatly reduce the amount of time in post processing the picture. Good photographers know the shots to get and will strobe the room so the lighting is right or they will bracket three shots with 4-stops of dynamic range and the use Infuse to automate the HDR. Architectural photography is like a computer, garbage in, garbage out..
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  46. GoPro Hero 8 Black/DJI Mavic Air
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  47. Just now seeing this post but great shots! TN is my home as well, specifically Middle TN. My wife is from East TN. Beautiful country!
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  48. So the facts here are thus: 1. you live in an awesome place 2. you are skilled at your art 3. you have great luck 4. an even better eye. 5. you're an evil little man for rubbing our noses in it. j/k
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