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  1. We want to thank everyone for being apart of our community and for entering our DJI Mavic Mini giveaway! The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 29th here on the forum and in our weekly newsletter that goes out every week on Saturday morning. Looking for a new drone? Well, our friends over at DJI have given us a brand new DJI Mavic Mini to give away to our UAV Coach community! The Mavic Mini is a great starter drone that combines everything we love about some of DJI's best drones into a small, but powerful package. Click here to learn more about the DJI Mavic
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  2. Yeah DHawk, everyone has been friendly and professional to this point. I was very attracted to the business model and the fact I will receive support, marketing, and jobs. I can still work my FT job in the meantime. Update- I just received my login info for the 107. I'm excited and more confident in my investment now. So far so good!
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  3. Aloha gang, I had the joy of spending three full weeks in my homeland of east TN, a hop and a skip from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As any sane person would do whilst visiting their grandkids, I made sure to rent a cabin...across the street from the park boundary...with a great launch and landing area on the deck. Here are a couple of my favorite shots peering into the park and surrounding area. Enjoy!
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  4. 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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  5. @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
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  6. Hey gang. I'm curious. Those of you who made the investment and got your materials. How much money have you actually made? and in what period of time? That is ultimately the bottom line.
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  7. We're celebrating our company's 5-year anniversary this week. Our team can't thank you all enough for reading, for training with us, and for helping to push this industry forward. It's been a wild ride. Here are a few thoughts on what we've learned. Would love to hear what you've learned as well! Please share.
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  8. New short film "Autumn Fires". Filmed entirely with the Mavic Pro. Polar Pro ND Filters.
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Hey everyone. I'm the Buffalo/Western New York licensee. Just signed the agreement on Friday. I'm pretty excited about it. It's very nice to see that other people are doing it too.
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  13. Sounds like everyone that has moved forward with Drones Force is happy and given what was promised. I really appreciate all the feedback and please keep updating as you move forward with your business.
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  14. Have a great fourth of July Weekend. Check out this aerial tour of the USS Alabama, a World War 2 Battleship that played a part in many campaigns in the Pacific Theater.
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  15. Hey everybody. For the past twenty years, Louisiana has been a well sought out destination for the film and television industry. Dubbed "Hollywood South", the state has produced billion-dollar box office hits, Academy Award Winners, and everything in between. We will be taking a look at some of the most famous movie locations in Louisiana, so sit back relax and enjoy your tour!
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  16. I know there's a LOT of knock on the Sony Alpha cams these days, for not having jumped into the 10-bit recording world. But I'll tell ya', 8-bit video is NOT as hopeless as most might have us believe. This piece has a lot of fun aerial work in it, from both the M2P and the M2Z. Ground footage was captured on an A7R3, using S-log2. Enjoy!
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  17. Welcome to the forum. Great website, videos and pictures. Nice Job! I have many questions but I’ll let others welcome you before blasting away... @JBR LIFE Photography I heard this guy wants to come to your island paradise, better watch out. @Msdi, I’m joking. We do that occasionally. But seriously you guys should talk. You can see many of his property videos on the photography for real estate thread. I look forward to learning and seeing more Of what your doing.
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  18. Obviously this is no longer a rumor. Why don’t those that have ordered and possibly received their MavicAir2 start a new thread and post example footage and/reviews of your early impressions?
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  19. I have problems with statements and articles that ascribe false reasons for UTM. Right now as I write this, drones are already integrated into the national air space. This is accomplished by confining them with current regulations to areas that are not populated to a great extent by manned aircraft. UTM is not about drones and aircraft. It is about my drone and UPS's drone in the regulated and relegated airspace that UPS wants for themselves. That is only a problem when they don't want to keep an eye on their drone like I'm doing with my drone. Hence...THEY are the problem, not me. They
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  20. Hey Alan, I'm sorry for being a bit cynical with regard to how seriously the FAA will be taking comments. I assure you that I will try to be positive, polite, and concise when I post my comment on the site. My cynicism is mainly born from watching the FCC's request for comments when the proposed dismantling the protections for net-neutrality (2017). I just went back and looked it up and there were 23,952,772 individual comments on the FCC's site. I didn't read them all, but I remember news agencies that were keeping track reporting that most were against the proposal, 20+ Million!
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  21. There are times that you benifit from the property your shooting, they’re awesome, added to your video they look even better. This property, not so much but you still made it look great. Ok, it’s been a while — I hate you. Nice work.
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  22. Hey Chad. @Av8Chuck is correct - there is no standard nor requirement to have a manual. You are correct - there is little out there to give you guidance (HINT @Isabella | UAV Coach and @Alan Perlman, maybe a future blog post or guide with a starter template?) Getting started I wouldn't spin your wheels on it. Put a good checklist in place that covers safety and procedures for equipment and operations. If and when you start working with bigger clients or government agencies, you may need something more robust. I put mine together because I needed a Safety Management System to get a waiver,
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  23. You are required to follow the instructions on the COA, no more, and no less. I have COAs that require a phone call and others that require checking and adhering to the ceilings defined in the UFM and no other requirements. So, read your COA and do what it says and that's it.
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  24. It's amazing how far you have to read the AUVSI website to find out that it's virtual. It's hard to imagine this being much of an event at all. I was hoping that somehow this insanity would have stopped and I could actually attend the show. For those of you missing attending trade shows here's two videos, one from AUVSI and the other from The Commercial UAV: Can you name which exhibitors are no longer in business. I would have asked the question differently, like which ones are new but they wouldn't be in the video. I can't find 2018 AUVSI which was in Denve
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  25. 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 photog
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  26. Interesting to see that Skydio just announced its commercial version of their US Army drone.
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  27. This is a renewed high-quality power module standard based on the ACSP7 but with dual internal power supply to improve the stability of the hall-sensing. The mRo Power Zero from mRobotics is designed especially for the DIY community and it offers extremely accurate measurements across the entire current & voltage operating range with a non-invasive Hall-effect current sensor for UAV / Robotics application and high precision voltage dividing circuit for consistent and reliable measurements. Compared to the ACSP7, the .5v offset is removed and the current sensing is compared with a
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  28. @ElDubya What territory are you lookin at? One thing I like about them that I've found so far is that they're more interested in finding someone that they can invest in rather than putting a few people per territory they want to see one person operate and grow their business. They're a small corporation right now but I they have had success in other parts of the US.
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  29. I’m sure you’ve heard of the expression; “Booe for the best, plan for the worsts.” I really hope all the hype about 5G comes true, especially as it relates to UAVs. But I think it will be similar to the hype about thermal. Some technologies aren’t baked enough, Don’t work well enough, or too complicated and expensive to be integrated into UAV workflows. Sure, it might be great to have 10G download capability, but how fast you could stream data from the sensor the UAV is carrying has never really been the gating factor to a succesful UAV program. I would argue that the security
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  30. The fpv quad is working perfectly. Right now, you think you want it to act like a dji drone. It's likely that when you get proficient with it, you will want it to react properly. Which is what it does now. DJI has their controllers set up that way so that almost anyone can fly it. At least in an open field. FPV quads are designed to be fully controlled by the operator every second. Your fingers will learn where the throttle needs to be to hover. You got this! 😉
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  31. Hi Nick, Talking to the owner before flying and explaining what you are doing, and the flight plan you will follow to keep people safe on the job site may help gain the owner's trust and approval. Perhaps the owner would be interested in using your photographs as well. Also, having your Part 107 and basic drone liability insurance would be helpful as well. If that doesn't work, I agree with Av8Chuck, you will need to weigh whether it's worth the risk to jeopardize the relationship. David
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  32. Congrats! Celebrating 5 years of flight as well!
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  33. Hello all, Former Photo Interpreter, Pilot, Air Traffic Controller and Teacher. I know, a long list of qualifications. I also fly a DJI pro zoom. I lost my flight physical in 1979 but I still love aviation and find the drone as an escape to relax and get the "in the seat" experience. As you can guess, I am getting pretty old but I don't feel it and stay active with my many hobbies. I have no intentions of becoming a licensed drone pilot but I have been teaching my grandson to fly a DJI Mavic which I gave to him. I am trying to get him interested in agricultural uses . His father is an owner of
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  34. DJI Matrice 210 RTK drone in like new condition for sale. The drone is mint but used, everything is aligned and it works flawlessly. It is free from scratches and has never had any issue/crashed. I've had this for over a year and used it about 12 times for a few projects. Price is $6700 (plus shipping), Included are Matrice 210 RTK V1 drone with dual gimbals installed Cendence remote controller Crystal sky screen 2 TB 50 batteries 2 Crystal sky batteries 8 propellers 2 battery chargers, cables and hard case.
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  35. Absolutely. ATC through LAANC. Have a look at #5 https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers
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  36. I gave it a shot when we founded ACUA.org. There are far too many armchair quarterbacks who thought this type of regulation is a necessary step and that the AMA, DJI, AirMap and The Commercial Drone Coalition would represent commercial interest with the FAA. It certainly has been recently over the past six months but at ACUAS.org we were making this pitch four years ago. Most people just laughed at it. I’d give it anothe shot if we could get some adults to work with, if Alan were interested in working on such a cause and a couple of attorneys were interested in volunteering
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  37. Ok, back to those other homes I like to shoot...
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  38. @JBR LIFE Photography ‚ the underwater shot! Amazing
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  39. Im a helicopter pilot and it’s not uncommon to land in spaces where there’s obstacles about 20 feet from the rotor. I’m low and slow and if something unexpected like a lawnchair flies up it’s easy to pull in a bit of power to arrest the decent or just move off to the side if there’s room. My point is when helicopters come and go the pilot is on high alert, if a drone appears out of nowhere I’ll deal with it. Can it be dangerous absolutely, is it dangerous, not necessarily. It’s like when a squirrel runs out on the road, if you see and it’s safe to stop, slow down or move around it yo
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  40. Hi @Adam G, I am going to echo what @Av8Chuck said. Hospital heliports are not controlled airspace, therefore you do not need permission from the hospital to fly there (you would need FAA authorization if the heliport happens to be within controlled airspace). Just to be clear, the FAA has sole jurisdiction over the National Airspace System and the overall operation of drones. The hospital has no legal authority to grant or deny your drone from flying in that region of airspace. Now they could ask that you not stand on their property and fly, which they have the right to do. The FA
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  41. Many thanks Chase, I will follow your advice about fading out and will try letterbox
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  43. I would absolutely do it. The perks would beneficial, but I also believe it could also provide for a safer environment in areas like mine where there is frequent civilian and military traffic in open airspace.
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  44. Hi Jeff, Establishing a price for uas related services are no different than any for other service business. You need to establish your costs, and then add for how much you want or need to earn above those costs. The market in your particular service area will then show you whether or not your price for the service you are offering is viable. There are plenty of guys out there with the idea that if they bring in any money, even if when factored out they are loosing money, say they are happy because they are flying drones. That is not really a viable business plan though.
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  45. Hi, I have had some interest in UAV's and their applications, and have spoken to a few manufacturers as part of my job. It appears that the high quality drones are often times stuck with using cheap inferior connectors to connect batteries, cameras, audio, LIDAR or other components. They are often not weatherproof, unshielded, not secure in shock and vibration, or otherwise unreliable. Many military UAV's solve the issues by using very high priced, very high quality military grade circular connectors. What are the thoughts of standardizing on some high quality connectors for the commercial
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  46. Hi @VicVideopIC, Nicely done, I really enjoyed watching this video! The frame with multiple waterfalls was incredible and looks like something right out of a movie. Iceland is defiantly somewhere I would like to go someday with my drone. The one suggestion I would make is to add a letterbox to all of the frames to make the footage look even more cinematic. Fading out the last frame and music would also add a nice effect to help conclude the video. Great work and thanks for sharing this with us! Best, -Chase
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  47. Hi Felix I have some experience with crop spraying by helicopter, and also crop spraying drones, but not one like yours. I found that most of the crop spraying drones do a pretty crappy job with lots of patchiness, and are often more problematic than they are worth. The best crop spraying drone I have worked with is by for the XAG P series, its quite pricey but definitely the only one that truly delivers a uniform spray pattern, and lives up to its efficiency rates. I think the key is that it has RTK GPS, so it is able to keep its line very accurately, and can even do spot spraying
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  48. Have you requested a waiver or an airspace authorization from the FAA? If so, I would be very interested to hear about your experience. What were you looking for, what did you end up getting, how long did it take, and so on. I've already gotten an airspace authorization (not as much as I wanted) and am waiting for a waiver of Daylight Operations. How about you?
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  49. Hey everyone, my name is Cody. I live in the Chicago area. My drone is a mavic pro. My drone-goals are two pronged. I'm looking for a place to collaborate and learn from as I create a successful aerial imaging solutions company. The other prong is to share and get feedback on the cool shots I capture. My background and passion are in photography, and through photography I've found a love to fly drones. I'll attach a shot from my trip to the Ozarks! Here's my website Can anyone point me in the best direction to learn about experiences with Thumbtack and/or DroneBase missions?
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