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  1. 5 points
    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 Mini. How to enter: Comment here sharing what you plan to do with the Mavic Mini if you are selected as the winner. Will you fly for fun, business, or both? We wish you all the best of luck and look forward to reading your responses! Deadline: 02/27/2020, 12:00 p.m. EST How it works: Everyone who comments on the post in our community forum from now until Thursday, February 27 at noon EST will be given one entry in the raffle. After the window for commenting closes, we’ll do a drawing and randomly select a winner. The winner will be announced in our weekly newsletter on Saturday, February 29. Note: The raffle is open only to those who reside in the U.S. or Canada. Each individual gets one entry in the raffle. Multiple comments will not equal multiple entries. Blue skies and safe flying!
  2. 3 points
    New short film "Autumn Fires". Filmed entirely with the Mavic Pro. Polar Pro ND Filters.
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    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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    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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    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!
  6. 2 points
    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.
  7. 2 points
    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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    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.
  9. 2 points
    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 should absorb ALL the costs of the integration within that air space with no preference shown just because they are willing to pay fees to the government. Put them in the 100 feet between my drone and the manned aircraft operating altitude. WHAT, that's not safe?!! Well wait until drones or cargoes start falling out of the sky from mid-air collisions that are bound to happen from BVLOS operations. Especially with the tethered cargoes hanging down from drones that are not in view of a pilot. How many telephone wires, electric lines and small branches are hit every day by drones flying within sight now? Let me take a few minutes to climb down of this high-horse and you all be safe out there. bf
  10. 2 points
    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! The comments were ignored. This NPRM will receive no where near the scale of reaction, IMO. So, I'll admit, I am indeed cynical that they don't plan on doing exactly what they want regardless of the comments. Now, maybe it will all work out somehow. Either it will be quashed by adults at DOT, as @Av8Chuck alluded to. Or perhaps all of our craft (90%) will be easily up-gradable to meet the requirements as the NPRM says they will. And maybe we won't be taken to the cleaners by the new network service we will be required to subscribe to. And maybe all of the software handshaking that has to work perfectly to enable a mission to be flown will be solid. And then, maybe it won't negatively impact all of our uas related businesses. But that is a lot of maybes in there. Dang, more cynicism! I will be delighted to be wrong and the FAA is malleable to the fine arguments and reason presented in the comments. However, reading the thing it looks like the FAA went even farther than even the suggestions of the ARC in some cases. Not a great start.
  11. 2 points
    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.
  12. 2 points
    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, and an operations manual was an easy way to do it. Bonus is it sets us apart as a professional aerial media company as I go for larger clients and contracts. I ONLY did it because I had to. I suggest you skip the paperwork and spend your time marketing and practicing your skills.
  13. 2 points
    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.
  14. 2 points
    However many are needed to tell the property's story. Most MLS systems limit the count to 30 images for the realtor, but many of the properties I shoot are high end luxury, so the realtor often creates a dedicated website just for the home. In the MLS listing they add a link to the website, as opposed to an external video link, because all the media is on the one page. So, a 4,000sqft home might produce 60-70 images, but some of those are macro details, some are wide spaces. It's up to the realtor to put it to use and figure which they like, I don't have the time or energy to play photo god for them. Plus, it's agonizing when they come back with 'I don't like this photo, do you have any others?'
  15. 2 points
    Hello everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend and had the opportunity to get out and fly. As fall is quickly approaching, I wanted to share a picture I captured a while back. The image location is Alderman Lake in Highland, Michigan. It is a part of the Highland Recreation Area which was formerly owned by Edsel & Eleanor Ford. The lake is located just down the road from Haven Hill which is where the Fords built their retreat in the rolling hills to get away from the city and stress of building an automotive empire. The lake is one of many owned by Highland Recreation area and even today it still feels like an escape from everyday life. This picture shows the transition from Spring to Summer, I will probably go back to get some pictures of the trees changing colors. I encourage everyone in the forum to share a drone picture, looking forward to seeing the work of others in this community! Best, - Chase
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    This one was interesting because normally I don't get hired for $200K houses. In this case, the property is located in Albin, Wyoming which is a very small town on the Nebraska border. It's about 45 minutes from Cheyenne so the agent figures that this would be the best way to get prospective buyers to see the beauty of the place without doing a lot of showings for the "just looking" crowd. I think his reasoning is spot on.
  17. 2 points
    We scanned this ship at sea and this is the resulting 3D as-build model.
  18. 2 points
    Attention: This giveaway is closed. The deadline for entry was August 4, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). Winners have been contacted by email. UAV Coach is giving away two passes to InterDrone, the most comprehensive commercial drone event in America! Artfully designed to maximize your time, the conference includes 4 days of workshops, panels, sessions, over a dozen industry keynotes, and special events. The conference takes place September 3-6, 2019 at Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prize Two winners will be selected to receive a 3-Day Plus Preconference Pass, valued at $960. Winners are responsible for their own travel, meals, and accommodations. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend InterDrone 2019 in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by midnight, August 4, 2019 for a chance to win one of two tickets to InterDrone 2019. Details Contest Opened: July 19, 2019, 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closes: August 4, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: 3-Day Plus Preconference Pass Admission to the preconference tutorials and Policy Day on September 3 Admission to all classes and panels on September 4, 5 and 6 Admission to Exhibit Hall on September 4, 5 and 6 Admission to keynotes, and Solutions Showcase sessions Admission to all special events, including the Networking Reception, After Hours Sessions and Enterprise Connect Networking Event Coffee breaks where indicated Winners: Two (2) The future of the commercial drone industry begins at InterDrone. Over the course of 4 days, attendees receive comprehensive drone training from the industry’s top speakers from world-class companies and entities such as DJI, the FAA and more. Attendees gain exclusive access to the leading drone companies on the show floor and the unrivaled opportunity to see the tech in person. UAV professionals from every corner of the drone world use InterDrone as the platform to network with fellow attendees within their vertical as content and special events are tailored to their specific enterprise needs.
  19. 2 points
    Passing along details about the upcoming regional Women Who Drone event in San Francisco. It's 7 - 9:30pm on August 6th, 2019 at DroneDeploy, and the guest speaker will be DroneDeploy's CEO Mike Winn! Join us for an evening of sharing new trends, good data practices, and first-hand experiences in the field of Drones and UAV mapping. Additionally, we will showcase several short drone films from Women Who Drone's community of Drone Pilots and, of course, our raffle for a Drone lesson! There's also ample time for networking with other Bay Area women who are interested in drones for mapping, photos/videos, FPV racing, etc. The goal of the event is to get more women excited to enter the drone industry, though all genders are welcome. Early bird tickets are $8. Some food included. Hope to see you there! -- Schedule: 7:00 - 7:30pm: Networking (snacks and drinks provided) 7:30 - 8:00pm: WWD presentation 8:00 - 8:15pm: WWD Ambassadors screenings 8:15 - 8:30pm: Guest Speaker 8:30 - 8:45pm: Q+A 8:45 - 9:30pm: Raffle + Networking
  20. 2 points
    Hazy days...they can be a real challenge sometimes, especially when it comes to showing the view out the windows. Even with the Sony a7r3's 14-stop dynamic range, this production took a good bit of work in post to squeeze the data as much as possible. I used a pair of Dracast LED lights to help out, and I think overall it was a good call, otherwise there would be a lot of contrast and noise. I could've used MORE lighting, but then I'd be dealing with harsh, unwanted shadows. I've been enjoying the challenge of using lighting and retaining a natural feel, or at least that's what I think I'm doing at the time. You can see for yourself and decide
  21. 2 points
    In short, it would generally be illegal to shoot down someones uav. The FAA considers them aircraft and willfully damaging them is forbidden and punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 2 › § 32 That said, if you remember, William Merideth got away with it in Kentucky. Even in states or municipalities that have enacted more stringent uas legislation, taking the law into ones own hands and shooting down a uas that was not threatening your safety would be seen as a crime (in most states). Here is a short article that addresses the subject. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/theres-a-drone-flying-over-my-house-can-i-shoot-125546065994.html
  22. 1 point
    Your videos are great and straight to the point. Thank you, @VicVideopIC! I just purchased the Mavic Air 2 with the help of the info in your videos.
  23. 1 point
    I can't speak to what's on the UAV Coach website, but I would think you'd want to go by Georgia State Parks says on their website: https://gastateparks.org/ParkRules#:~:text=Drones,ways help promote the sites. See the last entry on the page titled Drones. Looks like drones are prohibited unless you have a waiver, for commercial purposes, with permission from the division director.
  24. 1 point
    I agree wholeheartedly Jonathon. The A7 series, despite being 8-bit, are still very capable cameras. The only challenge I see with 8-bit is that you have to get exposure right since there's less wiggle room in post.
  25. 1 point
    Take a look at the DJI Phantom Multispectral
  26. 1 point
    Nicely done. where is this shot? Parts look like Tahoe, some of it looked like New Zealand, some like the Northern California shoreline.
  27. 1 point
    The time lapse is a neat trick and I will remember that... Without knowing what editing software you use, I wonder about color grading (which would be the next logical editing step I would use). It appears to be a matter of editing either each photo individually, or the film as choreographed. Great video.
  28. 1 point
    Hi @Sleeplessin, Thanks for sharing this awesome video with the forum and welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! This video was very well done from the color grading, sound effects/music, and the overall flow of the video. Nice job! - Chase
  29. 1 point
    Thanks for asking. I launched the platform last week so it will take time before things pick up. The over all response is very positive and people feel the need of such platform. Few transactions have taken place so far. I have bootstrapped around $40K. Currently, there are 2 hobby drones available: Mavic Mini for $5/day & Mavic 2 Pro for $8/day. I am just trying to interview more drone users and spread the word out about iGivU.
  30. 1 point
    This guy flying over crowded Manhattan streets and buildings. His channel has many other videos like this.
  31. 1 point
    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.
  32. 1 point
    FOR SALE DJI M200 v1 w/ X5S & X4S cameras, 6 sets TB50 batteries, GPC case, 2 sets props, 2 sets of chargers, additional 45mm lens for X5S. Very low time, no damage ever. Always professionally operated for tower inspections. Aircraft is in Texas and prefer an in-person Texas transaction (SAT, DAL, HOU) but will consider other US locations with escrow.com. I would also consider a trade/cash for Phantom 4 RTK. NO EBAY or non-US transactions thanks. $6500 chris@tcadrone.com
  33. 1 point
    At mRo we are committed to design and manufacture innovative high quality hardware at a very low cost for unmanned vehicles that use open source such as Ardupilot and PX4. We collaborate regularly with members of the UAVCoach community and exchange ideas to continue creating awesome projects. As always, we like to know the opinion of the newbies and experts of this forum to combine it with our knowledge and provide you with the best hardware design experience that exceeds expectations. We are currently designing the new state-of-the-art autopilot and that is why we want to hear it and get to know your needs better by answering the following short survey. Click here to access to the mRo survey Thank you very much to the entire UAVCoach community, all this is for you. Stay tune, you will have more awesome news soon... (BTW In the picture you can see one of our pick and place machines, producing the new mRo Control Zero autopilot)
  34. 1 point
    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 you do, if it’s not, you hope for the best and look back to see if it made it. Despite the total over reaction drones and manned aviation can live in harmony...
  35. 1 point
    And yes, THEY ARE NOT MANUFACTURED IN CHINA! Do you work at mRo?
  36. 1 point
    Absolutely would! It's a give and take benefit for professionals. I believe it would add professionalism and legitamacy to the industry who would with the laws and separate those reluctant to do so and obtain licensing for commercial use.
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    Sounds really good to me. I’m in NJ and get a lot of Presidential TFRs. Flying in the outer ring makes a lot of sense! dave kotinsky
  39. 1 point
    I would equip my drone with remote identification technology.
  40. 1 point
    That's what I needed to hear! The real estate market is not as lucrative here so I am looking for options to appeal to small real estate agents as well while not underpricing my efforts. Providing a webpage for them could be a way to up-sell as well. I do like that you don't play photo god that's not something that I want to do either. If I limit photos delivered that is definitely something I would run accross.
  41. 1 point
    I'm editing in FCPX, although I keep a copy of Resolve on my computer because 'one day I'm gonna diversify'...yeah...right. lol Definitely looked hard at the GH5 lineup, and went with Sony just because I was hell-bent on having a full frame camera that could also shoot solid video. But that's when I didn't think 8-bt vs. more even mattered. Oh how we continually learn costly lessons... lol. Thanks for the outside perspective. I think I'll take your wisdom and compliments, and decide to just keep rocking the Sony cams for the rest of this year, and take another look at possible upgrades sometime mid to late next year. I need to stop blowing money on gear and save up some cash for a house!
  42. 1 point
    I removed the riffraff, happens from time to time. Thanks for flagging!
  43. 1 point
    I have a Mavic Pro (First Gen) with some ND Filters. and SkyDio. I find the Mavic more useful and will upgrade to the zoom version down the road. The rest were GoPro 5 and 7 (Black) footage with some iPhone X mixed in. Don’t have a crazy setup just lots of toys. 😉 My wife calls herself a GoPro widow when we go on vacation but really enjoys the end results when done so she puts up with me. Everything was edited in Final Cut Pro. No one gave me any grief in Kauai or any place I have flown. If anything, the few people around were really curious on what I could see. I was also respectful of people around. If there were lots of people around I would not fly or would wait for people to leave. I could see why some surfers (and people) get pissed though. I saw one guy flying quite close to the surfers and restaurant growers when I was having dinner at the Beach House. I didn’t say anything though because I thought he was with the surfers.
  44. 1 point
    Thank you.. ive not had much chance to play with it.. but the 2 flights I've had were really fun.. I'm looking forward to a few days off next week to really have a good go..
  45. 1 point
    Perhaps one of the best YouTube videos I've seen about battery care for a drone suggested treating your batteries as if it were a puppy. You wouldn't leave a puppy in a hot car or in a freezing car over night. Likewise you drone battery. You wouldn't feed a puppy a huge meal then put it in a crate for an extended period of time. Likewise don't store a battery fully charged. You wouldn't exercise a puppy really hard and then wrap it in a blanket and put it in a crate. Don't run your batteries hard and then not give it time to cool down before storing it. You wouldn't run a puppy unit it drops from exhaustion. Don't fully discharge a battery. You wouldn't want to drop a puppy, it's still a delicate creature and easily injured. Be careful when handling your batteries and don't drop them. Whatever you are doing with your battery, ask yourself, if this was a puppy, would I treat it like this? If the answer is no, then don't do it to your battery. As for me, I have a litter of 13 batteries, the first 5 didn't do so well because I didn't take care of them well. An expensive lesson for a Phantom 4 Pro battery. The other 8 are treated like puppies and they go out to play frequently and are all very healthy. Hopefully they will live a long life with proper care.
  46. 1 point
    👉 If you have a business drone for delivery, security, ambulance using Ardupilot/PX4 firmware, it is necessary to play live video from drone footage for your clients/partners from your application. And XBStation offers the ability to do that. 👉 If you have a drone live event, by using XBStation, allows you streaming live video to social networkings like Facebook, Youtube 👉 Your clients/partner can lay video in many playforms: Web browser, IOS device, Android Device, Desktop Application, ... How it works XBStation generates an RTMP stream for the drone video and uses the cellular network transmit to Ground Control Station to archive low latency video Then, station transmit the RTMP stream to Media Server like Wowza From there, your clients can access live or on-demand video output from any device, browser, location, any platform Support Playback Player: Flash HTTP (20s latency) Flash RTMP (5-7s latency) HLS (IOS/Mac/OSX/Android) (15-20s) MPEG-DASH (20-25s) Silver Light 👉Video below we stream video to my website demo with RTMP Adobe Flash Player For more infor, visit: https://xb-uav.com or contact us creator@xb-uav.com
  47. 1 point
    DJI has filed three equipment authorizations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), signaling that DJI is about to launch some new products. Based on the filings, the new products will be for FPV drone racing, but it’s unclear whether or not DJI will launch an actual racing drone. The three filings include an FPV Air Unit transmitter, FPV remote controller, and FPV goggles. Learn more about DJI's upcoming product launch and when we think it will take place in our article: DJI Plans to Expand FPV Drone Racing Product Lineup
  48. 1 point
    Seems to be a summer filled with challenges for us all...as this big fancy home had to be shot hand held because my Zhiyun Crane Plus decided to die that morning after about 10min of use outside. The spare gimbal was at home...on the other side of the island. 😳 So yea, a few wonky things I'd normally never allow in this video, but the client loves it, and I think it'll help sell the place. Enjoy!
  49. 1 point
    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 on individual trees. I believe that there are over 30 000 of them in operation in China, where they are the go to platform for spraying. Also has nice and easy pilot controls. no RC skills necessary. check out www.specialisedagriculturalservices.com and www.cropsprayingdrone.com for more info on them The DJI is also okay and a bit cheaper, there are quite a few guys spraying with them in our area with some good and some not so good results. They do seem to have a few more issues for what I hear, and are not quite as durable. Let me know how you get on with yours. where are you based and what are you farming?
  50. 1 point
    Can I fly over Lake Michigan under say 200'? Would like to take off from either Adler or the end curve off North Ave Beach. Or the lake edge bike trail.