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  1. 5 points
    Recently got back from a short trip to Miami Beach with my family. Woke up at sunrise on our last morning there to sneak in some drone flying at South Pointe Park. Feedback, particularly when it comes to the color grading, is welcome!
  2. 4 points
    One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
  3. 4 points
    Here's a good infographic from a post we did with PCS Edventures earlier this year: https://uavcoach.com/part-107-infographic/ --
  4. 4 points
    Aloha all, Just wanted to throw a big Mahalo to Alan for the bang-up job he and the crew are doing with UAV Coach. I crammed for the test using the prep-course for a couple evenings, flew to the Big Island and passed the test today. I'm proud to add that my score was 100% Very helpful course layout, loved the experience, thanks again for the effort!
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 3 points
    All that single shot orthomosaic tells the farmer is where the in-field variablility is on that day, but not what causes it. And unless you are calibrating for reflectance, you won’t be able to confidently compare orthos between two dates. Unless you are a trained agronomist, and/or have scientific training in crop sciences, geography, remote sensing or related - or can partner up as a data collector for an outfit that can do the required analysis - your service (and value to the grower) stops after data collection, since you’re not qualified to provide Rxs (what multitude of soil and other factors are creating that in-field variability? You certainly can’t tell from a single orthomosaic captured on one day and the farmers know that). There are many agronomic service companies that could benefit from quality reflectance maps, but your role would be a service provider to them, not directly to the grower.
  8. 3 points
    @Luke If this is a promotional video for your services you need to pay attention to fit and finish. Add half a second of black at the beginning and fade up both the audio and video. Your promoting Aerial photography so your photography has to be the focus, you have a lot of overexposed shots, if you can’t correct them then you should remove them. From the Aerial perspective the shot of the horses is well done, it’s overexposure detracts from the shot. Customers will comment on how cool that shot is but are more likely to hire someone with shots that are properly exposed. Fortunately you can probably improve the exposure to make that shot much better. The drone carries the camera and can certainly provide a unique perspective, but it’s all about the photography. That’s what separates a professional from a hobbyist. Like @Alan Perlman mentioned, edit out any and all bad “moves” or “motion.” I’d also shorten up a lot of the shots. Unless a longer shot starts with something really interesting and lands on something that adds to the shot, shorten it. The viewer only needs to see half of the shot above the trees to get the same sense of the overall scene. Getting good footage out of marginal cameras is really challenging so you have to pay attention to your exposure. In general if it’s a bright sunny scene try to shoot 1/3 to 1/2 stop underexposed. If it’s late in the day and the light is fading then you need to be spot on and depending on your area of focus you might need to be a 1/2 stop over. Unless your shooting RAW with something like an X5 on an Inspire there’s very little dynamic range from cameras on Phantoms and similar type drones. You might also consider adding graphics and possibly even a narrative voiceover to help tell sell your services. http://iplayerhd.com/player/cec626ae-f30f-4df9-af7c-deb04f537d9c
  9. 3 points
    Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical capabilities of a worldwide corporation. At Geoscan ltd, we decided to create our own droneshow on a budget using our already developed platform called Pioneer. Originally this quadcopter kit was designed for educational purposes. It is distributed to schools and technical communities to get students familiar with this kind of robots. The platform itself is modular, programmable and easy to assemble and use. 1300 mAh battery gives it solid 8 minutes of flight time. Equipped with GPS and LED modules, it turns into a perfect unit to run any kind of airshow imaginable. Firstly, the animation is designed in any 3D editor. After that it is converted into multiple Lua script, which are uploaded to each Pioneer before takeoff. Despite we don’t use some expensive tech like RTK, there’s never been any serious issues during the flight. In the air each drone acts independently according to its pre-loaded trajectory, using GPS coordinates for orientation and barometer for altitude control. There’s also a safety mode, which allows switching the whole swarm in manual control mode and landing it in case something goes wrong. The first test flights took place in august involving 5, later 10 drones. Two months later, ten dozens of buzzing lights performed a breathtaking show on the Black sea coast. Having main troubles sorted out, we are currently improving animation capabilities and hope to launch 200 drones simultaneously by the end of 2018. You can learn more on our webpage https://www.geoscan.aero/en/pioneer/. Take a look at our last show on youtube: https://youtu.be/DhIOXrtsZEE
  10. 3 points
    Hi Marcos...I own a small video production company with my husband. We incorporate drone cinematography into our film projects and would like to respond to a couple of your original questions regarding pricing, for whatever it's worth. When we quote a price on a project, it includes pre and post production work, our time/travel expenses and we always let our client know that we carry liability insurance, which is built into our rate. We spend a lot of time educating our clients about why it's in their best interest to hire a certified Part 107 drone pilot and why having liability insurance matters. With this said, I have to agree with Av8Chuck that real estate photography/videography is a tough nut to crack due to price undercutting by other drone operators. Realtors don't like to pay a "fair price" and don't necessarily see the value in drone imagery. Therefore, in order to survive as a commercial pilot, you end up taking more jobs for less money or look for other revenue streams in other areas.
  11. 3 points
    Don't forget that flying indoors is not regulated by FAA. So an empty gym, aircraft hangar, or wharehouse might be an option.
  12. 3 points
    Absolutely what @Av8Chuck said, in every way, plus some thoughts. When I first started realizing the impact these 'air pirates' (great term, btw) COULD have on my market clientele, I immediately went into education action. I spent time teaching them, small bits at a time, about potential pitfalls, fines and other consequences of hiring non-Part 107 operators. Here's the caveat - I made sure to NEVER speak poorly of the operators, and I specifically avoided saying anything to the effect of 'Hire me because I'm so Part 107 certified and professional'. Instead, the approach was an effort to truly tell them what I had learned of the legalities and attachments to not following them, followed by a recommendation to make sure that they verify Part 107 Certification & airspace authorizations with whomever they hire for aerial work. That's it. No plug for our own business, outside of the company logo on the email letterhead & signature. It didn't take long for it to circle around into client loyalty and most recently unsolicited recommendations & endorsements by entire brokerages as 'the go-to drone guy'. There are a million ways to run a successful business. Find a few that work for you, and don't bother wasting ANY energy on those 'air pirates'. ?
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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?
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 2 points
    **The entry period for this giveaway has closed. Congrats to our winners @Mike Frye , @Euphorion , @Dioptra Adam , @Teri B , and @Ed Kozak . Information on how to claim your VIP Pass has been sent to the winners via email.** Greetings from UAV Coach — We're excited to announce an exciting opportunity for our UAV Coach community members. Providing a space for drone pilots to network, to share stories, and to offer advice to one another is a passion of ours. We hope to provide you with opportunities to grow and advance in the industry. That's why we've partnered with AUVSI to host an awesome giveaway. UAV Coach is giving away five VIP Passes to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. At this conference, the winner will get to connect with 8,500 technologists, regulators, and users across commercial and defense sectors. The winner will also have an opportunity to meet with members of the UAV Coach staff attending the conference. The conference takes place April 29 - May 2, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Prize Five winners will be selected to receive one VIP Pass, valued at $1,599. With this pass, you'll have access to: All four days of the conference, including educational programming XPO Hall Keynote Sessions Women and Diversity in Robotics Special Event Startup Showdown Competition Conference Proceedings VIP Club Access Chairman's Reception Winners are responsible for their own travel, stay, and dining accommodations. How to Enter To enter, tell us why you want to attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL in up to 300 words by replying to this post. Scroll to the bottom of this post and enter your reply by March 5, 11:59 PM for a chance to win one of five passes to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. Giveaway Details Contest Opened: February 20, 2019, 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Contest Closes: March 5, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Prize: One (1) VIP PASS to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 Winners: Five (5) Whether you're new to unmanned systems or have been in the industry for years, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 has something for everyone. XPONENTIAL brings together people, speakers, and exhibitors from across the globe and from more than 20 industries to convene to discuss where the industry is now, and where it is headed. There will be over 700 exhibitors to see unmanned systems in action and over 150 sessions for learning. Whether it’s hands-on demos, thought-provoking keynotes or speed-networking sessions, we give you the opportunity to experience all things unmanned. Submit your entry by March 5, 2019, 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win!
  20. 2 points
    As a certified, commercial drone pilot, these "rogue drone pilot" incidents concern me. For the past two years, I've been approached by curious bystanders and others who are annoyed with drones altogether while conducting drone operations. The negative drone reports people read and hear about in the news stays with them and helps shape their opinion about my career choice. Many feel emboldened to express their belief that drones invade their privacy or are disturbed by their noise...still another person told me she wanted to shoot my drone out of the sky. The bottom line is that the actions of one can have an affect on many and rogue drone operations will result in my job becoming more difficult. Not only in dealing with drone bias in the public, but in additional regulations that are enacted out of fear and ignorance, holding everyone accountable for the actions of a few. I teach introductory drone courses at a local community college and plan to use this incident to educate participants on drone ethics and why ethics matter. In my classroom, there is no preference toward the commercial pilot over the hobbiest - I consider us all to be "enthusiasts" and that is what brings us all together. Whether the Gatwick incident was conducted by a hobbiest or commercial pilot, the situation received international media coverage and it will impact every one of us in some way. We need to work together and find a way to reach out and educate those who fly rogue operations out of ignorance or willful disregard for rules of law and overall safety.
  21. 2 points
    Steven, I just completed my one-on-one training session this past Friday and cannot speak highly enough about my experience. It will be 100% catered to your needs and desires with plenty of room to adjust things on the fly. It was easy to schedule and work with the coach and there was plenty of chatter back and forth prior to our scheduled time to make sure we allowed time to cover my needs.
  22. 2 points
    Ok @Pete beckett, I don’t take it personally but keep in mind this is an online forum and most of my replies are Typed on my iPhone while driving intoxicated chasing down the out of control UAV that I’m flying.
  23. 2 points
    Alien Bees are definitely an industry go-to for lighting, and the XPLOR 600 is a helluva lamp as well. The reason I stick with small speed lights is for their ability to be hidden in most spaces. Plus, sometime during the 80's and early 90's, some jack*** came to this island and sold everyone a full set of wall mirrors....for like every wall in every condo. Hard to hide anything bigger than a speed light there! 😂
  24. 2 points
    See? There you go again. You're supposed to be working and you're out playing with your boat. Shame on you.
  25. 2 points
    When you forget your gimbal at home, what do you do?? Hand-hold it like it's no big deal and pray you get a clean shot here and there!
  26. 2 points
    I feel ya.. Im guessing your video is already so much better than your competitors that winning business is probably getting easier and that’s the most important measure of success.
  27. 2 points
    Sorry, I replied to this thread before reading your other thread that explained what you want to do. again, the UAV simply adds another perspective that might help communicate something about a property that you feel will interest potential buyers. If your a realtor then you know the challenges associated with getting realtors to pay a fair price for anything. Some realtors in your office or area might welcome another realtor producing content for them to market their listings. However, many are often skeptical because with every listing you promote that’s more experience you have to compete with them to get listing in the first place. It also depend on the market your in. There are a lot of realtors who believe taking property photos with a cell phone is good enough. Adding a drone to that mix is kind of pointless. But if your already shooting the stills and video then adding a drone to the mix isn’t that difficult. As far as keeping it real, that’s often the difference between making money and losing it. Depending how long you’ve been a realtor and producing your own media you might remember when the Canon 5DII came out, just because it could shoot HD a lot of stills photographers thought they could offer video as an adjunct to their stills. Most of them went out of business, just because the 5DII could do both it was two different businesses and their lack of experience in delivering video proved to be cost prohibitive.
  28. 2 points
    I recently was contacted to shoot a mostly aerial video piece for a large upcountry development. We've had a lot of rain in the past few weeks, so the land is nice & green, perfect for marketing. The client is new, but tends to handle high end luxury properties, so I'm excited for the connection. The camera lineup: Sony A7R III + 16-35 and 24-70 G-Master glass Phantom 4 Mavic 2 Zoom GoPro Hero 5 Enjoy!
  29. 2 points
    Very well done. That’s a big house. Which GH5? I’m using the GH4 and was set to buy a GH5 but then they released the GH5S which is better in low light, records 10bit internal at something like 400mb/s but doesn’t have the five axis in body stabilization. One direction I was hoping this thread would take would be that we discussed how long it took to produce, how many productions people do in a week, month or year, how much did it cost to produce and how much did the customer pay to produce it? There was a time when no one wanted to have this type of discussion in fear of giving away trade secrets or educating the 15 year down the street who just got a MAVIC. But I hope most of the 15 year olds and starving college students have gone back to school and left the work and conversation to us “professionals...” actually it’s all a ruse, I just want @JBR LIFE Photography to divulge all that info so I can move to Hawaii and charge all of his customer $1 less and take all of his business.. its nice to see others focused on the whole production and not just one aspect, Aerial or photography.
  30. 2 points
    REALLY!! You couldn't have received say a 99 so I had a chance to beat you at something!? I'm really trying to like you but this kind of thing makes it difficult! I think I hate you again, I hate all of you guys... Congratulations everyone. "I think, therefore I am." "I am micromanaged, therefore I am not!"
  31. 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!
  32. 2 points
    We just interviewed UAV Coach flight training instructor Cher Brown about her experiences adding drones to her operations as a professional photographer / videographer at KEVA Creative, a company she owns and runs along with her husband Terry Brown. Read the interview with Cher to get her advice on opening your own business, adding drones to an existing business, and also to learn more about how she approaches drone education. Let us know what you think here in this topic, or chime in to share your own insights from experiences you've had adding drones to your photography / videography work.
  33. 2 points
    @Kirk You probably won't believe Russ either even though he runs a part 141 flight school, but here is his take anyway.
  34. 2 points
    I'd like to echo the comments of @R Martin above. Although I did have a background in aviation, much of the material was new to me and Alan's course made it simple. I think I was given 2 hours to take it and I was out the door in 17 minutes with a 94 or thereabouts. It was as simple as going in to pick up milk while my wife waited in the car! And I mean it! Thank you Alan.
  35. 2 points
    Man, that took awhile to get rid of. Must be nice to finally sell it. Good for you.
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  38. 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
  39. 2 points
    I should add that with my book of paperwork I carry a copy of the FAA reg that states that any person interfering with a pilot is in violation of law.
  40. 2 points
    Make it plain, four hours inclusive, total to include the photos and videos. This is not an if / or type of thing. Your paying me $1500 for my time, equipment (Drone and cameras) Photos and video. Editing, in fact, can be additional charges, per hour. Exactly how many edits does the customer get? Your time, computer and work product are your money. That doesn't come free. Suggest one edit. Don't forget to have and charge for insurance. Last thing you need is some low life coming after you for purposely getting too close to your drone "because he was drunk" (insert any money hungry grubbing lie here.) Let them choose the method of delivery but include each items cost. I have heard of too many getting taken to the cleaners because of what they did not have in writing beforehand. Your knowledge, skills and abilities are valuable. Get the fair price for them. This is a contract situation.
  41. 2 points
    This is a great thread deserving of resurrection... How have all of your efforts panned out over the past 10 months? Aerial Alchemy is growing fast, we’re up to nine employees and looking to hire more. Not that the number of employees equates to success. But we’re certianly trending in the right direction. I believe our approach is similar to what many have mentioned in this thread. Although we have had to build out a significant infrastructure it was our sales and engagement with customers first that necessitated it. It’s interesting that by taking a sales or customer engagement first approach we seem to have built in a lot of value into our technology and services. We initially considered manufacturing and selling drones, “but a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” commercial customers didn’t seem to want to purchase drones. They kept offering us bigger and better opportunities to provide the service. Once we accepted that we were more likely to be successful as a service provider a lot of good things started to happen. When about the time this thread started it was a struggle to figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up, now I can’t wait to get to work and think everyday is a great day to be in the commercial drone business. I hope everyone is trending in the right direction.
  42. 2 points
    Bummer. Depending on your definition of human I might not qualify...
  43. 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.
  44. 2 points
    Yep it is a jungle out there. My best day on Drone Base was $500 or so. Driving from one end of the county to another. That was months ago and have not seen a mission posted in my area in over months. Have never been able to crack the Droners.io yet since it is by bid. Ditto on all the comments of unlicensed operators out there. Without enforcement it will continue to get worse. As L&L Drone Views said, the uberdrone models are normalizing the service rates. We are subcontractors to subcontractors in those models. I also agree that drone pilots should form local associations that advocate for drones and push back on the local associations of realtors etc about their professionalism and ethical and legal behavior. Fly Safe!
  45. 2 points
    I hate to be Negative Nelly here but my optimism has turned to pessimism lately. I attended Drone Focus in Fargo last week (mainly because I could drive there and my kids live there). My thoughts, for what they are worth and in no particular order: It seems like many in the industry are mainly trying to come up with an idea that they can then leverage into a "start-up" rather than solve real world problems with the technology (not all, but many). In the ag arena, it looks like companies that provide or use the large military style drones are going to move into the ag sector. Those drones can fly more acres in a shorter period of time making them more cost effective because, In talking to some drone service providers, they mostly expressed that there is no viable use case for drones in ag, at this point. There may be some insurance work for hail/crop damage claims but farmers aren't willing to pay to see a pretty map that tells them something they may already know or are unable to fix anyway (I concede that there is a large difference between small grains and orchard/nut/other tree crops). We have alot of licensed pilots but the average Joe isn't aware that he can't hire the kid next door with the drone to take pictures for his business. Therefore, we have alot of unlicensed people getting paid a few bucks to do something that is technically illegal but not being enforced in any way. It looks to me like the little "mom and pop" shops probably aren't going to drive this business. You are either going to be an employee of a large corp or you have the resources to start your own "large-ish" business with pilots dispersed over a large area.
  46. 2 points
    Glad to see @Half Chrome got an account here! Would be looking forward on your posts
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 2 points
    I explain that to every architect and civil engineer that we send utility data to and somehow that does not translate into their language. They still try and pass the information off as gospel and when it bites them, point the finger back at us and it suddenly becomes my fault that they didn't perform their own discovery required by their contract. Even a disclaimer and watermark on all of our deliverables doesn't deter them. So we quit providing any data other than points and polylines and no attribute data. " But what if they just want an orthomosaic with precise absolute geolocation data so we subcontract a land surveyor to lay down the ground control points, but the ortho isn't going to be used in any legal document or certified land surveying map? Same thing for something like a topo contour map." You can't provide a service like that without a license even if the control points were shot in by an RPLS. YOU aren't an RPLS and you can't stamp the documents. You CAN set your own control with a mapping-grade GPS and provide a "relatively" accurate product (20mm - 2-3cm depending upon your GPS capability and skill) or hire an RPLS and stamp it "For informational purposes only. Not to be used for engineering or design purposes. No guarantee of accuracy is implied nor given. Not a survey document." Add whatever else you feel is necessary to convey that you are not an RPLS and this is just for private consumption with no guarantee of accuracy implied. THAT is mapping grade and you should not need a license to do that. I find it odd that your local shops are not embracing the technology. Two of the major firms in this area have a UAS department that does nothing but UAS land surveys (under an RPLS and field team who also spot check the data with conventional field work). It was one of these firms that got my interest and pointed me in the right direction to establish a program in my own department. Like it or not, this is the future. You can ride the wave or watch is wash over you.
  50. 2 points
    There are a couple of examples and guidelines in this guide we put together: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/faa-airspace-authorization/