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    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.
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    I'll second what Chuck said - your work is extremely impressive. I'd also be grateful to see you participate with us in the thread Chuck posted since I'm a frequent poster myself. I've learned a lot and hopefully passed on a few tidbits of my own.
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    Hi, After Drone Pilot Ground School graduation & certification, I started a year ago with just my Mavic Pro and encouragement from a realtor friend. I enjoy photography so much that I quickly added interior stills and video to my business, but the aerials are what bring the clients. Fortunately for me, I’m older and retired and don’t have to support myself with this work. So I bought a Phantom 4 Pro last June and now have a Mavic 2 Pro for backup and for travel. I love the creative part of this work (post production!) and have gotten my clients all by word of mouth. It only takes a few, so create a portfolio and go for it! Marykayulsamer.com
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    Reforestation, a $62 billion industry, is one of the best ways to combat and recover from climate-change induced disasters, such as some wildfires. However, reforestation techniques have not changed in 100 years: trees are still planted by work crews with shovels—a slow, expensive, and grueling process in which recruiting labor is a challenge. However, DroneSeed is working to change that with semi-automated reforestation made possible with UAVs. DroneSeed recently announced the first-ever approval by the FAA to operate heavy-lift drone swarms weighing greater than 55 pounds. The drones will be used to accelerate reforestation by planting and protecting trees. Read the article here. Make sure to share your thoughts on DroneSeed’s exciting work with drones in agriculture and reforestation in the comments below.
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    Good stuff in the linked article but there are several important things to remember; Our drones are not waterproof, so we should not ever fly in the rain. We can fly in light snowfall as long as that snow is not wet. Temperatures between 36*F and 25*F can produce wet or slushy snow, which further melts and turns to water than can enter electronics and cause problems. Colder temps generate "dry" snow which is usually OK to fly in. Avoid freezing rain or any condition that creates airframe icing. If you see ice accumulating in any form on the airframe or propellers land immediately as a crash is imminent. Ice adds weight that accumulates quickly and disrupts the airflow over the propellers. Falling snow reduces visibility. Understand you will not be able to fly as far away and still maintain line of sight. Don't try to push for long distances in falling snow, even when using FPV, as snow is a solid and will attenuate radio signals. If you aircraft is becoming hard for you to see the radio signal is becoming hard for the aircraft to see. Searching for your aircraft after a fly away in 4' deep snow is no fun. Plan your take off and landing areas. You don't want to land and bury your camera in the snow. Clear away the snow for an area large enough to take off and land. I've flown numerous times in temperatures as low as +2*F and in light snow with no problems aside from some slight "notchiness" in gimbal pan rotation. Understand that a crash in cold weather can be disastrous for some plastics as they become quite brittle at low temperatures. Plastic props can shatter if they have become cold and get bumped into things. If you use common sense and follow some decent safety practices you can do a lot of cold weather flying with few or zero problems.
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    Drone has been sold. Thanks for the inquiries!
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    My latest work. This was tough with the house being empty, but I think the results came off decently. Also @JBR - I held the camera lower based on your recent feedback. Thanks brother!
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    In general, its probably best to have the UAS Certificate. Following the letter of the law... if you're paid to teach and you're teaching students and flying (other than safe recovery) you'll need the 107. I'm in a particularly bad position.... my school is within the zero altitude area of the local class D and the tower at the airport is a contract tower and not part of the LAANC system. I know the tower chief and have had him over to the school when we had a 333 exemption but now his hands are tied. I've had a COA request in the system for over a year and have not heard anything from the FAA. Also for me its a matter of not just losing my UAS Certificate but also my other flying privileges.... the FAA very seldom takes just one certificate. Oh yea... the chart is awesome Alan!!
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    I need to second all of this. Took mine last week and got a 93 - the cram sheet made it simple. Thanks Alan!
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    LOVE the night shots! Any special techniques with the drone settings and/or editing those?
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    Here's an image from a recent shoot in Captiva using my Mavic 2 Pro.
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    Well I gotta ask.. what’s the use case for this? Haven’t done a lot of operations in the rain (some inspections and flood response videos) but every single time we ended up with rain on the camera lens and ruining the shots. Every so often the wind or movement would clear the lens.. but for the most part we’d have to land and clean the camera. There would definitely be times I could see this as helpful... so how are y’all ( JBR specifically... love your stuff) getting around this issue. Thanks in advance.
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    Hi folks! I'm excited to announce that we'll soon be redesigning the UAV Coach website, as well as this forum. Have gotten some great feedback from you all over the last several months and look forward to rolling everything out soon. In the meantime, in case you missed it on our blog or in our latest community update emails, I wanted to introduce Flyte, a drone flight ops management platform and our newest community sponsor. Click here to request a 30-day trial, and read more about their platform below. What are you using to plan and log your flights? What most people don’t realize about operating sUAS is that 80% of the work happens before and after the flight. That’s the sad reality of being a professional drone pilot. You’ll spend more time planning, logging, rendering and producing data than flying. An app like Flyte can streamline a big chunk of the non-flying part of your operation by helping you: Conduct airspace research. Need to know if you’re flying in controlled or uncontrolled airspace? If there are any other hazards or special airspace considerations in the area? You sure do. Capture / save / send that research. Check out the map below. See the alert and caution icons? And how you can create custom marks on the map? You can save all of that research as well. This is particularly helpful to send to a client or other crew members ahead of time. Good for demonstrating professionalism. Work offline and in-field. Flyte is good for using at home, but you can also use it in the field, before and after flying, to ensure you’re always equipped with the info and resources needed for strong situational awareness and in-the-moment logging. Log your flights, batteries, and aircraft. Even if you’re not a certified sUAS operator, you should be mindful of logging your battery usage and aircraft maintenance schedule. That’s just...taking care of your stuff. Not to mention the safety considerations. Flyte was built for both individual operators and teams. Their platform enables management of multiple pilots, drones, risk assessment / documentation to ensure the effective management and digital records of all activities. Click here to request a 30-day trial of Flyte for you or your company.
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    At least it isn’t a DJI... It will be interesting to see how well this works.
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    Hello everyone! I’m still new to the droning world but I’m on my way to becoming a better drone pilot. I purchased my first drone in December 2018 and just passed my part 107 exam thanks to the help of Drone Pilot Ground school. Excited to be a part of this community. John Hale
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    Nice work! Very smooth, good use of slow & steady, kept me engaged, and gave a good sense of the property. If I could offer one nitpick, it would be to keep the ceiling fan status consistent. If one fan is on, turn them all on, and vice versa. Personally, I prefer fans to be on and as slow as they'll go. But I do have one client who very much dislikes moving fans in video, so I make an exception for her...because it's her money and whatnot. Regardless, great job, let's see more soon!! 🎬🎥🏠💰
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    1. Scope of work Aerial Infrared thermography of transmission power line using drones for hot spot/Fault detection. Classifying the severity of the fault base on known relevant methodology and the current load percentage. Using radiometric thermal imaging system and appropriate platform (Drone/VTOL) Analyzing and reporting. 2. Characterization of requirements 2.1 Defining of flight profile (Height, Velocity, Background, Clutter, Distance from object, Angle, Field of view). 2.2 Choosing the write platform (Drones, VTOL, flight time depend on payload weight. Charging on site, Autonomous capability, stabilizing capability/Gimbal, integration of payload to the platform, communication, level of data security). 2.3 Choosing radiometric thermal imaging system and NOT thermal camera, choosing the right optics for measuring temperature of faults and not only detecting faults, there is big difference between detection and measuring. 2.4 Elimination of false alarm and solar reflection during flight. 2.5 Measuring the fault temperature based on the right emissivity, otherwise you measure wrong temperature. 2.6 Classification of the fault severity and schedule of the repairing. 2.7 Defining all kind of potential faults in power transmission lines. 2.8 Preparing and defining template of the test report. 2.9 Considering all regulation issues that relevant to the mission in SOW. 2.10 Attention and solution for obstacle in the Flight Route (Parallel of transmission power lines, crossing of distribution power lines, communication network etc.) 2.11 Recognizing the pole in terms of number and coordinates (the pole and drone GPS not at the same position). 2.12 Choosing of Analyzing software or using SDK. 3. Milestones of the project 3.1 Execution of paragraph 2. 3.2 Purchasing of radiometric thermal imaging system including lens. 3.3 Integration of the radiometric thermal imaging system with CCD camera. 3.4 Execution of POC and on site pilot. 3.5 All the analyzing and reporting must made by certificate thermographer with aerial infrared thermography of power transmission line from helicopter.
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    I've got one on the way. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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    We recently interviewed a drone pilot on this subject. You can learn about how Eric brings on new clients in the AG sector by checking out the interview here: https://uavcoach.com/agricultural-drone-imagery/ Some strategies he calls out include: highlighting cost avoidance and the potential for increases in yields focused conversations on the imagery and the information it can provide as opposed to conversations about the drone hardware and equipment pro bono work to get started This seems to be a challenge for many in the AG sector, but I think Eric brings out some helpful points in the interview.
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    Those are some great time lapses. Some very good photography as well. I’m guessing you edited this compilation to show off your TL’s? It is a good reel but it’s a bit long. I’ll certainly check out your Pond5 if I need any stock footage. Thanks for sharing.
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    You are certificated, not any entity. Is your driver's license issued in the name of your company? Nope. Same with pilot/operator certification.
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    Hey guys, It wasn't letting me upload the images directly, so here's the imgur link Happy to take more if you need 'em. Mavic Pro Bundle
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    I have an Inspire 1v2 referbished, four batteries, multi battery charger, extra props, nd filters, HPRC 2780W hard case.. Flown maybe a dozen times. No problems with it at all. Thought I might have more use for it and need to downsize the fleet. One of the batteries came with it. The other three are the higher capacity. Five extra sets of props (two per set). The wheeled case is pretty large, but stores the Inspire in the landing position. I have about 2300 into it would take 1800.
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    Actually, never mind. I watched it again and it does flow through the House really well. There are some areas, like the living room where there might have been more shots than needed, I’d be guessing that’s where the customer might have wanted to add shots back in. My critique is just me being bitter because I hate you for capturing paradise. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.
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    Wow, thanks so much @JBR LIFE Photography ‚ I love how you were able to lighten everything up to make it feel more like sunrise. Yes, I played with the brush tool a bit but need a lot more practice to be able to properly isolate areas. This is really great feedback and appreciate you taking the time to teach me / share your settings so I can take a closer look at how you use Lightroom.
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    If you're a true rookie I would start off with a holystone drone that you can get off of Amazon. They are cheap, they allow you to crash and they will teach you fundamental flight maneuvers. Check out this video for more information:
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    Appreciate the feedback, all! @JBR LIFE Photography, here's the original file — https://www.dropbox.com/s/dk5jo1jbfw3km3a/DJI_0074_original.DNG?dl=0 Would love you to work your magic. Alan
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    From now till Dec 12, Pre-Order PIXY F to get PIXY DAMPING FREE 😱 😱 😱 👉 http://bit.ly/2SD4XhS Vietnamese technology firm Gremsy wants to conquer the market for industrial-use gimbals: and their latest product is a big step in that direction. Gremsy announces the Pixy, a professional grade gimbal with all of the features commercial pilots need. The Pixy is designed for specific compact industrial cameras. The initial version – the Pixy F – is designed specifically for use with the best-selling FLIR Duo Pro R, leading thermal solution for commercial drones. The Pixy uses Gremsy’s latest technology to optimize performance: with fast and easy setup and longer flight endurance for inspection, mapping, or search and rescue missions. Palm-sized and weighing only 360 grams, the Pixy F offers the combination of high precision and high performance with an exceptionally lightweight. The plug-and-play integration with the FLIR Duo Pro R is designed with the single professional operator in mind. The new gimbal features the 32-bit ARM high-speed gMotion Controller to allow for fast response and an accurate altitude estimation. The addition of a new absolute encoder enables the gimbal’s 2s startup time and ability to detect home even with vibration. Pixy is fully compatible with Pixhawk to synchronize altitude: good news for industrial experts flying with the Pixhawk flight controller. Pixy F features include: HDMI Quick Release – real-time viewing Startup time within 2 seconds Automatic home detection even in vibration environments No balancing nor tuning required Fully compatible with Pixhawk FC Plug and play Ideal for, but not restricted to, unmanned systems missions the Pixy heralds an agile approach. The modular design and electronic layout enable operators to use the same hardware for a wide variety of missions; Pixy is fully customizable at customer request. You can find additional information about the Pixy F here.
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    Hi @Carebear1968 and welcome to the forum. Where are you located? All multirotors pretty much fly the same. They name similar features differently, DJI calls a flight mode “ATTI” while others call it “stabilize,” they all have more or less the same features. You need to learn where and what all the knobs and switches do, you can get that information from the owners manual, you’ll find that most of that has to do with camera and gimbal control, but regarding primary flight control they are all the same, so any flight training video would be applicable. The learning can be broken down into three main categories: Primary flight - Controls related to flight Telemetry - Status information Accessories - Controls related to camera and gimbal etc. If you don’t do number one right it’s going to cost you money, if you don’t understand number two it can be unsafe, hopefully the worst thing that happens if your not good at number three is you get bad shots, however, it’s easy to get distracted by number three and you forget number one and it costs you money... Number one is general to all drones so there will be a lot of videos that you can watch that will be applicable to your drone. Most drones provide number two and it’s just a case of learning where on the display each parameter is. Number three is drone specific, this is t a really popular drone so finding videos with this specific detail might be difficult.
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    This is very interesting, and a great way to motivate payment. I too can attest to the reality of the problem, as I've had to make a strict rule of no pay, no media delivery. It definitely lights a fire under the realtors, as they need their listings active ASAP (here they get fined $100/day if not listed within 2 days of signing the agreement). An automated system to handle this would save hours of process. Looking forward to seeing how this rolls out!
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    Nice work as always JBR. I'm spending the winter polishing my interior skills so I can be a one stop shop for all the realtors next spring. I just picked up an XPLOR 600 to do the flashed shots and am working the photoshop blending techniques. It seems like the local realtors just want single vendor, so I'm hoping by offering everything business will pick up even more.
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    The first two aerial shots, Did you use the lume cubes for those ? I can see the new lighting kits at work in these photos. Really does make a difference. Beautiful.
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    Loving the ability of the Mavic 2 Zoom to track objects in motion! Had this fly-by while working a property the other day. Saw the flock in the sky with my own eyes, headed toward the little M2Z, so I spotted them in the finder and gave it my best whack. I might have a new hobby in the midst of this career / hobby...
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    Hey @JBR LIFE Photography, When were you going to tell us you have those huh ? haha !
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    You know, buzzing around the golf course and whatnot...
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    I am wanting to get to repairs as it looks a whole lot easier that aerial work platforms and the current canbus systems that control them
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    thank you guys,thanks for your help。it is interesting with drone,and i control it flying,up and down!hha。you guys are professional,thanks again
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    Thank Luke. I'm really enjoying this whole new hobby!
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    Welcome to the forum. Nice video, keep’m coming!
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    It’s next to impossible to make a profit when you do anything as a one-off, like a wedding or property video or event video. If the reason your being paid is because you have a drone you shouldn’t expect to make much. Weddings can be particularly difficult for lots of reasons, your service is competing for a limited amount of dollars in an event where everything is important, the flowers, catering, music, venue etc., so if you want a bigger piece of that you’d better provide a service that really stands out. There’s a whole wedding industry so obviously it can be done but if all you offer is Aerial then it needs to be better than anything anyone has ever seen. If your going to provide full service photography and videography then you need to either figure out a workflow where you can get in and out quickly and do more weddings or you need to develop a look or style that you can charge more for and that people want. Whichever you choose it takes quite a few productions to figure out where your value is. Also keep in mind that weddings are very important to Bridzilla, it’s a one shot deal and if you don’t deliver there can be hell to pay. So there’s a lot of responsibility. I agree with @Talon Six Aerial run away.
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    Greg seems to know a thing or two about this technology. http://www.dronescholars.com/home-page
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    Wow mesmerizing photo you got there! Nice!
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    https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBMv75p?m=en-us&referrerID=InAppShare Very interesting article about how drones can help fire departments fight wildfires and ordinary fires. More than 180 fire departments across the country are using drones. The big expense is training and drone maintenance as you would expect. Yet, it seems that fire departments feel the cost is worth it. References are made to GoTenna and ATAK for sending live drone footage to firefighter cell phones. Very interesting article. The reporter says of the Menlo Park Fire Department that "The department has almost every consumer DJI drone..." Drones are finding ever-expanding use everywhere.
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    So this is a frame grab from video, yes?
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    Here's a shot of our lanai in the evening. Straight out of the camera, no processing, shot at ISO 32,000.
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    Chris, thank you for posting this. That was totally ridiculous on that individual's part. I hate to say it but we know his issue was not really about drones; pretty sad. Kuddos to you though on staying controlled. That would have been hard for me especially when he was disrespecting and profiling you. Anyhow, keep up the good work bro.
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    Good luck with your program. We've been doing that here in California for the last three years. Before the introduction of 107 most of the instruction was STEM related with little hands on experience. Surprisingly after 107 the class morphed into two parts, teaching students to pass the 107 with considerably more hands on primary flight training and a more application specific curriculum of using drone in industry. Its easy to see how this will extend into more about remote sensing and the sorts of problems that can help solve. Its challenging to find the right balance, high school students get bored really quickly...