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    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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    You know, you should offer a class on shooting real estate.
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    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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    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.
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    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
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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!
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    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.
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    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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    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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    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.
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    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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    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?'
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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.
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    We scanned this ship at sea and this is the resulting 3D as-build model.
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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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    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
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    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
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    Lightroom is your friend. Dehaze is one of the best tools in the box.
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    Initially, I thought you were joking, because to me, I'm still learning and who am I to teach others? But then, I thought maybe you were being sincere, and I want to make sure to appreciate that as well. The thought has crossed my mind, but the only problem is that I don't know how to keep from inadvertently training my local competition in the process. One thing I've been doing from time to time is screen recording some of my photo editing process. I haven't done that with video yet, and I haven't even shared any of the vids with anyone, nor have I organized them any further than being in a folder named 'Edit Screen Recordings'. My progress & commitment to it are laughable at best, in my mind. lol I'm genuinely complimented by the thought, so thank you!
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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
  23. 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
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    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.
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    Hi @Curt Eckert, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! It can be difficult to say that one sector of the industry is more lucrative than the other because the industry is still young and it is always developing at a rapid pace. However, we do have some resources that might help guide you in the direction that you are looking for. There is an abundance of opportunity in the drone space: filmmaking, inspections, and real estate are some good opportunities just to name a few. Here some resources: Industry Report/Projection for 2020. https://uavcoach.com/drone-pilot-salary/ To get started, I suggest taking a look at our 'UAV/Drone Jobs' guide which goes over the different types of jobs and applications out there. It is pretty thorough, have a look and find out what applications interest you the most, this will be a great starting point. It is always best to stick to one or two applications instead of trying to offer ten different services. The Skydio 2 is a great drone because of its intelligent autonomous features, but it does not have the sensors required for thermography, if that is the direction you want to go. As for the Autel drones, their new EVO II Dual drone has both a visual and thermal sensor. The pricing has not been released as you must contact Autel for that information. Wishing you the best of luck with your new career and please let us know if you have any questions! Best, - Chase
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    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.
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    I am new to drones, currently working on my part 107. I don’t own a drone yet, this looks like a great starter. Long term I would line to incorporate my new skills into a construction equipment application where I have worked for over 20 years.
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    Drone footage, timelapses and 4k video in Taormina (Sicily)
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    Good job. Some very nice time lapse and great shots. Well done.
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    I also had a hard time picking the right drone. It took me more than a week of research just to narrow down my choices . I ended up getting the Force1 F100GP Drone. Its just around $180. Definitely worth my money.
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    Hi all. To paraphrase an old saying, I'm a long time reader, first time poster here. As a Part 107 pilot who flies for an archaeological firm, a lot of the sites I'm mapping are out in the boonies where internet is nonexistent except via cell phone, and cell phone reception can be hit or miss if it exists at all. So the Remote ID issue is clearly something I'm keeping a close eye on. I have a few questions I was hoping you all might be able to answer, just to make sure my understanding of the NPRM is correct: A Standard Remote ID UAS would mean a transponder of sorts on the drone itself reporting it's location data and ID, as well as the hand controller/control station broadcasting via internet the same info to a Remote ID USS. So, there is definitely a hardware change needed to the drone itself, correct? A Limited Remote ID UAS, on the other hand, would only require the hand controller/control station broadcasting via internet but the drone itself can remain as-is? Or would there be a needed software change to insure compliance with the 400 ft radius limit imposed by the new rule? A related question regarding that 400 ft limit, as the NPRM was vague: is this a hemispherical 400 ft radius, or a cylinder 400 ft tall with a 400 ft radius? I presume the latter, but the NPRM just says "within 400 ft of the control station." If my understanding is correct, it seems that as long as the tablet I use for flight has a cellular data connection, I should be able to continue to fly my current drone as a Limited Remote ID UAS as it is with just a software update for the data reporting and possibly limiting the flight to a 400 ft radius. The 400 ft limit is a burden, but for what I'm mapping it should be a manageable hindrance in most circumstances. Now for the more speculative questions regarding implementation, should the new rule pass as it is written: Does anyone have any idea what such an on-drone transmitter might look like? As in, will a bolt-on solution be available for existing drones, or is it likely to be some more substantial piece of hardware? I read something about tamper-proof, which seems to me to imply a hardwired internal component. What happens if the internet connection fails during a flight? Does the drone automatically abort back to it's Home Point? Has the FAA dictated power and transmission range requirements for the transmitter? Who exactly is receiving the drone-transmitted broadcast? Manned aircraft? If so, how will that be implemented for the pilots in the cockpit? Via their TCAS, or maybe TAWS? What about the lowly GA pilot in a C172 with standard analog dials, who we might actually encounter at 400 ft altitude? If GA cannot generally receive the drone transmission, and GA in most cases are the most likely to have a close encounter with a legally flown drone, then what's the point of transmitting from the drone directly? So many implementation questions.... And of course, none of the above addresses the major hurdle for folks in an area with no available internet access. Surely the same software update needed to restrict a drone to within 400 ft of it's control station during Limited Remote ID flight can be employed to restrict flights to the same 400 ft limit outside of available internet coverage? How would that not be as safe? It's almost guaranteed those flights are in E or G airspace, and the odds of a close encounter with a commercial manned flight in such locations seem near minimal. This whole issue is really fascinating to me. At first blush, the NPRM sounded like an intelligent plan, but it's the nuance of its implementation that make me pause and consider it more critically. I personally like the idea of remote ID broadcasting. I just don't know what benefit there is having the transmission coming from the drone itself, especially if the pilot is staying under the 400 ft altitude limit and within line of sight as they are required by current regs. And I see no real purpose for the active internet reporting at all if a drone/control station is transmitting an active radio signal. I mean, GA pilots aren't required to actively report their position in real time online in VFR flight, they just need to have an active transponder. So, why more stringent rules for drones? My only conclusion is that the FAA is trying to clear a path for more expansive drone operations such as Amazon drone delivery by applying gross regulation to everyone, commercial operators and hobbyist alike. Would it not be much simpler to require all pilots to simply have the equivalent of a transponder on their person but keep the basic regulations as far as flight limits alone, and leave the heavy hardware components and active online reporting of in-flight assets to those entities looking to do more radical and potentially dangerous things such as beyond line of sight operations? I don't know, this whole thing just feels hugely overregulated, heavy-handed, and more complex than it really needs to be if the main goal is to make drone flights more readily apparent to manned aircraft. Thanks for letting me vent/rant, and ask a few clarification questions. Looking forward to your thoughts. -Jason
  32. 1 point
    Waterfall needs something to give it scale in the early shots. The video does not give a good sense of how big it is until you get to the shot that includes the bridge (IMO).
  33. 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...
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    Helios Visions has become the first drone services company in Chicago, IL approved to fly drones over people. The announcement coincides with the first National Drone Safety Awareness Week, hosted by the FAA and stakeholders from November 4-10, 2019. During National Drone Safety Awareness Week, the FAA and its stakeholders help educate the public about drone safety by sharing stories, hosting events, and kicking off new safety initiatives. Each day of the week has been assigned a category in which to highlight drone safety efforts. Today’s theme is Business – Photography, Real Estate, Insurance. Helios Visions is a fully insured and safety-oriented advanced drone services company. Their recent waiver highlights how drones are being used in commercial real estate and the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry. Learn more about the waiver and how it will be put to use in today's post: Helios Visions Becomes First Drone Services Company in Chicago Approved to Fly Drones Over People What do you think of Helios Visions’ work using drones in the commercial real estate and AEC industry? Let us know in the comments below.
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    Dave and Secure Hover, et al., I charged $25 per hour drive time, then I charged $175 per hour flight time, and .58 cents a mile. The one thing that I did not charge for is post processing. I am really glad you mentioned that since I had 2gb of video to upload, and over 425 pictures at 5mb each, LOL. Was a fruitful day, learned allot, it was clear, calm and cool. Took the day off from my full time job, and made a cool $500+ for this event. Appreciate your input, and will add the post processing in next time as my 50GB fibre connection to my house took four hours due to the site that was accepting the upload, Cheers fellas................and as my good friend Alan Perlman always says..................Blue Skies................. Jeff
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    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
  38. 1 point
    Very cool, love low drone shots mixed with higher ones.
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    Hi @Alex Martin, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! Thanks for sharing your video with us, it was very well done and I really enjoyed the low flying shots over the rocks and the leaves. Fall is one of the best seasons in my opinion for some epic drone footage. Nicely done! - Chase
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    If you are a flight director and are concerned that your operators are getting proper authorization when needed, why not just have them submit copies of their authorizations in any area requiring them? No apps required at all. Seems fairly simple to me.
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    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.
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    Hi @FTL900, I spoke with Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas who confirmed that recreational drone operations can take place anywhere in the park except in designated wilderness areas. This location was not chosen before because AirMap has this location listed as a National Park, which are No-Fly Zones. The park has confirmed that they are not a National Park. The Las Vegas Soaring Club location will be replaced with Red Rock Canyon as it is a more desirable location. I appreciate you bringing this to our attention so we can provide the best locations. Regarding the other locations, what makes a location interesting varies from person to person and we do our best to choose not only a visually interesting location, but one that is also legal. Las Vegas is limited in terms of legal flying locations due to regulations and the complexity of the airspace surrounding the city. We always encourage feedback and ask that forum members respond in a way that's positive and beneficial to other members of the forum. Thanks, - Chase
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    Thank you Chase, I will explore the various topics of the forum. Cheers, Enrico
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    And for a bonus, a couple ground shots I enjoyed from an evening stroll with the Mrs.
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    My fav you've posted so far. Nice!
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    For interior shots, I'm all about the flash-ambient technique. I don't have the skills of Jon to single flash these and get it the way I like.
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    Huh!? https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2019/06/14/white-house-says-america-needs-to-make-its-own-drones/
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    I caught this one on your Vimeo feed and called my wife and son down to check it out. Very nicely done!
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    we went to check out this factory to manufacture drones. I shot it as we walked through.