Alan Perlman

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  1. Thanks for posting! We'll share this in our newsletter this week.
  2. I removed the riffraff, happens from time to time. Thanks for flagging!
  3. Hey @Shaun Deardorff, thanks for joining the forum and congrats on getting your license. Some quick comments, happy to flesh this out some more with you and looking forward to your response and others in this forum chiming in. Despite a handful of full-time drone pilot job listings here and there (scroll to the bottom of the guide to see some), I'd encourage you to think about building out your own freelance business that could maybe turn into something more full-time down the road. The sooner you can get a website and portfolio up, the better. You can use something like SquareSpace to get started. Take a look at other drone pilot websites in different cities to see how they're pricing and packaging their services. Throw something up as soon as possible, it doesn't have to be perfect, but you need to have some kind of professional presence, particularly when you start reaching out for work. Which brings me to my next point! I'd start developing a target list of companies to work with in the area. Real estate brokers, agents, firms, construction companies, property management companies, car dealerships, anyone that would benefit from high-end aerial photographs or video footage. As an example, here's how Derrick Ward got started: Anyways, I hope this at least begins to answer your question. It's a new industry with lots of opportunities, but it's not a transactional kind of sale — meaning you're really going to have to hit the pavement, understand a consultative sales approach, and be OK with tweaking and improving your process along the way. Would recommend reading SPIN Selling and The Ultimate Sales Machine if you're interested in developing a best-practice outreach process. Stay in touch and safe flying out there, Alan
  4. Yep! Where are you looking to book?
  5. @Nick Thoman — such a great video! I'm inviting you to join and document my next family vacation
  6. Just an example. Plenty of places to fly a drone safely. Don't let other people discourage you from getting into the industry. Plus, your name is "DroneWizard" so now you have to live up to it!
  7. Fixed it for you! Great variety of shots and storytelling. Seems like it was a really fun experience and thx for sharing.
  8. Hi there @DroneWizard, thanks for posting and welcome to our forum. Yes, there are regulations, but for recreational pilots they are relatively straightforward, and I would hope that you wouldn't have too much trouble learning where you can fly. Not sure how close you are to Virginia Beach, but here are a few places we scouted out that are good areas to fly: https://uavcoach.com/where-to-fly-drone/virginia-beach/ Happy to answer any specific questions you have about U.S. drone regulations!
  9. 0:12 — You misspelled "introducing"! 1:21 — you take a shower while you're there? (just kidding, I like the effect though) And I love the last few shots showcasing the hiking, surfing, etc. options around the property. Such great storytelling!
  10. @DavidM — you still shooting? Just stumbled back onto this thread — would love to see more of your work!
  11. @Claire Wright — welcome to the forum! Glad you were able to train with Elliott, he's a great instructor.
  12. Hi @davidcitizen — interesting question and unfortunately one I can't personally comment on, but for those looking for information about flying their drone over someone else's property and whether or not that's allowed, here's a short knowledge base article that covers the subject: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/kb/can-a-property-owner-tell-me-not-to-fly-over-his-or-her-property/
  13. Thanks for posting, Jason! Hope to send some qualified folks your way.
  14. Hi @Trish — congrats on getting certified. I use an iPad mini 4 with wifi+cellular, and the size makes it so that it JUST fits and does not require an additional mounting bracket. I've been enjoying it quite a bit, though I've also been told that the new smart controller is 100% worth the investment. No additional cords and a brighter screen. But the advantage of the iPad mini is that you can run other apps on it — DroneDeploy, Litchi, etc. Hope that helps!
  15. @JBR LIFE Photography Mahalo for opening the kimono and sharing these numbers and your approach with us all. This is great stuff!
  16. @Jersey — great addition to this thread...thanks!
  17. @Av8Chuck — No, I think they went out of business.
  18. Hi there! I have a friend with two kids who are looking to learn more about drones. They live in Spokane, Washington and would love to sync up with a local drone pilot who can provide a beginner lesson. Thanks!
  19. Amen to this — I'd love to see an opportunity to get some kind of drone permit rather than a blanket ban, which we're seeing far too many of at the local level like this.
  20. Hey, definitely check out Shipwreck Beach. It's an approachable hike and a great spot to fly! Watch out for wind gusts I also found a couple of lookout points in the Princeville area that were fun to fly. There was a huge flood the week before we got there, so a lot of the island wasn't accessible and I couldn't explore as much as I would've liked, but some good spots to fly. Avoid the state parks! That's the big rule in the state of Hawaii.
  21. Thanks for posting, @Sam Krochman. Hope we can sync you up with a great pilot for this! Alan