Alan Perlman

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  1. Thanks for sharing this opportunity with our community, @Ben Roper.
  2. Amen. That's what I learned from the guys over at @BlueLaVa...that it's not just aerial shots, but this greater ecosystem of real estate marketing services. Interior shots. Virtual tours. Getting listed in Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc. People have entire businesses around this already and have been doing it for years. That seems to be true when it comes to most drone pilot job opportunities, whether it's real estate or construction, surveying, inspecting, etc. You have to know the whole ecosystem, not just what you and your drone can do.
  3. Yes, you absolutely need two or three people for something like this. And like @Av8Chuck said, you wouldn't need that waiver with proper pre-mission planning. Definitely possible and would be a really great experience.
  4. Hey @Sparkles, more info on insurance over here: For what it's worth, I don't know too many recreational / hobbyist drone pilots who carry liability or hull insurance.
  5. Congrats again on passing, @rbeisaw! And welcome to the forum. Good group of guys and gals over here, doing our best to stay on top of the drone industry and to push things forward where we can.
  6. Hey @Kirk, I'd forget the Airspace Waivers. You can either apply for Airspace Authorization (which I have a hard time recommending based on existing wait times, even though the application only takes 20 minutes to fill out), or wait for LAANC to roll out this summer. I applied for Nashville (BNA) Class C authorization in early January through the FAA's new and sleek FAADroneZone portal, and I'm still waiting 80+ days later, with no communication whatsoever in my account other than "pending review." LAANC is set to roll out in Nashville this July. Based on how the FAA handled 333 exemption requests that came in close to Part 107 rolling out around this time in 2016, I don't expect to hear anything regarding my application and plan to apply through LAANC this summer.
  7. Hey @Travis Meier, some thoughts, and happy to elaborate on any of this: Build a portfolio website that speaks to your target market and addresses any big objections / questions your potential clients might have (how you price your services, what it means to be FAA-certified, how liability insurance works, what gear you have, what end results you can promise, etc.). Don't spent $2,500 on a website, but don't build something that sucks either. Develop a list of target companies in your local market. Real estate companies. Construction companies. Property marketing firms. Hotels. Golf courses. Event planners. Wedding planners. There is no easy money out there, but this is a young industry with an opportunity to educate, consult, and to go out there and win yourself some business and to make a different in different industries. Set goals, really specific goals. There's a HUGE difference between a freelancer who does 3 jobs every 6 months and just makes enough money to justify flying drones as a hobby, and a freelancer who's actively working to build a business, developing a pipeline of leads, a brand, and going out there to put a stake in this industry. Setting goals prevents stagnation and can help you push your business forward. Say yes to every project. I might get pushback here from the community, but I'm a big fan of giving away work for free or at an extremely discounted rate to 1) build client experience; 2) test out flight operations management processes; and 3) get footage for the website / portfolio. It's not sustainable and ultimately you should fight to get paid sooner rather than later, but it can be a good way to start building a network. Hope this helps!
  8. Hey Bill (@leyrerwa) , when buying anything used, there's a buyer-beware component to that, but based on what I've seen in the market the last 12-18 months, there are definitely models out there that would qualify as like new or slightly used that are good deals and something I'd feel comfortable piloting. Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay are big sources of local deals. But again, buyer-beware. Make sure to ask a ton of questions and trust your gut. Happy to help you evaluate any deal you come across. Keep us posted.
  9. Love that the Tello is programmable. Great for STEM use and likely a lot more durable than some of the other sub-$100 options out there.
  10. Hey @James Quick, here's the actual Part 107 rule as it stands: You wrote that you're "trying to get wide shots flying up to/at buildings." Hard to know what specific advice to provide without more clearly understanding what the end result needs to be, but this is such a good example of how important airspace research / mission planning is prior to a flight. And this looks like a fun (but as you're pointing out, challenging) area to fly. Whenever I fly in downtown Nashville, I always have a Visual Observer with me. His or her sole goal is to watch out for moving vehicles and pedestrians, and we communicate regularly before each flight path to understand how much time I need to complete the path, where the hazard zones are, and if something comes up where I'll veer off to hover / hang out for a bit. It looks like some good emergency / holding zones for you might be hovering over the top of buildings. There seem to be a few along your intended flight path where you could buy yourself some time if needed. I wouldn't write off the mission, there's plenty to work with here, but I'd definitely suggest planning out as much as you can ahead of time and running it through with another crew member to help me a second (or third) set of eyes on the scene.
  11. Congrats, @TechnoBob. Flying the Mavic Pro compared to toy drones from companies like Hubsan, UDI, and Cheerson is a game changer. Enjoyed the video, thanks for sharing with us!
  12. Very cool @Srcoates.09, would love to see more about the job description. Happy to answer any questions you have about the certification process, the regulations, training, etc.
  13. Oof, DELETE THIS EMAIL and move on. Buyer beware, indeed. Here's another example of companies trying to take advantage of folks: Drives me nuts.
  14. Hmm. It sounds like you need to take a step back and better understand where the real opportunities are in your local area. I'd encourage you to pick one—just one—of these areas you're thinking about, and to go super deep into that area. Spend dozens of hours looking at other companies who are already out there getting paid to do the work, whether or not its industrial inspections, construction monitoring, etc., and start building a target list of companies to reach out to in your market. I love the idea of finding a mentor to help you out. But that mentor does NOT need to be a drone pilot. They need to be an expert in the industry / pain points you could be addressing as an sUAS operator. There's a HUGE opportunity to educate and to consult with your potential customers. There's no magic bullet here, just a lot of hard work, persistence, picking up the phone and calling, and learning the pain points and local vocabulary of the industry you're trying to gain traction in.
  15. Happy to have you in our forum, but definitely wouldn't recommend building a marketplace Finding the supply—pilots—is easy. There are plenty of us out there hungry for work. But what about the other side of the marketplace? Finding real paying jobs for pilots. What's your unique advantage when it comes to driving the other side of the marketplace—demand? Companies like DroneBase and Measure have raised millions of dollars in an effort to do just this.
  16. Thanks for the heads up, @AIRONE, and sorry to hear about your experience. Yes, there's a lot of snake oil being sold in this industry. This isn't the first time I've heard of a company offering false promises like this and taking advantage of folks. Appreciate you sharing your experiences with us.
  17. There are a couple of examples and guidelines in this guide we put together:
  18. Ah, that's fascinating. Thanks for the insight, @R Martin.
  19. Hi all, got this question from a student and curious what you think: Re: In our training we learned that it was possible to fly drones above certain structures, like towers, even if they go above the 400’ max level for drones. Does this apply to other natural structures like trees? For example, if my tree canopy is at 200’, does that mean that I can fly my drone up to 600’ AGL? Here's the rule: And here's a defined list of FAA-defined structure types: I'm inclined to say a "tree canopy" doesn't qualify as a structure...what do you think?
  20. Love the coloring! Well done, @Antonio Esteban Gonsalez. Where was this shot? What equipment did you have on you?
  21. The FAA has been bad when it comes to clarifying the difference between an airspace authorization and an airspace waiver, and why you'd want one vs. the other. Here's the current language as it stands is a reader supposed to interpret when to apply for one vs. the other. The expectations need to be a lot simpler here. This is straight from the FAADroneZone Part 107 portal when you're beginning your application: