Alan Perlman

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  1. WAIT. Where were the scary robot dogs? Those things seriously freak me out. PARTICULARLY after watching the most recent season of Black Mirror.
  2. We refresh every 1-2 weeks as emails come in, but we're hoping to do an audit of each state and country every 3-6 months.
  3. Hi all, we're doing our best to track local drone laws by U.S. state and by country and wanted to share the link here to make it easy for anyone to find / comment on laws we might be missing: https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws/ Hat tip to power-member @Steve Bennett for the original forum post back in 2017 or so that got me thinking about doing our own directory of local drone laws instead of relying on, let's just say more sub-par sources of information
  4. 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
  5. Hey @Av8Chuck, not organizing a breakfast this time, but happy to buy you a beer My cell is (617) 331-2426...please text me. I'll be running around the halls trying to catch up with people. Only there on Monday and Tuesday and look forward to meeting you if you have some time.
  6. Great to hear, @Spitfire76. How was Greg Crutsinger // Scholar Farms? Will be meeting up with him in Denver next week at XPONENTIAL. His new plant mapping course is puhreeeetty awesome.
  7. Good question. Here's a resource that might help: https://uavcoach.com/lafd-drone-program/ And while this was built for journalists, it might help you as well: https://nppa.org/news/drone-lab-offers-free-operation-manual
  8. Thanks for sharing this opportunity with our community, @Ben Roper.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Hey @Sparkles, more info on insurance over here: https://uavcoach.com/drone-insurance-guide/ For what it's worth, I don't know too many recreational / hobbyist drone pilots who carry liability or hull insurance.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.