Alan Perlman

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  1. Hey @Av8Chuck — I was there on Tuesday to see the keynote and opening CEO roundtable, and then to roam the Expo hall and to have some meetings. Unfortunately had to come home on Wednesday morning, so I didn't get to enjoy too much of the event. Good energy at the show, I'd say a bit stronger than InterDrone when it came to attendance and Expo ruckus. Lot of public safety folks enjoyed the panel from the LAFD, and I spent a lot of time chatting with Derrick Ward and his team about their program. Interesting that they were evaluating the Skydio 2 as an asset for public safety departments. Great obstacle avoidance, really compact and only $100. Perhaps a more fitting option when compared to a Spark or Mavic Mini if just needing quick optics. Lots of international attendees. A good number of DSPs in attendance as well, similar to what I saw at InterDrone. Still a lot of optimism in the industry, was inspiring to hear about what's going on with drone deliveries and to hear the NASA Administrator speak as well. My team will be going next year!
  2. Hi @TobiasD, thanks for reaching out. For what it's worth, I'm not seeing any messages in my inbox, so perhaps it didn't go through. I asked Isabella as well, and she didn't get anything. I'm usually pretty quick to respond! So I'm glad you followed up to post here. I'm a little stuck in how to diagnose this. I can assure you that we're not sending out SPAM. I'm not familiar with terms like spoofing, DKIM/DMARC, ReturnPath, etc. I'm happy to offer more context around how we have things set up and am open to additional steps we should be taking to curtail the emails you're seeing. We use HubSpot, a publicly-traded company here in the U.S., to send out our emails. We limit the number of user accounts who have access and can see login / send data, so I can assure you after looking this morning that there's no SPAM being sent out from our account directly. We've been sending out emails each week to tens of thousands of people across the globe for more than 3 years, and we've never had an issue like this brought to us. But I'll try to learn more about what might be going on and what we can do to fix on our end. If I can ask — what's the nature of these emails that look like they're being sent from What do they look like? My direct email is alan(at)uavcoach(dot)com. I appreciate you bringing this to our attention, hopefully we can figure it out!
  3. @Half Chrome not sure if you saw @Al Riv's message above.
  4. Heck yah, @Spitfire76, you're one of our OG members. Didn't know you found out about us through the interview with Randy — I still listen to his podcast today and was grateful for the exposure a few years ago. Hope you'e been well and that our paths can cross soon enough. Appreciate your long-time support.
  5. Hmm, the jobfinder link doesn't seem to be working, but John Blackmore looks legitimate:
  6. Hi @Av8Chuck — here was our coverage of the keynotes at InterDrone: Energy / attendance was down, but still lots of good content, and for those in the industry looking for business development opportunities and to nurture existing relationships, it was a fantastic opportunity to do so. I'll be headed to Commercial UAV Expo in a couple of weeks, will be my first time there and excited to see how it stacks up to the other shows I've attended. Haven't made it to AirWorks yet.
  7. Hi all, my contact at UPS sent me a couple of job opportunities (Level 1 pilot, Level 2 pilot) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wanted to share with you all below, thanks! Please don't post any questions about the jobs here — just passing along some links
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks for posting! We'll share this in our newsletter this week.
  10. I removed the riffraff, happens from time to time. Thanks for flagging!
  11. 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
  12. Yep! Where are you looking to book?
  13. @Nick Thoman — such a great video! I'm inviting you to join and document my next family vacation
  14. 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!
  15. Fixed it for you! Great variety of shots and storytelling. Seems like it was a really fun experience and thx for sharing.
  16. 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: Happy to answer any specific questions you have about U.S. drone regulations!
  17. 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!
  18. @DavidM — you still shooting? Just stumbled back onto this thread — would love to see more of your work!
  19. @Claire Wright — welcome to the forum! Glad you were able to train with Elliott, he's a great instructor.
  20. 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: