Alan Perlman

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  1. Hi all, I just got this email from one of our students: Here was my response back to him, and curious how other pilots in this forum choose to weigh in. --- Hi there, both great models! "Worth it" is highly dependant on you and your goals as a 'dronepreneur' Some quick thoughts: How will you ever know without trying? Both models are perfectly suitable tools for taking high-quality aerial photos / video. I know pros who still use the Phantom 3, which isn't as strong of a camera or sensor set as your two options right now. The magic isn't in the camera itself, but the post-production...see the latest videos in this thread and feel free to scroll back a few pages to see earlier additions. Some great professional real estate marketers sharing their videos! It's a very consultative sales process — you're going to have to hustle and grind and keep building out your list of target clients and proactively reaching out to them to better understand what kind of service delivery (pricing, packaging, turnaround time, etc.) you feel comfortable with. It's a young industry. There's a TON of opportunity out there, but it's not easy money by any means. Building any kind of service-based business is really tough. Hope that helps!
  2. @Spitfire76 — just seeing your response here and thank you for helping @Jacques the newbee out!
  3. Ahhh, great system and a great deal. Thanks for posting, @Ryan. Hope you're doing well. Had breakfast at Thistle Farms this morning and your name came up in conversation! Alan
  4. Hey @JohnyWalter — I'm not seeing a picture of your IACRA application. But yes, even if the certificate is 'pending,' you are cleared to fly as an FAA-certificated remote pilot. @David Blezard — interesting that the instructor told you could fly under 107 as soon as you pass the exam. That's incorrect. You need to wait 24-48 hours for the test score to make its way into the FAA's IACRA system, then you have to fill out that 10-15 minute application. THEN, you have to wait for 1) either the FAA to email you letting you know that the temporary certificate has been issued or 2) you can log into IACRA on your own semi-regularly to check whether or not your certificate is in a 'pending' status. Often that happens long before the FAA issues an email. Hope that helps to clarify! Alan
  5. Yep! You'll get your hard card in the mail in 6-8 weeks. You're good to go in the meantime. Blue skies and safe flying out there
  6. Thanks for posting, @chunkles . Do you have any pics?
  7. @Jim Weeder , great to meet you. Thanks for taking the time to join our forum and hoping we can help support you in your quest to generate a bit of side income from your aerial service business. Have you seen our jobs guide? Some good inspiration in there:
  8. Great to meet you @John Grimaldi !
  9. We use Google Ads — it's a big sales channel for our online FAA Part 107 test prep course., but that's because we were able to make the economics work. And, two years into it, we're constantly making tweaks, bid adjustments, etc. We've got an agency that we use for all of this, but if there's anything I've learned about using Google Ads, it's that it's very much an active channel that needs to be managed. And the economics don't always work, but it's fun when they do. My gut tells me that it wouldn't be a good use of energy or funds to be promoting your aerial services w/ Google Ads...and that you can get higher quality targeting through LinkedIn, Facebook, and a masterfully-built funnel where you're not just sending someone to your home page, or to a buy-now page...but to a free piece of content that helps them better understand the 'why' behind drones in their specific industry. Like you're taking out LinkedIn ads or doing targeting prospecting to folks in the construction industry...maybe you have a free branded report or video that shows the ROI of using drones in construction, or you're running a free Q&A webinar where you're interviewing one of your other construction clients. There's a TON of strategy around this stuff — when it comes to marketing, I like to advise companies that it's really important to have set up the party before the guests arrive. If you turn on paid ads and are getting guests into your house, but you haven't thought through what food you'll be serving, where the coats are going to be put, etc. then it's not an optimal situation. Hope these thoughts help! I'm not an Adwords expert by any means, and while we rely on it in our business I know from experience that it's not a great fit for everyone.
  10. Just had an incredibly pleasant experience with DJI's customer support and have been asking them questions / dealing with similar issues over the last couple of years. Never had any negative experiences, but perhaps I'm the anomaly. Here are some other experiences:
  11. Also, I love flying around Pawley's island. Some great places to explore.
  12. Great to meet you, @johngilkey. Welcome to our forum!
  13. Bruce, thanks for posting. Would be helpful if you offered a strong 'call-to-action' here — should we be calling a specific phone number, asking to speak with someone specific? Writing letters to an address? Joining a pre-existing group? I know there are many people compelled by legislation like this in the same way you are, but you have to make it really easy on someone to take that next step of actually doing something about it. So, all that said, any additional information, like a link to the actual ban, if there's already a group people can tap into, etc. would be extremely helpful in pushing your agenda forward. Please share! Hope that helps!
  14. @James Quick — appreciate you sharing this perspective. You did the right thing. We're still early-days when it comes to sUAS adoption, both on the technological and regulatory side, but also just the general behavioral shift of having drones up the sky being a normal thing. You're allowed to operate over someone's home — the FAA controls the airspace above someone's property. Of course, if you're deliberately doing so to harass, spy, etc. then the property owner would definitely have some ground to stand on. But yah, I think remaining calm and not adding fuel to the already stubborn fire in this case was the right move. Here's an interesting article on federal vs. local drone rules that sort of applies to this conversation as well:
  15. Namaste, Stephanie — I lived in Kathmandu back in 2006. Great city and was blessed to be able to come back and visit again in 2009 for a few days. I imagine it's changed a lot in the last 10 years. Each country regulates its airspace differently. Here's a list of drone laws, organized by country: In the U.S., we have an FAA Part 107 test prep program that you can use to study online, but ultimately you'd have to take your exam at a testing facility. Here's a list of test centers: Happy to set you up with one of our local drone flight training instructors during your trip to the U.S. — here's a list of locations where our instructors conduct training: As far as which drone to buy, given the use cases you wrote out, I'd take a look at a company called DJI. They own about 70-80% of the commercial drone market and have some great models that would be a good fit for you. More info on other camera drone models here: Alan
  16. +1 to extra batteries, and some kind of carrying case or backpack. Extra SD cards and cords. Extra propellers. On the insurance side of things, you have a few options. Here's a guide that walks through the basics:
  17. Great to meet you, @Cesar . Welcome to our forum! There are new proposed rules for flying at night, you can read more here: Wouldn't likely go into effect until later this year or in 2020, but worth reading through to understand what's coming down the pike.
  18. Great to meet you both and welcome to our community forum! @olivermcclintock and @Jtooch