Alan Perlman

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  1. Yah, our intent with this wasn't fear-mongering. It's just that the language is open to interpretation, and we get this question a lot about how to interpret them: 107.7 Inspection, testing, and demonstration of compliance (a) A remote pilot in command, owner, or person manipulating the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system must, upon request, make available to the Administrator: (1) The remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating; and (2) Any other document, record, or report required to be kept under the regulations of this chapter. (b) The remote pilot in command, visual observer, owner, operator, or person manipulating the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system must, upon request, allow the Administrator to make any test or inspection of the small unmanned aircraft system, the remote pilot in command, the person manipulating the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system, and, if applicable, the visual observer to determine compliance with this part. So this article was our attempt at addressing the vaguery surrounding "Any other document, record, or report required to be kept under the regulations of this chapter." I encourage our students, particularly the ones who are new to aviation and looking to professionalize their ops, to use this article as a way to evaluate their own commercial sUAS operation and to see if any of the information could be used to improve internal processes.
  2. Hey @stevenraub — we look forward to setting you up with John in Grand Bay!
  3. No, have heard there's room for improvement and trying to see what other options are out there.
  4. That'd be great — I really appreciate you giving back and bringing your experience to the community in this open forum. Here's a lighting kit a lot of our students have been using: I've got their setup for the Mavic, and it works really well. They are BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT.
  5. When you're putting your app together, be as specific as possible when it comes to not just the equipment and all its fail-safes, but where you'll be flying as well. The more specific and contained the flight path / mission parameters, the easier approval will be. They're not at the point yet where they are approving all BVLOS operations in Class G airspace like they do with the Daylight Operations waiver. Hopefully, we'll get there soon and will have stronger performance-based standards and direction from the FAA to help streamline the application and approval processes.
  6. I'm aware of the DJI AGRAS MG-1 — what else are people using out there, and what are you spraying? Thanks!
  7. Oof I love Peter Lik's work. Heading to Miami with my wife and kiddos in a few weeks and specifically making a trip to the boardwalk to visit his gallery there
  8. Hi @CodeRedSolar — thanks for posting. Will share in our next email on Saturday morning.
  9. Got this question over email and thought it'd be great to post here:
  10. Ha. Thanks for sharing. I don't always agree with his snarky rheroric, but he raises some great points in this article. I'm hoping we'll see stronger equipment and technology qualifications and standards for BVLOS (or EVLOS as Egan wrote) sooner rather than later. The U.S. is lagging behind other countries. Hard to know what'll happen with PH. They've raised a boatload of moola!
  11. Beautiful! Looks like such a fun trip, thanks for posting / sharing with us
  12. Oh snap. "The list of purported “experts,” some of whom have since burrito bombed out, left for the quiet life or to work for companies who didn’t lose one hundred million dollars plus after shooting themselves in the foot based solely on conjecture."
  13. Ooh, love this question. Hoping we can connect you with someone, @Brutus27G !
  14. Hi @Jazee — we're biased and would recommend checking out our Part 107 test prep program. We not only offer best-practice e-learning and boast 13,500+ successful students, but we go beyond the test to teach real-world concepts like pricing, real estate marketing, insurance, legal considerations and flight operations management. If you're looking to self-study, check out the FAA's suggested study resources on this page per @Luke 's suggestion, or you can watch Tony Northrup's YouTube video. It's not updated to reflect the latest and greatest testing and certification quirks, but he's a great instructor, and it's free to go through. Hope that helps!
  15. Howdy @Justken2018 — at the moment there are no additional educational requirements from the FAA when it comes to teaching sUAS.
  16. Thanks for the pictures and hope we can help find a good buyer for you! @Isabella | UAV Coach — let's include this in our next community update email.
  17. Great deal, thanks for posting here @fred berg .
  18. Some really fun shots, a wide variety of places and subjects and styles. My two cents would be to really focus on slow, steady movements with the camera. I'm seeing a lot of small readjustments within the shots — a great example is at the end of your very first shot, right at 0:13 in the video...edit that jerky movement out!
  19. @Luke — Thanks! We're leaning toward the dark background, but not sold on the colors just yet. I think you're right when it comes to polos, I'll look into sourcing. Looking into print-on-demand services so we don't have to take on inventory, but they're more expensive and limited in what you can do so trying to deal with those constraints. We were planning for this particular design to just go on the front, no UAV Coach logo. But I like your idea of doing a front / back! @Ed O'Grady — Statistics don't lie! Thanks for your feedback
  20. Noodling on some t-shirt ideas for the coming holiday season and wanted to ping you all to see if this idea 1) is complete buffoonery, or 2) if we're getting close and what feedback you have. Honest thoughts welcome. droneshirts_presentation4.pdf (Also, if we had t-shirts or polo shirts or hats or something with the UAV Coach or Drone Pilot Ground School logo on them...would you buy one? Trying to gauge demand.) Thanks! Alan
  21. Hi @William J Droskoski — we've had a number of veterans go through our course. Not sure about Army Ed's policies, would be best to contact them directly to ask. I'm happy to fill out any paperwork needed by them. We have a standing 25% discount for all veterans as well. Shoot me an email at and I can hook you up. Thanks for your service and hope to see you as a student! Alan
  22. Nice to meet you, @Sanket !