Alan Perlman

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  1. Hi all — just finished uploading this video. Not super fancy post-production but wanted to get something out there. Enjoy!
  2. Hi all — closing comments on this post due to lots of spam activity.
  3. Hey @pewpew, was thinking about this some more and inspired by a message I received from @Ed O'Grady. It could be argued that if you're flying a company aircraft on company property during work hours, that it's a commercial mission and you should be operating under the Part 107 rules. And while I'd be comfortable doing that and would argue that you could still be flying as a hobbyist simply due to the nature of the mission — practicing your flight skills — that if you're looking to create a little separation, you could consider flying on your lunch break or during the weekend to practice.
  4. Howdy @pewpew — yes, you're allowed to start practicing! You'd be flying under the hobby rules (Section 336). More info on those over here and happy to answer any specific questions you have: Welcome to the drone industry!
  5. Yes, big fan of the Mavic Pro. DJI will be launching the Mavic "2" Pro tomorrow over at Might be good to tune in to learn more about specs and to get a feel for whether or not its the right system for you and your goals.
  6. Great to meet you, @James on the Bayou! Happy to answer any regulatory / drone industry questions you might have. Let us know how things progress for you. Safe flying out there.
  7. Yo @JBR LIFE Photography, when are you and I going to switch places? I need to "spend a little time on me" — see what I did there? Ha! But seriously, great video and love the variety of shots, really strong storytelling.
  8. Thanks for this, @Garrett Sean Tierney — yes, we removed the post and do our best to moderate. This one slipped through, as it wasn't posted in the "For Sale" section where we require an extra layer of approval before it goes live. Have banned the user for SPAM / scamming and keeping a vigilant eye on future posts that look like that.
  9. Didn't know that re: manned aviation. That's interesting. I passed my test on Friday, took a picture of my one-page test report on my phone and sent it to DropBox. Was told by the FAA that the currency would be reflected in IACRA "one day" but not counting on it.
  10. Interesting idea — I'd love to see modular camera / gimbal systems for the Phantom body like we have with the Inspire 1.
  11. Who's tuning in to to learn more about the new Mavic models? More info here: What do you think the price will be? Will this be the top-selling commercial drone this holiday season?
  12. Yah, have no problem with Randy sharing his episodes / show notes over here to cross promote. Have always enjoyed his interviews.
  13. Holy batman, I finally watched @AeroEyez's video. You handled that like a champ. Kudos to you for having the headspace to pull out your camera and record for others. We can all learn a lot from this situation. Virtual high-five for being a great example for the sUAS industry.
  14. I know this is a reoccurring issue that surfaces on this forum and in almost every other sUAS community I've seen in some variation. Got an email from one of our students and wanted to share below. How would you respond?
  15. Stupid will always find a way. This is ridiculous.
  16. @Studio 63, welcome to our community (and the drone industry)! Big fan of the Mavic Pro Platinum. Packs a powerful punch for such a small and portable bird. When it comes to Part 107 test prep, there are many ways to study. Online programs like ours (and RemotePilot101, DroneLaunchAcademy, DARTdrones, etc.), $20 test prep books on Amazon, iPad apps with test questions, 3DR's free test prep portal, the FAA's study guide, YouTube, cheap Udemy courses and I'm sure a few more I haven't seen yet. You could probably get away with just watching some YouTube videos and passing, but what I've found is that a lot of that information is just about passing and not much more. And a lot of the test questions / industry information is out-of-date. Stuff like airspace authorization, applying for a Waiver, and really understanding the nuances of Class E airspace. If you're leaning toward a more premium online course, I think the two biggest things to consider are: Time saved. You're being told exactly what to study, and through online learning best practices — like a video with motion graphics and dynamic illustrations, lesson notes broken up into digestible chunks, on-going quizzes, full-length (and timed) practice tests with real FAA test questions, knowledge gap reporting, etc. — you'll be able to digest the information much more effectively. Real world support. The FAA has done an OK job with the test, but they leave out so much of what's happening in the real world. We do a lot of 1:1 support with our students, helping them understand what systems to buy, what software to consider, where people are getting jobs, etc. And we have bonus lessons in topics the FAA doesn't necessarily teach you on. Things like Flight Operations Management, Legal Considerations, Real Estate Marketing, and Drone Insurance. It's a more premium price to enroll in a course like ours, but you get a real person on the phone to speak with. To answer your question more directly....yes, I've spoken with a number of folks who have self-studied using the FAA's website ( and YouTube. It's definitely possible. But anecdotally, I believe the majority of the 100,000 FAA-certified pilots have used some kind of test prep program. That's not just based on our own students, but looking through other industry forums, FB groups, and folks I've connected with at conferences and other industry events. Hope this helps and happy studying!
  17. Great thread, welcome to both @Droner66 and @Rick Barber. Good to see y'all in here. You too, @Isabella | UAV Coach!
  18. I don't think anything is wrong. I think it's human psychology. People are much more inclined to take that initial action of setting up a username and password (for one more new thing) and logging into our forum if there's a chance they'll win a fairly significant package. That's one of the reasons we chose to host the raffle over here. Hoping to drive more engagement amongst our community members. Not everyone will stick around, but at least they're exposed to some of the great discussions going on over here and might feel inclined to participate longer term. As for the millennials, when I first got into this industry, that's who I thought our target persona / market would be. I was wrong! Our students and community members seem to skew more toward your vintage. ALSO, I think some people just don't get your sophisticated humor
  19. Awesome, very helpful. Thanks, also for weighing in @Dave Pitman and @Ed O'Grady.