Alan Perlman

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  1. How much money does it take to start a drone business? I know we've discussed this at length on the forum but thought it might be nice to resurface. When I think about starting a drone business, here are some expense categories that come to mind: sUAS Post-Processing Software Website / Marketing Liability Insurance FAA Registration / Certification Training / Professional Development What categories am I missing? How much did you / do you spend on this stuff? Were there categories that were more or less expensive? Where were you able to cut costs?
  2. Not sure, but I could imagine what it might look like.
  3. Yah, I haven't heard great things about the event, but I also haven't gone through it myself so can't really weigh in. If you end up going, let us know if you think it's worth it. $199 for 3 days of training — just that price point I mean — seems kind of gimmicky / something is off about that. I've heard it's a big pitch for their much more expensive service.
  4. Hi Luke, the Daylight Operations waiver is a blanket waiver...meaning you don't have to request a specific date and time. Here's language on the waiver I received a few months ago: This Certificate of Waiver is effective from June 18, 2018 to June 30, 2022 and is subject to cancellation at any time upon notice by the Administrator or an authorized representative.
  5. Hi all — just finished uploading this video. Not super fancy post-production but wanted to get something out there. Enjoy!
  6. Hi all — closing comments on this post due to lots of spam activity.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Interesting idea — I'd love to see modular camera / gimbal systems for the Phantom body like we have with the Inspire 1.
  14. 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?
  15. Yah, have no problem with Randy sharing his episodes / show notes over here to cross promote. Have always enjoyed his interviews.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. Stupid will always find a way. This is ridiculous.