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  1. The only restriction that is waived with the mini is the requirement to register it with the FAA because it weighs less than 250 grams (0.55 lbs). You still have to obey all of the same airspace safety regulations. Here is a link to a google map of the DC Flight Restricted zone. I'm a commercial pilot living in Reston and have to turn down work all the time because it is too much of a hassle to get the waivers to fly in the FRZ. For fun I like to fly in the Fairfax Lake Park cricket fields if you're looking for an area that is outside of the FRZ and not in the Dulles class B airspace.
  2. No problem at all! It was an old thread - I wasn't expecting a response at all It is tough when the demand for houses makes marketing less of a priority for Realtors. Are houses at all prices going that fast or is it just the median-priced homes? Maybe some deeper research might reveal that lower priced or high end homes are on the market a little longer and could benefit from some targeted aerial imagery to boost interest. If you really want to do drone work in the residential real estate you might have to invest some time learning more about the nuances of the market. Personally, I'm not going after residential real estate just because I think that most Realtors don't put a high value on drone services. Now, commercial real estate is a whole different game. @Joey Ambrosegave some good advice earlier in the thread. Realtors who specialize in commercial property usually "get" the value of aerial marketing. Commercial properties are typically larger, have unique features, and sometimes their biggest selling point is the surrounding area - all things that drones do a good job of highlighting. I'm a little further south than you, but still pretty sucky weather in Virginia too. We've got a snow storm coming next week and I'm hoping to get some amazing "winter wonderland" kind of aerial shots. Good luck finding drone jobs!
  3. Here is the Privacy Policy. Looks like the link in the forum footer is incorrect, but the main site works. As far as a contact form goes - the entire forum is a contact form Moderators are very active in responding to forum questions and Judy is only an email away and always happy to answer questions. training@uavcoach.com & sales@dronepilotgroundschool.com
  4. Good choice - that's what I'm doing. It does cost a few dollars more to do it that way but gives you the maximum flexibility.
  5. I'm doing research for an article on the most popular anti-collision drone lights. If you use anti-collision lights I would appreciate it if you would share which model and what you like/dislike about it. I'm going to personally test lights by Polar Pro, Lume Cube, Firehouse Industries, and ULANZI - am I missing any? Any feedback is appreciated.
  6. I think it will depend on how much effort you're interested in putting into a drone business. If you're just looking for a little money on the side without the hassle of doing all of the things required to get your own company off the ground then contractor might be the way to go. Of course, you're not going to be able to make as much money if you have to give a cut of each job to a middle-man company. If you think this has the potential to become a full-time gig then it might be worth the extra effort of flying under your established brand. At first you don't have to go the trouble of establishing an LLC - you can just function as a sole proprietor business which has fewer paperwork requirements.
  7. Hey @Burgduino - I'm interested in following your progress on your strobe. I'm researching an article on popular anti-collision lights for drones for my website. How far along are you in prototyping? How long do you think it will take to get to full production (assuming that's your goal)?
  8. @Chris in NC A lot of people share your frustration and the FAA does try to get information out to recreational flyers, but admittedly they seem to be more focused on commercial use of the national airspace. They get a lot of pressure from lobbyists and other parts of the government to figure out hard problems like how to make it safe for Amazon to deliver packages with drones. See this article about congress pressuring the FAA to sort out beyond line of sight rules for package delivery and other applications. https://www.thedronegirl.com/2021/01/05/congress-faa-bvlos-plans/. One of the best things you can do to get more comfortable flying your drone is to take some time and learn more about how our national airspace works. https://www.faa.gov/UAS/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/airspace_restrictions/. There are also several free courses for beginner drone pilots.
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  10. Cool - at least you'll have some place to practice. Looking forward to seeing your first images/videos.
  11. @Grand_Pubah Where are you located if you don't mind sharing? Are you near a large airport or other controlled airspace that is preventing you from flying?
  12. @twinjet is correct. Here is the FAA information page for recreational drone pilots. It gives you a list of rules to follow and has a section called "Changes Coming in the Future" which has the testing requirement listed - "Drone operators to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of test passage."
  13. Welcome to the hobby @mangurian The Mini 2 is a great drone to get started flying. It has a ton of built in features and is very stable. FYI There is a free online course dedicated to the mini from Pilot Institute - you can read about it here if you're interested. Good luck! Hope you share some of your first photos/videos.
  14. Hi Keith - Sometimes it can be tough finding good places to practice flying, especially if you live in a big city or near a major airport. I'd suggest learning a little bit about airspace and downloading an app that you can use to understand restrictions (like the kittyhawk or B4UFLY apps). The Pilot Institute has a free course for new drone pilots called the Ultimate Drone Pilot Guide. They also have a free course dedicated to the DJI Mini 2 that's pretty comprehensive.