Bill Kaiser

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  1. Great infographic! I've been pining for something like that for a while now. My school is a public school and all flying is being done as part of other curriculum. The infographic really cuts through muck to make it easily understandable. I'm getting started on Part 107 now. I've also been scared in to doing some documentation, which has been pretty thin up until this point. -Fun side note about the gun analogy. I live in Helena, Montana and our middle schools actually had gun ranges in the basements. Students were taught how to properly handle and fire a rifle. I think they were pellet rifles shooting lead slugs. Anyway, they shut them down some time in the 80's because of the lead being deposited in the backstops was a health hazard. Times have changed.
  2. I'd like to know the answer to this too. I've been out of drones for awhile and as a teacher, I am now back supervising high school students to fly drones. Last time I checked, teachers were not allowed to fly, except to recover control of the drone. Students were allowed to fly under hobby rules. Teachers could fly outside of class as hobbyists too. I plan to get the 107, but would like to know if I am in compliance under the old rules or have they changed?
  3. Hi Justin. You have an excellent resource in your area. Joe Dockery at Mt. Si HS in Snohomish. He is the guy I drew my inspiration from and my high school program is modeled on his. He also teaches workshops in your area and around the country. Browse his site and you will probably find everything for a beginning program.
  4. Here's my first complete video. Every year, our two high schools combine to build a low cost home and make it available for needy families to purchase at a low cost. This year, the home will be sold to a disabled vet. The bathroom is designed with handicap rails and showers. All exterior construction and interior woodwork is done by students. All stills and interior video were shot with Phantom 3 Advanced. Notified Airport tower and hospital heliport. Got permission from neighbors to fly over property. Point of Interest mode for circular flights. Lucked out with soft over-cast lighting at 5 pm. Great colors without using filters. Interior shots done hand-held with Phantom. The gimbal cam makes a very good steady-cam! Edited in Adobe Premiere CS6
  5. Love the BW shots. Makes me want to try converting some drone footage to BW. Love the sky reflection in the last dock shot. Nice work!
  6. I'd have to vote for the "it might flip over" worry. If one engine came on a little stronger than the others, it could easily go end over end. If your drone has return-to-home capability, loss of control would be a much better simulation to practice. We did an RTH for the first time today and it was fun, and nerve-racking at the same time. We had to stand idly by as the drone zoomed up to safe RTH altitude and slowly descend on the home point. It was a little off of our small landing spot so we had to take control and land manually, but the concept worked as advertised.
  7. Hi @mrewilliams! Welcome to the forum. I am the "technology teacher" for two high schools in Helena, MT. My title was coined 20 years ago, so now I suppose I am similar to a technology integration specialist or a tech coordinator. Anyway, I got the bug too, and convinced one of my high schools to buy two drones. We are already integrated into computer science and hope to integrate into all the STEAM areas as well. I hope to convince the other high school to purchase a couple of drones next fall and join the fun as well.
  8. Great write-up by the way. I tend to read these things with rose colored glasses. I agree with you about the compensation part. I tend to stop reading things when I see what I want to see. Part 2 pretty much puts the kibosh on any dreams of funding the program with drone money. Soliciting donations would certainly get one in hot water. Side note: I wrote a draft press release today. We plan to notify the local media of our program and get some attention for the program. It's exciting because I think we are the first high school in Montana with a drone program. @remotelypossible
  9. Thanks Scott, I think my program should be in very high compliance. The drones are a unit of a computer science curriculum. It is not a "learn to fly drones" class. Any other classes that use them will be part of the curriculum, but not THE curriculum. I hadn't thought of the instructor section like that. Believe me, I need a lot of practice. I suppose I could fly during school hours too, as long as I am "testing" the "flight readiness" of the UAS. What do you think of the notion, that students and staff cannot be directly compensated? It looks like there is wiggle room there for donations to be made to the program. For example, a local non-profit might want us to shoot some aerial video to promote their cause. i.e..Habitat for Humanity or something. Do you think I can send my computer science student out to get some footage, give it to the non-profit and the non-profit donates to the computer science program. The memorandum doesn't seem to rule out compensating somebody as long as it is not the students or the staff directly. Here's some links I found where lawyers and such address the memorandum. Texas Assoc of School Boards Saul Ewing Fox Rothschild Hey, If we can get that Education thread going, I can tell you how, last Friday, two students crashed two drones in 3 minutes. Luckily, both survived, even though one got wet and the other fell about 15 feet. Oh, and the students survived too.
  10. I'm new to drones, but one thing I noticed immediately is that the public is totally ignorant about rules regarding flying drones 5 miles from the airport and don't know what their ceiling is. As a teacher, I'm working on that.
  11. As a high school teacher, I am very excited about the May 4 Memorandum from the FAA regarding Educational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Unfortunately, my jail-house lawyer skills are lacking, so I am curious to see what others get from reading it. My take-away is: If I am a public school and The course using the UAS is not specifically a course on UAS, but uses the UAS only as a part of the curriculum. Students involved are enrolled in the class. Students or staff are not directly compensated. The instructor doesn't fly the UAS, except to avoid calamity then, : Students fly as hobbyists Staff only flies in event student loses control. (not sure how I save the UAS, if I never get to practice) The program can be compensated as long as student and staff are not. Still hazy on whether I need come type of FAA certificate or does the memorandum say I am good to go based on the memorandum? I registered my UAS as "Public Entity" instead of "hobbyist" as per advice of FAA UAS hotline. What is your take-away? PS. at some point, it might be nice to have and "education" category.
  12. 24 Drones, apparently flying autonomously and spatially aware, indoors. Wow! Wish they would say more about the technology in the second video. MagicLab 24 Drone Flight How they did it- watch second.
  13. Thanks to @RemotelyPossible for posting this link that clarifies the status of UAS for educational purposes. Looking forward to breaking it down and discussing it.
  14. WOW! This is fantastic! Christmas came early! Thanks for the heads-up Scott.