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  1. The mode C veil does not apply to part 107 operations per the FAA. I asked them not long ago. PM me for more info.
  2. "But keep in mind, these are toy's, " I've just had about enough of your anti DJI CRAP. Try a little honesty when you answer these questions and tell posters you are hustling your own drone and bad mouthing every other drone. This is not your forum, stop attacking manufacturers in order to advance your hidden agenda. Juggernaught, I've been in the commercial UAS business since 2015; if you want honest, non biased answers feel free to PM me (I don't sell drones ). I am done with this guy....Sorry Alan, it had to be said.
  3. "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone"- Jimmy Cliff
  4. Good data, thanks. Hopefully they'll do a battery versus weight in the future.
  5. Got me through 32 years of policing safely (not counting the dog bite- A German Shepherd! traitor).
  6. Thanks for sharing, Ed. Shows everything is "waiveable" if you have enough $$.
  7. I'm sure it's all good stuff. May be worth the $$ depending on one's experience. Embry-Riddle has been the preeminent aviation university since the 1930s. However, it concerns me that young kids may not understand what the certificate training (not degree programs) will really qualify them for. A $200 online class like UAV Coach will get you the Part 107 RPC w/o a need to spend thousands. A youngster aspiring to a UAV career will need lots of training and logbook hours in the big stuff. Unless a young person goes into the military and logs thousands of hours in the big birds (and gets a commercial pilot /IFR certificate) as a minimum, the big companies nor the feds are going to take a look at you. That's where the real money is. Things will no doubt change and I foresee future FAA ratings added to the RPC much like manned aircraft, perhaps based on aircraft weight and operating altitude. I seem to remember reading about a school that teaches students to fly Predator size birds, for a lot of $$... Here General Atomics UAV pilo job qualifications: Job Qualifications Typically requires education/formal training equivalent to the completion of a four-year technical degree or trade school equivalency and five or more years’ experience in UAV operation or aviation. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education. Must demonstrate a detailed understanding of UAV and FAA principles, theories and concepts. Must possess: (1) FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with a current instrument rating and ability to maintain commercial certificate and instrument currency or a specialized aircraft system qualification; (2) at least five hundred (500) hours as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) with UAV instructor or multiple UAV aircraft qualification; (3)ability to obtain DOD secret clearance as well as customer specific clearance(s); (4) excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees and military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew; and (5) detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications. The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required. Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD clearance. US citizenship required. USAF qualified MQ-9 pilot (LRE/MCE), with a current Form 8 is strongly desired. Possession of at least five hundred (500) hours as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) in the Predator/Reaper family of aircraft is strongly desired.
  8. UAVUniversity in Phoenix, AZ. Way overpriced at $3,500. Looks very thorough and includes fixed wing. For $1,000 I may do it, since I live 45 minutes from the school, but $3,500 is ridiculous. They also have degree programs.
  9. The shot was commercial the minute they posted the photo on their website. If the aerial photos/videos are used to promote a business their use is commercial, money doesn't have to change hands. From the FAA website: "Recreational or hobby UAS use is flying for enjoyment and not for work, business purposes, or for compensation or hire." The FAA cannot be everywhere and it is up to responsible operators to report outlaw individuals. Kudos to you.
  10. Learn something every day...
  11. What's next? A washer/dryer combo? A Hellfire missile?
  12. Guess Phoenix and Tucson will be on the next release. But sure glad they got Blythe, Ca, the mecca of aviation......
  13. "Also I've noticed that a lot of job posting for pilots of the big boys (Predator, etc) want at least 300-500 flight hours." I've also seen requirements for an FAA commercial pilot certificate w/ instrument rating, in addition to the RPC. "Here is a you think it would be a good idea for the FAA to make guidelines for the commercial drone industry on how many flight hours (or range of hours) is needed to be experienced?" No. The FAA does not regulate experience or hours. That is left up to the hiring agency, as it should be. Fifty hours may be fine for real estate photography operation but not enough for powerline inspections. Another critical issues is this; there are "hours" and then there are "hours." 300 hours flying a Phantom at the city park cannot compare with 75 hours flying construction site, inspections, public safety, or powerlines. Very different experience levels. If the feds start attempting to regulate experience they will get caught in a legal quagmire they do not want. It takes a minimum of 200 hrs. to get a commercial pilot certificate, but no company is going to hire a 200 hr. pilot to fly for hire. It is a matter of practicality and liability. I think civilian commercial UAV companies will reach a natural plateau on the subject of "experienced" with time, just like the folks you contacted who had a consensus of 50-100 hrs. US Customs minimum qualifications: Be a U.S. citizen Ability to pass an intensive security check and polygraph test Pass ongoing drug tests Be under 40 years of age (may be waived for military veterans and other experienced professionals) Possess a valid FAA Commercial Pilots license Have at least 1,500 hours of flight time (May be reduced to 750 in some cases) Have at least 250 hours as a Pilot-in-Command Have 75 hours of night time flying experience Have 100 hours of flight time in the last year Possess a license in UAV Predator B piloting (Predator A may also be acceptable)
  14. You are opening a can of worms here, the discussion will be hot and heavy. Well, the words "experienced" and "expert" are subjective, with wide definitions & opinions. As a court qualified "expert" in accident reconstruction in my previous police life, the legal standard was one of training, experience, qualifications, research, teaching experience and others, which the trier of facts (the judge) evaluated and ruled on. Once the judge admitted one as an expert you were permitted to offer opinions in court within your subject matter. But you didn't ask for a lot of evasive answers; IMHO, the field of UAVs is still too new to have too many "experts." But you asked so I'd define a "consumer UAV expert" as a minimum of 300 hrs. in different platforms) fixed wing, quads, hexa, octo and different manufacturers. Plus teaching experience in the field, a few articles in professional publications would complement the qualifications. That would be a person I'd call an expert. Then there are the folks who fly the big boys (Global Hawk, Ravens, Predator, Hunter, Shadow, etc.) in the military and civilian world. Certainly lots of experts there. I propose to you that anyone with over 100 hours in different consumer-level UAVs may be considered "experienced." I hold both FAA commercial pilot/remote pilot certificates, with 300 hrs. in the cockpit and just coming up on 100 hrs. in quads and fixed wing UAVs and consider myself in between noobie and experienced. Not comfortable calling myself experienced, maybe advanced amateur. ps- I try to avoid the word "drone" unless I'm in mixed company.
  15. I am troubled by this; "right next to a neighbor’s home, where young children were playing in the backyard." He shouldn't be flying that close to any person. And yes, no one has the right to shoot at a drone (a federal felony, try to get a US Attorney to prosecute. The local DA could. In AZ criminal damage of anything over $2k is a class 5 felony). Watching his video I don't see how the pilot can ensure he is not violating 107. 39 with all those trees and structures blocking his ground view.
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  17. Orientation concerned me at first, as I used to be a manned A/C pilot. With drones that's not an issue, there's no "front" just keep it pointed away from you. I only buy local, a DJI dealer is less than an hour from me. BTW my first drone was a $50 model, didn't jump into a Phantom 3 until I learned to fly...
  18. Bill, If you are new to UAVs I'd stick to DJI. Don't buy into all the "flyaway scare" stories. After 3 years of flying DJI I am convinced 99% of "flyaways" are user errors. Unfortunately, new users are usually less than eafer to admit they made a mistake (ego) so it is easier to blame the drone. A story: Last year my inspire 1 Pro did a 180 turn away from home, after pushing RTH, and began to fly away from me. Had it been 2 years earlier, I may have panicked and lost it. But I quickly switched from GPS to ATTI and turned the bird around, brought it home. In re-assesing my flight, I was in a hurry and couldn't remember if I confirmed the home point was set nor if I heard the sexy "your home point has been located" voice. Or was it radio interference? Who knows? If I'd lost the bird I'd be crying to DJI about their "damn fly aways." Not saying it doesn't happen but I'm betting there are reasons (pilot error) that are much more likely than some mysterious software gremlin. My last comment is this; would you buy a car from a company trying to break into the market with a new car or from Ford? Keep in mind when you are reading all the whines about DJI, satisfied customers do not post messages after every successful flight...
  19. Good discussion of transition areas above.(fuzzy magenta). Ed is right on re: Alert area A-371, continuous operations from ground to 2,000 ft. AGL. i'm guessing lots of Army helicopter traffic with some training. May be a good idea to have a VO watching your back....
  20. There appears to be people moving under the drone, but like I stated above, the feds don't seem to care about any operators blatantly violating the rules...unless someone gets hurt.
  21. Thanks, the most annoying video ever, (not blaming you). 21 minutes to define the word "over." I always thought the concept of not flying over people was clear, but I'm a dumb cop with a masters degree in education . BTW, the FAA is really hot to trot on these drone violations (insert sarcasm here), have you noticed all the videos on the web of flights directly over people? I tried to report a particularly dangerous one, gave them the video link, the commercial operator's website link and their response was they could only investigate if I provided the date/time of the flight and pilot's identity. WTF? All the police burglary investigations I could have avoided when I was a rookie. Mam, can you tell me the identity of the burglars? No? Have a nice day. IMHO the FAA is not going to devote their precious manned aircraft activities time to chase after drones (read somewhere they only have 3600 field inspectors for the US) unless you flaunt the rules and the media plasters it all over the TV. Heaven forbid you injure someone and it makes the papers. Your last colonoscopy will feel like a trip to Disneyland. The feds will look bad and be forced to get from behind their desks and investigate. Don't get me wrong, I'm anal about safety and following the rules but have very little faith in the FAA's drone enforcement efforts (unless you make them look bad).