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  1. I am looking for an app that I can put in the latitude and longitude as a spot and have my drone fly there and only there. Maybe I am missing something in DJI GO and if so please let me know, but can't figure this one out. Thanks!
  2. Did the farmer ever get back to you? What I have done with farmers is let them know that I am not an agronomist, but most have one they use and that the information can help the agronomist narrow their searches when in the field saving time. So far has worked well.
  3. It's been less than expected, and clients ideas of what things should cost are entirely way too low. I am apart of Dronebase and droners.io and it's insane. On Droners.io I have seen multiple people requesting commercial photos/video 1-3 min for $150. And what's more insane is that there are 15 bids on it! In any case I do believe my business will eventually grow, but I know its going to take a lot of work to develop it.
  4. Ahh I misread it Damage to any property, other than the small unmanned aircraft, unless one of the following conditions is satisfied: The cost of repair (including materials and labor) does not exceed $500; or The fair market value of the property does not exceed $500 in the event of total loss.' I thought the unless meant that if the drone also was above the 500....well I will wait to hear from the FAA and let them know that there wasn't a need for the report as the damage was to drone only. Thanks for the catch
  5. Hi all, I have recently had to submit to the FAA that I had a crash because the damage to my drone and equipment was more than $500. They originally ask for pretty general information and I got a further email saying they may contact me for more info. Just seeing if anyone has had experience with the process beyond the initial filing?
  6. Okay...I think I found some help for it, but is the Z3 camera up to snuff for something like this? Since I don't do this normally unless I get more requests I am hesitant on buying a better cinema type camera...
  7. I haven't....I operate agriculture mainly, but have wanted to do something like this for a while, just never had the opportunity. And I agree this would be better off with two persons
  8. First off congrats on the first steps of entrepreneurship...information seeking. I have a very small precision ag business that I do on the side. This is my second year and still trying to grow the client list. I'd ask what are your main crops, do you have any agronomy background? If you don't can you partner with one? What size of fields will you be covering? Are the farmers in your area interested on precision agriculture? Are they willing to fork out the cash, because you need more than just aerial coverage for precision agriculture, but also soil samples which adds up really quick. Have you interviewed any prospective clients to see if they would be interested? Do you have enough starting capital for drone, camera, software, replacement parts, insurance, ***extra batteries!!*** For equipment I own the Matrice 100 with the Slantrange multispectral camera. I have the 2p which works well, but they released a new 3p this year which looks to have some definite advantages. I am looking into a fixed wing now either VTOL (vertical take off and landing) or hand launch and belly landing. (Waiting on contract first though).
  9. I have been asked if I could fly the event. I already have a authorization to fly the area (maximum of 100ft) from the FAA, but I know it's impossible to get the Part 107.39 waiver. I think they are largely looking for the very beginning when everyone is in their carts and shooting off to their respective holes. There are multiple areas I can gain footage of this that won't be over people or within even 100ft. If I tether the uav so that it is impossible for it to go out of this "safe" area do you think I should accept the job? Thanks in Advance
  10. I own the slantrange 2p, but heard the 3p is even better. I have not used the red-edge, but have also heard good feedback from it.
  11. So just saw that we can pre-order this and I have been eyeing the mavic pro for a while, but I think this new looks to be even better for cheaper. I currently own a m100 that is setup for ag, so getting it out and trying to capture sunsets and other photos is a giant pain. Having a little guy like this that can be up in a couple minutes seems to be worth the cost. What's your thoughts on the product? screenshot from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j2lqAjMqJc
  12. Awesome site! I am developing my own right now, thought it was decent...until I saw yours haha.
  13. Okay for the first time trying. I still have only one client, but one or two are interested for early next season. Nothing truly dramatic happened in the fields that I am flying for the farmer other than what he knows will happen because of some high salinity in parts of the field. You can definitely see it in the imagery, but the only way to fix it he said would be to dig down about 20 ft and replace all of the soil...which isn't cost effective. I was asked about some mapping of a canyon and the accuracy so I explained to them GCPs and that I am not a surveyor (although i would have a surveyor lay the GCPs as I don't have the equipment). No response on that quote...
  14. I would like to, but currently I don't have the customer base to afford a proper thermal camera
  15. For me to get my name out there quicker in my local community Facebook is a necessity. I bit the bullet and have started "posting" there more. Not sure if it's generated much, but it is nice to see how many people view the photos and such. I am not a social media guy, but anymore it seems to be a requirement.
  16. What you are looking at here is population density. The blue area is where the farmer over planted his beans by 250,000/acre compared to everywhere else being around 140-150,000/ acre. The picture(s) on top show the difference in population by illuminating the plants in green and where there is a low population we can tell by the photo on the left compared to the overpopulated area with the picture on the right. He had to replant the entire edge of the field so that is why there is almost no color on the edge as they are about a week and half behind. At the time of my flight the plants were only about 2"x2" in the overpopulated area with them averaging around 1"x1" for most of the field.
  17. I have a contract for the summer on two fields possibly more if it turns out to be worth it. I just flew last weekend and it was about 15-20mph winds with gusts at 30. Wasn't easy flights and I do believe it messed with the imagery a bit at least on the corn. I provided two reports to the farmer and haven't heard back yet on his thoughts. Hopefully we can both find it useful!
  18. I would have passed on the job as well. Couldn't imagine trying to get a business going in NY City with current rules and regs.
  19. I manually descend mine as well at an angle. So far any app I have seen does a vertical ascent/descent...which is good IMO because otherwise it may fly right into a tree or building.
  20. I am in Denver at a friends place and he is wanting an aerial picture of his new home. He isn't paying or anything so I am thinking this is more of a hobby question, but it's right on the edge of some airspace. But then it's inside a mode c veil. I won't go beyond 100' if I do it, but what do you all think? See attached: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yj1s0exyoj3lol/Screenshot 2017-05-26 21.13.24.png?dl=0
  21. Can't help you on those points as I am in central US. Home inspector...just do some shots of your own home and a friends and show them to him to see what he wants. Pitch wise you may be able to save time or put his time to better use by finding the "bad" spots, although a lot of roofs can be damaged underneath and only felt by walking them. Since UAVs are "new" it will be trial and error for your location on pricing unless you find a competitor and see what they are doing. Just be sure to calculate cost of drone - depreciated out liability and hull insurance cost of camera's your time special software if any batteries extra controller extra tablet marketing material web site creation utilities if you rent a space or have designated at home very good printer ink paper Just some things off the top of my head that you may need yet.
  22. If you have $10,000 flying through the air, it may be beneficial to know where its at even when you lose communication from on-board system. If you have $60 flying around then probably not so much.
  23. For Ag, talk to the farmer themselves. You will need a multispectral camera IMO not a filtered RGB (although they are improving). As far as reports I like the KISS formula. Pictures can show a lot, but you will also need to take notes and photos of the problem areas on the ground. An agronomist would be handy to have in your hip pocket as well. Your different indexes can show a lot, but again make sure you walk the field and ID whether it's a nitrogen problem, irrigation problem, fungus, soil, or animal. An index won't tell you that.