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  1. Also for anyone following this direction here is the latest Sky Viper drone which is powered by Ardupilot and would serve as an excellent "testbed" for your code modifications.
  2. @Spitfire76 I am keenly aware of the efforts to improve open source code flight controllers (hardware) and embedded code to control them (firmware). In fact I am a BIG fan of the H520 and 3DR collaboration in the government contractor construction marketplace. So here is a weblink that will hopefully interest any of you so inclined to follow that route to become involved with learning how to build/modify/link and download your own open source software build onto a simulator. I have no financial involvement nor benefits to this program but do believe that it will help anyone interested get
  3. RW, You have obviously done your home work on this topic. I know of only 2 Part 137 drone operations at this point, and most recently (last week) it was awarded to a guy servicing the mosquito control application. The initial 137 certificate was a part of the FAA IPP program and was awarded to Lee County Florida mosquito control operations who will fly a fixed wing drone. But you are already a State certified applicator so the main certificate remaining is Part 137. This certificate includes an onsite inspection of your operation. Since these regulations are on the books for manned aircra
  4. Be sure to read the comments section as there are many clarifications contained.
  5. All pilots that are considering using the H520 for mapping should watch this detailed analysis to determine if the rolling shutter implementation of the Yuneec E90 camera will provide you the accuracy that your customers require.
  6. Most current roof inspections by drone are performed as a result of extensive damage in a large area which has recently been hammered by severe weather. This provides those commercial drone pilots who are affiliated with insurance companies the opportunity to rack up as many in one day as possible. I have heard that these cluster inspections generally pay around $50 each and take about 1 P4P battery per inspection or somewhat less. Would love to hear from pilots who have actually worked these types of scenarios to confirm rates and perhaps share wit us how to become affiliated with these insur
  7. Here is what some of our elder pilots (me inclusive) might consider a GREAT product to have for summer flying, affordable safety rated sunglasses with reading lens inserts! https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=2+Pairs+Bifocal+Safety+Driving+Sunglasses+with+Reading+Corner+-+Rubber+Grip+Arms+(Diopter+%2B2.00) I thought that I died and went to heaven yesterday when I attended one of our local hardware stores and found similar items for around $10 on the rack. Well I immediately bought a pair as I was becoming used to placing a set of safety g
  8. @airone is 100% accurate in his financial assessment of this opportunity EXCEPT that there is more than one drone pilot network supplier to Talon and not all are staffed equally. I just finished a training course for this exact opportunity and it was the most professional group of experienced commercial drone pilots that I could have hoped for training me. The course was most beneficial in that just as @Av8Chuck stated above, the flying does require extreme attention to your orientation, winds aloft will try to push you into or away from your tower creating an oblong orbit which might affect
  9. @AvatarAir Interesting post, under what particular circumstance are you referring to? Increased control connectivity would seem to me to be a positive aspect of these devices. And these systems do not exceed FCC power emission regulations. The fact that these boosted antennas provide increased control & video signals at extended ranges beyond VLOS is no different than flying beyond VLOS with the factory RC. Please explain the context of your comment for clarification of what the "no no" situation is that you refer to. Thanks
  10. These guys use them..... http://www.huvrdata.com/#about
  11. That is a good question! And here is a video of the mission.
  12. Back to profitability statement again. This is my concern as for some customers the stills and or video product is satisfactory. But for others the 3D point cloud is a requirement. So my question then becomes who pays for the significant difference in time and fees for post processing software and or computer time to create the 3D point cloud? Pix4D has the option of either local processing if you have enough computer to accomplish or cloud processing. Either is time consuming and adds a cost premium to the data acquisition equation. Can a pilot who gets paid for collecting the image
  13. First of all please be aware that the Drone Ground School has an excellent overview guideline article on Tower Inspection mission planning and execution! https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/tower-surveying/ I will be attending a class in Ft. Collins, Co Mar 22 & 23, that provides training on using drones on cell tower inspection missions. Some of what Steve Fleming offers in this course includes drone flight simulator time and actual hands on flight time taking inspection pictures and video of his own 100 foot tower which has numerous different antenna and equipment installed.
  14. This my only FAA license, so I was thinking that I would have to re-take the exact same test again.