Drone Driver

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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.
  15. Any Inspire 2 pilots experiencing dropped video or control links? Not at all or never? Sometimes high interference encountered when in high use 2.4GHz areas can become a problem. Most often the best use of the 2.4 or 5.8 freq and band settings capability of the I2 + Go 4 app for tuning your optimum connectivity as shown in this video will help cure the problem. https://youtu.be/wdhkNbIx6c8 However if you want the very best in connectivity and absolutely no flying within VLOS autonomously initiated RTH scenarios, then these boosted antennas, the Cyclone or Atlas, from Titan Drone
  16. Still shots are far safer to take with much less risk involved.
  17. The link below is to a white paper After Action Review co-authored and written by Coitt Kessler, Program Manager, Austin Fire Department Robotic Emergency Deployment (RED) Team, and Gene Robinson, the Chief Pilot for the Wimberley, TX, Fire Department. The event was the flooding associated with the Blanco River in S. Central Texas just about 30-40 mile South of Austin Texas on May 23rd-24th, 2015. The Blanco rose at a rate of 17.5 feet in 1/2 hour and at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the stage was 32.4 ft., flood stage is 13 ft. The river level crested at 43 feet early Sunday morning, flowing at a rate o
  18. Jay Manley has the credentials and offers a really informative lecture covering all aspect of part 107 involvement in SAR activities. The series of topics includes suggestions on how to get free training and certificates so that you to learn what terminology and procedures are required for the Part 107 pilot to ease into structured SAR missions being conducted by officials and public servant members. This information is crucial for you to understand and to gain acceptance into the group by working in harmony with their efforts. These people have "been there, done that" and would welcome your o
  19. dh has a very simplified approach to pre-flight mission planning and automation. The Graphical User Interface is easy to use on an Android touch screen tablet the download onto your aircraft. One of it's strong features is that it allows you to pre-define "no-fly" zones in both horizontal and vertical dimensions so that you can prevent your aircraft from collisions in adjacent airspace. Also of significance is the interactive 3D flight path analysis tool which allows you to have an interactive interface with your mission design to verify dimensions of your flight path prior to takeoff. The app
  20. @ArchAngel You might wish to consider http://www.droneamerica.com/ Their Savant Hybrid VTOL drone up to 2 hours, their Huginnair VTOL up to 8.5 hours and their fixed wing Phoebus up 7 hours. Of course their payload specs would have to be worked out with you to meet your contract demands. Hope this helps - Michael
  21. Yes but not yet integrated into their flagship Android platform the Crystal Sky and or the P4P+ display. So for users of these displays you are only able to use the GO 4 app.
  22. Here is a webpage that has a great amount of information pertaining to all drone laws beginning at the Federal level including individual federal agencies regulations and extending to the state level laws. https://jrupprechtlaw.com/drone-laws
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