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  1. Yeah, I've had that 45 degree thing as a concern. I just kinda eyeball it, such that I know that the straight shot pics have some decent overlap with the 45 ones. Andy
  2. As to the questions and issues above. I haven't had any trouble with uploading. The pics have uploaded fairly quickly. Also, I've done about 55 missions and only one was rejected due to something being wrong with it. Probably because it was very windy and the drone probably moved a little too much. Even though the P4 does phenomenally well in pretty high wind. I haven't done any for a little while now, though. I've never gotten offered a client mission... Andy
  3. I have a real-world testimonial about Dronebase. I've been doing pano missions for them for a few weeks now, usually going out a couple days per week. And I've actually gotten paid. Without being too specific, I got paid on about 40% of the properties I've done. And as mentioned above, it takes about 10-15 minutes at most. I do spend a little time logging my trips, the houses I do, and driving. But it's not too bad. There is the advantage of logging hours, if you're new and need some hours, and getting in some practice and confidence. On the privacy issue, I will point out that
  4. It is 400' above the ground that you are over. So if there's a hill, you go up to be 400' above the hill. The distance is for safety reasons, so it wouldn't be very safe to run into a 500' hill. Andy
  5. Took the test today, and passed! Feels good to get that done. I've got two Phantom 4's, ready to start marketing. But that's historically been the hardest part for me... marketing myself. Need to get better at that. Andy
  6. I had something happen this morning, and found this thread to see if anyone has had this problem. A little background for my situation: I live in a rural area on 40 acres. You'd think that would be good, plenty of space to fly your drone around. But the properties here are long and fairly narrow. So the neighbors at least two houses down on either side can see my drone even if I just go straight up and above my house. Now, if I go down towards the back of the property, which is wide open and sloping, the neighbors have an even better view of the drone flying around. Now some bac
  7. You mentioned dying from the inside due to the day-job. I can completely relate to that. While I've enjoyed working as a developer for the most part, I am mostly done with working for a company. I have worked for myself in the past, and I *must* get back to it or I will definitely die. On the P4 choice, while I just got mine, I did a ton of research, and while it's not the absolute best you can get, I think it does quite well. I've shot a bunch of video of my property and surrounding area, haven't processed any of it yet (I'm just practicing) and even right out of the machine it looks
  8. AndyA


    Hello, New droney here. I've had a couple of toy drones, the latest being the second one on the list of cheap drones here, the DBPOWER MJX X400W. Then just a couple of weeks ago I got the Phantom 4. It is super nice. I do seriously want to become a professional drone pilot, am working on my 107 test and will have it shortly. My previous experiences have all been leading me to this, it seems. I'm currently (mostly) a software developer (mostly web these days). I'm a ham radio operator, I've been a semi-serious photographer (haven't done much lately, though) and videographer,