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  1. I got a Phantom 3 Standard for $150 off a neighborhood-site listing, and also bought a professional hardcase and am going to be ordering an additional battery soon-- quite a steal! I intend on purchasing a propeller guard, a matte-black sticker skin for the entire outside of the drone, and an iPad Mini 2 instead of my Samsung.
  2. I think a listings area for people buying and selling UAV's and all related accessories would be cool. Some possible related features; A $5-10 per year charge to retain an authorized seller status, allowing you to post 'selling' listings, which helps prevent scamming and false listings, as well as contributes to the site upkeep cost. Official rules, regulations, and formats for the section to maintain quality (I'd be glad to help draft this, as I've got previous experience with forum listings and rules that work and are necessary) A possible sub-forum could include a buyer/seller rating area where people could post positive or, constructively/proof-supported negative reviews about buyer/seller interaction that stems from the site, as well as reviews of other companies or sellers on other sites. Overall, I think a listings area would be great for the site and would add another dimension of benefits that the site provides to its users. Additionally, I feel that hiring a couple more site administrators through an application/vetting/referral process would be highly beneficial as the site grows in popularity with the influx of UAV pilots. With more members and attention, there is more chance for trolls and misconduct.
  3. I'd say out of the models you listed, the best would be the Phantom 4 Pro. The camera and hardware in that drone is at-par with commercial needs, and should do you well for a while. Just keep in mind that, in addition to just the drone, you'll need to buy another 2-3 batteries so you can get close to an hour of potential flight time, video editing software, and also some form of still photo equipment is usually needed as many times aerial photographers can have much more appeal if they can do still shots as well. Your best bet is to make sure you get several hours of flight time, do about six or a dozen videos to construct your portfolio, and practice video editing and photography practices before offering your services commercially. Insurance is also a must, like you said-- drones are basically flying lawnmowers and can be very dangerous and pose all sorts of different liabilities.
  4. Sup guys, my name is Patrick, I'm currently a high-school student in the state of Indiana. I found this forum from talking to a good friend of mine who plays airsoft-- he lurked on here for a month or so and eventually bought a Phantom 3 to use to record skirmishes and such for his airsoft team. UAV's interest me greatly, even before my friend showed me that there are active and present forums online that discuss the construction and application of drones, which I never knew existed or were as popular as UAVCOACH. I'd assumed that most websites focused around UAVs would be lackluster in available content or active discussions, but this site has shown that I was deeply mistaken. I spend a lot of time online, and from the few hours I've spent reading so far on the forums and in addition to previous research into UAV engineering and piloting, it is something that really interests me that I hope to take up very soon. I've got contacts and family members who are real estate agents that I've been able to reach out to for insight, and hope to soon, after I apply for and hopefully receive my FAA license and take a few months to really drill down both basic and advanced maneuvers used in piloting, I hope to potentially start a small photography service and sometime into the future maybe expand into drone sports or drone training-- maybe even law enforcement or military application careers. When I get interested in something, I tend to spend a lot of time at it, so I should be seeing you all around the forums a good bit! -Patrick