Chris H

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  1. Hi all, Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the comments. One thing I should mention: Here in AZ, we don't have to worry too much about humidity so I don't have a problem with condensation. But if you live somewhere with humidity, my cooling solution could cause a problem with condensation collecting and dripping onto the controller. Probably solvable but Just wanted to mention that. Thanks again everyone, Chris
  2. Hi All, There have been a few posts here about tablets overheating when used with a DJI controller. I live in the Phoenix area and this has been a big problem for me. In temperatures above 85 degrees or so, my iPad would heat up after about 20 minutes and the video feed would get horrible - almost unworkable. I didn't know that the problem was my iPad overheating until my first one died. The battery expanded and popped the screen from the back. The folks at the Apple store told me it was from heat. They replaced my iPad (for $99) and a couple of days later I had another shoot. After 20 mi
  3. Steve, thanks very much for your response. One question I still have - do companies/pilots operating under 333 have to file for airspace waivers? For example, if they are engaged to take photos/video of a house that happens to be in Class D airspace, do they have to file for a waiver like I do as a pilot operating under Part 107 rules? Or can they go shoot the house without any specific authorization?
  4. Hey all, Something I've been wondering about. Now that the new Part 107 rules are in effect, do companies with 333 exemptions have to file for waivers like Part 107 pilots do? If not, how long does their exemption last? And can it be renewed? Chris
  5. Hi All, A couple of weeks ago, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FAA to get a listing of all drone-related fines they had ever been given out. I got the report last week and wanted to share it here. In addition to just sharing the information, I'm also interested to hear what other UAV pilots might think about it. You can access the full report here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/szig0d8f8rz6tn5/2017-003367_Redacted.pdf?dl=0 I have to confess that I got the idea from an article I read that was written back in June - https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/faa-
  6. Here is a summary of my communication with Verifly. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My email to Verifly: Hi guys, On this past Tuesday (1/31/2017), I filmed a property at this location: Address 5260 W Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 Coordinates 33°12'03.2"N 111°37'21.5"W I have a UAV Pilot Certificate and I was operating in a commercial capacity. I was outside of the Class D airspace of Mesa Gateway Airport. Although I was near a private air park (PEGASUS AIRPARK - https://skyvector.c
  7. Alan, I will do that! And I will definitely update this thread with whatever I learn from Verifly. As always, thanks for your help!
  8. Thanks very much! Good to know another UAV pilot in Casa Grande.
  9. Thank you for taking the time to reply. In my original post, I gave the address for the property that I filmed and explained that I used AirMap to check the airspace. I also gave a link to the private airport I was filming near (Pegasus Airpark) on SkyVector, the reference you recommended. So, yes, I had checked the SkyVector section chart as well. Here are the coordinates for the property: 33°12'03.2"N 111°37'21.5"W Chris
  10. Hi all, I just wanted to share some addition info about my filming this property. I honestly don't want it to sound like a rant - I just wanted to continue this discussion a bit. I filmed the property this afternoon. When I went to buy insurance, Verifly said I was in a "restricted area" and would not let me buy the insurance. Then, when I went into the DJI app, it warned me that I was in a Class D airspace. These types of things are frustrating because it makes me feel much less confident about flying. And it's hard to be relaxed and creative and focus on the photos/videos I'm shoot
  11. Alan, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to respond. It's so helpful. I love this new industry (new for me) and want to make sure I am following the rules as best as I can. It gives me great peace-of-mind to be able to post this type of question here and make sure I'm understanding things correctly. Really appreciate it. Thanks again!!! Chris
  12. Hi all, I have a question about filming a property near a private airport so I'm posting it here to just sort of check my thinking and make sure I do the right thing. I have been asked to take photos of a property near this address: 5260 W Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 If you look at the graphic here (http://bit.ly/2jSPJoL), or type the address into AirMap (https://app.airmap.io/), you will see that the location is just outside the Class D airspace of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport, but it is very close to a private airport - Pegasus Airpark (https://skyvector.com/airport/5AZ3/
  13. FYI - My real estate photographer friends like the Osmo too, but according to them, the X3 won't cut it for real estate stills - they say I need to go with the X5, and that's about $2000 for the handle and the camera. So that purchase might be on hold for a while until I make a little more $$$. Chris
  14. Jay, that's an excellent suggestion. Thanks for sharing! Chris