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  1. April 6, 2021 extracted from the following https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/media/whats_new_general.pdf
  2. This FAA handbook is mentioned during the training but I can't seem to find it FAA-H-8083-24, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operating Handbook
  3. I would start looking at the flight stack software of which there are 2 major open source projects. https://ardupilot.org https://px4.io These have large communities and forums so you can get a great deal of support and being open source its free. Of course it does mean building your own drone but there are some kits available that use these stacks. Another feature of these stacks is the ability to create a simulation environment which would help evaluating the software without having to initially invest in hardware.
  4. Email that I received from the FAA quote There are multiple training options, depending on your current status: If you do not hold a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate you must: Take the UAS Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test Knowledge tests may be scheduled on the Airman Certificate Testing Service (ACTS) website and there is a fee associated Current Part 61 certificate holders: Take the Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initial (ALC-451) online course Available on the FAA Safety Team (FAAST
  5. What's a bit confusing is that the training keeps referring to "Part 61 Pilot Certification" which if I understood correctly is someone that was certified to fly manned aircraft but is not necessarily current. That's been around since the beginning of Part 107 and allowed part 61 certified pilots to take the online training instead of the part 107 initial test. Of course it may mean that the FAA has simply leveraged from this training/exam and also applied it to non-current Part 107 certified pilots but again not that clear unless I missed something.
  6. I let my Part 107 laps in 2018 so does this still apply to me and is this training or is it a test or both ?
  7. Continuing on from my previous post. They offer a path to become a commercial drone operator and provide Part 107 certification training Training to use their cloud services Commercial solution training (?) Business registration (LLC) Insurance for 1 year Their cloud service subscription for 1 year Their own US manufactured drone (includes financing options) Drone job opportunities Starting price is $799 for exiting certified pilots and $999 for non-certified pilots although the first link to buy resulted in page not found!. Unlike oth
  8. It was interesting to listen to episode 73 of the AMA Air podcast for more information on this company. https://www.modelaircraft.org/podcast Other links https://www.aquilinedrones.com https://www.aquilinedrones.com/flight-to-the-future/ Quite a bit different from some of the other companies that contract out drone missions.
  9. It looks like an interesting and doable project. Also any further requirement details that you can share would help answer any more questions that you may have.
  10. QGC also works with ArduCopter so I can't be sure. Its typically used on Android or IOS tablets since MP, until recently, only ran on Windows.
  11. You don't mention which flight stack you are running but I assume its either PX4 or ArduCopter. From your video the first thing that I would check are the motor directions and associated props (CW or CCW). For ArduCopter https://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/connect-escs-and-motors.html
  12. As suggested by @Av8Chuck a custom built drone would likely be the best solution for this application. There are a couple of open source flight stacks that could be used. https://ardupilot.org https://px4.io These flight stacks provide the stabilization, navigation and guidance for the drone and can be programmed with "missions" consisting of waypoints which in your case would of course be the ground sensors. Configuration, mission planning and flight monitoring is also provided by open source software running on a laptop, tablet or phone. https://ardupilot.org/planner/
  13. My understanding of Part 107 certification is that it never expires but you do need to take the recurrent test in order to be "operational". In other words if after 24 months of passing the initial test you don't take the recurrent test you can not fly commercially until you pass the recurrent test. I took my initial test back in September of 2016 and since I did not end up flying commercially I did not bother to take the re-current test in 2018 but would also be interested to know for sure if I can simply take this new free online recurrent test that should be available in March.
  14. Spitfire76


    I'm surprised these kits are still being sold as they are realty dated and not good value for money. If you want to build a DIY drone its better to look into these open source projects. There are forums and facebook groups so you get plenty of help if needed. https://ardupilot.org I had quick look at that kit and it seems to include the frame, motors, ESCs, props and a flight controller that can run some "2012" software. You might be able to use most of the parts but I would get a more up to date flight controller and install Arducopter although I did not see if that kit included a c
  15. I've purchased that Roseville Parks drone permit a couple of times and have flown in the designated area (soccer field #2) in Maidu Park on several occasions but not recently as the last several months the entire soccer field was fenced off while new turf was laid. My understanding is that the project should be finished sometime in February. I fly more fixed wing models these days and mainly at a this local AMA club field located between Roseville and Lincoln. https://www.amosrc.com To fly here you do need to be a member of both this club and the AMA and although I've seen the occasi
  16. I have always like The Droner Trainer Podcast as Chris interviews drone pilots from around the world but episode #130 was exceptionaly interesting with his interview with Michael Hill the founder of https://www.cumulusimaging.com. https://thedronetrainer.com/drone-podcast/
  17. @erfan - Not sure if this will help you but ArduCopter has added Lua scripting to develop new features. https://ardupilot.org/plane/docs/common-lua-scripts.html
  18. Just started to follow this guy on YT that's flying drones for work and bush planes as a hobby - what a life!
  19. Interesting to see that Skydio just announced its commercial version of their US Army drone.
  20. Today Skydio announced its new enterprise drone the Skydio X2 https://www.skydio.com/pages/skydio-x2 To be more precise the X2D is for the US Army and X2E is for enterprise. Interesting I thought Parot had the Army contract but maybe both companies do. Also I believe Skydio has collaborated with Parot in the past (controller for the Skydio 2).
  21. Do we know what collision avoidance if any is in the ANAFI USA ?. I don't believe the smaller models had it but maybe this one does.
  22. Well you might simply want to check out the SDKs on some of the ready built drones like DJI and Parrot to see if they fit your needs. https://developer.dji.com https://developer.parrot.com You mentioned in your initial post that your target area for flying is in woods so collision avoidance is important. I know that DJI has collision avoidance on most of their mid to high end drones but not sure about Parrot. There is also Skydio as they have what looks like great collision avoidance technology but not sure if they have an SDK and currently only ship to USA and Canada and since
  23. This is just an example and may or may not be the type of drone that you need but a drone development kit like this would avoid you having to source parts. https://docs.px4.io/master/en/complete_vehicles/px4_vision_kit.html Looks like you would need to contact Holybro for pricing and availability but their email is provided in the above link. Here is another from NXP. https://www.nxp.com/applications/solutions/industrial/aerospace-and-mobile-robotics/uavs-drones-and-rovers/nxp-hovergames-drone-kit-including-rddrone-fmuk66-and-peripherals:KIT-HGDRONEK66 It would help i
  24. There are 2 open source flight stacks that you may want to consider that run on a variety of hardware. Also they have simulation tools so you can get to know them without hardware to start. https://ardupilot.org https://px4.io I am more familiar with the first one and have built several drones with that stack. The second one though is often used in some "off the shelf" drones so that could be better if you don't want to assemble the hardware. Both provide a SDK for several languages including C++ and Python. The core software mainly handles the flight control functions and typic
  25. I see that the 2020 Hovergames challenge is open until the end of July. I think that this type of challenges are great especially for educational institutions. https://www.hackster.io/contests/hovergames2 Also, I really liked NXP's recent collaboration with FliteTest in which they together designed a tail sitter drone. I've built drones using open source software as well as several FliteTest's DIY planes and this looks like a great combination so look forward to the plans being available. Also I just followed the NXP presentation at this weeks PX4 summit and will pos