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  1. I know from studying for the Part 107 exam that I don’t have to contact heliports in class G airspace before I fly. I do make sure my spotters know where they are and that they are using proper spotting procedures to check for any kind of traffic in my area of operation. There are two hospital heliports in my market area that are in G airspace: one is 3 miles away and the other 2 miles away. Do you contact heliports in your area of operation prior to launch as a courtesy and to foster goodwill? I am tempted to do this because of the irresponsible actions of some drone pilots. I have read of very positive responses from heliports who were contacted by commercial drone pilots. On the downside, what if they take issue with my flight plan and say no'? Am I creating problems for myself by contacting them? If I go ahead and fly anyway and there is an incident, I have created a legal liability. If I don’t fly, I have not only lost one job but my whole market collapses. These two heliports are positioned to kill my entire business due to their locations in the middle of my market area. A parallel incident: Performing my due diligence, I have called city and town governments to determine if there are any local laws with which I have to comply. One city official said ‘no’, but also said that since I brought it up that maybe there should be. He will raise the issue at the next town council meeting. I want to be a responsible pilot when it comes to heliports. But like my conversation with that city council member, I may be creating a problem for myself that didn’t previously exist. I use sectional charts and the Airmap app which shows a caution message highlighted in yellow due to the 2 heliports. The word 'caution' does not mean contact. I will probably spend another $200 and contact Jonathan Rupprecht, a pilot and attorney, to determine the best legal course of action relevant to heliports. However, I wanted to see what other commercial drone pilots are doing as a matter of practice with heliports in their area of operation. Thanks.
  2. Christian; I missed the part about you supplying the footage. I have no need or desire for anything else but what you supply. I can see the logic behind using your standardized footage. I'm sorry I went through all that discourse. I guess I should sign up for a literacy course as a prerequisite to taking yours. Not only am I without a drone at this point, I am without a computer powerful enough to run Final Cut Pro X. I am looking at the new Mac Book Pro or the Mac Pro 6 Core. My current computer is an old Mac Book Pro 2008 that doesn't meet the minimum Final Cut requirements. I found out today that I qualify for Apple's $199 educational software package with my computer purchase which includes; Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor, plus Logic Pro X and MainStage I haven't even looked into what those other packages provide and really don't care at this point. However, it seems to be a good Pro X price by itself. I have a lot to learn...a day at a time. I should make this purchase in the next 4 weeks or so. I look forward to working with you also. Gordon
  3. I have an unusual request. I have a new titanium ankle joint which required 4 surgeries and stem cell transplants over the past 14 months. I can't walk yet. I'm now a couple months from healing up. I just passed my Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification and have my Temporary Airman Certificate. (attached). I will buy a drone in May or June. I will need post production video editing in all of the markets that I will enter. I will be enrolling in Aerial-Post Production 101 and downloading the 30 day trial version of Final Cut Pro X, which I will then purchase. Because I have no drone and haven't been able to walk, I have no raw footage to edit for this course. I'm looking for a forum user who would be willing to let me use their raw footage so that I can enroll in this course. I would recognize your implicit or explicit copyrights and not use your footage for anything else other than this specific course. I also would need your permission to submit my final project to Christian Tucci , the course designer, for appraisal and editing suggestions. I would make it clear to Mr. Tucci that it is your footage and provide your name as the videographer. Once I learn how to annotate the footage, I will label every frame with the words, "Footage Provided by Mr/Ms X with their Permission". The phraseology of this credit would be up to you. If any of you are willing to let me use your raw footage under these conditions and any other conditions that your would like to impose, please let me know. Not knowing how much footage I will need and how much footage I might receive, it would be great if more than one person would offer to make their footage available. I do not care about the subject matter or content of the video. If you have video with a contiguous subject matter, that would be ideal. I will be trying to tell a story. But the man with no footage can't be too particular! I can use 720,1080, and 4K video with just about any frame rate: 30, 60,120. I am not trying to produce the highest resolution or smoothest video. I am just trying to learn the functions and features of Final Cut Pro X so I can become a good video editor post production. Final Cut Pro X can accept the following file formats for editing: "A QuickTime movie file uses a .mov file extension. And it is also compatible with MP4, M4V, and QT formats ONLY. I will be using Final Cut Pro X on a Mac Book Pro. Other file formats would have to be converted and may not produce good results. Once I get at least one commitment for raw footage, I will enroll in this course and provide you with some kind of screen shot or email acknowledgement as proof that I am actually enrolled in this course. I will also provide you with access to my final project on my cloud drive so that you can see that I have provided proper attribution or credit to you. I am willing to sign a NDA, Non-Disclosure Agreement with the one exception I requested above to submit my final project to the course director, Christian Tucci. I wanted to complete this course so that I can hit the ground running or walking as I start my new business. I hope there is someone out there who can be of assistance. Many thanks, Gordon Campbell Batavia, IL
  4. I just passed my Part 107 Remote Pilot exam. I am now rethinking my choice of a drone for commercial purposes. I'm from the software industry. I've told people for years that you don't go out and buy a computer, unless you are a standard consumer needing the Microsoft suite of software. In industry, you first determine what kind of software you will be running and then back into your computer/hardware decisions. Now, I am running up against my own advice when it comes to choosing a drone. I have been studying the markets available to me in my area and the potential competition. I would like to be able to drive a stake in the ground and say I'm going after the real-estate, surveying, agriculture, etc. or a combination of markets. If I had a high degree of certainty of my market(s), I could back into my drone choice and processing software more easily. Also, I also need a drone that allows me to be nimble and able to respond to new or changing market conditions. I do not have that high degree of certainty of my markets. As a result, I have a problem backing into a drone decision. So I am approaching my problem from another direction. Is there a drone on the market that is versatile enough and has the ruggedness or stamina to service many markets or market niches? If there is such a drone, then my lack of clear market targets are less of a problem. I am re-looking at the Mavic Pro. It certainly seems versatile enough. However, does it have the stamina to be able to sustain a rugged duty cycle? No, I can't easily define what is a 'rugged duty cycle' either. That is tough to quantify since it will vary by market, size/scope of job, and the number of jobs you might have on any given day or week. I also recognize that I will probably need more than one drone to remove some of the load on any one drone. But let's throw something against the wall. Say the Mavic Pro had to be in the air 2-3 hours a day with time off between flights to cool off the motors. Assuming, only 20 minutes/battery that would be 6-9 batteries/day. Can this drone handle that level of usage and still provide reliable service? I have never burned out a brush-less motor on my drones except when I used them as a Weed Wackers. I have no experience with the Mavic Pro or for that matter any other DJI drone. I just know that if my drone is not in the air, it is not producing revenue. The ratio of time in the air to the time on the bench or being serviced elsewhere has to be very high. So to me the value of this Community, is to help me answer these kinds of questions that I can't answer with my own experience. Based on your experience, do you have an opinion as to whether or not the Mavic Pro can handle the time in the air requirements stated above for the markets that you serve? What markets do you serve? How many hours a day or week is your Mavic Pro in the air? Is there anyone out there who has flown 200 flights or logged 50 hours in the air on one Mavic Pro without a major failure? This question is not just addressed to commercial drone pilots. There are heavy recreational flyers out there. Some of my other concerns: DJI seems to have a history of poor customer service based on my lurking in DJI forums. I understand that for an annual fee I can purchase DJI Care Refresh and that I would get priority responses from DJI Support. There is no definition of 'priority support'. In their terms and conditions, it doesn't state how long it will take to get my drone replaced under their insurance plan. Plus there are caveats that would allow them to decline coverage. Support concerns me. Please share your experience with standard support and/or the DJI Care Refresh, drone replacement program? I have read of three potential issues with the Mavic Pro. They may or may not be describing the same issue. CEO of DroneDeploy said, "We’ve noted an issue with exposure, but I’m sure this will be fixed in short order." One Mavic Pro critic wrote on a forum: "The Mavic Pro has a problem with focusing where some parts of the video are blurred where other parts on the video are in sharp focus, this is a terrible flaw unsure if software issue or fault with the (???) lems ,,,this can be seen on you tube, I am unsure if this has been fixed by DJI. As to date there is no updates with this problem, I will not buy one,, inspire is a better flagship." January 2017 Digital Trends: "The only real flaw we could find on the machine was its 3-axis gimbal assembly. It’s impressively small and compact, but it’s also held in place with four small rubber bands that seem to be a bit fragile. If one of these bands snaps (which happened to our review unit while it was in the previous user’s possession), the camera will have trouble stabilizing itself, which ultimately means you’ll end up with shaky, “Jello-effect” video footage. That’s really the only design flaw we could find though — everything else on the Mavic is well-built and designed to last." March 2017. My comment: This may just mean that the rubber bands need preventative maintenance and replaced more frequently. Potentially not a big deal. Have you experienced any of these issues? If so, has DJI fixed the problem(s) or promised a date when they will be fixed? With great complexity comes, potentially, great vulnerability. The Mavic Pro has incredible functionality but is it rugged and reliable enough for sustained commercial use? . What is your experience with the ruggedness and reliability of the Mavic Pro? How many hours of flight time are you basing your observations on? I appreciate any and all feedback. I am hoping that Alan's post trip report on the Mavic Pro may help shed some light on these questions. I'm sure he will be burning through batteries.