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  1. Hey @Up Sonder! Love this question. This is something we grapple with frequently at AeroVista Drone Academy. How does one measure experience for a drone pilot? Especially with varying and complex mission profiles (Construction mapping vs. Thermography, ETC. ) This question is especially pertinent when we train pilots on the Public Safety side, because not only does a pilot have to be experienced, but they have to maintain proficiency! A 500hr pilot who hasn't flown in 6 months has plenty of experience, but over time skills get rusty. This is why the FAA requires 90 day currency for manned pilo
  2. Good to see another FT-550 in here! I keep mine on my belt pretty much anytime I'm in controlled airspace, or less than 3NM from a non-towered field or heliport with established CTAF. I remember on my 1st flight deep in the Class B back in the 333 and Standard COA days they had me "establish and maintain" over the handheld. That was wild, At that point I'd been a pilot for over a year and never been cleared into the Class B flying an airplane. After a few "with request" calls the tower called back "Unmanned Rotorcraft Niner Kilo Quebec, Cleared into the Class B Airspace" Pretty cool to b
  3. Hey gang, I realize I'm reanimating an old thread here, but I thought I might be able to provide some insight. Aleksandar, based on your initial comment it seems like you're already pretty experienced conducting thermographic inspections by hand. Since that's the case, I wont dive into the theory of thermography and conducting inspections here. We do have an awesome Course on that if you want to check it out! To answer your question about the economics, I'm surprised at the $28/km going rate. In fact, at least in the market I'm used to flying in, (Midwestern US) that would barely cov
  4. @Steve Bennett Right with you. I think that will be a key market differentiation for the rental services. Renting high end, highly specialized equipment to experienced clients. Anyone renting a SenseFly, Precision Hawk, or Trimble aircraft is going to be serious and responsible. An added bonus, is the types of clients that would rent say, an Ebee RTK would be far more likely to treat it with care and keep it in good condition. While that's not a perfect solution to the maintenance question, it would definitely inspire a degree of confidence.
  5. @Up Sonder Hey Derek! Thanks for taking the time to reach out! I think you guys have a great concept. When we launched the thermography course, we had more than a few students asking about rental programs. $8,500-$12,000 is a whole lot to sink on a sensor alone, if yo only plan on making a few flights in the near future, so I see a ton of demand out there especially for the expensive/high performance equipment. I'll send you an email this afternoon, lets set up a time to chat! In the relative vacuum of maintenance standards you have a great opportunity to get out in front of th
  6. @Alan Perlman The team and I where just talking about these guys today! Great concept. Especially for expensive and specialty aircraft and payloads. My biggest question to the Upsonder team would be about maintenance standards, and documentation of maintenance on the aircraft available for rental. To @Uaviator53's point, way back in (manned) ground school, my instructor taught me to never rent an airplane without verifying it's inspection records. (annual, 100hr, ETC) Especially if its your first time renting from a particular flight school. Reason being, it is incumbent on the Pilot In C
  7. Hey Steve, I was advised by an FAA representative in Washington that only airspace authorizations are being approved until June, when the online system is set to change. That being said, I just received a waiver on behalf of a client in the Class D from what appeared to be an FAA-affiliated contractor.
  8. Hey gang! Our company has received numerous airspace authorizations under the Standard COA and 333 process. Under 107, We've gotten a few for the class D and Class C, and one on the way for the B! Here's my secrets: 1. Make a case, and present evidence Take a look at the previous waivers that others where granted. Look for ones that are the most similar to your operation, and resent them as evidence that your operation can be conducted safely. An effective way of phrasing it might be: "Operations shall be conducted pursuant to special procedures provided specified (
  9. Slantrange eh? Looks really cool. Haven't had much time to play with that software yet, but it looks really well suited to your app. Would love to see your outputs! Good luck!
  10. My pleasure! I love seeing an ambitious project come to life When we looked into AWS, it was incredible how much processing power you could get your hands on. Not only that, but you only pay for the hours it runs! A p2.16xlarge instance we used had 64 virtualized CPU cores, and 732GBs of ram for something like $11/hr. It ran a 1,500 image map in minutes. Maybe not as fun as building your own rig, But that's more horsepower than I could fit on my desk anyway! I think that's a solid pricing model. Ends up at $6,400 total, minus the fixed costs for aircraft (and XT!) depreciation
  11. Love to see guys like @Juggernaught pushing the boundaries. Let us know how it goes! If you need help processing all that data, I'd recommend an Amazon AWS server instance!
  12. Got it! Thermal will stitch, but be ready to use serious overlap. I use 90% frontlap and 80% sidelap flying roof missions, and that tends to create enough pixel density to generate a useful point cloud. If you want to be absolutely sure, fly a high overlap grid with a departure heading of 360 (so, north to south) then fly a second grid with a departure heading of either 270 or 090 (straight east or west) then stitch both passes. Make sure your departure headings are upwind if possible, any headings seperated by 90 degrees will work You really need the overlap to provide enough data for th
  13. Hey Juggernaut and gang, My name Is Brendan Stewart and I taught the Intro to Aerial Thermography course. I've got a fair bit of time on the Inspire and XT, and Alan sent me a note about you're question. Short Answer: Yes, the XT can easily determine soil surface temperature. 2 mi2 would be a haul for the little inspire though. I punched the mission into Drone Deploy for giggles, and at 400' you'd end up needing about 103 minutes of airtime to complete the mission. That's 7 TB48s through the Inspire just to run the path once. Long(er) answer: have a conversation wi