Luke Dillon

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  1. Hey @Roderick, it certainly depends on what you want to do in the drone business. The best advice I can give you is to buy a drone, preferably an inexpensive one to start, and FLY FLY FLY! The more you fly, the more comfortable you will feel and gain confidence. In addition, I am sure there is a community of drone flyers in Arizona. In Colorado where I live, people are more than willing to share experiences and help each other out. I am sure that is the same way in Arizona. I started out 2 years ago and I had no idea what I was doing but I kept flying until I learned more about the drone and talked to people who helped me out. I am nowhere near an expert but I am much more experienced and comfortable now then when I was.
  2. Just filled out the survey. Happy to help.
  3. Good morning everyone, have my Part 107 license and am going to Cabo, Mexico for a short vacation this weekend and was thinking about bringing my Phantom 4 Pro so I can fly in non-restricted air space. I am seeing if anyone had any experience traveling their drone to Mexico and what the regulations might be. Please share your knowledge and experiences with me so I can make a good decision. Thank you, Luke
  4. Thank you both for your comments! I certainly agree and understand the points you brought up. Luke
  5. Hi everyone, I live in Colorado and work in sports television and also have my Part 107 certificate. While watching the Jazz/Nuggets game last night on another network I do not work for, I saw what looked to be drone footage used at night time. This is obviously against FAA rules unless there was a waiver approved by the FAA. Knowing the industry I work in, I am assuming that a waiver was not approved (obviously not 100%). I have attached a photo. I am asking the community a few things. 1. Do you think this is drone footage? To me this shot does not look like a helicopter. 2. Would it be considered commercial footage if used during a live broadcast? 2. In your opinion, what should be the next steps? Report this to the FAA? Try to reach out to the sports network and ask them about the footage 3. Should I do nothing? As we know, there are many people that are not following FAA regulations, but for a television network not to follow the rules is very disconcerting. Thank you.
  6. Hey everyone, I use apps such as Airmap and Kittyhawk for vector maps of restrictions of where I'm flying. However, many times I see advisories that pop up and wondering if these are actually restrictions that prohibit me to fly in these areas. The advisories show up in yellow, such as the image I attached, and when there is a restricted area, such as Class B, C, D, and E, it shows up as red. Thanks!
  7. Chuck, this is a forum that is supposed to be helpful and collaborative for everyone. I was just posing a question and concern as a friendly sUAS pilot and asking for useful feedback. I will respect your opinion but I would appreciate less hostility. Thanks.
  8. And also, this was a race that all athletes needed to pay for to enter.
  9. Thank you for all of your feedback. I understand the FAA rules are vague now but I still believe it is our responsibility as commercial drone pilots to try to enforce the rules. In my opinion, this media company broke the rules by having one of their employees fly a drone for commercial use without a Part 107 certificate. I know the person didn't have one because when I asked he didn't even know what it was. Acts like this also ruin business for the rest of us, who went through the effort to get FAA certified to fly a drone for commercial use and know the laws.
  10. Hey everyone, I was a runner a 5K race last weekend. I came across someone flying a drone who was an employee of a local media company and was getting footage for that event. This person did not have his Part 107 license, so I emailed the media company, who said the race was not a commercial shoot and were not contracted or paid in regards to the drone footage. However, I went to the race site and did see a drone photo that they posted. I'm not sure if I believe that they were not paid and thinking about reaching out to the race committee. Does it count as commercial footage if it's not paid for? As a drone community, we are trying to work on making progress with sUAS's and I feel that these situations hinder that ability. Thoughts?
  11. @timmy67 Well done!!! Welcome to the team!
  12. @KirkLook into this website for insurance coverage. I plan on using them once I start doing commercial work. https://www.modelaircraft.org/joinnew.aspx?s=print
  13. So why are so many people, both hobbyist and commercialist, flying BVLOS if it is not allowed? Many sUAS pilots I have talked to fly 1-1.5 miles away which is BVLOS. I'm sure they are flying at their own risk when doing this but why chance it?
  14. @Uaviator53 Thanks for your input! Yup, I have the Part 107 license and logging hours each day. What business license are you referring to?
  15. @Steve Bennett Thanks for the info!!!
  16. So I just bought my drone 2 weeks ago and have about 5 hours of practice. I have a good feel for the aircraft and able to do the basics. For those more experienced pilots, when did you feel you were ready to start reaching out to businesses about offering your services to them? What flying techniques did you feel you had to master before doing it? Also, other than watching YouTube videos are there any good resources out there to learn how to get better at flying a drone? I want to start reaching out to people but weary my skillset may not be there yet. Thanks, Luke
  17. Hey everyone, With those of you who have used Drone Base, how do you go about getting a project to work on? I signed up and see many locations that need a drone pilot for a project but how do you go about contacting that location saying you are going to be flying a drone over the building? Or do you just go ahead and do the project without any prior notification? Thanks, Luke
  18. Agreed. Thanks for your input everyone! I just purchased the Phantom 4 Pro over the weekend at the authorized DJI store in the area. I haven't flown it yet but hope to do it in the next day or two when I have time. It's tough flying when there is limited sunlight after work!
  19. I hope everyone got to watch the amazing Super Bowl last night, especially the halftime show with Lady Gaga, which consisted of an army of drones in the sky! I thought it was pretty amazing! What are your thoughts and the future of drones in sports entertainment? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txXwg712zw4 https://www.wired.com/2017/02/lady-gaga-halftime-show-drones/?mbid=social_twitter
  20. Thank you for the website Ed. I am looking at the website now and it looks like they only offer the Phantom 4. I am looking to purchase the Phantom 4 Pro Plus (monitor included). I'll keep searching!
  21. thanks Ed. I looked at the site and after doing the converting from the Colombian peso to US Dollars the Phantom 4 Pro Plus comes out to approximately $1,911 for the done and basic equipment, which is a lot more than the bundle package I saw on Amazon. I appreciate you sending me that info though! Luke
  22. Actually, my local DJI store is an official, authorized DJI seller. They just opened a month ago. So my question was still regarding buying from an authorized dealer or buying online, which will save me money.
  23. Interesting idea and great website to promote and offer your services! I live in Colorado so hope they add that city at some point.
  24. I am planning on buying the Phantom 4 Pro Plus (with monitor) and went into the local DJI store the other day. I priced out the drone along with 1 extra battery and limited extended warranty and it came to approximately $2100. I went to Amazon and saw a bundle package with many more accessories plus an extra battery. I am seeing if anyone has bought their drone through Amazon and if you think it's a good deal... or if I should still stick with buying my drone through DJI. AMAZON LINK https://www.amazon.com/DJI-Quadcopter-Batteries-Professional-Accessories/dp/B01N35K9FL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485979071&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=phantom%2B4%2Bpro&th=1