Steve Bennett

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  1. The individual piloting the drone bears all the risks and penalties of flying for business, not the REB hiring the unlicensed pilot. So it will be a tough sell other than "its the right thing to do to hire a licensed pilot".
  2. Being that I work at an Architectural Design firm, I can tell you we aren't interested in hiring someone to create 3D models via drone because I can pilot my own drone and donate the data to the company. Also, our insurance won't allow the inclusion of data captured on Construction Documents unless its backed by a licensed surveyor. So at best, it will only be used for pre-visualization efforts to do renderings where we use the data captured to produce a ground plane or reference site imagery when developing a concept. Marketing has the biggest use for drones at project close out to get aerial imagery of the project when its completed. Our last couple efforts though have utilized a professional photographer who also happens to fly a drone and adds really good aerial imagery to really good ground based imagery for a complete package. Larger contractors such as McCarthy, DPR, etc. already have internal drone departments and simply buy a DJI phantom/inspire for a specific job and station a drone pilot onsite to collect imagery on a regular basis - usually these projects are worth $100 million in construction costs or more to justify this expense, smaller jobs don't get drone tech.
  3. I had no problems calling (844) 704-1487 to register with CATS/PSI ( I was on hold for maybe a few minutes until someone picked up. FWIW, I never leave my call back number as that never seems to work with any company that offers it. Just wait on hold until someone answers.
  4. Congrats @JBR LIFE Photography ! I took mine today and passed, however not as stellar of a score as your's, missed 2 for a 95%. I agree though, the cheat sheet that DPGS put together was instrumental in me getting re-oriented for the test. I even learned me a couple things I either forgot or don't recall learning in the original training's. Thanks @Alan Perlman for extending access to DPGS for past course takers.
  5. I tried requesting approval to fly in a Class Airspace here in Southern California (KONT) where my flight area was split between 2 FAA grids - one had a lid of 400ft AGL, the other was zero feet. The 400ft was approved and the other was cancelled the very next day. This was submitted via Skyward. The odd thing is, I requested to fly at and below 50ft AGL, there are trees and infrastructure far taller than this in the area. Just mind boggling they won't approve it, especially without any guidance on what they want to see changed in the request that prompts them to deny the request.
  6. Like others said, look to other types of companies to get work. Large engineering firms usually have strict ethics rules that encourage them to follow laws and regulations. Educating them in the reason why they should use a P107 pilot instead of an unlicensed individual would go a long way in getting an in with them.
  7. I just completed my second flight via the LAANC system using skyward to complete the request both times. It was seamless. Will be doing third flight next weekend and already have the approval so it will be 3 after that. First 2 were in KEMT airspace, next weekend will be KSNA. I haven’t tried KLAX airspace yet.
  8. I agree it's illegal to shoot down a drone. I wouldn't try to but wouldn't be surprised if someone did try it. People do all sorts of illegal things, even though it's not safe etc. my recommendation, if it isn't too much trouble is, contact the land owners of the area you will be flying over to make them aware of your services and why/what you are doing to start a dialogue. Offer to share with them the data you collect.
  9. OK, thanks for clarifying. Looks like I want to book my exam for October 1. This gives me a good window to prep for passing it.
  10. So, mine expires September 6, do I wait renew until October 1? Wouldn't that prevent me from flying commercially from September 7 - October 1?
  11. So, LAANC is supposed to be live today in So Cal. I went to see if it would work so I logged into my Skyward account to try and request an authorization. I got a note that ATC has temporarily disabled LAANC requests in my area (tried two different airports in 2 different counties OC/LA). I hope its just growing pains and will open up tomorrow....
  12. This is an interesting concept but it leaves me a bit skeptical due to requiring pilots to invest in this prior to being accepted. If you look at a program like Drone Base, they don't require their pilots to make any investment aside from dressing professionally and having their drone/license ready. If the additional requirements weren't there, I'd consider joining...
  13. Hello @Jack Gillson - while I don't have the experience you are looking for, I'm hoping that bumping this back to the top will catch someone's eye.
  14. Hey thanks @Alan Perlman - looking great! How often will this be refreshed?