Kara Murphy

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  1. Starting a drone business? You may have already read up on marketing, website development, branding, and best practices for networking. This post covers the less glamorous but necessary aspects of running a legit operation. From insurance, to registration, and certification, these straightforward steps will ensure you stay compliant and out of trouble. Personally, I highly recommend Costello Insurance for liability coverage. Friendly, affordable, excellent customer care. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/the-nuts-and-bolts-of-starting-a-commercial-drone-business-605ded766a76
  2. One of my favorite photos, Laguna Salada de Torrevieja in Spain. No editing required. The algae and salt turns the water a pink hue. Shot with a Phantom 4 Pro and I used a Polar Pro ND8 filter.
  3. Hi Jack, I'm passing this on to a support specialist (I work with DroneDeploy) and will get back to you ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience!
  4. Your best bet would be to take an engaging, thorough, easy-to-follow course like this: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/curriculum/ It pays to be prepared, they do throw trick questions your way and add on three test questions that won't impact your overall score - only issue, you don't know what they are. I like to think that Part 107 is more than just passing the Knowledge Test. You'll need to know all this stuff when you're out on the field doing work for clients. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
  5. I've heard a lot of complaints about the GoPro Karma and have stayed away, as a result. I am beyond thrilled with my Phantom 4 Professional and think it's ideal for what you're trying to accomplish. It holds up well in the wind and is easy to catch.
  6. Welcome, Dennis! As I continue to learn and grow in this industry, I've discovered that drone mapping has great potential for lucrative and ongoing profitability. UAV Coach has a thread dedicated to discussion and tips, here: http://community.uavcoach.com/forum/13-3d-gis-land-surveying-mapping/
  7. This is still one of the most awesome uses I've seen for drones. I tried to get this Oxford-based start up to submit their trailer to Flying Robot international Film Festival last year, to no avail as they were likely busy planting trees. Basically, they're tackling the threat of deforestation, head-on, by dropping seeds in areas that need it most. More info here: http://geoawesomeness.com/drones-for-good-planting-100000-trees-a-day-with-drones/ What are your favorite drones for good stories? Are you working on anything?
  8. Interesting article from one of my favorite industry publications, DroneLife, on how drones can an will revolutionize the industry and workflows. How many have considered mapping construction sites or work in construction, curious to get started. Link to article: http://dronelife.com/2017/07/19/evolution-of-an-industry-construction/
  9. Good deal. Which PolarPro Filters. Example: ND4, 8, 16?
  10. Welcome, James. Please let us know how we can help. BTW, UAV Coach offers up a comprehensive Part 107 prep course. As someone who took the Knowledge Test and passed the first time, it's really helpful to prepare with a thorough overview. Check it out: https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/curriculum/
  11. That's terrific news, congratulations! I remember sitting down and the exam's administrator telling me that they were going to test 3 new questions on me but I wouldn't know what they were and they wouldn't impact my overall score. Talk about nerve-racking. Thankfully, I passed as well.
  12. Welcome to the UAV Coach community. I started out as a hobbyist a few years back and now I'm a full-time professional remote pilot and community builder. It's a lot of fun. FYI, UAV Coach has an excellent Part 107 training course: https://uavcoach.com/training/ Please feel to reach out to me if you need any advice or have any questions.
  13. This is really helpful and I'm going to pass it on to the author. I suspect he's writing from the perspective of what would be most useful with the particular software at hand but this is feedback that will help them develop in the long run. Thanks, R Martin.
  14. Here's a great guide to choosing the right UAV for your mapping business. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/choosing-the-right-mapping-drone-for-your-business-part-i-multi-rotor-vs-fixed-wing-aircraft-6ec2d02eff48
  15. My friend, Devon, just wrote a handy guide on choosing the best UAV for your mapping business: https://blog.dronedeploy.com/choosing-the-right-mapping-drone-for-your-business-part-i-multi-rotor-vs-fixed-wing-aircraft-6ec2d02eff48
  16. Sorry for the delayed response. Getting back from vacation. From what I've been seeing, a lot of people are getting into mapping without much of a previous background and this is definitely useful info. We're going to need them, too, with the amount of people food will need to be grown for in the coming years.
  17. Hi Everyone, DroneDeploy explores the questions people should consider before purchasing a drone for their business. It walks through the benefits/compares multi-rotor vs. fixed wing. There's also a link to a comprehensive 38-page buyer's guide. I hope you find this useful. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/choosing-the-right-mapping-drone-for-your-business-part-i-multi-rotor-vs-fixed-wing-aircraft-6ec2d02eff48
  18. Awesome, @Alan Perlman. Got it, will respond before I leave for Iceland on Monday.
  19. No problem. With 1.9 billion people involved in Ag, it's definitely worth knowing. Also, kicking *butt* - ha.
  20. My friend Lauren, who regularly kicks but at Drone360, wrote a great piece about a little-known rule. If you're working on the farm, you want to read this. http://drone360mag.com/rules-regulations/2017/06/part-137-agricultural-aircraft-the-drone-certification-youve-never-heard-of#.WULTFyeruGA.facebook
  21. I have to disagree on Ian being disingenuous. My "decades of experience" comment referred to his professional media background, not commercial drones.
  22. Hi Chuck, this was a case study and direct account from CAVU Media. Ian, the owner, has a lot of high-profile clients (Red Bull, PBS). Given his reputation, I wouldn't think he'd be making false claims about the cost, accuracy, or any other factors that went into this project. Granted the guy has decades of experience but to say it's propaganda when Ian is educating people on the possibilities of the software isn't accurate.