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  1. Need some advice on power! Need to solar charge my drone (P4) on my Iceland trip (and other devices). Thinking of buying the Sherpa 100 by GoalZero. I have a budget of $600. Any suggestions of anything better?
  2. @R Martin Any suggestions for what a "more professional set up" is. What you think about the Matrice 200? Is there something available for less?
  3. I will have to agree the level of conversation on UAV Coach is generally much higher. I have recommended to our pilots that they can come here to get answers. So a big thanks to everyone! I will have to agree the level of conversation on UAV Coach is generally much higher. I have recommended to our pilots that they can come here to get answers. So a big thanks to everyone!
  4. @Raincast That is really too bad Canada decided to pass those rules. From what you know, do you think they will pass new legislation that will not be so harsh? Also is there some kind of exemption for commercial use?
  5. @Raincast liked the videos! Great for see how those movements work in real life! Very helpful for new pilots. Not sure if you work commercially, but if you do, you should put together videos like this for industry specific things like -Top 15 drones cinematic moves to make your real estate video pop! -Top 10 drone flight techniques for construction sites. Stuff like that!
  6. Question for all. So from what I'm hearing there will be more demand for mapping/surveying from insurance and construction companies. Is Drone Deploy going to be good enough for things like... -Roof top inspection/mapping (insurance) -Property mapping (insurance) and for most cases this will not be more than an acre or 2. -Daily/weekly surveying of construction site I understand other programs like Pix4D are better, but what do you guys think would be the best for these use cases?
  7. @Av8Chuck your point "The FAA only has jurisdiction over navigable airspace so if I'm flying a drone in and around tall trees, structures or in a canyon where manned aircraft can't fly anyway then there's no need to develop regulations to keep them separate." is a a valid one. I know you also mentioned the airspace near airports, but the majority of drone flights are going to happen where there are people. And in congested airspaces like Los Angeles or New York, flying below 400 feet can still cause issues with helicopters and other public safety issues. There needs to be a way to identify drones...I'm not saying that the FAA current registration system is the correct way, but I am saying I think they were going in the right direction. I think most people here agree some kind of registration should take place, and if the current DC Circuit Court hearing is upheld then how should a better registration system be developed that includes even hobbyists? Below I will highlight some things I think (and some some things some of you said) are important as far as what registration should and shouldn't do. Not a complete list, just throwing ideas out there. SHOULD: -Find a new definition for drones that makes sense! -Required all drones above a certain weight to be registered in a FAA database that is NOT shared publicity, but is available to authorizes. -N Number should be visible on drone and should include something along the lines of DJI's electric identification framework (https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-proposes-electronic-identification-framework-for-small-drones) -Support the idea that drones pilots should fly responsibility and can be be identified if they don't. -Be implemented according to proper legal channels. SHOULD NOT: -Be a pay-to-play law. -Publicly disclose personal info about drone pilots -Legislate for areas where it is not needed. -Apply to flight below a certain number of feet (I'm going to say 200 feet). Or in rural areas or the airspace around an model aircraft port.
  8. Hey everyone, I just wonder what you guys think about Parrot refocusing their drone lines on the "Prosumer". https://www.recode.net/2017/5/8/15578124/french-drone-parrot-prosumer Like Yuneec, they are cutting their workforce and retooling. Do you think they have the ability to take on DJI and others in this space?
  9. @victorbravo77 This is just a draft being passed around DC right now. There are a lot of things you could interpret from it. But I would like to see if it actually amounts to anything. Also I wonder what the FAA would think about it?
  10. Just want to let you guys know about a blog series Up Sonder has on droneblog about the drone superhighway. Check it out and let me know what you think. Here is part one Here is part two
  11. It's like a super selfie drone! Does anyone know if it has obstacle avoidance sensors on it?
  12. @Av8Chuck Totally understand your point. I wonder if you think registration, if done through the proper channels (NPRM process), is a good idea? Also I wonder what everyone thinks about the fact that this case defines drones as "model aircraft" while before they will technically "aircraft"...will this open up a can of worms legally speaking? Drones really aren't model aircraft and they really aren't aircraft...maybe a better definition is needed?
  13. I do wonder if the FAA will try to fight back. I think their efforts to create a registration system were in the right direction. I also thought it was interesting that the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International was against the ruling while the Academy of Model Aeronautics was for it. Obviously this ruling doesn't apply to commercial uses of drones...but does it open the door for possible attack on this as well? Also, if the interpretation of the DC circuit court is followed then drones would now technically be "model aircraft" instead of "aircraft" which could open up numerous cans of worms!
  14. @Kirk Without looking into the airspace around the Coliseum further, I'm not sure. I think the parts where Part 107 rules were broken were flying over people at 3:27, 4:51, and 5:05