Jay Burnham

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  1. I have been able to "team up" with many local land-based real estate photographers that do the ground level and interior photos and video. I works out quite well because they have the proper equipment for that portion of the real estate marketing and rely upon me for all the aerial work. A win-win for each of us! Jay Burnham http://www.northshoredroneservices.com
  2. My name is Jay Burnham. I am a thirty five year veteran of the real estate industry. I originally bought my first drone (Mavic Pro) in order to take aerial photos of homes I listed for sale. Almost immediately I discovered that I would need to get my sUAS remote pilot license in order to use the photos commercially. I took a great online course and passed the exam at my local airport, two years ago. Over the next several months I developed a business plan to transition from real estate sales into aerial photography and video services. I established North Shore Drone Services and began offering services to other real estate agents. But then an unusual thing happened. The plan, which was expected to be fully implemented within two years so that I could retire from real estate and devote full time to my drone business, took off (pun intended) much faster than I anticipated. So now, two years and two drones into that new career, I am extremely excited about the opportunities associated with drone technology and the potential to continue the growth of my new business. Attending the AUVSI XPONENTIAL Trade Show would surely expand my growth and learning in our relatively new industry and so I would be pleased to attend should I be fortunate enough to be chosen to go. Thank you for your consideration. Kind regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services Hamilton, MA 01982
  3. Interesting. I have only recently been asked by real estate agents, for whom I am taking aerial photos, if I am licensed (I am). I am also being asked for my sUAS certificate number and the FAA registration number of the drone I will be using. I have no problem with the inquiries. In fact, I appreciate them as it guarantees that hobbyists will not be infringing on my business. ...Jay
  4. I too would like to hear more about it from anyone that has attended. Thanks, Jay
  5. Very nice video footage. Still waiting for some SNOW here in Massachusetts so I can get some dramatic aerial footage as well. Right now, without snow, everything looks kinda BLAH from above! ...Jay
  6. Chuck, I fear you missed the point of my post. You see the video was only one part of the overall marketing piece. The rest of the marketing included interior and exterior still photos along with full MLS details of the proeprty. The video was meant simply to augment all the parts that you felt were missing. Sorry that I did not explain that the video was only a portion. I was attempting to reply with only point-of-interest and reveal footage to the question originally posed. Regards, Jay https://jayburnham.photodseck.com
  7. One of the best uses of drone photo/video of residential properties for sale is the use of Point-of-Interest and Reveal videos which highlight the houses AND the surrounding area of land. There are many more, of course. Here is an example of what I mean: Regards, Jay Burnham North Shore Drone Services
  8. Ordered the Mavic 2 Pro four days ago. Expecting delivery within another 4 days. I will post a review once I have run it through its paces. Can't wait. ...Jay
  9. Alan...Thanks for all the updated news on the just released Mavic Pro 2 and Zoom. I was just about ready to pull the trigger on a Phantom 4 Pro, but your in depth analysis has convinced me to purchase another Mavic....Jay
  10. Ed, Thank you for your reply. There remains, however, some confusion in your reply as it pertains to the original question that was asked. I, too, have consulted the FAA regarding the question posed and the answer I received was different from yours and that it is dependent upon the definition of "recreational" use. What is the definition of recreational or hobby use of a UAS? (From FAA website) Recreational or hobby UAS use is flying for enjoyment and not for work, business purposes, or for compensation or hire. In the FAA's Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, the FAA relied on the ordinary, dictionary definition of these terms. UAS use for hobby is a "pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation." UAS use for recreation is "refreshment of strength and spirits after work; a means of refreshment or diversion." I took the question originally asked to imply that the request for filming, despite non-compensation, was NOT "pursuit....for relaxation". Let's be clear on the intent of the questioner. If her husband is offering a service that will be used by the Realtor for "creating a video of local sites" it seem obvious that the Realtor will be using the video montage for self-promotion, or a business pursuit. But the FAA went a step further..... Additionally, the FAA weighed in with the following answer which also speaks to the question, stating that there are indeed two ways to fly recreationally: Do I need permission from the FAA to fly a UAS for recreation or as a hobby? There are two ways for recreational or hobby UAS fliers to operate in the National Airspace System in accordance with the law and/or FAA regulations. Each of the two options has specific requirements that the UAS operator must follow. The decision as to which option to follow is up to the individual operator. Option #1. Fly in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Public Law 112-95 Section 336). Under this rule, operators must: Register their UAS with the FAA Fly for hobby or recreational purposes only Follow a community-based set of safety guidelines Fly the UAS within visual line-of-sight Give way to manned aircraft Provide prior notification to the airport and air traffic control tower, if one is present, when flying within 5 miles of an airport Fly UAS that weigh no more than 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization Option #2. Fly under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107). Under this rule, operators must: Register their UAS with the FAA as a "non-modeler" Obtain an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate Follow the operational requirements (PDF) of Part 107 So the FAA has stated that a hobbyist (pursuing "relaxation" or other non-business operation) can operate under part 107 when flying. I think that answers the original question and provides for the restrictions required for filming for the Realtor. Regards, Jay
  11. Elaine, I understand your confusion, but short of an exact answer from the FAA I feel that since your husband has his Part 107 certificate you should consider all flights as under that banner. A pilot does not cease being a pilot simply if he/she is flying recreationally. Kind regards, Jay
  12. I have always based my website names on geography followed by service, as in: NorthShoreRealEstate.com and NorthShoreDroneServices.com Then I let the site itself enumerate the services provided. Just a thought. ...Jay
  13. Greetings Frank, And welcome to the forum. I have a single piece of advice for preparing for the Part 107 Knowledge Test: Ennroll in the Drone Pilot Ground School course. Period. There is no better course offering or test-passing rate anywhere. Kind regards, Jay Burnham NorthShoreDroneServices.com
  14. I also think all three shots are great. Also looking forward to some video shots: unveiling, point of interest, etc. Kind regards, Jay https://www.facebook.com/northshoredroneservices/