Jay Burnham

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  1. Jay Burnham

    Thoughts on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom?

    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
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    Thoughts on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom?

    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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Jay Burnham

    Naming your drone services

    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
  6. Jay Burnham

    New to UAV Coach

    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
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    Architecture Shoot (would love feedback)

    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/
  8. Jay Burnham

    Selling Tips

    As an active REALTOR for 35 years, I have personally always thought it to be better to hire a professional and pay a fair price for photos and videos. My time is better spent marketing the property and myself. But over the years, I have been greatly impressed by several different photography services and have enjoyed the field myself. When the Mavic Pro first came out, I had to have one and part of my justification for purchasing the drone was to enable me to take aerial shots that were, at the time, quite expensive as I had to hire a helicopter pilot and photographer. The Mavic Pro was a great solution to that once high cost for those photos. Along the way, I have begun to work in my spare time on developing a business plan for providing the same services I have for so long purchased from others. After 35 years in the business, I am looking toward reducing the time spent in the industry selling homes and commercial properties. I will not give up opportunities resulting from so many years in the business, but I intend to refer more business to others and devote more time to my passion for photography. So I am diving into final Cut Pro X and steadily developing the skills to provide the same services to others that I used to purchase for myself. The best part is that there are so many other skilled photo and video professionals to learn from. Success leaves clues and figuring out how to recreate the great videos produced by others is simply a learning and a practice experience. I see that this is turning into a long answer to a short question, so I offer this advice. Find some agents like me and take them out for coffee or lunch or whatever. Do not take NO for an answer. And they will say NO. Or that they already have their own vender. Ask them to try you out one time at no charge and if they like your product, well then you may have the opportunity you seek. But before you ever make that call, be sure you have the skills to provide the product they expect. Until you do, be sure to market yourself on social media sites with displays of your product as it develops. It may start with one great photo or video, but will rapidly grow as do your skills. Be sure to have at least one good marketing video that showcases your skill. Then go for it. You can view my Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/northshoredroneservices/ I've only been adding to it for less than a year. Also: http://www.northshoredroneservices.com And my fist complete property video: Best of luck, Jay
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    Dji mavic pro real estate

    I used Final cut Pro X.
  10. Jay Burnham

    Dji mavic pro real estate

    I find the Mavic Pro quite suitable for my real estate aerial videos and stills. And I simply use my iphone 7 plus for my interior shots. You be the judge...Check out this 90 second movie:
  11. Jay Burnham

    Paradise Ridge Estates - 30 Second TV Spot

    Loved both videos. Just beginning to explore Final Cut Pro X and the attached is my first "test" project. FCP is an exceptional tool and I look forward to producing many more property videos, including voice-over as you have. Thanks for posting your fine video. I picked up some great ideas from it. Regards, Jay
  12. Nick, Would your company consider a payment option on a "per-use" basis? Many of the annual fees can not be justified by those that will only use the software on a limited basis. Case in point: VERIFLY provides up to $1 million of liability insurance to pilots at $10/hour....As opposed to upwards of $1,000/year provided by various insurance companies. I use VERIFLY and it is cost effective and easy. I'm sure there are many other pilots that use VERIFLY and would appreciate a similar mapping process that could also be easily assigned to individual projects as part of the overall cost of the project. Or perhaps mutiple choices for use, including yearly, lifetime, and per project. Thoughts? ...Jay B.