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  1. It might be pretty difficult depending on what your hoping to accomplish with this program. I’m certainly open to exploring the opportunity. I’ve been designing and manufacturing UAVs since 2010. I founded a UAV service company in 2014. Here’s our website: https://aerialalchemy.com we Have used drones for just about everything... if there’s anything there your interested in PM you contact info and we can Zoom.
  2. I’ve supported several STEM programs in high schools and college. Sounds like a great opportunity unfortunately I’m located in the Republic of California...
  3. Yes this already exists. Nothing new here. We, and others have been doing this since about 2010. Once you get outside the Chinese toy drone bubble you'll see that just about all commercial drones have this capability. If you scroll about 2/3 down the FreeFly AltaX page you'll see a diagram of the expansion ports: https://freeflysystems.com/alta-x I've attached a few slides from one of our presentations which addresses much of what you talk about. Yes. Competition is always good and the UAV market has been dominated by DJI for too long. Industrial
  4. Where is the school located? Do you require a teaching credential?
  5. Some bureaucrat in an office tells you can’t fly a drone!? And you believe them? is the airspace restricted? Class B or C? The only government agency that can regulate airspace is the FAA period. If the pinhead in the “main” office wants to restrict drones they have to go through the FAAs Public NPRM process. If they did, the change in airspace would show up in sectionals, KnowB4You fly, AirMap etc. Don’t you find it odd that the only people who seem to think you can’t fly in parks are state “officials?” If the restrictions were legal they would be posted everywhere and not i
  6. This is totally possible on Multirotors just not DJI drones. DJI is tightly vertically integrated, this is intentional, kind of like inkjet printers. The manufacturer locks you into their ecosystem and makes money on all the accessories. Manufacturers started making less expensive purpose built radios because at the time Futaba’s cost more than the drone. If you want to use your RC transmitters then purchase any drone with a PX4/ArduPilot based flight controller.
  7. You probably want legal advice. Who issued the citations? What number is the citation and does it state that you were “flying” over private property? Airspace is national and the only government agency authorized to regulate it is the FAA. I have no idea how much the fine will be for trespassing, maybe it’s not worth fighting this but I’d recommend you find an aviation attorney and have a discussion with them. Are you a member of AOPA?
  8. Ok, last one for a while. Since I'm pretty sure no one will watch or comment on any of the recent videos I posted I'll add this to the collection. The two places everyone should visit on this planet are New Zealand and Sweden. Everywhere you look in New Zealand it's a Kodak moment, it's a beautiful country. Sweden is a country full of beautiful people and everywhere you look it's a Kodak moment. If your too young to know what a Kodak moment is you might not want to watch this video...
  9. I'm so tired of social distancing, lockdowns and the almost total lack of personal interaction with friends and colleagues. As I mentioned in an earlier thread this boredom has led to me cleaning up drive space and viewing some older videos. These four videos are past trade shows, each have some significant relevance to where we are today. This first video is from NAB 2015 where 3DR announced the SOLO. Although NAB is a broadcast show this was "the Year of the Drone" so you'll see a lot of the early players and influencers in the drone industry. While NAB 2015 was wher
  10. In 2016 we participated in flight training some young college students. I forgot how much fun this was. This video is about the class at VCOE that lead to the flight training. I'm sure I've shared these before but I forgot how fun they are, I hope you enjoy them too.
  11. It's Friday and I'm deleting a bunch of older videos to make room for new videos. Here's an oldie but a goody. Starting in 2016 we spent two seasons measuring humpback whale calves with drones. At the time I was not allowed to share the footage of the whales so I put together this "travel log" of our time on Maui.
  12. Sometimes I hear a song and just decide I want to edit something to it, Classical Gas is a song that brings back a lot of great memories. I also don't like to produce videos that are just aerial, in fact I try and choose aerial that you can't always tell its aerial. There's a surprising amount of aerial in this video but if all your looking for is aerial you'' be disappointed. After this past year I just wanted scenes that appeared franetic, full of life..
  13. The I2 has been discontinued. The M200 and M600 have been end of life. And you can’t take M300 batteries on a plane.
  14. We were doing this in 2017-2018, miles out at sea, using a FLIR DuoProR to locate the people in the water, streaming the location data back to the ship that would launch a second drone with a lifesaver and use radar to navigate it to the people in the water. It was amazing how accurately they could drop the lifesaver from about a mile away.
  15. Post some of the footage if you can. We have quite a few I2's and its getting stupidly expensive and hard to get batteries.
  16. Welcome to the forum. I'd be interested in seeing some of the footage and images from the EVOII. Which version do you have? I'm leaning towards the 6K version. I have a an Autel XStar Premium. Great little drone but you can't get new batteries for them anymore and used ones are about $300 and no way to tell how many cycles are let... So basically it's a paperweight!
  17. I think your conflating a couple of issues: do you need a Part107 if you have a Part61 commercial? Yes, you do. do you need a Part107 to unlock your drone? The need to “unlock” the drone is a DJI requirement, not an FAA requirement. It’s DJI’s lame implementation of geofencing and their NFZ policy. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending how you look at it, it doesn’t work very well. I can arm my MavicPro2 and Inspire2 at my hanger. There are other places where the damn thing thinks it’s in restricted airspace, and it isn’t, so it won’t Arm. Many of the decisions
  18. What level of class is this for? A couple of things to keep in mind. All Chinese manufactured drones are very tightly vertically integrated. You can’t use a P3 battery in a P4, an M200 battery in a M300 etc.. and DJI published a list several months ago sunsetting all products except the Mavic and M300. The Mavic can’t lift much, the FPV camera would not be very resolute for machine vision. There are a lot of used Inspires but getting new batteries can be difficult and used ones are going for $275 each, you need two per flight and I doubt you could get 50 cycles out of them so you’d be spendi
  19. I don't think your the confused one...
  20. Hi Zacc, who IS the Navy? Who speaks for the Navy? Part of what started this wild goose chase was a FOIA which received the logs from those on duty that night. Its not that "The" Navy doesn't want to disclose the information, they probably don't think there's anything to disclose. A lot of Media organizations want to create notoriety for themselves by generating this kind of clickbait. I don't have the answer but I sure don't think they were the Chinese spying on us. They don't need to use drones and if they did where did they launch and recover them from? How many drones could f
  21. What law? Where does some standard committee get off telling people that if you shoot aerial with a drone, using a GPS and then stitch together a mosaic of the images that qualifies as a survey? They have no right to tell anyone any such thing. They can tell them they aren't authorized to sell the resulting product as a survey but that's it. Also, I don't see it the same way you do. I don't think the lawsuit is about complaining about what's unfair, its pointing out the overreach of the Board of Supervisors to protect once class of worker versus another. Where were
  22. For people who enjoy this type of “espionage” have fun with it but don’t confuse anything CNN reports with reality. Every year the federal government exercises the EAP for first responders and for all of the agencies responsible for protecting our deep water ports. This exercise includes things like smuggling in nuclear material, biohazards, drugs, human trafficking as well as accidents in the harbor that might block shipping or present a hazard to nearby communities. These are extremely well run experiments that can last up to three months. Sometimes commercial, naval and coastguard
  23. Seriously!? Have you ever heard the expression “you never have a second chance to make a good first impression?” The trouble is the surveying standards committee is conflating the use of a tool, in this case a drone with the chain of evidence required to certify the accuracy of a survey. The act of collecting the aerial data and post processing it through an application like Pix4D does not constitute a survey. That process can be certified but it requires a licensed surveyor to provide the chain of evidence for the ground control points. There are other uses for aerial dat
  24. @AVS you should post your website here so for those who need repairs can find you.