Av8Chuck

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  1. @oidon where do you go to school? I think manufacturing an industrial drone in the USA is a great idea. You'll hear this a lot in business, "BUT" you really need to understand who is your target audience, who is your competition and how are you positioned relatively to both. This is critical to your success because it helps define the problem your product will solve. That's how you determine the value of your product. I get that's kind of the point of your questionnaire, "But" you ask a lot of questions whether your product is interesting to the people answering the questions bu
  2. OK, seriously I don't really have that many pet-peeves, but this is another one. In the article it mentions the equipment, various cameras and a setup Fox calls "Megalodon" which is nothing more than a Sony A7SIII on a Ronan. The one thing missing from the article is a description of the very thing the article is about (at least I didn't see it), FPV and Big Drones used.... Both of these drones are made in the US, I know very little about the FPV drones but the "Big Drone" is the Watts Innovation MD5000. Why no mention of the innovation taking place here in the US? DJI gets
  3. Not sure why I haven’t seen this until now. @Bill Nichols I hope that Bill is still apart of the forum. Great advise. Not all LiDAR is created equally. A Riegl LiDAR, kind of the standard for aerial LiDAR, costs $150K to $300K. Other less expensive LiDAR, $50K, is generally noisier and less resolute. It really depends on what your customer requirements are. I don’t know anything about the I1 camera and whether it would meet your customers requirements, I kind of doubt it. But having said that, if it does then you should charge, as @Bill Nichols recommends, a rate that is commensurate
  4. Hi @Susan_Brakels, here's a link to my website: https://aerialalchemy.com/ Also, the link to your website works.
  5. Curious what your trying to demonstrate with that image?
  6. It really depends on the requirement of your shoots. As far being able to purchase a drone and camera off the shelf it's pretty hard to beat the I2 w/X7. But if your looking to carry a Red Dragon, Arri or even a Panasonic GH5 or Sony A7R4 then you need a different make and model of drone. Plus like most professional things, they tend to be all about manual control so that you can control every aspect of a shot, if the I2 meets your needs then there's not much reason I can think of to go with something different, but if it doesn't you'll spend a lot of money and time trying to get a non DJI
  7. We don't do any cinema. I worked in the entertainment industry for about 20 years developing tech for digital film effects. We sold the Software we developed to Apple in 2002 and I called it a day. That guy is insane. Having said that, I really enjoy watching Danny MacAskill. It's so great to watch someone who's so talented but so gracious and so humble. While watching the first video I couldn't help thinking one mistake and his career, if not his life could be over in the blink of an eye. It was interesting hearing in the behind the scene video that his crew felt the same way an
  8. Are you hoping to fly commercially or as a hobbyists?
  9. It’s an overpriced piece of...? Not that I’m bitter and tired of competing with plastic toy drones.
  10. I guess it depends on what you want to use it for. If you need 1080P with low latency it’s going to cost you much more than you mentioned. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1512916-REG/teradek_10_1913_ace_800_sdi_hdmi_wireless.html Digital 4K can cost you north of $5K and 720P around $1K. For the amount of money your talking about your in the 900-1.2KHz analog SD with a range of about 1000 feet. There are a lot of new WiFi based video transmitter but if your using it for industrial inspection there are restrictions on where you can use those. We use Terradek and Mic
  11. I’m happy to discuss what that might look like. Have you heard the saying “don’t crap where you eat?” I have to be sensitive to any information that I put out there and how it might effect the people we're working with.
  12. @agtechlaura and @smorse1, great aerial in both videos. I don't know much about farming but both farms look really impressive. Nice work.
  13. Unfortunately, it is. Class D goes all the way to the ground and the FAA would be the first to tell you that there is no private airspace (unless your Disney then you can get a NFZ up to 2500 feet).
  14. Hi @Zacc Dukowitz no worries, anything I can do to help. Regarding the UTM, we now have two CRADA's with the Navy and our principle investigator is also part of the NASA committee for UTM so I've heard a lot about what works and what doesn't. Interestingly, as I've heard some of this Patrick Eagan has reported on the same issues. Not exactly the same way that I hear it but he must also know someone who is a part of the UTM testing. You know the expression "Follow the Money." There's a lot being said about UTM but there was very little public debate on was it necessary in the fir
  15. A copy of your contract which should include your EIN/TIN, the physical address to your business and your Part107 with a description or the work you did. The description of the deliverables is important because that what protects you from the FAA. Depending on what your deliverable is, just the aerial or aerial edited together to create a property video. I’ve seen realtors take the aerial that we shot for them and edit it into a video that included another companies aerial. Did that other company have a Part107? That’s when I decided that the description of what I provided was importa
  16. I think it is from Twitter. I’m guessing after the dust up this caused they took it down. I had to find it on LinkedIn, people had posted it as part of a couple of conversations. People were really upset by this which I found odd. It’s amazing to me how people bury their heads in the sand and then react when one of those “blue squares” puts it in writing. People got mad at me for pointing out that this had been discussed for years and is pretty much common knowledge. I guess they want to believe so much that UTM is all about safety and opening up the commercial UAS industry. It’s not, it
  17. This is well written. Do you know why pilots don't have to pay for weather briefings, file flight plans, or VFR flight following? For a couple of reasons. First the FAA is a federally funded agency so our tax dollars have already paid for those services and two because if pilots had to pay, they wouldn't. They'd fly without a briefing or flight following, and they'd scud run around the weather to avoid the fees, all creating an unsafe environment. So those three big blue "Commercial Service Providers" situated firmly between the FAA and the operators, how do they make money? Who
  18. One of the challenges with the commercial drone industry is that work is never next door.. We're in Southern California. We did a lot of scanning for PG&E but we're probably not going to be doing much more of that.
  19. @Smackotx welcome to the forum. I don’t have an answer to your question. I think you’d be fine flying there. I attended AUVSI in Dallas and visit that lake and flew there. I answer every question with a video.. The lake is just part of the open.
  20. @Dave_5280 welcome to the forum. Where are you relative to the runway? I’m guessing if LAANC issued a 400’ clearance, your on the upwind/downwind. Here’s some not so much advice as a couple of things to think about. Whether your a hobbyist or Part107, your restricted to 400’, so the LAANC is not really restricting you and I’m not sure you can get a LAANC clearance without being a Part107. Do you know the TPA? Can you see the tower from your yard? Honestly if I lived there I would fly in my backyard for the love of flying as a hobbyist, keep it well below 400’ and not apply
  21. @Roxanne C-KWelcome to the forum. it appears that you have the experience and many of the skills required to have a career in the commercial UAV industry. If you an figure out how to take the experience you have with GIS, agriculture, and environmental studies on the ground and extend your reach accurately to 200 ft, you will have a lucrative career. If on the other hand you take a toy drone with a mediocre camera and try to compete producing YouTube videos to compete with my 17 year old nephew, well that’s not what I would consider a good path to walk. Focus on what you already
  22. Yes @JBR LIFE Photography was way ahead of all of us. We worship the the "properties" he walk on... Its not so much where he is in the property video hall of fame, its his perseverance and consistent improvement. We all tried to get him to hire us and move us to Hawaii but he wouldn't have any of it. He wouldn't share any of his techniques, videos, lessons learned, none of it. He's selfish like that...