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  1. Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately aviation is probably the most regulated industry on the planet so starting out a discussion by saying let's imagine this isn't the case will get you nowhere. There are a lot of good reasons that BVLOS is restricted (and some not so good ones). First, in order for a UAV to be capable of BVLOS is has to be self aware. I'm not talking about collision avoidance so it doesn't run into a tree or a mountain, but aware enough that when there's an emergency it can land itself without hurting anyone. When you stop and think what that entails you realiz
  2. Welcome to the forum. We used to have people who provided classes on thermal and photogrammetry but unfortunately I have not been as active as usual so I don't know if they are still offering that through UAV Coach. One thing you may want to keep in mind is you might find non-drone related thermal or photogrammetry training more thorough and accessible. Its your knowledge of those technologies that companies pay for not the fact that you can fly a drone. Applying that skill set to the drone is pretty straight forward.
  3. Hi @Fabrizio Musso, there aren't too many DIYrs on this forum, I'd suggest checking out RCGroups.com. Your more likely to find someone who can help you there. It's nice to see people are still building their own drones. A great way to start.
  4. Hi Todd, welcome to the forum. It will be interesting to see if there's anyone in the LV area willing to mentor others. I suspect it will be hard to find someone, mostly because although there has been considerable press regarding the expansion of the use of drones in the utility industry, its still a very small percentage of 107s actually doing this for a living. About the only thing I can think that people interested in the type of work can do is more of what your already doing. Hunt around different forums, filter out the wannabe's from the people who are actually doing this and
  5. Depends on what you mean "most?" If your operating commercially the answer is YES. If your a hobbyist in the US and a member of the AMA then you supposedly have insurance through that CBO, so the answer for hobbyists in the US is maybe, supposedly, quite possibly yes... If your asking do most hobbyists go out and purchase additional liability insurance then the answer is no.
  6. I didn't produce any real estate videos in 2020. When I started doing property videos, for the high end properties it was all about lifestyle. Could you produce it in such a way to capture the essence of the lifestyle, equestrian, vacation, estates etc.. Then you had to figure out how to effectively communicate with fewer shots, shorter amount of time. That's where graphics and FX started playing a bigger role. Not just post processed effects but also aerial, dollies, better dynamic range, that sort of thing. Now I think its changing again and becoming more immersive, not in a "virtu
  7. I don’t know, Google it: https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gear/a34109795/best-gimbals-camera-stabilizers/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=arb_ga_pop_m_bm_a34109795&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjorJlK777QIVdAnnCh3eXwkEEAAYAiAAEgLLVvD_BwE
  8. So the local government makes it illegal to fly in city parks and then charges to make it legal to fly in the very same parks. Huh!? I’m sure that’s legal...
  9. Av8Chuck


    Happy New Year. Although this is a drone related forum it’s focused more on the applications and business models and less on DIY. A small percentage of people on this forum build their own UAVs. You’re more likely to get the help you need faster on Facebook or other forums like RCGroups.com.
  10. Thanks for the email. So because you seem to be exclusively Ardupilot/PX4 based can we communicate with your payloads via MAVLINK? Your pretty pricey compared to HERELink unless this includes two control panels. I'm interested in talking to you about your products and potentially integrating them with our products. IS this something you would be interested in?
  11. Welcome to the forum. You realize your asking for career advice on a drone forum? So as it relates the the UAV industry, think of the drone as a hammer, or any other tool used in a profession. Its a tool that can augment your career but not become your career. There are a lot of variables that only you can answer, how old you are, where your located, are you willing to relocate, do you have a family to support, which is more important to you - money or quality of life, etc.. Some of my best employees are self educated. Public education in California is so sporadic and a college
  12. That would be great. Chuck@aerialalchemy.com
  13. Are you manufacturing them? Is this to compete with HereLink? How much do you want for it?
  14. I don’t know what a TAG is either. I wouldn’t worry about that, your on a boat you can pretty much fly wherever you like. Generally, multi rotors and salt water are mutually exclusive of each other so there are very few choices. Start your search here: https://www.urbandrones.com/collections/splash-drone-1?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8qeKqrrV7QIVvBmtBh0gYg3XEAAYAiAAEgIUh_D_BwE
  15. Welcome to the kings..: https://www.kingschools.com/ground-school/private-pilot everyone needs to experience Martha King. It’s a right of passage for private pilots.
  16. Are you selling this or just want to know if people are interested in it?
  17. Are you on a Mac or PC? If your on a Mac the pedestal is usually raised so its less contrasty. It depends on how/if you have calibrated your monitor, what version of OSX, and whether your using the Rec709-A Quicktime tag. Read these: "Grading for Mixed Delivery: Cinema, Home, and Every Screen in Between" by Cullen Kelly https://blog.frame.io/2019/10/14/grading-mixed-delivery/ "How to Deal with Levels: Full vs. Video" by Dan Swierenga https://www.thepostprocess.com/2019/09/24/how-to-deal-with-levels-full-vs-video and "A Deeper Look at Consistent Color with QuickTime Tags From Resolve
  18. Hi @Sleeplessin, welcome to the forum. It's hard to critique color grading online but in my monitor the blacks are crushed. Some people intentionally go for that look? What version of Resolve are you using?
  19. @PilotAl, Welcome to the forum. Funny story. I too flew helicopters in the Army starting in '73 and have been flying every since although I didn't choose to make aviation a career. I started to get into drones because of my interest in photography and a friend had an electric RC helicopter that I thought was big enough to carry a DSLR. Trouble was I couldn't fly an RC helicopter to save my life. Fortunately, a German company, Mikrocopter was gaining notoriety with multirotors and that launched me down the DIY path of building MRs and eventually starting Aerial Alchemy. https://aerial
  20. The "drone" industry is quite different than the "aviation" industry. It might fall under the same regulatory agency but that's where the similarity ends. To start you need to reverse engineer the issues literally from the ground up. What data are you trying to collect? How is that data currently collected? What benefit is there trying to collect it from a drone? Multi spectral was cool 40 years ago but what other instruments are being used to collect actionable data? We have done several missions where we flew a hyper-spectral sensor, trouble is that sensor weighed about 8 po
  21. Welcome the the forum. Its a little more like riding a Roller Coaster in the Dark BACKWARDS...
  22. Depends on what you consider low-cost? How much does the liquid you want to pump weigh? What kind of environment do you want the drone to fly in, indoors or outdoors for example? What problem do you want the drone to solve?