Av8Chuck

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  1. I'm no better at figuring out what or why the FAA does what it does than anyone else, but I think if you look at this issue from possibly their point of view requiring Part135 certification makes sense. There is no standardization in the drone industry, every drone is different so how can you certify the risk for flying in close proximity of people? Delivering packages to locations where the approach and egress might change or be blocked requires a whole other level of autonomy. How do you certify that autonomy? What actually constitutes collision avoidance in an industry with no standa
  2. Those shots are amazing. I really like how some very creative people incorporate technology into their art. Not just in using the technology to create the art but also integrating it into the art. This is very cool.
  3. Do you have a medium close up of the drone? Might be helpful to see what kind of drone it is. if this is something that concerns you it might be a good idea to alert local authorities. Chances are the operator lives near you or someone you might know. If it flies close enough take a small wet washcloth and use it to knock it out of the sky.
  4. Good luck. If you did well on the practice exams you should be fine. The few people I know that struggled a bit either had unrealistic expeditions of getting 100% or really over thought it. relax, have fun and you’ll do fine.
  5. Wow, didn’t intend for that to happen. I joke that because I’m Australian, English is my second language. Part of the point I was trying to make was not actually meant to be critical of their effort but to point out the harm that PR can have. I totally understand that when your a vendor supporting a customers R&D you can’t talk about the project publicly, but in those situations you probably shouldn’t talk about them at all. You have to be careful of stealing your customers thunder and not being able to include all the information you would like in the way you would like to pres
  6. One of the problems we have in this industry is the misinformation, or maybe a better word might be misdirection of articles like this. It reports this drone company can autonomously deliver AEDs to 80,000 people dispatched through a system integrated into Sweden’s emergency management system. This is good news but the article doesn’t report that it’s actually been used. I would imagine that if it had been used even once it would be big news. They have strategically placed them every 3.7 miles, Sweden’s a big place, that’s a lot of drones. And nowhere is it mentioned if it’s reac
  7. Hi Ken, I'm not familiar with that model of drone and all the manufacturers refer to this functionality differently. Although referring to the flight mode of a drone as "headless" seems to be pretty bad marketing... At any rate I imagine that this refers to what I believe DJI calls "Intelligent Orientation Control" or IOC. Its been a long time since I've flown anything with IOC but if I remember correctly there are two modes of IOC, Course Lock and Home Lock. In Course Lock the control inputs are relative to the direction of flight along a path. Forward direction has nothin
  8. I was going to call the drone police for not using the 180 rule, but I was derailed, you did. Nice video.
  9. What legal documents are you expecting? How much are you willing to pay?
  10. For those who want to move on and salvage what you can I have a few suggestions. Take an inventory of: Everyone who paid and what did you get, drone, website, training etc.. Anyone who paid and got nothing? Has anyone received a partial or full refund? Does anyone know how many "licensee's" there are? Is there a list? All of those who became part of DronesForce should exchange contact information. As @Patricio has started to do, everyone should exchange or post your URL [if you received one] and what was your "territory". In
  11. Depends, where are you? Where is the company that shot the footage located? And where was the footage shot/who’s airspace? In the US there are no restrictions on the company purchasing the footage. The regulations apply to the 107Pilot. If the footage has any Intrinsic value, even if there was no money exchanged, the FAA considers that to be commercial so the drone operator would need a Part107 certificate. The issue for the marine researcher is did the drone violate their permit and does the footage show the drone within 100 feet of the whale (or whatever animal) they were
  12. Sure. If your actively working this issue there’s no reason to lock it. Good luck.
  13. @Benjamin AAC do you have all the beta testers you need? I recommend that we lock this thread. The OP has never replied publicly and when people offer free stuff or ask for beta testers these types of threads tend to drag on forever.
  14. I don’t do Facebook, I also don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I’m interested in what happened with this and if at all possible in helping. I realize there’s going to be a lot of emotion for those that invested but I think @DHawk has the right approach and the sooner you can go from figuring what happened to figuring out what to do next the better. This will undoubtedly lead to some unpleasant conversations but for the few of you that successfully got up and running, you probably gained enough insight to what DronesForce we’re doing that you can replicate the parts that worked and
  15. If this is correct I’m really sorry to hear this. There are several people who had signed up for this that were sharing their experiences on this forum. It might be a good idea for those that had paid the $25K To let others know if they returned your license fee and if they were communication with you etc.. This really sucks, but you were willing to spend at least $25K to get your drone business off the ground, if they return the licensing fee you can still accomplish that. It’s just going to take a little more individual effort. Again, sorry this has happened. Hopefully
  16. Welcome. Do you have a drone? What kind of aerial photography are you hoping to do? What kind of photography are you doing?
  17. Welcome to the forum. Thats a good question. More of a thoughtful question really. I'm sure you'll get a variety of answers depending on who answers. This being a drone related forum the obvious answer might be that sure you can make money by just offering aerial photography/video. I don't believe that for a minute. There are many variables, the agents, the location, price per square foot, how good you might be at architectural photography and videography, editing, graphics etc.. Your success will depend largely on how much influence you have on all of those variables. Also a
  18. Don’t fly over their house? Do you need to? Do you know them?
  19. I don't know if it's real or fake but either way, for me, it ranks right up there with the cat hanging from a ceiling fan and lighting farts on fire. I'm sure the guys has already crashed it by now and called DJI tech support. It would be more interesting listening in on that conversation.
  20. Is this Ray McIntyre Jr? If so, this is Chuck Spaulding, used to work with Ray Feeney at RFX. It’s a bit strange, but welcome to run across acquaintances from my past life. Ray is a partner with me in: https://aerialalchemy.com. We started in 2014 as a service provider, kind of like RFX of drones. We design and manufacture our own sUAVs and customers keep asking us if we’d sell them our technology. We’ve decided to start manufacturing our UAV’s for sale. We’re like Freefly but our drones are better... Anyway, it’s nice to hear from someone in the past.
  21. Government initiatives like these like to take credit and issue press releases to brag about it. I don’t believe this campaign had much to do with changing the behavior of drone pilots. We have worked with a lot of fire departments, a couple of years ago if a drone appeared anywhere near airborne operations they would shut them down. After two highly publicized midair collisions between helicopters and drones put the risk into perspective many incidence commanders have (unofficially) relaxed their zero tolerance drone policies they’re using their own judgements to make decisions. Ther
  22. Curious what direction you decided to go?
  23. Hi Guys, @JBR LIFE PhotographyI love the use of rain and people. Most of the realtors in my area discourage using people in their videos. I think people want to see people, helps them visualize what they might look like in that home and makes the property video a little more about lifestyle than cabinets.. @AncientAirship thanks for viewing and noticing the improvement in everyone's techniques (accept @JBR LIFE Photography) You know I couldn't pass that up.. Jonathon is a great example of how much of what he does today would have been considered "VFX" work just four years
  24. Only a few aerial shots. I used a Mavic2Pro but screwed up the settings. My fault but it would have been nice to know before downloading the footage.