• Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by RemotelyPossible

  1. Great Topic, and even better discussion! I know i will be an outlier here but i will offer up what i use: BLENDER. Blender is an open source, and free, 3D modeling, Animation, rendering program with its own built in clip editor as well as a fully functional non linear video editor. I have used this since 2004 for everything from designing and skining/rigging 3d models to putting together my videos, and even post processing of images or videos. You can get it at Final cut and the others that are focused solely on video editing will most likely be better choices for most, in terms of learning curve, and familiarity, however Blender offers a full service program that is incredibly powerful, for free with a great community backing it. If you want an idea of what the pros who use it can do take a look at some of the blender open source movie projects. They do one of these every year using only blender... it blows my mind! Specifically look at "Tears of steel" This is a live action movie with all the 3d, and post done with blender, very cool sci fi one. Also a little side bar here but one of my clients put me on to a service called "High Tail" at, This is a file sharing service with a built in comment system, revisions and versions that allows you to work in the same space with your clients, allowing them to see your photos, videos and any other file. They can make comments about re-touchs, or edits in videos (this is cool because instead of getting a list of times and having to go through your video a ton; the comments make a marker at that time in the video and you can jump through them to see exactly what they meant. Its free for small use and reasonable for much larger files (if you do videos you will want to get the $15 a mo plan).
  2. Welcome @FlyingRaider, Sometimes its the accidents that bring us to our greatest adventures! Sounds like you are well on your way, getting your pilot certificate and practicing your manual controls are good things to be doing with your time! Remember, even the best person in the world started out sucking, and with practice you get better! Let us know what questions you have as they come to you! Cheers!
  3. Welcome @Mark P, I have always wanted to visit Tokyo! Glad to have you here. Sounds like you have some very cool experience that will lend it self to utilization of drones in a lot of ways. Maybe internet of things, maybe something else that no one has thought of yet! Keep us posted on your journey as you and yours learn to fly safely and well. Let us know what questions you have, and what trials and tribulations. Keep flying!
  4. hey @vortmaxx, Welcome to the community, i am going to cc @Christian Tucci, in case he hasn't seen this, he will probably be able to point you in the right starting direction.
  5. Welcome @Warren Johnson, Great to have you here as part of our community, looking forward to see what insights you have on the nexus of UAV and law enforcement!
  6. Welcome @monsieurpetes, Very cool that you are in the GIS field, may want to ask you some questions on ground control points and specifications for GIS level maps! I am going to cc @Lewis@IcarusAerials on this as he is an expert in aerial data collection and mapping services, i also believe that they operate an Inspire for that purpose. If memory serves i believe i recall detail levels of 1cm per pixel from some of the maps they have been doing. Keep Flying!
  7. Hi @Gonzo 16160, Not Alan here, but i will gladly offer up my opinion. In terms of the obstacle avoidance on the phantom 4, it is a nice feature to have, though you must understand its limitations as those who do not often wind up on the wrong side of a crash. You can survive just fine without the AO as long as you are diligent about setting return to home altitudes well above any obstacles. If you are weighing between the phantom 3 and the phantom 4 and price is no issue then you may want to go with the 4 to have the extra features, if price is an issue then the phantom 3 will still provide you with a very competent platform that is quite capable of getting great shots and video. On the matter of "Trim" on a quadcopter, in its basic principle its the same idea as trimming your airplane or helo; It is a way to reduce and ideally cancel out natural drift in any of the degrees/axis of freedom the vehicle naturally has due to its shape, design, and conditions of the air. Where it differs is how this balancing/ counter acting is accomplished. In a fixed wing you trim the elevator, the rudder, and other control surfaces to be in a different default position, this changes the airflow over the lifting or control surfaces as to create a net zero force on the aircraft (in terms of keeping her straight and level). In a quad since rotation and lateral movement are generated not by changing the lifting surface, but instead by changing the balance of the forces from the four motors trimming is essentially changing the base levels of input that the controller is sending out to the quad. If the quad has a natural tendency to drift forwards when it should be in a level holding position (hover) then "trimming" it would have the controller send a very small amount of backwards input in hopes of canceling out the natural forwards drift. It is important to remember that there are several systems at work in sync with one another inside of the quad, like the GPS, Gyroscope, IMU. These work to give the quad a sense of its own motion and therefore the ability to act or counter act on this motion. Prior to trimming the craft you should calibrate and ensure that these are working properly. After i have calibrated the compass, the IMU, and anything else that needs it i then manually get the craft to hover flat and level, this is a lot of very small movements on the sticks; this gives me an idea of how i should try to trim the copter... If i am holding slightly down and to the right on the right stick (mode 2, so right stick is lateral movement, aka pitch and roll) then i know that i will need to trim it slightly down and to the right. After this its a game of test and try again until you find the right fit. The actual steps need to trim an individual drone will vary so you should look up the user manual and find the proper procedure for your particular model. Hope this helps.
  8. Welcome @DSC, Fantastic news on your acquisition of the 333 exemption. Yes get your website up and start to network, in the mean time you should take a look around on the forums there is some great guidance on starting a drone business successfully. Let us know what questions you have or issues you run into and we will do our best to be of assistance. Keep flying!
  9. I have seen a variety of pricing models put on here all have their ups and downs and some will work well for you while others may not. From my experiences working with the realtors they are usually looking for quick turn around time, cost effectiveness and simplicity on their side of things, meaning they are not interested in doing touch up themselves. I have found that offering a complete package for the realtor (factor in all time, flight, pre-planning, and post into your bundle price) tends to be the most attractive option to them. For other markets, commercials, ads, and cinematography which may take extensive hours of post production and editing you may want to consider having this listed as a separate fee when providing quotes for the work that you will be doing. I think having an hourly rate in mind will help you to really estimate the cost of a particular production, You could also go with a flat fee rate for a certain amount of time with add on for major extended amounts of work.
  10. I was reading about this one; sounds interesting but also sounds like they still have some performance kinks to work out as their live feed demo flight apparently included a system crash, resulting in the bird dropping out the the sky like a bus. The article i saw was mentioning how this could be a death blow to goPro who postponed the launch of karma until next quarter.
  11. My personal opinion is that market saturation will take a while as this is an emerging market that has been slowed by regulation, and the natural tendency should be that growth in the industry will match or exceed the new providers that are entering with part 107. As we seek out new and novel uses for drones, the market should expand as well. Now i cannot guarantee matching growth, but it should help to alleviate the immediate saturation effect. As with all business it will become even more important to differentiate yourself to potential clients; being able to soften pain points they have while also being able to show your self in a unique light that helps you provide services for your niche. This may also create a driving force in the market for some smaller companies to consolidate into larger ones focusing on volume driven revenue models. As they begin to form larger companies the need for pilots to work for them should also increase; which in theory should help to create jobs in the market. Don't forget that there is a lot of other work, aside from flying, that comes with being a professional drone pilot, people only tend to think about the time that they will be in the air and forget to factor in the time to keep detailed records and report to the FAA monthly, maintenance, pre and post flight work, When you break it down you will find that actually flying is a very small percentage of a successful business. This will be a wake up call to a lot of those who are dreaming about just going out and flying, without considering what their day to day experiences will be like.
  12. Welcome @olesailor, sounds like you have some great flight experience with RC and the requisite skills to build some sweet rigs, check out our DIY section and please feel free to provide guidance and direction to those who wish to follow in your footsteps.
  13. Sounds smart, keep flying and let us know how things go and if you hit any roadblocks.
  14. Indeed, well while you wait part 107 may come out and help alleviate some of the barriers to entry, this is a double edged sword as it also will mean more competition in the market.
  15. Wow thank you very much, i feel much more informed as i had no idea before! Your right, terrible work conditions, who would ever want to live there... sigh
  16. Welcome @srokosz2, Great to have you as part of our community! I totally agree with you i have found few things in my life (leaving some escape room here for my wife and soon to be child) that bring me as much joy as flying. Also great to have an instrument rated pilot with us to be able to fill in our knowledge set.
  17. Welcome, Thanks for sharing this with us very nice footage. I think we have some members in that region ill let them pipe up to let you know, but keep those videos coming, and keep flying!
  18. Welcome @Curt, Sounds like a very cool idea! not sure of the regulations in Mexico, but you may want to look into those, but i think you have a pretty handy little extension to your previous business venture, if im ever down there i know where ill be paddle boarding.
  19. Welcome @Pazmanypilot, Sounds like you are well educated in flight, and engineering! looking forward to your insights on the topics. Its great that you have something that will bring your grandson even closer and let you share your love of flight with him.
  20. Welcome @JasonT, Thank you for your service, my father was in the Airforce, my grandfather was a ball turret gunner in WWII; so it hits close to home how important what you do is. You've come to a great community that is responsive and informative to your questions. Let us know if you have any specific ones, if not take a stroll through the forums and check out what we have to offer.
  21. Welcome @Industry Drone Systems, Glad to have you here, sorry that it has been a rocky path to find us but you are in a great community. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, sorry to hear that the certification program was a let down and that money could have been spent on your pilots license. Out of curiosity when did you apply for the fabled 333 exemption?
  22. My understanding of the accord between model operators and the FAA is that the Fed will not impose new regulations restricting the use of model aircraft, however this is in the FAA's opinion a moot point as quad copters (and drones) are not considered to be rc model aircraft. This means that while an AMA sponsored club still has its protections for the rc model aircraft, this would not extend to quad copters as they are not classified as model, but instead have been interpreted by the FAA as "aircraft." There is also a large distinction between recreation and commercial use; the FAA is the sole governing body in the National Airspace, while they are not in the legislative branch of the federal government they are the ones who develop regulations which will later be adopted by congress as law. In terms of commercial usage of aircraft the FAA is the gatekeeper so to speak to authorization via pilot certification, aircraft identification (N numbers), and other means. A note on the ownership of airspace by private residence, this is an interesting history, originally a private land owner was given " Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos " which essentially means you own from up to heaven and down to hell. This was later changed to owning an area of 500 feet above your property, with the development of airplanes and the increased usage of flight after wilbur and orville's continued success at kittyhawk and elsewhere. As it stands now most states and cities have laws that prohibit the raising of a structure over a certain height without proper permitting( usually 50 feet or so). As @Uaviator53 brought up this has been an issue that has been brought in front of the courts on several occasions with out much for concrete determinations. (Kudos on citing the case)While the law may technically allow you to fly over someones property at 400 feet, if you wish to be taken seriously and avoid headaches you should be getting land owner permission prior to flying over their property, this is not only professional and paints our industry in a better light, but also is common courtesy that should be extended to the property owner. Of course you never truly own your property anyway as the federal government may exercise its right to eminent domain with payment. Anyone in MD may remember a time before the new connector around DC, which involved the eminent domain of many hundreds of properties to build the road.
  23. Wow, @Merlin402, sounds like you are head in on this, which is great! The drone rentals is an interesting aspect that i haven't seen a lot of coverage on but think is an interesting idea with a possibly viable market. Where are you based out of?