RemotelyPossible

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Last Week the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) came out with a list of voluntary Best Practices as they relate to drone usage for data collection, storage, and dissemination for both commercial and recreational use. If you have been paying attention to the news this past year you have undoubtedly heard tails of privacy wows, some of the most infamous have been the FBI v Apple over the rights to crack into an Iphone for national security reasons. Large companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have all weighed in on the need to balance security with the right to personal privacy. In the same manner the NTIA was asked to come up with a series of best practices to describe the capture, storage, and release of data that is collected by sUAS. With the rise in use of aerial data collection in the form of videos, photos, NIR, FLIR, and other advanced imaging techniques; privacy is a growing concern. How should you go about collecting your data, what about storage time, how about digital security (could you get in trouble if you are hacked and someones data is stolen), What about requests for data you have collected from local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies? There are a lot of prominent security and privacy questions that come with the advances in unmanned Aerial operations, this is where the NTIA has stepped in to promote safe use, storage, and privacy of mass collected aerial data. Here is a very small snap shot of there suggestions: 1) INFORM OTHERS OF YOUR USE OF UAS 2) SHOW CARE WHEN OPERATING UAS OR COLLECTING AND STORING COVERED DATA 3) LIMIT THE USE AND SHARING OF COVERED DATA 4) SECURE COVERED DATA 5) MONITOR AND COMPLY WITH EVOLVING FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL UAS LAWS BEST PRACTICES FOR NEWSGATHERERS AND NEWS REPORTING ORGANIZATIONS "Newsgathering and news reporting are strongly protected by United States law, including the First Amendment to the Constitution. The public relies on an independent press to gather and report the news and ensure an informed public. For this reason, these Best Practices do not apply to newsgatherers and news reporting organizations. Newsgatherers and news reporting organizations may use UAS in the same manner as any other comparable technology to capture, store, retain and use data or images in public spaces. Newsgatherers and news reporting organizations should operate under the ethics rules and standards of their organization, and according to existing federal and state laws." Here is a link to the article sent out via the AUVSI newsletter: http://www.cio.com/article/3072462/us-agency-releases-privacy-best-practices-for-drone-use.html and here is a link to the actual recommendations i suggest giving them a read as they may provide some eye opening insights into the world of privacy that you may not have considered, but could drastically affect your business or your hobby. https://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/voluntary_best_practices_for_uas_privacy_transparency_and_accountability_0.pdf
  5. Welcome @goudentulp, Great to have you here! You'll find some very useful courses here that will get you up to speed on the practical and the legal aspects. As to the split between the genders i have not seen a lot of demographic data showing the percentage of users but i think you'll find that interest from both genders is high, in fact there is an expo on "Women in Drones" that is dedicated to the women who are involved, interested, and driving the industry forwards; you may want to find some info about that, as well as, other expos around the world. You've definitely taken the right first step towards your education into the world of drones!
  6. My android actually pulls them and backs them up in its cloud based gallery, its not the high quality on the sd card but the wirelessly transmitted ones on the phone, but it is a sort of autoback-up feature. If you are looking to do highly accurate orthos, gis and the like you will be best to remove and transfer from the sd card.
  7. Fantastic idea! Especially the angle on being the first, this not only paints your district in a great light as an educational innovator; but it also puts you in a spotlight and prime place to ask for donations. Love it, Now with the exposure you may find that that is the right time to go out and contact possible donors, think drone companies, tech companies, and others in the STEAM fields that are local as they may want to be able to help out , donate time or money or materials in an effort to give back to the community as well as gain some nice good will and publicity. Dont exclude smaller ones and photographers as well youd be surprised who has strong ties to the community and is looking for a way to give back. Reaching out to your local chamber of commerce is also a good idea as they are a community based organization with lots of contacts in the business world locally. If you were to get donations and develop a relationship with these companies (it may not be a lot but every cent helps) this may naturally lend itself to having a student go out and a do a real world project at a company that you have a relationship with, heck you might even find one to sponsor a field trip or time at their office (any software, hardware, or aviation companies, local airports around?) If the donation has nothing to do with the later event it should not be an issue as there is not a quid pro quo. The business could donate its property to allow the students to do field work that contributes directly to their understanding and comprehension of their software at work in real world applications. Also let us know when the press release goes live that may be a great little article to feature on here.
  8. Very Exciting! Keep flying, practice will make you better, more confident, and allow you to better understand the nuances of your drone in flight. Let us know what questions you have and please feel free to show us your work/progress!
  9. Damn... that my friend is some seriously buttery smooth skills.
  10. Well thought out, nicely edited, conveyed a sense of long summer days when you are young and carefree. Keep them coming!
  11. Was that a manual flight or some sweet IOC trickery?
  12. @Bill Kaiser i had another thought that will help with the demonstration of maneuvers and things that hadn't crossed my mind, you could create a series of videos of you performing the videos as well as explaining them so the students can still see the demonstration ( i plan to do this now). Also, if you are flying during school hours, but it is not in any direct relation to the course you should be alright as this would constitute your own hobby use; say if your school would let you practice, or for that matter lesson plan during a prep. Since there is no implicit/or explicit compensation for this time utilizing a drone (you're on a prep and not flying for the course with students). I would be concerned about any kind of quid pro quo set up involving a student; even though the funds are technically a donation and in theory could have nothing to do with the flight it is dangerously close to compensation as the funds will work their way back to the student (at least in terms of the money being spent on materials for the student). There may be wiggle room, i am not sure, though in most states to truly be considered a donation there can be no expectation and/or transfer of goods or services. To be honest this can also be a bit confusing as buying say a $10,000 table at a charity event could be considered a donation; even though you are technically receiving dinner, and what ever else occurs. That being said i am all for active student involvement in the community and that seems like it lends itself nicely to a cumulative project so may be there is a way you can work this out as part of community outreach/engagement. It might also be able to be accomplished through grant funds... Yikes sounds like a good story ill get on that so we can hear all about it.
  13. Welcome @stilltoreel Very nice to have you as a member of our community! how long have you been flying?
  14. @Bill Kaiser, So here is my take away after going through and reading the memorandum: As to your understanding of the course curricula, section 336(a) outlines five major points that must be fulfilled be to covered by it, First is that it is strictly for hobby or recreational use. Second it is operated under a community based rule set (AMA, etc). third is the size limit (55 lbs), than comes non interference with manned operations, and lastly the 5 mile radius of an airport stipulation. The FAA goes on to define "hobby" and " recreational" use "... students operating UAS as one component of a curricula pertaining to principles of flight, aerodynamics, and airplane design and construction promotes UAS safe use and advances UAS-Related Knowledge, understanding and skills." So your interpretation on the course is pretty close, to have a course that solely focuses on flying UAS would require a 333, and COA, however, if the course is instead designed as an introduction to flight, flight mechanics, or design; than utilization and learning to fly the UAS become part of the curriculum. If the course for example covered the history of flight, principles of flight, and applications of these principles utilizing UAS, students would be under section 336 and would be considered utilizing the UAS for "Hobby" or "recreational" uses. As to the level of faculty interaction the FAA goes on to say "... Faculty teaching a course or curricula that uses unmanned aircraft as a component of that course may provide limited assistance to students operating unmanned aircraft as part of that course without changing the character of the student's operation as a hobby or recreational activity, or requiring FAA authorization for the faculty member to operate. The FAA finds that de minimis limited instructor participation in student operation of UAS as part of coursework does not rise to the level of faculty conducting an operation outside of the hobby or recreational construct." If you have designed the course so that it meets the requirements set forth in section 336 than you should not need any 333, or COA as you are operating under the shelter of 336 for hobby and recreational uses. If however you would like to be able to do research, have the students do research, or operate more hands on during class a 333 and COA will need to be met. It should be noted that it is the students responsibility to ensure that all provisions in section 336 are being met. (especially notifying local airports! In terms of you getting your practice in, this clarification of section 336 stipulates that you may not operate while being compensated, this means for the time you are officially working at school, however after you have finished the day and are no longer being paid to work there is no stipulation that would prevent you from flying at your school so long as you are also complying with section 336. It should be noted that this time would be for you, and should not be educational time or with the students as this very quickly could become non recreational usage, however, if it is you getting your hours in under 336 following the rules as prescribed you would be under the hobby and recreational use clauses. This is an interesting section as they give an example in another section that an instructor taking over to prevent a crash is ok; you are not limited to this alone. the goal is to have the teacher interaction maintain a level of de minimis participation (this essentially means trivial, or so small it is not noteworthy). This does not preclude you from taking over to show the proper execution of the maneuver the student is attempting, so long as your control is limited to that ("faculty at these educational institutions teaching such curricula may assist students with their model aircraft operations under section 336, provided that the operations are used to teach such curricula to students enrolled in those courses and the faculty member's participation is limited to de minimis participation"). It may not be ideal but it is at least a step in the right direction for educational use! I will check in with @Alan Perlman about adding a tab to the forums specifically for educational purposes, cheers!
  15. Hey @purpledogww, I actually did the same exact thing as you (PS3 std, and got lichi) I think it has a lot of great features that do make it a great accessory to the DJI phantom and the go app. One thing i will let you know about my own experience that was a set back: Make sure that the device you install it on does not have the dji go app running, there is an API level conflict between the two and if it is still running it will cause the video to drop out in either app. i found this out the hard way mid flight when the video feed and all the telemetry data disappeared. Much more to my dismay not only did the wireless video cut out but it actually affected the video file on the sd card as well. It should be noted this did not have any affect on the RC or control of the UAV, it was essentially like flying with the camera not on the uav, something i was comfortable with due mostly to lots of practice like that. So it is not enough to just "close" the Dji go app from the normal app viewer (on android) you actually need to do a hard or "force close" to ensure that it is not running even in the background ( as this is what is actually the source of the issue). After uninstalling litchi everything returned to normal. OK so to boil it down (ironic i know): i would suggest one of two paths... 1) if you are comfortable enough with your device, or confident you can follow some online instructions on how to force close the app go ahead and leave both installed and go this route. 2) if you are not comfortable with this uninstall the DJI go app,even better would be if you had a second device that could just have litchi on it so there would be no chance of interruption but that may not be practical or cost effective. I actually use a Samsung note5 as well as a Samsung tab 4.0 (sometimes the larger screen space is nice), the latter of which i am going to remove DJI and just install litchi to test it out. Hope this helps let us know your personal experiences with Litchi!
  16. Welcome to the Community @Howard Sorrell! It is a very exciting time as the industry is just reaching its adolescence and shows positive signs of growth and innovation for years to come. I utilize a phantom 3 for the time being until i can justify the cost benefit of the inspire, but it is on the horizon for me! If memory serves i believe @Uaviator53 Actually operates an Inspire Commercially so he may be a great source and be able to provide you with rich feedback on the ups and downs of the inspire.
  17. here is a related thing, basically just what i had imagined with a preburn drone... cool http://www.suasnews.com/2016/05/aerial-fire-drone-passes-homestead-test/
  18. Welcome @linux, Ohio sounds like a great place to fly and learn to race! Check out the DIY section for helpful tips and tricks as you venture into manufacturing your own quad.
  19. Hey @FalconDriver50 and @Txpilot, So while you are in a great place once you are approved having the pilots license already; This should have no bearing on the speed or overall approval of the 333 exemption request. The 333 exemption is more for the aircraft than the PIC, though you must have a pilots certificate to be a PIC you are in now way required, nor does it have a bearing, to have one on the 333 Exemption. It does place you in a good position for when you are approved, as you'll have the requirements for commercial operation satisfied then, but bunker in as the process is taking roughly 6 months after the official posting date on regulations.gov Hope this helpS
  20. Was checking out 3DRs homepage and ran into this, looks like the update pushed in April but in case you missed it here are some features they released. https://3dr.com/3d-robotics-announces-transformative-new-software-solo-smart-drone-platform/
  21. This is the same place the next day at sunset with winds non existent. Made for a very placid lake and a great reflective surface.