R Martin

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  1. Early in the program we agreed, in partnership with the local tower to contact them 15 minutes prior to flight and immediately on the termination of the flight. This is in addition to filing a NOTAM via the ENII system. Recently, there was a change in personnel at the tower and they decided we didn't need to call them any more because we were filing a NOTAM and they were comfortable with us operating in their airspace. Are you required to notify ATC? No. Is it the responsible thing to do? Yes. At a minimum get set up on the ENII site and file a NOTAM. You might want to open a dialog with your local airport and figure out what they are comfortable with as well. Most that I have dealt with have been receptive and easy to work with. A few have been less so. https://notams.aim.faa.gov/en2/ in case you don't have it.
  2. To further complicate the issue, if you require a COA within controlled airspace, the altitude stated on the UAS Facilities site is your "maximum" and there is no longer any leeway (at least that is how my COA is set up. So if you encounter a building that is 450 FT tall, you either can fly around it or not fly. The specific wording is as follows: "Operations under this certificate of authorization are limited to the maximum altitude listed below. This altitude is an absolute value and it shall not be added to the height of any structures. At of Below: Altitudes in accordance with the published UAS Facilities Map (UASFM)" Tell your 'friend' good luck and may his number of landings always equal his number of takeoffs.
  3. When did B&H tell you they quit offering the TB48?
  4. Telemetry is data collected that is transmitted and received for remotely monitoring, in this case, the aircraft. A transmitter and receiver are the electronic devices that transmit and receive the data.
  5. To get around that and solve other problems, I added a portable generator. Powers the GCS, the battery charger, the fans, lights if needed, ect... of course that is another 50# I have to cart around.....
  6. Personally I would go with the Toughbook. I was using an Apple device and it doesn't do well at all in the heat without and lot of babying. Another consideration is weight. I don't know how you operate but we have to pack stuff into remote and limited access sites occasionally and carrying a lot of equipment through the brush is a real pain. Finally, will it work with the aircraft you fly? Can you link it on the job site easily or is the process cumbersome. Last point: power consumption. I know everything has a battery that will work forever under adverse conditions....I've got a few of those too. The fact of the matter is heat and cold change all that and are you going to need a power source to run your stuff when the battery fails in 100°+ heat after two hours?
  7. OK, lets try pulling teeth. Mapping? Survey? Ag? Construction site monitoring? I am a GIS pro too and we mainly use it for construction and mapping. The other side of the house uses it to support research in various departments with sensors from visible to IR, Lidar, ect. So think of my question this way. What kind of map do you want, and reject any answer that is vague or cloudy. What specifically do you want out of it and that answer will drive how many thousands of dollars you are going to need to spend to get there.
  8. Depends on what you are going to use it for. You need to be a whole lot more specific if you expect an answer that fits your situation.
  9. I am 107 but with the dismemberment of 336 and the tightening up of recreational flight regs, it would serve you well too.
  10. I personally use a Toughbook to run my flight control software. It rugged, self-contained, sealed against the weather and fairly reasonable in price. Choosing a GCS based upon looks alone is really short-sighted. Without any specs for your above choices, no-one can offer an informed opinion that means anything.
  11. If the flight is indoors the airspace does not matter. But for a flight inside, the pilot needs the experience flying without all the normal safety nets in place. It's going to be a manual flight in every sense of the word.
  12. A year ago I would have said absolutely. At least open a dialogue with the airport manager and see if you can work something out to ensure that you are communicating and operating safely. Recent experience with untowered airports in Class G airspace have seriously tempered my thoughts. I always file a NOTAM to ensure the word gets out of where I am operating and when. I have a great relationship with the local Class D airport and staff. I recently had to operate outside my norm in Class G twice and in both instances, experienced sub-professional behaviour from the both of the airport managers. In the future, I think I am going to be filing my NOTAMs as before via Center and that is going to be the only notification they receive. So best advice; reach out and test the waters. It never hurts to try.
  13. I think it is possible to see the beginnings of service in the next year if the regs are changed to allow it. I still have a lot of reservations as to the practicality of the flights. I think this, in the near future, is going to be more of a marketing event rather than a practical application due to technical limitations of UAVs
  14. I don't think this is valid any longer. The dissolution of 336 changed the way recreational flight is handled. The Cliff notes can be found here: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/