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
  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 th
  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
  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.
  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/
  15. That request should be made through https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/home Response times vary but my last took 5 business days.
  16. https://skyvector.com/ https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad I prefer going to the most accurate information available...the source. That is part of the reason preflight planning is so important.
  17. Yes, the test results are your proof that you are current. Nothing else is going to be sent to you.
  18. Look at the Firefly 6 Pro made by BirdsEyeView Aerobotics. The aircraft has a good selection of sensors that are hot-swappable as the mission changes. It is fully capable to perform RTK mapping with an RTK base station that is sold with the aircraft. There are infrared, FLIR, FLIR/RBG, and three mapping cameras configured to work without any modification. Our aircraft uses an RTK base station with a long-range video link and carries a Sony RX1R II 42MPixel camera. We've been having very good results gathering large datasets quickly (typically about a 20 mile linear flightpath in under 35
  19. I use Trimble products though we rejected the UX11. I started with a DJI Inspire and moved up to a Firefly 6 Pro for large mapping operations. I do use Aeropoints though we do our own processing in-house. The Aeropoints are robust and reliable under a large range of conditions. Their accuracy is spot-on. We set a hotspot up in the office and the units automatically upload the data they collect as soon as they are in range of the hotspot. A few clicks on the desktop and I normally have numbers and a quality report within 60 minutes. We use Pix4D for imagery processing. I think the package was
  20. First thing you need to decide is what will the computer do? Run GIS software or process imagery. Those are two completely different task that require different solutions. Next, increase the budget five-fold at a minimum. Depending upon the software you plan on processing the imagery on the GPU will need to be compliant on either OpenGL or OpenCL and the GPU alone will run about $400.00 bucks. You also need a CPU that is going to run the operation, because that is where most of the operation runs. A multi-core processor (8 to 16) cores with 16-32 threads (AMD Threadripper) will handle mid
  21. The only people operating something in that weight class are those with a 333. 107 caps at 55 pounds.
  22. I think the most important part of starting a business is understanding your client; the task you are going to have to perform. Not just your current plans but 2-5 years out as well. I think you need to build in room for growth without requiring additional hardware purchases on a grand scale. So if you are planning on flying 20 acres next week but 2 miles of road in a year you might want something that could cover a lot more acreage than 20 acres. Next you need to look at your time. You can pretty much count on a minimum of 3X your flight time in paperwork and planning, so you want to maximize
  23. What is the maximum total area you plan on covering. That will dictate what you should be looking at. What endurance are you going to need? Will a 20mp camera do or do you plan on operating at 400 ft AGL and need one with more resolution to hit a specific GSD? What is your budget? What sensors are you planning on hanging from the aircraft? Will you be performing hot-swaps of sensors in the field to fly multiple taskings for the same real estate? I started with an Inspire 1 with a 12mp camera. It does the job as long as you stick to 90-100 ft AGL on small acreage. It's not the most accura
  24. Why don't you email Laurence Seberini. He lives in south Africa and is a licensed pilot there....laurence@phantomfilmschool.com I apologize for plugging another school here but he knows the laws there.