Derrick Ward

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  1. Hi Jeff, My name is Derrick Ward, Avalable in Los Angeles CA and Salt Lake City Ut. Would love to help.
  2. We are going to be there and look forward to it. We are going to miss Alan and Lana though!
  3. Myself and thousands of other enthusiast are in the drone business. And yes flying drones makes you money but the act of flying the drone alone won't make you a dime. I spend most of my time behind the scene and very little flying. However I have found this to be very lucrative. Not just speaking for myself, I am connected with many others in the industry that are doing the same. I agree with you that there is no skill component in passing the 107 test I'm pretty sure everybody agrees with you on that. As far as it being not difficult, I guess that depends on the individual. There is a
  4. If the question is... can you fly drones profitably? Then the answer is yes. But like with most businesses not everybody. And you are right, the issue isn't whether people enjoy flying drones or not. The issue is a different one when you decide to fly for profit. And like with any business the operations that takes up 90% of your time behind the scenes are the very operations that will make you or break you in your business If not done correctly. Part 107 actually gives you an advantage in creating a lucrative business flying drones. It helps separate the serious commercial pilot from t
  5. Not boring for everyone. Many of our students are fascinated by this stuff and attack the subject matter with gusto. Agree re: aligning curriculum with high school STEM program. Found some good resources / ideas over here: I'm one of Alan's students. The day I decided to turn my UAS into a commercial business I couldn't stop thinking about it. After signing up for Alan's course I listened to and dissected every line with enthusiasm. I wanted to know every aspect of how to operate a successful UAS business and what the FAA required me to know and do. I
  6. I just want to say thank you to all that had commented on my question. You have all been very helpful. Happy flying!
  7. Everybody knows that a commercial pilot must first get a waiver to fly at night. But my question is, do hobbyists fall under the same criteria? If you're licensed pilot but you're not flying at the time for money can you fly at night without a waiver? Can a hobbyist that is not a commercial pilot flight at night? Any help to clear this up would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Hi, Av8Chuck, I'm flying the inspired 2 what the X5S camera. Does that camera have high enough resolution to do the job? Also could you tell me exactly what these companies are looking for an inspection. Are they looking for serial numbers, cracks, mix, gouges in the blade? Do you need an infrared camera or are aerial inspections done without one? Also what's the best way to get a hold of these companies to get in the door? I know you hear these questions probably quite often, but I committed to getting these answers and finding a way to get in the door. Thank you for all your input
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