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  1. I like the Drone Logbook embed you have on your website. Not so crazy about the background music on your homepage. That makes me want to kill websites quickly, no matter how much I want to read the content.
  2. Right now I am fighting tooth and nail to get my Private Pilot's License. I am two months into the training, have about 25 hours in the air and haven't solo'd yet. I am hoping to have my license by the end of March. Once I have that in hand I will be FAA compliant with a Section 333 and a tail number for my sUAV (DJI Phantom 3 Advanced). I expect that gathering my Letters of Authorization from local airport operators will be my next hurdle. I work for a an environmental firm and I think finding customers will not be as difficult as starting from scratch because we have already identified sites where our clients can use the better and more up-to-date imagery. I am attaching our flyer. mk2 APEX 00117-NSAP Flyer.pdf
  3. I am re-posting something I posted in the Facebook group: Here is Hover(left), B4UFly(center), and Foreflight(right). These were taken on an iPad and Hover is not iPad native. Hover and Foreflight have weather. Hover has Kp index(which has not been identified as a cause for LOS). B4UFly has the best controlled airspace graphics (unless you are a trained pilot and can read the maps in Foreflight). B4uFly only has current TFRs where on Foreflight you can see the upcoming TFR over the Broncos game in the lower right hand corner. My conclusion is if you are flying as a hobby use B4UFly and your favorite weather app, if you are flying commercially, get Foreflight. Yes, it's costly but it has the best info for a trained pilot.
  4. Sorry about the mis-information. I have been taking in so much info lately that I got my wires crossed. The insurance requirement was from a contract requirement, not the 333.
  5. I'm shocked no one has posted up some of their work yet, but I am very happy to get it started! These examples were flown using Maps Made Easy and a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced. Both shots have digital elevation models (DEM) as part of the ortho-mosiac. You can turn on the DEM in the upper right hand corner. An office building in Lakewood, CO My townhouse complex in Arvada, CO I cannot wait for the weather to warm up so I can go shoot some more missions like these. In my opinion the photogrammetry is one of the most amazing things coming out of UAV technology combined with MASSIVE online processing power.
  6. Also, along with your 333, and your pilot's license you will need to get an N-number "tail number" for your drone to fly commercially. Your 333 will also require a 1 million dollar aircraft general liability policy to fly commercially. Those policies run about $1200/year. Good luck and fly safe.
  7. If it's anything like the DJI Phantom 3 the 300 ft max is a beginner's setting and can be disabled. Most mapping apps bypass the manufacturer;s control software using an API and the 300 ft max will not apply. Just make sure you keep visual Line-of-Sight (vLOS). Fly safe.
  8. My name is John West and I live in Colorado. I am setting up to fly my DJI Phantom 3 commercially in the Denver/Boulder area. Alan is helping me with my Section 333 exemption, I have applied for the N-tail number for my DJI, I am working toward my Sport Pilot license, and my company, Apex Companies, has secured the 1 million dollar aviation liability policy. I am expecting to be at full throttle by April. I will be helping Apex Companies offer aerial ortho-mosaics like the one linked below: https://www.mapsmadeeasy.com/maps/public/3e3fcee64adc4be4b22969ce1db94769/ We will also be offering inspection aerial photography and videography. Since the 333 will be in my name I expect to be freelancing a bit by offering other aerial photography and videography services. My website is at: http://gneissguy.com/ Looking forward to seeing what kind of resources all of you have been finding that I haven't seen yet. Likewise, I have been researching this field pretty hard and hope to contribute to the conversation. Cheers, John West