• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by victorbravo77

  1. Apparently another, earlier post of mine did not make it. No, you don't need "type certificates" or other sUAS license. However, I have found great benefit in learing as much about drones, their histories, flight planning and their limitations by taking coursework through Emby-Riddle's Online Campus. Their coursework is pricey, no doubt, but thorough and rewarding. If you want to learn about small unmanned aircraft systems (beyond 15 CFR Part 107), this is a good start:
  2. Oh, and having finished Alan's coursework, the faculty of ERAU will certainly appreciate your input. I know they did mine.
  3. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ( offers great small unmanned aircraft system coursework through their office of professional education, Worldwide campus.
  4. The offer just below the return shipping cost to me was downright insulting. I mentioned it to them ... politely 🙂
  5. I'll add that there is no way to have many accessories like prop guards or floats (NIB) estimated online.
  6. Not at all. I sent the a/c in for appraisal. In short, cost to me was $4-6 to keep my own unit. Heed my warning.
  7. Just a side note. After Isabella's somewhat recent article about the Autel trade in program, I went a-looking for some others and found DJI's. I have a low-time, older Phantom 3 that I basically started videography with but that I haven't flow in years. For credit toward a newer model of DJI product, the DJI trade-up program offers credit for a new DJI product by trading in an older model; the cost for you to ship to them is free (they will email you a shipping label). I sent a Phantom 3 standard with an unused float kit, two new batteries and four propeller guards (with eight serviceable propellers), charger, cables, transmitter, prop hub guards and the minor accessory kit. Their initial estimate was 97.00$US. The a/c has about four very local flights and is low time. I sent the gear and their reply was yep, we'll give you credit for a new DJI device in the amount of 27.50(?)! Mind you I would have to pay $35 to $40 to have my gear returned. I have a number of aircraft in my fleet and have owned this P3 since early 2016. It has been "For Sale" in a couple of forums for 18 months(?), but I wanted to warn you about the trade-up program. I am Part 107 certified. My hindsight is your 20-20 vision, I hope. Thanks for reading. VB77
  8. Congrats, Alan and your team! I also always look forward to your weekly newsletter. Thank you too for your training and support! V.
  9. A Mavic Mini To add to my growing fleet. Will fly very soon.
  10. Hi Av8Chuck. Always appreciate and look forward to your informative input. I read part 107 to basically say that flight from moving vehicles is waive-able if not conducted over populated areas (i.e. waive-able in "sparsely populated areas") and in no circumstance shall carry for hire. I think the full version of the original rule with comments that supply some context is informative. This section of part 107 has not been amended by the FAA reauthorization act of 2018.
  11. Flight from ground vehicles are pretty much prohibited. I note the "... sparsely populated areas...." language and the Part 14 § 107.205 stipulations Part of which follow here: List of regulations subject to waiver. A certificate of waiver issued pursuant to § 107.200 may authorize a deviation from the following regulations of this part: (a) Section 107.25—Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft. However, no waiver of this provision will be issued to allow the carriage of property of another by aircraft for compensation or hire. Particulary, regarding language that proscribes the "... for compensation or hire." Surely this applies to the Ford Motor Company through their ground vehicle price increases for including such an option in retail deployment via cars. I'm not trying to be contrarian alone, but pursuing market applications of "techology" just to make a buck worry me. Thanks for your story. Vance
  12. Hi Isabella. Thanks for your article on Autel's trade-in program. Every manufacturer should consider a similar program, I think. It will, however, introduce considerable logistical considerations (e.g. trade-in receipt and processing) and potential investment burden on any supplier. Yes, I'd look into Autel's offer, at a minimum and can plan to take advantage of it. I have several aircraft in my fleet -- all different platforms, all registered and flown commercially, and all with different mission capabilities. The EVO is a great sUAS in class with the Mavic and Anafi.
  13. Good advice on practice. Training flights are FUN! Each maneuver is scalable. Circularizing your flight, especially in tight regimes, is the toughest! This is by courtesy of Scott Burgess, PhD, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and their small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) program. Have fun, and to borrow from Scott Manley (youtube - DSnM), "Fly Safe!" Basic maneuvers to practice to proficiency: Square flight pattern with aircraft heading away at all times Square flight pattern with aircraft facing toward at all times Square flight pattern with aircraft pointing into the square at all times Circle flight pattern around the square with the camera continuously pointing at the center at all times
  14. Make the quad a hexacopter. Evolution of flight, and all that. And, leave the dates out(?) It's relative.
  15. Definitely. Hat, long sleeve tee, polo.
  16. Make sure you have the vessel Master's permission first!
  17. victorbravo77

    ALTI Transition

    Very cool platform. Watch your vto and landing. Runways do serve their purpose!
  18. .jpg of raw oem camera data parrot bebop 2 canandaigua, ny may 2018.


  19. It's just that the dji market is considerably larger than the parrot drone market that I prematurely sensed a cheap shot. Je m'excuse s'il vous plait.
  20. We could go offline and talk about what you did there. I am closer to La Rochelle. 2 hrs east (?), Civray.
  21. Hey, don't sell Parrot short, especially because they're a French company (think Arianne). The Bebop 2 is a nifty little aircraft.