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  1. Snowshoesurveyor, don't get me wrong. I totally respect licensed professional engineers, surveyors, etc. and understand the concerns about using data incorrectly. It can be a safety or a legal issue. But every state has different survey laws and boards and we all know each can have differing levels of opinions at those levels depending on state and local issues and even political or business influences. It would be better if both service industries came together to establish national guidelines vs taking the issues to the courts where you can lose all control. I totally think this will co
  2. Hmmmmmmm. So if I take a panoramic photo on my iPhone that stitches it together in photogrammetry and the metadata from the GPS in the phone is embedded in the photo, then it can't be sold? What is the difference from drone photogrammetry? What about Zillow importing KML municiple GIS files for their property boundaries into the Zillow app and displaying it on a google map engine? Is Zillow then surveying since the are projecting property boundaries on a map? Mapping a golf course and using the GPS metadata to compute basic surface area measurements to calculate the amount of fert
  3. Retired Army helo pilot with over 2500 rotary wing hours including engineering flight test. 107 operator in central VA area. Reach out if you are interested. Regards.
  4. I would use a little more tranquil sound track. The crescendos became a little distracting after the third time. But that is just my taste. Otherwise the video is cool.
  5. If you are using a DJI drone, check their geo fence webpage to make sure you don't need an unlock. My experience is the geo fence can be off a little in the database or DJI has included additional buffer distances in their fence. I would not notify if it is not required.
  6. Yup. What Av8Chuck said. Although the FAA does also not have the resources to track down every violator. But never mess with a 3 Letter Federal Agency or federal law. They can wield very stiff fines for violators--when you do something really stupid.
  7. Would not purchase. It has no stability on uneven ground with that belly landing design. Why go through props and kicking up even more debris into your motors when you don't have to?
  8. It's also good to know your state and local laws on privacy. They can conflict with FAA FARS since they are written by people who don't understand FAA FARS. If one of the neighbors claims his wife was sunbathing and you were peeping with your drone, then you could wind up in a lawsuit. That is why it is important to have liability insurance.
  9. NTSB is also using drones to document aircraft accident scenes for the same purpose of preserving the evidence.
  10. If you are using a DJI drone, don't forget to check their geofence areas ahead of time and request an unlock to fly. I requested several flight windows at a time. The first time I had to do it, it wasn't exactly a intuitive process. It is easier to apply for the mission on a laptop, then download the unlock keys on your mobile device and they must be sent to the drone as well. Google You Tube for a few videos on the DJI unlock process and keep in mind your screenshots may not look exactly like the ones in the video.
  11. I had some thoughts as Av8Chuck. Having spent a lot of years looking out of a helicopter, I could tell some of the altitudes were higher than our limit of 400ft and same on cloud clearances. Altitudes do increase the perspective! But as others have said, a very well edited video, especially the audio synch on the transitions. The boat hyper lapse on the end was a cool clip. I'm hoping there is a Mavic 3 pro in near future.
  12. The KML file would show exactly where the drone flew. Think of it as your "flight data recorder". It can prove you did or didn't fly where you said you flew. Drone Logbook will parse it from every flight.
  13. Agree with Dave Pitman. One of my previous Class D authorizations did not require any notification, but restricted to LAANC altitudes.