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Everything posted by Cyclops55

  1. 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.
  2. Agree with Dave Pitman. One of my previous Class D authorizations did not require any notification, but restricted to LAANC altitudes.
  3. If you were flying your Cessna, would you swill wine? You should tell your host client that you cannot consume alcohol an fly your drone, but you will gladly accept after flying your mission. That is about as professional as you can get. Disregard all the other answers. You are splitting hairs. Just avoid it until after the mission.
  4. This is only the first. Delivery drones will fall out of the sky due to mechanical failure, an obstacle or EMI. It's not mature technology yet.
  5. There's not an app for everything. Do some preflight planning to understand the drone laws, procedures and airspace of the country you are flying in. Kittyhawk, Airmap and Skyvector to start.
  6. Check the FAA's current list of LAANC enabled facilities first. If it is not on this list, then most likely you won't be able to LAANC request that airspace. Class D facilities seem to be last on the priority list behind the Class C facilities.
  7. DroneWizard, With exceptions of N. VA and VA Beach areas, Virginia has wide open spaces to fly. It is a very drone friendly state.
  8. I fly near many private strips and untowered airports and have not experienced anything like that. Check your airspace. As Chuck said, DJI can be a pain, but there is a process to unlock it when needed. The database is inaccurate for sure. Are you near any of the newly announced no fly zones near military bases?
  9. If you use Adobe, Premiere Pro will look familiar to Lightroom and Photoshop. If you are an Apple user, Final Cut Pro might work for what you are doing.
  10. Agree. There is no policy for IFR drone ops, but theoretically autonomous should not be a problem. But there has to be an overarching system of traffic deconfliction.
  11. Very Nice! You inspired me to shoot more panos.
  12. Lightroom is your friend. Dehaze is one of the best tools in the box.
  13. Having spent 27 years in the low level VFR environment in helos, I'm extremely skeptical about mass drone package delivery. Not every obstruction is in a database and drone obstacle detection is not perfect science yet. What if I want my package when its IFR? How does Walmart deconflict their drones from Amazon? We're not there yet. Technology-wise or policy-wise.
  14. My waiver to daylight operations was approved using Firehouse technology lighting. They are extremely lightweight, but a little hard to turn on and off, but once you get the hang of it, they are not a problem. I have not experienced any GPS interference with these lights. The Lume Cube looks like they adapted a bicycle light, and those red and green filters look weak.
  15. The author of the article has been an outspoken critic of DJI on Twitter for a long time. If you believe everything in the article, then you should probably smash your iPhone with a hammer too so the Chinese don't read your text messages or look at you dog photos. Doubtful the average real estate photography or video presents a national security threat. Perhaps they could mine some intellectual or technical information from construction or mining sites. Just weigh the risk with what you are using if for. Of course American companies should step up and offer alternatives to DJI products, but so far nothing offered has come close to DJI's market grasp.
  16. Check out the tools in Drone Deploy. You will have to subscribe to get some of the measurement tools. I think I just read an article where they have an object counter (like number of trees).
  17. That is just a bill. Was it actually enacted and signed into state law? It does seem to be a legit bill, but it is not law unless enacted. It seems it would be on the land owner to prove you were not at 400 ft and a good lawyer could take it all the way to the Supreme Court if you wanted to litigate it that far. There will be challenges to these state laws. I keep my KML files just in case.
  18. So you are going to keep complete line of sight of your drone during delivery? How do you plan to avoid wires, terrain and unmarked towers below 200 ft? Have any of you drone delivery visionaries ever even flown in a low level environment? And that sling load "box" is nowhere even near aerodynamic. Have you ever looked at a flat plate drag chart for an external load? Your battery time and drone airspeed will be limited by the weight of the package and flat plate drag. Good luck delivering toothpicks.
  19. I use a Brother label maker. Sticks just fine hot, cold, wet. dry.
  20. Extra batteries, rapid multi-battery charger, spare props, sunshade for ipad display, hard case. I also have a VHF airband receiver/transmitter to monitor ATC frequencies if flying in Class C and to get weather from AWOS etc., but this is not required. Highly recommend an account with Drone Logbook. Upload your flights to DJI and then synch your DJI account to Drone Logbook. They archive your KML files. Useful when someone accuses you of flying somewhere you weren't. It's basically your flight data recorder from your drone. Fly safe!
  21. Richmond, VA (RVA) is one of my favorite places to fly both day and night. Most of downtown with the exception of some US park areas, and a helipad or two allows for almost complete freedom to fly. Rivers, trains, cityscapes and historic buildings make it interesting. Most of the Richmond (RIC) class C is to the east of the city. Gallery at
  22. Google drive has same function. Load them to your drive, share discreetly via email to client and then delete after they download. Not sure you should be doing the upload to MLS. Aren't you shooting them for an agent who has access to MLS? That's their job. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are my tools. Lightroom is excellent for drone photography.
  23. All countries keep obstacle (obstruction) data in their official aeronautical databases. These are used in all VFR and IFR charting as well as in terminal instrument approach databases.