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  1. Good stuff in the linked article but there are several important things to remember; Our drones are not waterproof, so we should not ever fly in the rain. We can fly in light snowfall as long as that snow is not wet. Temperatures between 36*F and 25*F can produce wet or slushy snow, which further melts and turns to water than can enter electronics and cause problems. Colder temps generate "dry" snow which is usually OK to fly in. Avoid freezing rain or any condition that creates airframe icing. If you see ice accumulating in any form on the airframe or propellers land immediately as
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    Large drones

    The 55lb weight limit can be exceeded if the unit is inspected and certified as safe for operations and the operator demonstrates their ability. Currently the only "authority" providing such inspections is, of all things, the AMA via their giant scale airframe inspection and approval program.
  3. To many corporate partners where each has to put their fingerprints on any new developments before they can be released. Works sort of like a color blind artist having influence over the final version of paintings created by normal vision artists. Agreements are far and few between.
  4. " We have a CRADA with NAVSEA and we’re one of the few, if not the only, civilian UAV developers allowed to fly for the military." Boeing has similar associations with NAVSEA and NAVAIR, which I'll assume is what enables their civilian subsidiary Insitu to "independently" develop and fly for the military and civilian agencies and corporations. Those types of associations makes operational acceptance a lot simpler as they need only comply with existing military standards and CoA's instead of civilian FAA standards. There is also the ability to compete directly with existing programs of r
  5. Thanks for your experience history. It makes gauging a possible fit a lot easier and establishes what your comfort level will handle. Interesting the Army would not cross train a UH-60 crew member for UAV operations when they will try to obtain Shadow instructors from the civilian market. A little insult to injury in the next as there was a point the Army considered training cooks to operate complex UAV's. Someone figured out that was probably a bad idea and would have ended up cost prohibitive in crashed UAV's. Funny thing, the personnel they ultimately did select to train for operat
  6. Jesse, Unless you are already affiliated with a law enforcement agency there's not a lot of hope in obtaining a position as a drone pilot or maintainer with one of them. They prefer to use people within their own ranks for several reasons, one of which is having personnel already familiar with their SOP protocols. It's a fairly closed community. As a W/O you have a lot of aviation related opportunities in the Army. In the Navy that rank along with some advanced education can open doors to their drone community. Either way, do some research to learn what group is doing what
  7. Saw an ad from a Stockton, CA outfit the other day looking for 107 operators to use company owned or their own equipment for power line and cell tower work the other day. The requirements were sort of similar to what's required of military drone operators; ability to be self sufficient, ability to be "deployed" for several weeks at a time, ability to work in primitive locations, etc. The pay scale was pretty low.
  8. That discussion could fill several pages of posts.
  9. You may well find that when presented with a request for proposal the more savvy customers will require a breakdown of the rates for the different components, all the way down to mileage rates.
  10. Welcome, and indeed, where are you?
  11. Nice. I was asked the other day to shoot a property being cleaned up after a post fire logging operation moved out. Just visuals though.
  12. I can't help with your chosen location but the following may be of some assistance. The two best internship opportunities I can think of in this field would be AAI/Textron in MD and Insitu, Inc. Insitu is located in Washington state but if you meet the qualifications and get accepted they pay an intern pretty well. You might also look into L3/BAI Aerosystems in Easton MD. Good luck!
  13. Unless you are flying several hundred hours or more a year the "on demand" insurance is probably the best way to go, if you can adequately plan the location and time in advance. I've been obtaining liability and hull insurance quotes from several agencies and the prices are unbelievably high, even having bu-ku recorded hours of full scale and UAV flight time. For what they want to cover up to two million $ in liability you could insure a low time pilot in a tail dragger and a Mooney and have enough money left over for a nice vacation. Someone with 50 hours in a Cessna 150 can obtain $1 mil
  14. The FAA made it very clear in a letter to ATC personnel after 107 was passed that individual requests to airports, from anyone, were not to be acknowledged other than to re-direct them to the official FAA website.