Dave Pitman

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  1. That's true. I'm kind of conflicted because I think the tech is great and makes operation safer. But it is also sad that it will allow even more folks who don't learn basic operation to call theselvea a "pro". That's life I guess. It probably won't be too long before an "operator" is just the human that services the robot.
  2. Typical gps drop in urban canyon. Craft drops into ATTI and (usually inexperienced) operator doesn't know what to do with drift and does not react.
  3. Well, right off the bat, if GoPro had produced something like this, they would probably still be in the drone business. The advanced OA could be super applicable for inspections, even autonomously, in cramped environments. Or perhaps as a tool for first responders. A dozen craft moving autonomously through disaster debris looking for heat signatures, for example. If you can get @Isabella | UAV Coach to offer some kind of prize, you could get a few dozen first-time posters to jump in and comment. Probably not a "conversation" though. 😏
  4. Well, pulling images from Instagram kinda suck, don't they?
  5. I'm not surprised you knew that particular workaround. There always seems to be trade-offs.
  6. Hey Jonathon, I'm thinking about getting an A7 camera and have been reviewing a ton of youtube to try and decide between a 7iii or 7riii. I watched this one where the guy explained how he uses burst shooting to create short RAW video clips with up to 15 stops of DR. I thought of your comments and if you haven't tried it yet, perhaps this would work well for your static subject shots in order to recover the shadow detail. Anyway, your work is awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!
  7. Fairly straight forward with the proper research (included). Cheers! "Flying a drone for recreational or non-recreational use between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. is allowed under these operating conditions: Aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (including any attachments such as a camera) Aircraft must be registered and marked Fly below 400 ft. Fly within visual line-of-sight Fly in clear weather conditions Never fly near other aircraft" https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/community_engagement/no_drone_zone/dc/
  8. Of course it would have value for certain operations. https://airdata.com/blog/2019/new-live-streaming-with-any-flight-app
  9. Note that in the future, even recreational operators will need to take and pass a knowledge test which would prevent folks just showing up paying a fee and flying if that makes any difference to the business plan. https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
  10. My initial thought is that the golf course would not be required to jump through any additional hoops so long as the airspace overlaying the property is class G. Liability insurance sufficient to withstand the worst case scenario litigation would certainly be a good idea since while they would not be flying the drone, they would likely be held responsible for any incident the way the legal system works. All my opinion.
  11. What Chuck said. You're conflating part 107 with part 91.
  12. Hi Joe In General: The official source for controlled airspace is the FAA. You can download free raster sectionals from their website. Other providers, like Skyvector are probably fine, but just know that they are not "official". Apps, like Kittyhawk and Airmap are in the same boat. Probably pretty good, but not perfect and not "official". The FAA has an "official" UAS app that you should be using. https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad To your particular question: Airports with controlled airspace are either participating in LAANC or they are not. You can find a list of those participating here: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/laanc_facilities/ For those that are participating, you can apply for a waiver through one of the apps. For those not yet participating, like ECG (class D), you will need to make your application ahead of time (as soon as possible as this can sometime take months) from the FAA's dronezone website here: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/ Good Luck!
  13. Hi Jeff, Establishing a price for uas related services are no different than any for other service business. You need to establish your costs, and then add for how much you want or need to earn above those costs. The market in your particular service area will then show you whether or not your price for the service you are offering is viable. There are plenty of guys out there with the idea that if they bring in any money, even if when factored out they are loosing money, say they are happy because they are flying drones. That is not really a viable business plan though.
  14. You are required to follow the instructions on the COA, no more, and no less. I have COAs that require a phone call and others that require checking and adhering to the ceilings defined in the UFM and no other requirements. So, read your COA and do what it says and that's it.
  15. With their current TOS, I doubt they will get any traction in moving in where DJI has fumbled the ball with regard to gov't services. A couple of nails are that you must create an account and agree that the manufacturer can "hot patch" and/or disable the drone if you do not update the fw. AND, that you agree in advance that they can change the TOS at will and you agree to the new terms. Sound familiar? But it does look like the best action selfy drone for sure.