Dave Pitman

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  1. Dave Pitman

    Flight Plan Examples? Tools?

    I would ask the university for an example of what they want. What state or local laws restrict flight over the campus? Or is it "operating from" that requires their approval?
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    FAA Drone License & The Single Member LLC

    Kamal. Your agent or whatever is getting you confused. Maybe this will help. You can establish a drone company and not be FAA certificated yourself. You could simply hire operators that have earned their part 107 certificate. So the company itself holds no certificate. However. every individual your company hires to operate drones must hold a certificate. If you are operating for your company, you must hold a certificate. Your certificate, or the certificate of any employee operator do not belong to the company. It's the same way with manned aviation. When a pilot flies for an airline, the pilot's certificate is in their respective name. They earn it and the airline does not have a pilot's certificate in their name. Hopefully this makes it easier for you and who ever is your "professional" adviser to understand. Best of luck.
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    FAA Drone License & The Single Member LLC

    You are certificated, not any entity. Is your driver's license issued in the name of your company? Nope. Same with pilot/operator certification.
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    Pulling GPS corridates out of DJI software

    The easiest way would probably be to use Airdata.com It will plot your flight and also let you download a .kml to use in other software. Free and paid options available.
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    Drone Directories - which ones matter?

    I was considering applying for a spot but I'm booked for the time frame. How many applicants did you get?
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    Pulling GPS corridates out of DJI software

    That is pretty basic and you should have no problem. Still images are geo-tagged and the a gps track is recorded on the video clips in the subtitle track.
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    Win a job at DJI !

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    Looking for Part 107 Pilot in Tampa, Florida

    The RP would be the one to determine if they were qualified to act as RPIC. If, for example, they signed on to the gig and had no idea how to operate the particular craft and something went wrong, they would definitely be in the soup. The client can ask for whatever they want. The certificate holder is the one that has a decision to make. It is kind of interesting (silly) that Corp.FL (whatever that is) has some kind of program going on that involves sUAS, yet don't bother getting their experienced "pilot" a proper certification.
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    We Explain the FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

    Nothing too fancy needed. Caged prop-guards. I suspect they will be widely available once approved.
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    Win a job at DJI !

    Unfortunately the gimbals still have horizon drift. Chuck, where is "the field" located?
  11. Dave Pitman

    Getting Insurance

    Thanks for the follow-up Bill. Yeah, it's unfortunate that most underwriters are taking this approach for now. Operating drones is nothing like the automobile model. Sometimes the job requires that you have a couple of camera options that may need to be carried by different craft. Then, there is the back up craft needed in case of any issues. The underwriter happily charges you for each distinct craft. It is unfair and I'm not buying it. Especially when the same underwriter will cover my operation with any craft in the weight class for a single rate. At some point, the hourly rate would get too expensive if you're operating a lot. Hopefully there is enough push back or another underwriter steps in with annual policies that make more sense and breaks this mess up. Good Luck!
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    Getting Insurance

    Since I don't operate full time, I have been using Verifly, by the hour. It is also underwritten by Global. My problem with most of the annual policies thus far is that they require a premium for each drone, whether or not it just a backup or whatever. By comparison, Verifly covers my operation no matter which of my drones is in use (one at a time of course).
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    Sectional chart Visibility Help

    Sometimes with the FAA, the answer isn't clear, but the others are clearly not the answer. It would be interesting to hear precisely how the question is worded and the available answers. No one has posted that yet.
  14. Nice Job, Chris. Probably the best evaluation I've seen. I already have the Skyreats for my Pro camera but I also have a zoom camera for my M2 and it looks like I'll stick with the same for it.
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    Too soon for Matrice 200 v2 ?

    It's not going to be a new bird. Simply the same model with Ocusync 2 instead of Lightbridge 2.whatever. Just like the P4P V2 Also the Cendence upgrade to Ocusync 2. As per standard DJI, no backward compatibility.