Dave Pitman

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  1. Interesting. How do you know? Nope. This family must be something special. Any reason you posted this in the FPV racing section? Are they government racing drones? I've never seen "plane shaped" racing drones. Since the harassment is so common, can we see some pictures?
  2. It's kind of like Auto insurance here in Washington. Auto insurance is required by law. But no one checks unless there is an injury accident. Otherwise, there is really no ramification to not having any other than if you are a legit person, you have financial risk if involved in an accident. If you're a flake, you just disappear. Much cheaper. I once got side-swiped by a kid traveling too fast around a corner. He had no insurance. Again, it is required by law. He was not even cited for the poor driving or no insurance. It makes you feel a little foolish when you purchase it yourself.
  3. If you haven't already, start learning about the rules of the road. No drone required. https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/ Here is one way to reach out to some folks near you. It is simple a network of Part 107 certificated operators. Perhaps someone there can help you out. https://dronepilotscentral.com/ Cheers, Dave
  4. The airspace does have a LAANC grid overlay, but it is not accessible through the automated system. You will need to go through faadronezone to apply (indicated by the red color). https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad If the area you want to fly is within a grid ceiling that you can live with I would suggest that you apply for a wide area waiver which will give you access to all of the grid . Typically military installations will want you to call in before each operation but that is no big deal. Ask for a year time frame and
  5. What is the class of airspace? If it is Restricted airspace, then it is unlikely you will be granted a waiver unless you are working for the Fed.
  6. It's because the number commonly used is actually really standing in for just one part of a ratio. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number
  7. Absolutely. I thought the racing drone was appropriately used. So much proximity drone shots have the drone constantly doing whip-turns and diving 180s which totally distracts from the subject. That was shot at those guys home resort. They know it like the back of their hand. But I agree, their talent can only account for 99% being able to avoid others. There is a chance they could take a bystander out which is not okay. He did a project for Audi that was super interesting. I'll link the video and the "making of" clip below. I think you'll like it?
  8. @Zacc Dukowitz MacAskill is such a modest and nice guy with superhuman skills. Another guy like that is skier Candide Thovex. Candide's latest video share his pal Aziz Benkrich, who is also incredibly talented, shoots the video and is so good that in the comments some think it was shot with an FPV drone. While off topic for DJI's FPV drone, the skiing and video capture skills are definitely worth a couple minute view.
  9. Is your crew doing close proximity cinema? One of my fav athletes (super humans) is Danny MacAskill. Some classy close proximity drone work (Andy Lawrence) in his last video for anyone interested.
  10. A very interesting development. A demonstration of a UAV navigating using internal maps and AI when GPS fails. I think this could be a huge development. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-delivery-drone-gets-to-destination-in-israel-without-gps-signal/
  11. Funny Chuck, before I got to your last paragraph, I was already thinking about how AirMap, and others, came up with a grand scheme, sucked in some like-minded VC $$, hired some lobbyists and went about fabricating a problem for which they would be paid to provide a solution. And, walah! the UTM idea was born. It's an amazing idea. Record all of the uas operation "meta data" in the entire country and store it. Then, if something goes wrong, the "recording" can be queried to try and find out what happened and who is responsible. The model has already been proven by the NSA. UTM aims
  12. Absolutely agree with all of this. Anytime AirMap comes up in a discussion I always try to inform about their mission and guys are usually surprised and have no clue. Once in awhile they slip up and state their mission, like in that tweet. Regarding LAANC, absolutely. It makes no sense other than yet another example of the FAA's lack of confidence in their own standards of Remote Pilot certification, which links us to the other discussion we were having. If the FAA would simply require a higher standard of competence for the RP certificate, they could eliminate all of the micro managi