Dave Pitman

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  1. 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.
  4. 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.
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    FAA Ramp Checks

    @Alan Perlman Keeping track of the items listed is certainly good practice. My comment is that except for the certificate, proof of currency, uas registration, and any other information specified in a COA is currently NOT listed in the chapter. It may be someday but not currently. Details do matter.
  7. Hi Dan, Everyone is out to build networks of uas ops these days. What makes SE Drone Tech stand out? Availability and compensation (media capture, travel, post production, etc) expected for those you choose to contract with? Thanks!
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    FAA Ramp Checks

    If true, I agree this is problematic. If I submit a manned flight plan, it is to enhance safety in the NAS for everyone. If by submitting a flight plan, that marked me as needing a ramp check, then I would think twice about filing one, even if I was trying to do everything correctly. If the FAA is using a LAANC request as a means to locate and check uas ops, they are going against what they have done in the past. Maybe they just don't know how to randomly check on uas ops, but this seems like a lazy and wrong approach to me. In addition, many of the factors listed in what they are checking may be "best practice", but are not currently included in the regulation and therefore the FAA rep has no basis for "verifying" them. Imagine being pulled over for a "courtesy stop" by local law enforcement and being asked to show your documentation for your advanced NASCAR approved driving training....huh?? Someone is definitely asleep at the switch here. What a shame.
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    Do Tethered Drones Fall Under Part 107?

    Since when has marketing language ever been misleading or blurred the lines of truthfulness? 😎 A tethered drone is treated the same as a non-tethered drone within the regulation.
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    Selling Brand New DJI Crystal Sky Monitor

    You think so? A 2000nit screen on an Android device would be used by countless tradesman from surveyors to who knows. Take that monitor that you linked to an drop in a nice processor running Android and I think it would have a market.
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    Selling Brand New DJI Crystal Sky Monitor

    Could have been a good device with standard Android and high end monitor ports. I find it amazing that Atmos or SmallHD hasn't stepped into this market.
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    Selling Brand New DJI Crystal Sky Monitor

    HDMI out only I believe.
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    Issues with automated authorizations

    That's the most important point. You found a much better LAANC access provider. ?
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    Mount Tom Fall shots

    Head's up. Check the OP post date..
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    Swing that zoom!

    Lighting kit. https://www.amazon.com/Lume-Cube-Lighting-Phantom-Advanced/dp/B01ENR56YK
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    New FAA Reauthorization Act and Educators

    I recently had a conversation with an FAA airspace authorization agent in DC. He's been working at the FAA for many years. I had requested an authorization to fly below the downwind leg of a surface class E airport (in a 0' grid on the AFM) where the airspace authority is the Navy. The operation is a fairly important inspection for the city. In my discussion with him I told him that if I were flying the downwind leg at 1300' agl, (which I have hundreds of times) and there was a uas flying at 50' agl, it would absolutely be no factor. He candidly replied that he agreed but the Navy would not allow it based upon the low training required for part 107. If there were a distinction for also being a current part 61 pilot, then he thought they would approve it. But there is not. He said the regs are the regs. But the fact remains that the over all situational awareness of operating in the NAS, especially near airports, is much less with a part 107 cert than any other pilot certification. Maybe eventually the FAA will add higher levels of uas certs so that agencies, like the Navy in this case, can have more confidence in granting approvals. Or, better yet, just writing regs for operations without the need for individual approvals at all.
  17. A major remodel while occupied is the most difficult for everyone. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do I guess. If what you want to do entails a large portion of the interior including the kitchen and baths, which it usually does, consider renting a place nearby if she needs to oversee the project and you need to work. I suspect you know all this, but there ya have it.
  18. Simple. You purchase the house elsewhere FIRST and move into it during the remodel. Everyone is happy, the builder, the wife, and therefore, you! Order of operation and timing is everything!
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    ULC Proposal to Ban Drones from Flying Below 200 Feet

    I kind of thought the same thing until I did a little digging. They are not just a bunch of hacks to be ignored and hope they go away... That's not happening no matter how much we might disagree with their ideal. They have the ear of lawmakers and "we" don't . Actually, spend a little time going through the documents and you'll find that Amazon and other industry powerhouses are opposed just like you are. Next? Guys, make no mistake. I'm not defending their position in any way. The small stuff that I do would most likely come to an end if something like this was passed nationwide. But just because we think it's unfair or nonsense isn't enough to slow it down and hopefully kill it. We can complain to each other til we're blue with no effect. That's all I'm saying.
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    City discriminates against drones

    @EP Lucas Here is some information you could share with the city regarding local jurisdictions attempting to regulate the NAS. They can regulate where you can "take-off and land". But they would most likely loose in court if they tried to cite someone for "flying over" . https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=22938 https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/uas_regulations_policy/media/uas_fact_sheet_final.pdf
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    City discriminates against drones

    Going by that document, it looks like that municipality needs to hire competent legal counsel.
  22. Hi Laura, I enjoyed your video! I think it's all about the story you're trying to tell, with or without narration. Aerial imagery is just one more tool to help tell the story. For example. On your video here, I would have enjoyed seeing you cut in some of the ndvi imagery samples and even imagery of the bare ground, laying the nitrogen, plants growing and then the clips of you collecting the samples. And finally, what you got out of it; gain or no gain. While imagery alone is interesting. The viewer can only watch the equipment go back and forth so much before getting bored, even in great light. If what you're watching ties into your story, and the story is interesting, I don't think you have to keep it as short as Chuck comments. If you're just going to show some pretty pictures, then sure, very short. The first video I saw in this genre was done in 2015 by a farmer on another forum. It is a little long, but he blends in enough "family farming" story to keep the user interested in watching. And the amount of this new perspective in ag was much less only 3 years ago too, so the perspectives were fresh and there wasn't as much of a "crowd" of these yet. I think you are probably a story teller. Tell great stories and provide interesting backdrops to them and I think you'll stand out.
  23. This only has 15 min. flight time. But Chuck could put his hydrogen hybrid engine in there and he's set!
  24. That's why he gets the spot on Maui and commutes!
  25. Buy it!! And then move to Maui so we can play drones together. You need to have a headquarters near Pearl, there ya go...business expense.