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  1. Recently had DJI "repair" my P4 Pro. They sent me a new one. Of course this new one has a new Serial Number which doesn't match the Serial Number I registered previously to get my Certificate of Registration from the FAA. Is there an easy way to update that Serial Number online? Not finding anything. Should I simply re-register this as an new drone through the Drone Zone? Probably the case. But I wonder how do I report that I no longer own the original one? I would hate for DJI to recycle the previous drone they ended up keeping, someone buy it and then it crashes or something and they t
  2. It’s suppose to be on its way back. Hope to receive next week. I’ll know if it’s a completely new one or not. My registration number is written on the body. Btw. No response from the repair people on the question about the “landing modules”. Asked 3 times and no one will say.
  3. Since this topic I started popped back up, I'll share another issue I am now having with DJI Repair. This one with a P4 Pro I bought last December. A lot to love about this newer version. While in the midst of a commercial shoot though, it started having an issue with connectivity to the camera where a warning said I wasn't connecting to same. The only thing that seemed to be happening was related to my aperture control. Aperture control either didn't show up or when it did, would default to 2.8. Through the use of ISO control and shutter (while shooting stills at least) I worked ar
  4. Allen, Not sure why your statement came across as a "quote" from me, but to clarify, that was NOT something I said.
  5. Personally, it’s not just the business aspect. I have flown in helicopters to shoot aerials many times over the years, one of the news copter pilots is a friend of mine and my son is a Blackhawk pilot. I hope it doesn’t take a horrible disaster for things to change.
  6. A quick update regarding the question on this I sent . I did receive a response but Instead of any meaningful answer, they just referred me to my local FSDO ( Flight Service District Office ). In other words, passed the buck. Same for a question I had sent them back in January on another topic. Guess they just found that one. I’ve emailed my questions to my district office now.
  7. Saw this timely article just pop up on DroneLife. Haven't had the chance to fully read it.
  8. Whether young small business drone operators may tend to push the boundaries and say “nothing will happen to me”, those that have run a successful business for years knows that skirting the rules is a recipe for disaster. Most developers and corporations are also very risk averse and for very good reasons. Simply put, the more you have, the more you have to lose. Sooner, rather than later, the s__t will hit the fan and the FAA will be pressured to come down hard on more operators and I expect, their clients as well.
  9. Hey, worked for that guy in the real estate forum I included a link to above. Dave, Recently? Maybe I didn’t dig deep enough in this forum. Can you point me to any of those discussions? Do they mention any real world examples where fines were levied? I agree it’s going to take a serious incident and lives lost but that’s the whole point in licensed operators educating clients and other operators. I have even reached out to our local police on an uptown shoot recently. Partly concerned that where I was flying might raise some unwanted attention and interruption by them
  10. A long time client of mine is a major power utility company (Still imagery). In a discussion earlier this year I was speaking with their in-house UAV people who handle various power line inspections and other technical, non creative needs, I was informed they established the same ban within the last year. At least as it applies to their facilities and infrastructure.
  11. I realized I had not posted what I found out by contacting the Leidos Flight Service National Support Center. I believe their response could help others should they have the same questions I had. I have since filed several NOTAMS using the site and its worked out great. Here is their response: Thank you for contacting the Flight Service National Support Center. The issue you were having has been examined by our engineering team and they have sent the following response;. You can use anything as long as it follows the below format: A name you assign to
  12. Though my questions and thoughts could fit in several discussion forums, particularly the Real Estate one, I decided I'd throw this out here since it also has a direct bearing on regulations, restricted airspace, etc.. An ongoing issue I have in the area I am based in (and I’m sure most licensed sUAV operators have everywhere) is trying to compete for work with unlicensed drone operators doing commercial work as well as even licensed operators not getting the proper authorization to fly in restricted air spaces. Charlotte is particularly difficult with uptown being less than 5 miles
  13. Hi Siggi! Wilkommen! Though I have only been part of this forum for a little over a year, i find this is a great community and a great source for information. I spotted your introduction this afternoon and maybe you can share some insight on a question I have? I'm heading to Germany this September to visit my son stationed in Wiesbaden and we will be traveling around the country. This is my 3rd trip and the first not being on assignment for clients. Purely pleasure but plan on bringing my drone to shoot some stock imagery. Can you give me some pointers on how strict offic
  14. Thanks for giving your example. Very helpful. Does look pretty straight forward.