Isabella | UAV Coach

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  1. Hi @Harry3, Welcome to the forum. Drones are a very exciting hobby to get into. If you're looking for some drone suggestions, check out our Top Camera Drones Guide.
  2. Hi @Gryphon962 Welcome to the forum. Your prior aviation background will probably make passing the FAA's remote pilot test a breeze. There's still plenty to learn about commercial drone operations under the Part 107 rules, so it's worthwhile to familiarize yourself with them and get certified. The FAA does make an exception for pilots who already hold a manned pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR Part 61 and have completed a flight review within the previous 24 months. In that case, you wouldn't need to test, but complete a free course instead. Anyway, the Inspire is a good choice for many commercial applications. Hope you find the forum helpful as you work toward your certificate and business ventures.
  3. Hi @Mohammad Welcome to the community forum. I'm sure you will be able to offer some valuable knowledge on drone applications in your field.
  4. In a first-ever advance in human medicine and transplantation, a drone has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons for successful transplantation in a patient with kidney failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. A custom-built UAS and apparatus designed to maintain and monitor a viable human organ made the flight possible. The life-saving drone flight took place at night on an automated course at a height of 400 feet, permissible due to a daylight operations waiver granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the University of Maryland (UMD). Watch a video of the flight that made history from takeoff to landing in our recent article: Dialysis Patient Receives First Successful Drone Delivery of Kidney for Transplant
  5. Hi Brooklyn, A similar discussion is going on in this thread where you may find some solutions:
  6. Seems like it no longer exists. It was available earlier last week, but seems to have since been taken down. Any recommendations from the community on other job boards where you all have been able to find commercial drone work?
  7. Hi @Renee M Russell, Welcome to the UAV Coach community forum. Surveying is a booming use case for drones. We recently met with a contractor who's using drones to create 3D models of their construction site. Have you put any thought into what type of drone you'd like to learn with? -Isabella
  8. Hi @Stephen Adofo Kissi, Welcome to the forum! Here are a few resources we have on those topics you are interested in: Drone in agriculture: Drones in wildlife: Drones in security: Also, considering your location in Ghana, you may be interested in learning about the drone delivery company Zipline, which just launched the largest drone delivery network in the world:
  9. Thousands of photographers cannot wait to take their lens to the skies thanks to drones equipped with consumer- to professional-grade cameras. We've created this post as a guide to capturing aerial drone photography like a professional, from shooting modes to exposure settings to lens filters. Drone Photography: A Guide to Capturing Images Like A Professional All of the topics we’ll cover in this guide include: Investing in the right aerial photography drone From purchase to practicing safe flying Shooting modes and general exposure settings Drone camera filters Post-processing drone photography Becoming a professional drone photographer
  10. Agricultural drones are changing farming and land management practices. Agricultural Drones: How Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture and How to Break into this Booming Market In this article we highlight: -6 innovative drone uses in agriculture -Methods for launching your career as an agriculture drone pilot -Drone applications driving the future of modern agriculture Learn about the uses of drones in agriculture and how to break into this new field.
  11. Here are a few unique features of the ANAFI Thermal that stood out to us: Lighter and smaller than other commercial drones: ANAFI Thermal is 315 grams, 10 grams lighter than previous ANAFI drones and 2 centimeters smaller with an ultra-compact, folding design for easy storage and portability. Longer flight times: Parrot advertises a 26-minute flight time for the ANAFI Thermal (one minute longer than previous ANAFI drones), and a 78-minute cumulative flight time between the three batteries that come with the drone. 3X digital zoom and 180° gimbal rotation to get the images you need: A 3X digital zoom allows pilots to examine hard-to-access areas without taking unnecessary risks. The drone's visible and thermal light spectrum cameras are stabilized on three axes, allowing for sharp videos and clear pictures in any flight conditions. Multiple views for data collection: With the FreeFlight 6 app, operators can easily switch between 4K HD video, RGB, and thermal imaging view. Images from the visible and invisible light spectrum can be viewed, analyzed and even merged with the app. Ability to observe at-risk or difficult-to-access areas from a safe distance: The Parrot Skycontroller 3 remote control provides a reliable Wi-Fi connection for over one mile, meaning operators can use the drone while maintaining a safe distance from at-risk or difficult-to-access areas. We talk more about the potential uses for thermal imaging drones in today's article. Plus, we investigate the drone’s new features and see how the ANAFI Thermal compares to the DJI Mavic Enterprise Dual. What are your thoughts on the ANAFI Thermal? How do you think it stacks up to other commercial drones on the market? Let us know in the comments below.
  12. In today's article, we talk about how Layton Construction uses drones on construction sites for mapping, modeling, and BIM. Our CEO, Alan Perlman, recently met up with their drone team on a job site to see how they’re using drones in the construction field. The team, comprised of multiple Part 107-certified drone pilots and Drone Pilot Ground School alumni, is currently working to complete one of three residential colleges, as well as infrastructure and beautification of the West End Central Neighborhood on the north side of Vanderbilt University’s campus in Nashville, TN. Read the complete article to find out how the Layton Drone Team got its start and what role drones play in their operations. How Layton Construction Uses Drones on Construction Sites for Mapping, Modeling, and BIM Return here to share your thoughts in the comment section about Layton Construction’s project and the growing use of drones in construction.
  13. DroneBase is seeking a senior level “Chief Pilot/Pilot Success Lead” who can support the company’s rapidly growing flight operations and increasing drone pilot network capabilities. The hiree will build deep technical training and work between many departments such as operations, sales, product, and engineering. Read more about the job responsibilities and required qualifications in this post on our website. Apply for Chief Pilot/Pilot Success Lead at DroneBase on LinkedIn. Are you currently looking for work as a drone pilot? Let us know how your search for work is going and whether you’re looking for full-time, part-time, contract, or freelance work in the comments below.
  14. Today through April 18, tickets to the Drone Focus Conference in North Dakota are available for $50 off. For $50 off the regular Drone Focus Conference registration price: Use promo code AprilFlashDF Discount link: Drone Focus Conference will take place on Wednesday, May 29th, at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo, North Dakota. This is one of the best unmanned systems industry conferences in the Upper Midwest! Learn from 20+ speakers from large corporations, small startups and other businesses that have found innovative ways to utilize autonomous systems as they provide insight on the latest developments in the UAS industry. The speaker lineup this year includes Brian Wynne, President of AUVSI, the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community; Kevin Switick, President & Co-Founder of AVIAN, a services-based company founded by U.S. Navy test pilots; and Tony Fernando, the UAS Program Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation—just to name a few.
  15. In our Beginners Guide to Drone Mapping, we share a few different mapping software options out there. DroneDeploy, Pix4D, and PrecisionHawk are a few that make the list. You can compare the software features and find more software suggestions when you check out the guide.
  16. Inspectors, field adjusters, and roofing estimators can now examine properties with greater precision and safety thanks to new drone technology. IMGING, a drone-based inspection tool from Loveland Innovations, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate many aspects of the inspection process. IMGING's deep learning framework, IMGING Detect™, automatically finds roof damage on drone inspection images. IMGING can now find the following types of damage on commercial or residential roofs: Blistering on flat roofs Evidence of ponding water Cracking and alligatoring Exposed underlayment Rust Soft metal damage Also, IMGING is the first ever drone platform with on-site roof measurements. Thanks to a unique real-time measurement process built into the IMGING app, field adjusters and roofing estimators can now view and share dynamic measurements on an Apple iOS tablet while they’re still on site with customers. Learn more about this tool for inspectors in our post: This Inspection Software for Drones Automatically Detects Roof Damage, First Drone Platform with On-Site Roof Measurements If you have experience with this software or another inspection software, let others know your take on it and your experience with it in the comments below.
  17. AUVSI announced today the exciting lineup of keynote speakers for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. The lineup includes executives from some of the most successful and recognized organizations in the drone industry, including the FAA, DJI, and Intel. The chosen speakers have a wealth of expertise to share with businesses and drone industry members, promising to deliver actionable insights and key knowledge around the themes of progress, execution, and vision. See the full lineup in our article: Leaders from FAA, DJI, and Intel to Speak at Xponential 2019 | AUVSI Releases Full List of Keynote Speakers for Xponential 2019 Make sure to let us know below if you’re planning to attend and which keynote speaker your most looking forward to!
  18. @spitfire124 - I've read that CASA limits the deliveries to 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) from the base station. Wing's base station is located in Mitchell, Canberra and they are only delivering to the nearby neighborhoods, Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin. Wing hopes to expand to other areas, but you may be right about needing to advance their drone design before they can see through deliveries to locations farther away. We've written more about Wing's approved drone delivery program in Australia in today's article: Google Overtakes Amazon in Race to Make Consumer Drone Deliveries a Reality. Looking forward to hearing what others think of the progress Google has made with Wing.
  19. Hi Ian, Welcome to the UAV Coach community; we're glad to have you! Sounds like a very interesting project you're working on. What are some of the steps you plan to take to set up the drone program within your company? We have some resources on setting up drone programs, but I imagine there are some unique elements when setting up a drone program within an engineering firm. I'd love to learn more! Best, Isabella
  20. Hi Nick! Welcome to the community. How far along into the hobby are you? Have you purchased your first drone or taken your first flight yet? We offer some suggestions on locations to fly near San Francisco in our guide to The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in San Francisco. Hope you find it helpful! -Isabella
  21. Hi Kyle, Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum; we're glad to have you join us! Surveying & mapping is one of the most in-demand drone services right now. How's business for you so far? This case study may have some valuable insights for you as you get your business off the ground: How to Build a High Quality Drone Pilot Network for Customized Jobs: An Interview with Jake Carey, Founder of Helo Perspective
  22. In this article, we highlight five current job listings that demonstrate the opportunity for certified commercial drone pilots to find full-time work. No longer just a toy or hobby, drones are now a tool for entry into dozens of lucrative careers. According to a recent study by Research and Markets, the global drone service market is projected to grow 51.1% over the next eight years. If you’ve been thinking about getting certified to fly a drone professionally, now’s the time to get started. The jobs we highlight include full-time positions in a variety of industry sectors, including government, agriculture, mapping & surveying, and drone deliveries. View all five job listings in today's article: Why it’s a Great Time to Get into the Drone Industry + 5 Full-Time sUAS/Drone Pilot Jobs You Can Apply for Today Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on these jobs and the types of jobs you’d like to see us highlight next.
  23. The FAA has ordered increased surveillance of drone operations in areas where reports of risky or noncompliant drone operations are high. Some sights identified for increased surveillance include communities near airports, areas with wildfire activity, and areas with ongoing emergency response efforts. These surveillance activities will be triggered when any of the following scenarios are met: Where 5 or more UAS investigations occur within Class B, C, or D airspace, or 10 or more total investigations occur in any airspace When 10 or more sightings occur at an airport or there is a significant increase in the number of UAS sightings, as notified by AFG leadership When supporting enforcement actions against any UAS operations that interfere with wildfire, law enforcement, or emergency response Intensified surveillance could result in increased ramp checks and enforcement actions against drone pilots who don't follow the FAA's guidelines for operating a drone. Learn more about the FAA's decision to increase surveillance of drone operators in today's post: FAA Orders Increased Surveillance of UAS Operations in Areas Where Drone Incidents are High Share your thoughts on the increased surveillance activity and a possible increase in enforcement actions in the comments below.
  24. Hi @Jim Moffatt, Excited to have you join the forum! One of our students used his drone piloting skills to help film a music video for Kesha. Pretty cool we think! We share an interview with him about how he got into cinematography as a drone pilot here. You may find it interesting. If you're looking for a professional drone, we make some suggestions in our Top Professional Drones Guide. Did you have a particular model in mind already? Best, Isabella
  25. Hi @Philip Moore Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the benefits of being a drone pilot! #2 is a great insight--working in a challenging field isn't something to shy away from but rather something to work toward. Challenge is rewarding and motivating.