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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. @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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Hi @JohnyWalter, Welcome to the forum! I'm very glad to hear you've already found tons of helpful information. Do you photograph a specific subject matter as an aerial photographer? Many of our community members photograph real estate. Let me know if there are any particular topics regarding drones that you'd like to learn about and I'll do my best to point you to the right resources! Best, Isabella
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  17. We're accepting applications for our annual 2019 Drone Technology College Scholarship, funded by UAV Coach and Drone Pilot Ground School. The deadline to apply is May 16, 2019 at 5pm EST. This scholarship awards students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees and who demonstrate an interest in pushing the drone industry forward. Two scholarship recipients each receive a one-time $1,000 cash award. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.
  18. Today, drone hardware giant DJI announced a new venture into the software side of the drone market with DJI Terra—a software tool that transforms drone data into digital 3D models and maps for easy analysis and decision making. How will DJI compete with other companies like DroneDeploy, Pix4D, and 3DR, who for years have focused on software as their primary offering? In this regard, DJI is the new player on the court. The limited compatibility of DJI Terra may hinder DJI’s ability to truly compete with other software providers just yet. At this time, DJI Terra is only compatible with Phantom 4 Series drones. However, the robust mapping software offers many of the same features as those offered by the competition, such as real-time mapping and tools to facilitate data analysis and communication across teams. Plus, DJI has leveraged its existing strength in flight path planning by integrating three mission planning types into the all-in-one mapping solution. Take a look at DJI Terra’s complete features and capabilities in today's post: DJI Announces Their First Venture into Drone Mapping Software: DJI Terra Tell us what you think about DJI Terra in the comments below.
  19. The FAA has granted a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) to operate its drones beyond visual line of sight over a nearly 40-square-mile area within its jurisdiction. This is the first active emergency response COA with a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) provision for public safety. Learn more about Chula Vista's successful police drone program and how they obtained the COA in our recent article: Chula Vista Police Dept. Receives First COA with Provision to Fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight Granted to a Public Safety Organization Share your thoughts on CVPD’s recently awarded COA and their successful drone program in the comments below.
  20. @Av8Chuck I was surprised that the announcement came from the U.K. CAA and not DJI themselves. DJI is usually good about letting customers know when something may go wrong with one of their products (like their warning about the TB55 battery end of last year). I haven't seen DJI publicly address this except stating they will "look into the reported issues."
  21. The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority has issued a warning to DJI Matrice 210 drone operators after receiving six Mandatory Occurrence Reports in the last three months affecting the DJI Matrice 210 series drone. On each occasion, the DJI M210 malfunctioned resulting in rapid, uncontrolled descent and consequent damage to the airframe upon impact with the ground. View the announcement:
  22. We recently interviewed a drone pilot on this subject. You can learn about how Eric brings on new clients in the AG sector by checking out the interview here: Some strategies he calls out include: highlighting cost avoidance and the potential for increases in yields focused conversations on the imagery and the information it can provide as opposed to conversations about the drone hardware and equipment pro bono work to get started This seems to be a challenge for many in the AG sector, but I think Eric brings out some helpful points in the interview.
  23. Today, Women and Drones officially kicked off their 2019 Women To Watch search! Nominations will be open from Monday, March 25th – Friday, May 3rd 5:00 pm CST. The categories for nomination are: Innovation Award Leadership Award Education Award Humanitarian Award (Drones for Good) Entrepreneurial Award If you know a woman making an impact in unmanned aviation, submit her nomination at Check out the 2018 Women to Watch in UAS honorees from last year.
  24. AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall will showcase 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics. UAV Coach readers can use the discount code UAVCXPO19 for $25 off of the XPO Hall Pass, $75 off of the Full Conference Pass and $100 off of the VIP Pass. All registration levels include access to the XPO Hall, Keynote Sessions, special feature event Startup Showdown, and special feature event Women and Diversity in Robotics. View AUVSI XPO 2019 pass pricing.
  25. In our recent article, we highlight five drone startups to keep an eye on in 2019; each will compete in the AUVSI Startup Showdown for a prize valued at $35,000. Each participating company will compete on stage at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 this May in Chicago. There they will have to pitch their business to a panel of industry leaders and an audience of unmanned systems professionals. A five-minute, live question and answer session with the judges will follow. Each company has demonstrated new and groundbreaking achievements, from increasing a drone's flight time by 70% to developing live, 3D mapping software. Get to know all five finalists competing in the AUVSI Startup Showdown. Which of the five finalists to you think will win the AUVSI Startup Showdown? Let us know in the comments below.