Joey Ambrose

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  1. Congrats on your first drone...they are a blast. Mainly fly safe and manage your batteries to get the most out of them. Each model is different and I don't know your particular model, but on my DJI drones I store the batteries at about 60% charge, never charge them when they are hot, and watch for swelling/cracking etc. Your owner manual should have some good guidelines, and YouTube is your friend Happy flying!
  2. Anyone have a p4p v2 controller they no longer need? Dropped mine and need a replacement. Thank you! joey (AT)
  3. Any chance you have a P4P V2 controller? Dropped mine and need a replacement. Thank you. joey AT
  4. You haven't shared any details on the airspace you are working in, so I can't give much specific advice, but here goes: No on #1. #2 is yes, you can get wide-area authorizations and long term authorizations for specific areas, but you will have to do the work and submit for them manually. For example, I have a large commercial development in DMA Class C airspace (Air Force base) marked as 0 altitude with no ability to submit for authorization in LANCC. I now have a standing authorization to fly at 150' for the next 2 years. This makes sense for me as there are may people that need aerials tied to this project: developer, commercial real estate people, contractors, and the companies themselves. Basically no there is no streamlining, but you can save yourself some time by researching the areas you will get work in and get authorizations ahead of time.
  5. Given what you've shared, I'd say a compelling email is a good start with an offer to try you out, taking care not to "cheapen" your services where they expect a deal every time. Often they will try someone new, especially if you have some good work to show them. Do some research on who to contact - the luxury real estate market uses our services the most. You'll have the most luck with them. Others will debate this, but you may want to do a job for free here and there, depending on your level of experience and if you have a portfolio already. Also look at commercial real estate brokers. They pay better, are much more business savvy (less bs :), and do just as much or more business. Happy hunting!
  6. I can't speak to what's on the UAV Coach website, but I would think you'd want to go by Georgia State Parks says on their website:,ways help promote the sites. See the last entry on the page titled Drones. Looks like drones are prohibited unless you have a waiver, for commercial purposes, with permission from the division director.
  7. Hi all. I am getting ready to submit an analysis and recommendations to increase altitude limits for some grids around Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Has anyone in the group successfully submitted a request like this to an AFB or to the FAA directly? Thank you.
  8. Odd question I know, but I know some areas are not LAANC enabled. Can a recreational flyer file for a wide-area authorization through FAA Drone Zone?
  9. Cool video. You certainly have some nice scenery to work with!
  10. Welcome @Bill G, and congrats on your impending retirement.
  11. @Kamau54 Welcome to the forum. SW Michigan...I spent some time in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Gorgeous area, but COLD! I bet you'll get some beautiful footage around the lake when it warms up. I posted an article on LinkedIn the other day, How To Stay Out Of Trouble With Your New Drone. You may have learned all this already but it's a quick and you may find it useful. Happy flying. Looking forward to seeing some of your work.
  12. Ditto on talking to folks in person. Identify a problem, offer a solution. Go for the low hanging fruit - higher volume, luxury real estate, commercial real estate, and construction. Pick the ones you want to work with, then offer them something of value.
  13. I don't consider myself an expert on the laws, but I do have my part 107 and the FAA does say you cannot fly a small UAS over anyone not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, or not inside a covered stationary vehicle. If you do a little research into approved waivers, you'll see they are also adamant you can't fly over moving vehicles unless with approval on a closed set. You can watch the footage and make your own determination as to whether these rules were broken. Could it be done legally by FAA rules? You bet. You can get pretty close to moving traffic or people and not fly directly overhead (thank you FAA for having such a vague rule, BTW!). That camera can be very deceiving. You can be right on the edge of people or traffic and not fly over them, but it looks like you are right on top of them. I don't think the FAA has the people power to dissect every video out there and follow up. I also don't think it's going to be an issue for long as we see the rules relax for flying over people and at night. I do wish they'd ease up on flying over cars though. With safety measures like parachutes etc. we should be able to get approvals for that as well.
  14. Hey Chad. @Av8Chuck is correct - there is no standard nor requirement to have a manual. You are correct - there is little out there to give you guidance (HINT @Isabella | UAV Coach and @Alan Perlman, maybe a future blog post or guide with a starter template?) Getting started I wouldn't spin your wheels on it. Put a good checklist in place that covers safety and procedures for equipment and operations. If and when you start working with bigger clients or government agencies, you may need something more robust. I put mine together because I needed a Safety Management System to get a waiver, and an operations manual was an easy way to do it. Bonus is it sets us apart as a professional aerial media company as I go for larger clients and contracts. I ONLY did it because I had to. I suggest you skip the paperwork and spend your time marketing and practicing your skills.
  15. Couple questions: What's your asking price? Is there a separate shipping fee? Where is it shipping from? How many hours on the drone? Thanks.
  16. Hey Bill. My standard export size for pictures going into MLS is 2400 pixels on the long end. Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photomatix are a good mix of programs, but Luminar and some others can also be useful. Of all my clients I only upload to MLS for one client that gives me her login info and I charger her extra to do it. It's definitely not the norm. The local MLS here does not allow branded videos, so if yours has the same rules you'll want to create both a branded and un-branded version the video. Congrats on your new venture.
  17. Thanks Chuck. I'm one of those idiots that spent $1500 at Best Buy and yes, I am now a professional with the help of Alan's course and a crap-ton of research and practice. Why would you make a comment like that in a forum that's meant to be supportive? I originally bought the drone to supplement my real estate and commercial photography business with drone aerial photo and video, and that is going very well, but now I see other opportunities to get more return on my investment and step up the amount and number of billable hours. In addition to my own work, I'm now taking overflow from another pilot. He's a leader in the market and passing some excellent work to me, but so far I've seen nothing from directories other than bargain shoppers. Targeted networking and partnering has been most successful. Thanks Alan and Knoid for your responses.
  18. I'm researching where to list my information to get more drone jobs and am wondering which drone apps/directories bring you new business? I found Alan's article from a few years ago on directories, but I'd like to ask which ones actually get you business? Thanks in advance. Joey
  19. 1. It is now ****SOLD****. Thanks all for the interest. 2. I already have a nearly new P4P Pro v2 and don't need two both.
  20. Phantom 4 Pro for sale with very low flying time. Everything is included to fly except phone or iPad. Excellent condition. Purchased as a backup and flown for about 5 hours by a licensed pilot for real estate work. $800 plus $50 shipping from Tucson, Arizona Whats included. (1) DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone (1) DJI Battery (8) DJI Propellers (1) Phantom 4 pro remote (1) Original Carrying Case (1) Wall Battery Charger (520) 200-5858
  21. My number just appeared this morning, 2 days shy of one month after taking the test.