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  1. No previous experience in the drone industry. Have a photography and web design background. Passed the 107 certification a month ago and have flown a few test projects for two different potential clients.
  2. The vertical we're starting with is construction and roofing; providing mapping, measuring, inspecting, insurance type services as well as general aerial photo/video. Eventually bridge work when we can afford the Matrice 200. thanks for the reply @Tom C
  3. I just registered a new business and bought my first aircraft (Mavic Pro 2) today! Stoked to have embarked on this journey and THANK YOU everyone in advance for being a part of the community and lending your advice and knowledge.. it's priceless. When pulling back and thinking about operations of this new business a few things become clear and to be honest, kind of daunting at this point. 1) We need a place to log EVERYTHING. Where do you schedule flights, track individual flights, keep tabs on pilots and maintenance, file documentation and certificates, prepare your checklists and standard operating procedures? I've done as much looking into Skyward as I can. Is that the only and best option for accomplishing this? Is there another app that can do all of this? 2) Regulations and Safety are no joke. I want to be as prepared and compliant as possible from the get go. Skyward also offers a "Take Flight" package which consists of about 200 pages of info pertaining to everything from insurance and regulations compliance to free flight checklists and standard operating procedures, to pilot contractor agreements... and a lot more I'm sure. 3) 3D models: As for a "flight management" app, one that will integrate with the "General Operations" app (Skyward or the like)... I've been keen on Drone Deploy. But their 3D point mesh models aren't anything to get stoked about (I haven't seen any impressive results.) There is Pix 4D, also not impressive, and Capturing Reality. Capturing Reality is the best rendering I've seen, are there any others out there that would compare? The idea here is to be able to capture a 3D model of a bridge as seen in this video:
  4. Haha, love the humor in this.. but it's true. I'm new to the game too but I think you will catch on in no time. Flying these birds becomes addicting.. I'd make sure to get a Fly More package with more batteries. More power = more practice. The thing I'm making sure to do is track all flights, flight time, and battery cycles from get go. That way I'll know exactly how experienced I am, eventually using the "hours flown" badge from the app. This makes appealing to potential customers easier if you eventually lead to starting your own business. BTW, I fully support the career path deviation. I believe a great philosopher once said, "Treat your careers like your bacon, turn 'em over early and often." Good luck with the endeavor and send me a message if I can point you in the right direction. (I just finished registering my new biz and all that jazz today!) Great idea to start small and inexpensive to see if you enjoy flying. Spark is good entry aircraft. Sky is the limit, have fun.. Clear skies and safe flying to you good sir. Cheers, ∞Chris
  5. Welcome aboard @tater91. You'll love the Mavic Pro 2, it has built in hyperlapse as I'm sure you know.. let us know when you do record some footage. I picked up the Mavic pro2 today, batteries on the charger and registering it right away. Stoked to get it in the air. See you around, good luck saving up $$ Cheers, Chris