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  1. Nice, that should give me a solid foundation for studying. What is the purpose of locating dots buried under magenta shading?
  2. I will definitely do some research on General Atomics. Thank you for the contact information. I’ll sit down this week and write you an email. Here’s my email as well: By the way, it’s a shame the Army phased out the OH-58. Beautiful aircraft. I had the pleasure of flying an Alpha/Chuck during BWS. It flew like a champ.
  3. I downloaded some study material off the FAA website. Hopefully that will give me the information I need for the test. If you have any suggestions on test preparation, you’re knowledge would be greatly appreciated. Based on the research I’ve done so far, it seems like small commercial drones are currently more accessible for newbies like myself. I brought up Predators as a possible path I could take to gain some experience.
  4. The Phantom 4 gives you about 30 minutes flight time, right? Is there a way to increase that flight time? How much flight time does a VTOL give you? I did a little google searching on 3D Robotics and Sitescan. Both programs look fantastic! Do you freelance or do you work for a company?
  5. Bill/David, What would be the best equipment/drone to use for that type of work?
  6. Bill, Another great idea. That way I can utilize my degree to some capacity. Any idea if the EPA is using drones and if they use contractors? I think using drone imaging would be more a cost effective option than a manned aircraft. Plus it would give you access to those hard to reach areas like wetlands that would require a helicopter and a photographer. What kind of software do drones use to map out topography?
  7. David, Thanks for the advice! I never really thought about the subcontracting path. That way the larger businesses can cut through most of the red tape with the local and federal government.
  8. Av8chuck, I think the best way to approach military contracts is not to approach them at all. Once the military realizes they need help they'll open the doors for bidding.
  9. Pat, The Army does a lot of things that are penny wise and pound foolish, which ends up costing them more money in the long run. I don't get it. I think the Army needs some financial planners to help them manage their assets. The Air Force and Navy seem to manage their money a lot more efficiently. I don't think it's wise to put cooks into a technically demanding field such as UAV operation. Not to be condescending, but there's a reason why they were chosen to be cooks and not placed in a technical field to begin with. That has to do with maturity, their technical aptitude, and over
  10. Luke, I'm really interested in how Law Enforcement integrates drones into their every day operations. Do they use them for traffic and SWAT operations?
  11. Pat, With drones becoming more advanced, perhaps they'll go down the path of civilian contracting. Army Aviation is going through quite a few changes these days. With the airlines opening the flood gates and the high optempo with less Aviators and Maintainers to do the job, a lot of people are looking for other opportunities. With that said, if I wanted to explore other avenues of Army Aviation, HRC would be very reluctant to let a UH-60M pilot make the switch to UAV. I could always make the switch back to the Navy. I have a degree in Biology/Chemistry, which would fill the requi
  12. Thank you, gentlemen, for this information. It is greatly appreciated. PatR, I would like to have a discussion on this topic if you have the time and any connections to contracting would be greatly appreciated. I’m not limiting myself to these platforms I mentioned, it’s just I feel this may be the best way for me to get my feet wet in the field. I’m even contemplating an MOS change to in the Army to expose myself to the military side of it. I’m a Warrant Officer 3, so I won’t be piloting, but I would be dealing with operations and the maintenance side. How much is Law Enforcement relyin
  13. Thank you for the quick and honest response! I realize the UAV field is in it’s infant stages, even in current military operations. The Army is still writing the manuals on how to integrate UAVs in their combat operations and NAS, which means there is a lot of room for growth. It also means there is very little official guidance, which is why I’m reaching out and trying to network. The UAV field is a recent interest for me, so I’m still looking to get my bearings straight with the practical application of unmanned systems in the commercial industry and law enforcement. My experience with m
  14. I’m currently an Army Aviator interested in pursuing a career in the UAV field. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to gain flight hours and make myself marketable? Also, are there any entry level job positions that will train helicopter pilots looking to make the transition?