Captain Rick G

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  1. DJI will broadcast to both the DJI headset and the controller screen. It is illegal for the UAV pilot to fly with goggles in the USA, because the pilot must stay in visual range of the UAV. This could change with the Epson Augmented Reality Glasses, where you can visually see the video and the UAV at the same time.
  2. I'm also a fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot out of Atlanta. I've been playing with UAVs for about as long as I've been flying helicopters (30 years). There are shots when it is better and safer for a UAV, and others when a helicopter is much better and safer. Go take the UAV course / test online at the FAA website, it is very easy and FREE. Then have a local instructor signoff that they checked your biannual signoff in your log book and mail it in to the FAA. Presto, you are a commercial drone pilot.
  3. It cost me $120, but it is fun to play with when it is raining outside. And when you crash doing tricks you don't crash a $2000 drone. There is a company called 'FlyInside' that makes VR conversions for flight sims like FSX or X-plane. I will try to get them to convert Real Flight to VR. Then it will look like you are standing at the flight location. Could even be used for test flights prior to real.
  4. Using IACRA is something most pilots don't use all the time and may be confusing or even unknown to those new to aviation, but required for all FAA licenses on line.
  5. In aviation the altitude of the aircraft is always measured and expressed in terms of above Mean Sea Level (MSL) or Flight Level (FL) These charts were made for aircraft altimeters set to a local altimeter setting based on pressure read from a calibrated mercury tube. This is why it is described as inches of mercury. This keeps everyone flying using the same reference level. You will notice the same thing for class D airspace. The radius is generally 4 nautical miles, (it use to be 5 statute miles but changed because most pilots use nautical miles for navigation) The class D airspace generally goes from the surface to 2500 ft AGL. As a UAV pilot your readings will be based on GPS altitude. And that altitude may not be the correct ground level for your area. Always cross check your data and don't scrape the top.
  6. The Sailing community does this to get crews to move sailboats from one port to another. They set up a website to get crews together. It worked out so well the crew members now pay to make the trips. There is now an App to get crews together. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get crews together to act as safety observers during flights. In fact, this may become required in the future.
  7. UAVs have been around for a very long time. I began flying UAVs while in the military over 30 years ago. My brother built UAVs in our basement 50 years ago. The relatively cheap quadcopter is a recent boom. Like the Bird Scooters dumped on the local streets of cities, these quad drones were dumped in the hands of the local idiots. Yes, there were laws on the books already concerning the Bird Scooters and the use of these quadcopters. The problem was when they were dumped by the tens of thousands into the hands of idiots, law enforcement wasn't ready to handle the problem. Some people like to ride the scooters and dump them where ever they want... some UAV owners decided they could do whatever they wanted with the quads. As with RC aircraft in the 80s the regulations will increase until it is no longer viable for the average idiot to own or operate a drone. The FAA almost banned RC flying fields in the late 80s because they looked like airports... yes, I was there in Washington DC when this was actually discussed. I can tell you this, if there are any more sightings around airports of UAVs, the price for operating one will go through the roof. All UAVs in the US will be required to have an operational ADS-B transceiver on them. This will make older UAVs unlawful to use, and new ones far from the cost reach of the average operator. They will cost as much as an airplane and the pilots will be required to be certified just like a pilot.
  8. There are legal definitions for kites. If it has a motor of any kind keeping it in the air it is a UAV and not a kite. If it is held up in the air by only wind, it could be a kite.
  9. There is a problem with requests in Class B and C airspace (close in to a major commercial airport), not so much because of the aircraft, but also ground electronic equipment. All aircraft, even ones with people in them are restricted in their operations around major airports to prevent interference with the ground electronic equipment. This type of request will have to go through many FAA divisions for approval and will never be granted to someone without a specific NAS reason. A LAANC can not be used in this case. It would have to be made in writing and be approved by more than one division. It would be like asking to fly around the White House, it could happen, but most likely not. I have to leap through flaming hoops riding a tiger to fly in that area.
  10. 3D video takes loads of memory and processing power / time … and stitching photos together is a pain. Currently there is no inexpensive or hassle free method or everyone would be doing it.
  11. I currently use the 'Real Flight' Drone Flight Simulator. It comes with a Futaba style controller that plugs into a computer serial port. It doesn't work with any VR headsets yet that I know of. It comes with more than a dozen different drones to fly in various environments.