Ellie McCutcheon

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  1. Mostly in California (including the North Lake Tahoe area), with one scene each in Nebraska, Maine, and the northern coast of Spain. I linked to a map of the general locations in the youtube video description. Have yet to visit New Zealand! Would love to....
  2. I hope you're all doing well during these crazy coronavirus times. I wanted to make a short film so deeply relaxing that everything else falls away for a whole nine minutes. I made it because I needed it, and figure it might be soothing for other people as well. So if you need a breather and have a few minutes, I promise it'll be calming and/or grounding! Feel free to share it as well.
  3. Ok, gotcha. Which BLM designations count as "vanilla" then? And how about national monuments? The only specific reference I can find that prohibits flying around is for these ten sites: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=88811&omniRss=news_updatesAoc&cid=101_N_U
  4. I'm trying to parse through what's allowed on different federal public lands. I know it's SUPER banned in National Parks, but generally okay in National Forest and on BLM land (Bureau of Land Management land). The UAV coach public lands resource reiterates this, and also says that places like national monuments and national wildernesses are prohibited to fly in. However, this fstoppers article points out that not all national monuments are managed by the National Park Service. So theoretically if a National Monument is managed by BLM, wouldn't it be legal to fly there? --- Ok, now if that isn't confusing enough... I want to fly in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument area, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. BUT I was looking on the Vermillion Cliffs website, and they claim that it is illegal to fly on all BLM land: I looked up the law cited (43 CFR § 6302.20), and it does indeed say that it's illegal to "land aircraft" on BLM land (not even just national monuments). So what do you make of that? I REALLY want to continue to fly on BLM land, and basically every other resource I find says it's okay to do so. But now I'm just confused.
  5. Just looking for an answer to this same question and came across this thread. BLM land (land managed by the Bureau of Land Management) is a different agency from National Parks, so the regulations are different. I had been using this article + B4UFLY + Airmap to guide my decision on which federal public lands were okay to fly over: https://fstoppers.com/aerial/making-heads-or-tails-flying-drone-over-us-public-lands-226124 But I'm not convinced it's entirely up to date or accurate... most resources I find say BLM land is okay to fly over most of the time, BUT I was just researching for a shoot in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument - Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, and their website cites a federal regulation I hadn't come across before when it comes to BLM land. "Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or Drones are aircraft as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration, and are therefore not allowed to take off or land in BLM wilderness areas. 43 CFR 6302.20" https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/coyote-buttes So I'm curious what people make of this.
  6. Join us for the regional Women Who Drone event in Silicon Valley from 7pm to 9:30pm on January 30, 2020 at Matternet, the company that partnered with UPS and received the first ever FAA approval for a "drone airline." We will be listening to guest speakers from Matternet and women working in the drone industry. Come hang out during an evening of storytelling and networking in Mountain View, California! RSVP Here Women Who Drone is an online platform and community that inspires, educates and empowers women and girls with drone technology. More about #WWD. Matternet's products enable organizations around the world to build and operate drone logistics networks for transporting goods on demand, through the air, at a fraction of the time, cost and energy of any other transportation method used today. More about Matternet.
  7. Passing along details about the upcoming regional Women Who Drone event in San Francisco. It's 7 - 9:30pm on August 6th, 2019 at DroneDeploy, and the guest speaker will be DroneDeploy's CEO Mike Winn! Join us for an evening of sharing new trends, good data practices, and first-hand experiences in the field of Drones and UAV mapping. Additionally, we will showcase several short drone films from Women Who Drone's community of Drone Pilots and, of course, our raffle for a Drone lesson! There's also ample time for networking with other Bay Area women who are interested in drones for mapping, photos/videos, FPV racing, etc. The goal of the event is to get more women excited to enter the drone industry, though all genders are welcome. Early bird tickets are $8. Some food included. Hope to see you there! -- Schedule: 7:00 - 7:30pm: Networking (snacks and drinks provided) 7:30 - 8:00pm: WWD presentation 8:00 - 8:15pm: WWD Ambassadors screenings 8:15 - 8:30pm: Guest Speaker 8:30 - 8:45pm: Q+A 8:45 - 9:30pm: Raffle + Networking
  8. I also wonder if the Mavic 2 Pro might meet your needs. I have both the Mavic 2 and the Inspire with Zenmuse X7, and end up choosing to use my Mavic 2 over the Inspire more than I thought I would. I do think it has all of the features yo mentioned as liking in the Inspire 2. You can use apps like Litchi to set waypoints and fly autonomous same routes. The Mavic 2 Pro is easier/quicker to launch and set up, especially if you're doing it from an airboat. You also can get almost the same battery life as the Inspire 2 at 20-25 minutes, while also having to carry fewer batteries with you in the field (since the inspire 2 you need 2 batteries per flight). If you need super SUPER high quality images and/or interchangeable lenses, then the Inspire 2 is still your better option. Not sure I can contribute to your focal length question as I haven't done much photo stitching. But the Mavic 2 is great.