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  1. Good video Jason! At the end of each month, I shoot orthomosaic photographs of construction sites for general contractors in South Florida, which they use as proof of completion on their government projects. Since construction is still considered an essential business, and my firm is serving a role in that process, I have not encountered any problems flying. I have also obtained FAA flight authorizations during this period to fly near airports. In every instance and location where I fly, I maintain a safe distance from people. Similar to you, I wear a safety vest so that people gene
  2. Hi Nick, Talking to the owner before flying and explaining what you are doing, and the flight plan you will follow to keep people safe on the job site may help gain the owner's trust and approval. Perhaps the owner would be interested in using your photographs as well. Also, having your Part 107 and basic drone liability insurance would be helpful as well. If that doesn't work, I agree with Av8Chuck, you will need to weigh whether it's worth the risk to jeopardize the relationship. David
  3. Hello Ali, You are correct, particularly if flights are flown weekly or bi-weekly with both horizontal and vertical photogrammetry scans, and combined with ground control points. Vertical scans, in particular, can be useful to measure and provide details of construction progress, as well as to integrate with AutoCAD or Bentley programs to measure as planned with as built, essentially creating a BIM progress model. David
  4. Hi Brian, I am not an engineer, but I conceptually understand what you are describing. There is value in exploring this, particularly for larger VTOL sUAS systems that need longer endurance to cover larger areas – such as farm fields or construction sites, or to loiter longer over an area, such as for security or wildfire monitoring. Also, it would seem there would be reduced propellor noise and, perhaps, a lower pitch than the typical quadcopter. Less noise would benefit military and security applications. Longer battery life would also reduce operating costs (relatively fewer batteries
  5. Curious as to what VTOL system you went with.
  6. Morning Lance, Do you have a DJI P4P? david@skydatauav.com David
  7. Happy to offer some thoughts on the subject. David@skydatauav.com. Have developed snd presented several scenarios to law enforcement on the use of drones by terrorists in urban environments.
  8. Hi Av8Chuck -- is this the power line inspection project? What are the requirements?
  9. Mike, For search and rescue training (and since you are in SW FL), consider https://www.airborneresponse.com/. They hold S&R training seminars. David
  10. I fly a Phantom 4 Pro and process with 3D Robotics SiteScan. It provides outstanding orthomosaics and data files. There are other programs, such as Pix4D, that provide similar benefits. I'm exploring fixed-wing and VTOL UAVs for longer flights over larger areas, which would be needed for aerial surveys of the Everglades and construction sites.
  11. Bill makes a good point. I recently flew a project for a contractor that is rebuilding the S333N water control system for the South Florida Water Management District, providing orthomosaics and data of the pre-construction area and pre-construction ground video of existing conditions. Using longer range UAVs to provide images and data for the water management districts offers greater detail for more accurate decision making. Cities along Florida's coast that expect sea level rise have started to use LiDAR and photogrammetry to measure seawalls and implement rules requiring landowners to increa
  12. Another consideration, Jesse, once you establish your drone imaging and data collection skills, is to establish a qualified veteran-owned small business entity with your county government and the federal government. This type of entity fills specific subcontracting requirements by prime contractors doing business with federal, state and county government agencies. Your firm may not be the direct recipient of a contract, but you can work through the mid-sized, local-market based prime contractors to generate business. It's a bit of a hunting and relationship building process, but once establish
  13. Interesting concept. But the FLIR camera will only be useful for roof and solar panel inspections if the drone is 6-8 feet from the surface that it is imaging. It has a similar resolution to this hand-held unit: https://www.flir.com/products/e6-wifi/?creative=111741604345&keyword=&matchtype=&network=g&device=c&gclid=CjwKCAiA3vfgBRB9EiwAkfpd3KqxJIPenHE420rSU3eOvXwBN1wEw-ryopLqM5F2usOYq0IuVfubHhoCQqYQAvD_BwE which is for a person to hold and capture images of an area. It would be faster to use the new Mavic than walk around on a roof.
  14. Hi Matthew, I also would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and have a conversation about your business. With more than 300 golf courses in South Florida, including 120 with 15 miles of Fort Lauderdale, there's a lot of ground to cover. I operate a Phantom 4 Pro, and provide architects, engineers and contractors with photographs and video of job sites, as well as point cloud data that be converted to 3D models and orthomosaic images. Please visit: www.skydatauav.com and www.sunshinedrones.com. Best Regards, David
  15. Researched a similar bid last fall, and found this: http://www.silentfalconuas.com/silent-falcon They are legit and seem to have one of the longest airtime of civilian UAVs. Starts at $90,000.