Ben Finkley

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  1. Hi everyone! I am an architecture graduate currently working in Construction management. I passed the written exam for my FAA Remote Pilot License and am really dedicated to breaking into the drone industry as a career. My goal is to become a photographer/videographer with my Mavic 2 Pro. I'm naturally interested in providing services for architecture firms or construction companies given my education and occupation background but, I am very interested in getting into Real Estate and Inspections also. I've done research to find the proper training and programs needed for mapping/3D modelings such as Pix4D and Drone Deploy, however, I soon found some of these services will require a Surveyor's license or license Surveyor to sign off. I am now confused, I see many drone operators providing these mapping and 3d model services but, am not sure if these they are licensed, surveyor. Am I missing something here? Can someone please clarify this for me? I want to provide my construction company stitched mapping and 3d model services but, don't want to put my company or my self at risk when I do not have a surveyors license. Also, please provide some insight on real estate or inspection work if you are knowledgeable or experienced in this type of work. Thank you so much for taking the time to read me questions.
  2. Inspiring to see such momentum in the drone industry! 😃
  3. The incident is very unfortunate for the drone operator, it is interesting that the people are encouraged to contact the police first rather than a less aggressive option.
  4. Hi Everyone! My name is Ben, I recently graduated with my bachelor degree in architecture in Boston. After college, I moved to California and began working into construction management full time. At first, I was super excited to experience such an opportunity, I mean wow! California right?! But after a few months, I found my self living a life that I did not want. I found my self waking up at 4 am every morning to work at a 12hr job, and anyone who knows construction knows it can get very overwhelming. My world became completely construction focused and felt I had no time in my life to do much else. I've always been interested in videography and visual work since studying architecture so I had decided to get a Mavic 2 pro for some creative relief from my job. I absolutely love it! I've been out flying every weekend or any time I get a chance actually. I enjoy making super cool high-quality videos and amazing aerial photography. Once I found it possible to make a living flying your drone, you can imagine how excited I was. There is no question about it, I'm going to start my own business. I am willing to put the time, effort, and patience to see this through. For the past month, I have been studying for the FAA Remote Pilot licensing test and I scheduled to take the FAA written exam tomorrow (Wish me Luck). Does anyone have advice or recommendations for an ambitious soon to be Remote Pilot License Operator? Thank you.