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  1. By far the best response to "new business" inquiry I have read so far! THANKS!!
  2. And after some more browsing there is a question of image/video processing software... As I see there are two major providers DroneDeploy Pix4D What are your experiences?
  3. Oh and there is one Phantom 2 with camera and axis gimbal for 180USD....
  4. @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach Thanks you on reply. This is the English version of Civil Aviation DIrectorate (CAD) of the Republic of Serbia http://cad.gov.rs/en/strana/20171/unmanned-aircraft Unfortunately LAW itself is on cyrilic and not translated. If it can help I will take some time to derive maybe the most important parts and translate to English... Thanks for info on other, I have also opened one more topic in Business Advice board... 😀
  5. Let me first start with disclaimer... Everything wroted down is based on some internet browsing, rethinking of ideas and gut feeling and not carved in stone... So feel free to jump in at any time! 😀 After some looking arround and only a few discussion coupled with my "yoga pants" tight budget this is what I came up with: - I was looking at DJI Phantom 3 Professional with 4K camera and they are here in Serbia in used condition with one or two spare batteries around 550-600USD (I have found one with 3 second hand batteries and no gimbal and camera for 200USD and I'm waiting on seller offer for this config + gimble and 4K cam). Phantom 4 goes for as low as 700USD with some filters, bag, two batteries, signal enhancer (?!?)... Somehow my guts tell me that DJI P3P is way to go, though as said not carved in stone. With this config I would first, as Pink Floyd song says "Learning to fly"... So everything from inspection of craft, UP-DOWN untill perfect and then onwards.... Coupled with that I will make some videos, however poor they will be at start, and start "spreading the news"... My primary idea is to go with everything connected with aerial video that doesn't require material editing (or at least not too much). I would contact my city mayor (high school friend of mine - I think I have that in my advantage 😂 ) and let him know that we can somehow cooperate. The idea is also to make some "pro bono" videos while I'm "learning to fly" and give him as sign of good will... So to try to secure at least some jobs and cash flow out of wich I would save for FLIR camera. Also today I have discussed my drone idea with general manager of medium sized construction company (mainly connected with ground works and landfills) and he's also interested in this topic, he haven't failed to mention that Environmental company that he works as subcontractor for (and in past I worked for that company directly as regional operations manager) ask for drone usage in landfill measurement (construction while you can see them as buildings growing and out of this you can recalculate a lot of interesting factors in regards to LFL) and price for that is 2.000USD (this value is double the montly sallary I have) for one surveilance with appropriate report (probably raw material inserted in some software).... So the way I see it, I should start "small" and build from there keeping in mind that my goal is FLIR thermal imaging.... And if I reach i.e. 100-200USD per day in average of net income I would make this drone business as my primary while that would be in upper range of income here in Serbia! Well that's the idea... RAW material... there are a lot more details in my head, though even this what I wrote seems too much to "chew on" in one post... Feel free to jump in and give more ideas, feedback, oppinions, everything helps! Thanks!
  6. Great topic... I'm kinda like OP here, and researching my options. Being in Serbia makes it harder though... 😀
  7. Hi @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach Thanks on welcoming me here... And thanks on giving some guidance in this matter... That being said, Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual looks to me like... Well like Linkoln, BMW, Mercedes... Or dare I say Ferrari.... Sadly my budget goes up to Ford 🤣🤣 So I beleive some level of addopting and resourcefulness is necessary... As I mentioned drone business here is in "diapers" and in regards to thermal imaging and inspection (commercial use) I might be the first to dive in here... So while it is uncnown terrain I would not like to invest too much just to find out it is dead end... Meanwhile I found out that 15 minute of drone filming (one battery) in 4K raw material is worth around 100$... So I think thermal imaging with some explanation and feedback should be worth at least 150-200$ per 15min (let's take this "one battery" value for now)... Or am I wrong??
  8. Hello from Serbia (not Siberia 😂 ) My name is Gojkan Stojinovic and my nick EDCgear comes from my enthusiasm towards everyday carry items such as Multitools, knives, flashlights, etc. I'm 47yo mechanical engineer currently working in waste management and environmental industry, and I'm ABSOLUTE NOOB in drones topics! As stated I come from Serbia and from town Zrenjanin (75km north from capital Belgrade)... I was not so much into drones in past while it is somewhat expensive "sport" here and I haven't saw real use except fun... And boy does that changed in past few days/weeks.... So why am I here... Well I spotted an opportunity in business! To be precise "side job" to fund my enthusiasm and get me some additional income. So I started browsing and ultimatelly got here (there are no dedicated drone community in Serbia that I know of). There are drone pilots here mostly using them for fun, and then there are some that provides areal photography and video shots and production mostly in marketing purposes and filming of concerts and simmilar events. But... Here comes my idea and what I'm looking to learn and find out here. There is no (for what I know) specialised drone pilots! I would like to start some kind of THERMAL VISION drone service (plus thermal vision standard service). I started with idea to go on course for Energy Efficiency Manager for buildings and structures (now required by law) which is a kind of license to be able to make energy efficiency audits in buildings... Out of that came the idea to buy thermal camera (hanheld) and then... Poooof.... Thermal camera drone!! Being total noob as I am on this topic I was looking arround and... Here I am... So, while as it goes "money is tight" I would like to learn more about budget variants of thermal drone setups... What I was looking at is DJI Phantom 3 Pro (or 2) and dual lense thermal camera (like FLIR duo) mounted on Phantom.... So any other idea, proposals, used or new, all knowledge and experience is very welcome!! Wooow I really filled the page, so if you reached to here THANK YOU for your time! Looking forward to be decent and contributing member! Cheers EDCgear