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  1. I'm not saying it's a Schlieren effect. I'm saying unbalanced props are causing a vibration. Do a youtube search on the effect. Or you can mess with CMOS and wiring. Whichever you choose...
  2. As I mentioned in your other thread, my guess is you need to balance your props. Do a youtube search for drone prop balancing to see what I'm talking about. If anybody has any other ideas, I'm all ears and still learning.
  3. @Alan Perlman, congrats. You are now officially a forum! As I posted on another thread, this place is refreshing compared to pro pilot forums. You have built a very good community here. I look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming conferences. I'll let you know which fits my schedule later and we'll make plans, but I think the Las Vegas one was the one my schedule fit. I'm planning on booking travel in the next couple of weeks. Cheers! Joe V
  4. @mconcialdi , it's probably caused by unbalanced props. Get a prop balancer and search youtube on how to balance the props. If that doesn't help, let us know. Good luck!
  5. I would reply to @New Pilot, but I think he took his ball and went home. For those interested in trains, be aware there is usually a 50-100 foot "right of way" for trains and tracks (each side of centerline). They do have official police that can and do get called for violating this area. I don't know what the rules are for being above the tracks, but just make sure you research it so we don't get any more bad press. Safe flying, and I hope New Pilot isn't really that guy that takes his ball and goes home. Best of luck, no matter what he chooses. Edit to add: this place is very refreshing compared to a ton of forums. Try reading some of the pro pilot forums like flightinfo.com or airlinepilotcentral.com. Those sites get brutal when talking about contracts or union issues.
  6. Hey Guys, I just finished the course and am very happy with the content. I will point out a couple of quick things to the instructors, though, if you don't mind. I am a professional pilot and take a lot of on line courses throughout the year, so I have seen the good and bad. @Trevor - Icarus I don't remember the subject, but there was a discussion in the shop, and you did not have shoes on. @Lewis@IcarusAerials I highly recommend you reshoot that topic.I know there was at least one topic in the shop that this was an issue for me, but I'd have to go verify. It was very distracting for me, and I'm sure other people also will notice. They may not say anything, but that is your brand out there. At $300+ for the course, that is not the image you want to portray, I assume. When you went on site and had the tutorial, there were times when the audio was very hard to hear. I understand you were on a job site, but it it very hard to understand some of what Trevor is saying. In the future, ensure you are mike'd up or are facing the cameras to get good sound. Also, if one is in safety gear, both need to be in safety gear. That's just a given. I know you weren't on the actual job site, but either both or neither of you should be in safety gear. It's just my opinion. One last thing, the link from the actual course web site at the bottom says students join the discussion or something similar. The link takes you to the alumni discussion, and is not available to students @Alan Perlman. I don't know if that is on your end or the instructors but something to think about. I sent a reply to the link provided on the error message with no response. I am now "alumni" and still have no access to the discussion. Like I said in the beginning, I highly appreciate the topic, and learned a ton from it. Those are my inputs to the course. I hope you take them in the positive way they are meant (other than the no shoes one...haha come on).
  7. http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-faa-revoked-an-airplane-pilots-license-for-flying-a-drone From what I gather of this on another Web site, the pilot had certificate action on him because he was stupid. He was operating for hire on somebody else's 333 exemption, did not get approval to fly where he was, did not file a Notam, and was operating in the NYC area under the class C veil. Thoughts? Personally, I'm happy this happened. It sends a message to do things the right way. Hopefully, it will cut down on some people who don't want to do things the right way.
  8. Hey @FalconDriver50, I'm not sure if it helps. They already require a pilot's cert to operate, so I don't think it makes a difference. I did go through an attorney but don't remember if they put in the paperwork that I am an ATP rated pilot also. My application wad submitted about a month ago so we'll see how quick it goes. I don't think it will help though, as I'm sure you have already dealt with the FAA over regular things and know how they operate. Where are you flying aviation appliances out of? Welcome to the boards.
  9. I am already signed up for the course, so thanks for the suggestions, but already on that one! I appreciate all the other advice too! Now, I just need some free time to complete the course and do some more research on rigs/cameras, etc. Thanks guys for the input.
  10. Hello All, So I currently have a beginner UAS (UDI 818A HD+), and am looking at the next level to get ready for the business launch in the near future. I am primarily interested in Real Estate and Commercial services, but want to be able to expand into agricultural, 3D mapping, and other services, in the near future. I was looking at the MARIP camera and saw they were primarily a 3DR Solo company due to being able to mount multiple cameras on the airframe. Are there any recommendations for which is the "better" next step, or are they equivalent? Any recommendations on how to branch out and learn the system and how to process the data? I've looked at several sites on 3D mapping, and other things, but want to know how people branched out in this area. Should I stop thinking about this and just get the business up and running? I personally think between USFS, and other agricultural needs in the area, this could be a good area to become an expert in. Any other tips, tricks, or downfalls people have run into when branching out? Thanks in advance for all information...Respectfully, Joe
  11. There are a few on the airshow circuit who cut their engines, and Bob Hoover was famous for his energy management displays with his twin engine airplane and both engines secured, but yes, in normal single engine operations, it's absolutely reckless to do it on purpose. In twins, you train to shut one down, but hope you never have to do it in real life.
  12. It all depends on where they hit and what speed the aircraft is flying. My particular aircraft has a maximum speed of 340 Kts below about 32,000' (officially it is 340 Kts until M.85 and increases to M.88, so it depends on some variables). Do we fly that speed down low? No because it burns a bunch of gas. Most places in the world are 250 Kts below 10,000', including the US. The US is one of the few places where ATC cannot waiver this speed, but if we're 12 miles off the coast in international waters, we absolutely could be going up to 320-330 Kts. I fly overseas, so they can and do waiver the speed limits and I've been doing 320 Kts at about 3,000'. Our manufacturer has tested the airplane for those speeds with birds, and that is why they say we can go those speeds. Is it a crap shoot, absolutely. The highest bird hit was I believe around 33,000'. The crew and plane survived but it was a mess and the crew were lucky to survive. Typically below about 3,000', we are slowing and configuring the airplane for landing (flaps and gear both have specific speeds you must be slower than before reaching). So, most jet aircraft are around 220-250 Kts to start "getting dirty". This will typically be around 2000', and when on approach, we usually have speeds of 130-150 Kts. Having said all of that, a bird is not metal and plastic, and weighing up to 55 Lbs. I believe they shoot chickens at the aircraft for testing purposes, but, let's say you run into a flock of Canadian Geese; well you may end up in the Hudson river due to no fault of your own. I still have not heard of any UAS hitting a manned vehicle, but if it hits the cockpit at high speed, or an engine at any speed, it could be disastrous. One last note, for those who don't know Kts (Knots), multiply by 1.15 to get MPH. Metric people convert MPH to KPH. I'm American and don't know the conversion off the top of my head. :-) Oh yeah, the next answer is I fly a Gulfstream 450 based in Moscow. Cheers!
  13. I think this same thing has been said for years about us full sized aircraft pilots. There is a lot more that goes into this, especially in heavily populated or multiple airport areas. Will we be able to just let the "autopilot" fly, yes. Will we still be required. Yes. Just my newbie opinion, and your mileage may vary!
  14. @Brazen, Where are you located in JAX? I still haven't met up with any of the other crowd from there, but I'm getting back from a trip tomorrow and looking into meeting up with anybody trying to figure this stuff out locally. Send me a PM if you're interested in meeting up. I'll be traveling all day tomorrow (3 May) but will be in town until 2 June.
  15. Congrats @Alan Perlman. I'll be emailing you in the next couple of weeks to see what exactly the details are for working under your exemption. I just had my petition published on the FAA website a few days ago, so I'm slowly getting there.