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  1. Hi everyone Im Pamela a researcher for UK Drones. My husband and I started the company which evolved from our hobby of Salmon fishing in Scotland ?we are based in North Yorkshire England UK. We are operating Yuneec H520 at the moment (we call him TANGO 2) Tango 1 malfunctioned and bit the dust at a friends farm R.I.P ? Interested in all aspects of Drone deployment commercially and recreation, drone racing inclusive. Shaun my husband is retiring as a fixed wing commercial pilot fully early 2019 ??? Here to learn as much as possible as we find the UK to be a
  2. Glad to have found this group and UAVcoach.com . We are a startup in the wireless tower commercial maintenance, installations, upgrades etc. I am particularly interested in commercial aspects of drone usage. I am working on my FAA license now. Planning to purchase a PRO rig with 4K cam. If you have any ratings on rigs, recommendations, or positive opinions that you think would help me, let me know. THANKS !
  3. How do you organize your gear for a commercial job? What does your field setup look like? Is there any safety-related measurement you are taking? Please share photos if you can
  4. By the end of the summer (2018), a whole crop of the first certified Part 107 pilots will be required to renew their certificates. Some thoughts? This is a huge number of remote pilots. What's the attrition rate (i.e. who WON'T renew)? How many sanctions? How any new Part 107 pilots? I liken the two-year re-certification process to a bi-annual Part 91 certificate (with, say, a part 333 ex.) but, I don't have any advice either, having gotten my Part 107 two years ago this fall. Hope you'll comment .... Thanks. vb
  5. Hi everyone, I am an American living 30 years in Tokyo. I want to in several years semi retire to start a drone business here, probably largely focused on agriculture. Demand is strong here due to technology shortages and population declines. I will likely lurk here. I need ideas on drones/software to buy, and on how to run a business. I am a moderately experienced hobby pilot of a Spark but will look to upgrade of course if I push into business. Soon of course I will get a commercial license—several schools have opened of late.
  6. Hi everyone, I live in Colorado and work in sports television and also have my Part 107 certificate. While watching the Jazz/Nuggets game last night on another network I do not work for, I saw what looked to be drone footage used at night time. This is obviously against FAA rules unless there was a waiver approved by the FAA. Knowing the industry I work in, I am assuming that a waiver was not approved (obviously not 100%). I have attached a photo. I am asking the community a few things. 1. Do you think this is drone footage? To me this shot does not look like a helicopter.
  7. Hey all, I just a watched a YouTube video (based on a YouTube recommendation) that had some really thoughtful suggestions for figuring out how to establish prices as a drone operator. This guy was as open and honest as I've seen in the industry and provided some good insight into how to come up with fair market prices based on your equipment, experience, and the risk you're taking, etc. His industry is in Los Angeles as a cinematographer. He owned a video production company prior to getting into drones in 2013. So, he has some experience in figuring out pricing and then extended that
  8. I flew helicopters in the Army decades ago, and got have my Commercial, Instrument, Single Engine, Land Rotary Wing ticket. I'm not current, and haven't been for years. (renting helos is big bucks!). Can't really see flying a helicopter ever again, and I've never flown a fixed wing. Questions on getting the Part 107 cert (opinions and legalities both welcome): Do I just start over as if I didn't already have an FAA cert? Do I get a Sport Pilot rating and go from there? (I wouldn't mind getting the rating, but time and cost is a factor). Other options? Any advice or suggestions w
  9. I am in Denver at a friends place and he is wanting an aerial picture of his new home. He isn't paying or anything so I am thinking this is more of a hobby question, but it's right on the edge of some airspace. But then it's inside a mode c veil. I won't go beyond 100' if I do it, but what do you all think? See attached: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yj1s0exyoj3lol/Screenshot 2017-05-26 21.13.24.png?dl=0
  10. I recently received my 107 certification and would like to start making money by offering contract services. In addition to my Phantom 4 Professional, I am waiting on a Matrice 210 with an XTR and Z30 so I can offer high-end services. I have 6 years flying drones for recreation and fun and am now looking to transition into it professionally. Problem is, I don't have a clue how to begin. I don't really want to start a company where I have to go out and generate business but would rather just contract with one or more already established companies. I live in the Tampa, FL area and would be
  11. Hey everyone, I was a runner a 5K race last weekend. I came across someone flying a drone who was an employee of a local media company and was getting footage for that event. This person did not have his Part 107 license, so I emailed the media company, who said the race was not a commercial shoot and were not contracted or paid in regards to the drone footage. However, I went to the race site and did see a drone photo that they posted. I'm not sure if I believe that they were not paid and thinking about reaching out to the race committee. Does it count as commercial footage if it's not paid f
  12. Hi from Australia, great to see an active forum with quality content. Have been involved in drones for around 5 years, built , repaired, flown and owned including Phantom 2, DJI f550, DJI F450, Blade 350QX, Yuneec, Currently use Inspire1 and DJI Phantom 4 Pro for commercial ops. Like the US, Australia's drone laws are in constant flux, here we are seeing some reasonable laws coming in, especially for commercial ops. Looking forward to learning and contributing.
  13. So I am starting up a drone business on the side for doing crop scouting and working with insurance agencies. The problem I am seeing so far is that some farmers have bought their own with filtered gopros or something similar for NDVI imagery. How do I approach these farmers and explain that what they are doing is in fact illegal as none of them have gone out and completed the necessary requirements for commercial use of their drones. I have even heard from a crop dusting pilot that drones were flying over the SAME fields as they were trying to spray! My question is the approach and th
  14. Hey again guys. The moment is finally here. We are obtaining our certifications and in search of jobs. Because this market is "new", in a sense, what is the "standard" or ball park pricing we are charging for different services. (Yes there are many). We can say it's based upon location, experience, demand. Yes those all play a role. However, at the moment it's hard to justify pricing. Simply because there isn't much in this industry just yet. For myself, I'm starting off shooting real estate and exteriors for builders. What did photographers charge who shot out of a heli
  15. Hi, my name is Andre' Messina from New Orleans, La. I recently graduated from film school and am interested in flying my drone commercially as either an independent contractor or my own company. I am trying to figure out where to begin. Should I look at getting my sport pilot license? If so does anyone have a recommendations for schools? My other question would be I know it takes a long time to get the exemption, should I apply before obtaining a pilot license or wait until after I have the license? Thanks for any feedback. I really appreciate the help. Andre'
  16. Hi all, received the below email from Ren out of Manchester. With his permission, I'm posting. Hope this is helpful to those of you in the UK considering getting your PFAW. -- Hi Alan, Ren here in the UK. I have just undergone the process to become a professional UAV pilot here in the UK. To do this you need a permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (the UK equivalent of your FAA) and have to undergo training with a CAA accredited organisation to achieve this. There are a number of organisations that offer this service and it’s up to the individual involved which one y
  17. Enjoyed this article: Parrot, the Paris-based technology company with a portfolio of drones targeted at the consumer market, is making a significant push into the commercial drone market. The spearhead of this effort is Sequoia, a multispectral sensor targeted at the agriculture market. But there is more to it than that. More here: http://dronelife.com/2016/02/10/parrot_commerical_drone_sequoia/
  18. If you video a practice at a school (public or private, college or high school), is this considered a commercial use if the footage is not for sale and for educational purposes only?? It's an invaluable teaching tool!
  19. Hi, Alan, et al... Thanks for the information on the upcoming Model and 3D Mapping course! I have a question for you. I'm curious as to what you've heard concerning the FAA's ban on commercial use of drones. It has always seemed wrong to me that a teenager can fly the same flight plans that I fly using the same drone and take video and photos with no problem. However, I'm prohibited from flying the exact same route and drone if I make any money from the effort. It would be a little more reasonable if hobbyists were restricted more than commercial operators, such as, only
  20. I applied for a Section 333 exemption some time ago. I'm hoping for a positive outcome to that soon. My thoughts now go to registration, getting a N-number, etc. Does anyone have any experience with this process? I don't want to wait until March, when website registration may be possible. Thanks.
  21. Hi there everyone, I just thought I would write my first message to introduce myself. I'm Karl from the UK, I am currently a tree surgeon however I am half way through getting my Cap-C PFAW, I have done the theory side, now just battling my way through the operations manual (tedious) before I can go for my practical exam I hope to meet new hobbyists and commercial pilots to share thoughts and ideas!
  22. Hello! I'm Paul and I am a coach at a college in Florida. I love the shots my DJI 3 gets at practice, but was told by our School of Aviation that it is considered a 'commercial' operation to video our own practices...which I find a bit of a stretch as we are not selling the videos. Does anyone have information that shows that using a drone to video practices (which is a million times safer than having a person stand in a chair lift and do it) is NOT a commercial use as the FAA sees it? There seems to always be ambiguity with the FAA but I don't see where it says that it is commercial to v