Getting a New Biz Off the Ground


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I just registered a new business and bought my first aircraft (Mavic Pro 2) today! Stoked to have embarked on this journey and THANK YOU everyone in advance for being a part of the community and lending your advice and knowledge.. it's priceless. 

When pulling back and thinking about operations of this new business a few things become clear and to be honest, kind of daunting at this point.

1) We need a place to log EVERYTHING. Where do you schedule flights, track individual flights, keep tabs on pilots and maintenance, file documentation and certificates, prepare your checklists and standard operating procedures? I've done as much looking into Skyward as I can. Is that the only and best option for accomplishing this? Is there another app that can do all of this?

2) Regulations and Safety are no joke. I want to be as prepared and compliant as possible from the get go. Skyward also offers a "Take Flight" package which consists of about 200 pages of info pertaining to everything from insurance and regulations compliance to free flight checklists and standard operating procedures, to pilot contractor agreements... and a lot more I'm sure.

3) 3D models:  As for a "flight management" app, one that will integrate with the "General Operations" app (Skyward or the like)... I've been keen on Drone Deploy. But their 3D point mesh models aren't anything to get stoked about (I haven't seen any impressive results.) There is Pix 4D, also not impressive, and Capturing Reality. Capturing Reality is the best rendering I've seen, are there any others out there that would compare? The idea here is to be able to capture a 3D model of a bridge as seen in this video: 

 

 

 

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Sounds like you have given a lot of thought to the business operations and risk.... what business are you going after?

 

seems like you might want to generate a stable revenue stream before investing too much time / $$ in the backend activities.

best of luck !

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13 hours ago, Tom C said:

Sounds like you have given a lot of thought to the business operations and risk.... what business are you going after?

The vertical we're starting with is construction and roofing; providing mapping, measuring, inspecting, insurance type services as well as general aerial photo/video. Eventually bridge work when we can afford the Matrice 200.

thanks for the reply @Tom C

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On 11/19/2018 at 3:34 PM, MuscularAvocado said:

Do any of you have previous experience in the industry or licenses?

No previous experience in the drone industry. Have a photography and web design background.
Passed the 107 certification a month ago and have flown a few test projects for two different potential clients.

 

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