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Better Preflight

How to Preparation PreFlight Checklists?

Most of the technical problems I have experienced in the field could have been prevented with better preflight preparations the night before. Sometimes the smallest detail can have a domino effect, creating show-stopping difficulties if your flight planning is poor. Night-before procedures It may sound obvious, but remember to charge all required battery systems. These …

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Aerial Video

How to Develop Your Package of HD Video and Photos?

The deliverable to your clients will be a package of aerial video and photos from the flight. This bundle will represent your company, your skill level, and your value, so deliver a quality product to every customer every time. Standardizing your deliverable will be important so you can be consistent, and efficient in assembling it …

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Aerial Photography Project

Step-by-Step Aerial Photography Project Process

The other posts in this blog offer a pretty good idea on how to prepare and conduct an aerial photography project. In this section, let’s put to use all the previous tidbits of advice, recommendations, and techniques and walk through all the steps of a sample real estate aerial project. Use this chapter as a …

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Best Aerial Photography

How to Best Aerial Photography Markets?

Financial diversity is a good thing. It is akin to not having all your eggs in one basket. Identifying and hopefully doing business in multiple UAV markets is also a good thing. The following industries are in dire need of low-cost aerial photography and are the best sources of immediate income. The key to prosperous …

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Aerial Video

Smoothness Is Everything in Aerial Video

When clients are paying for aerial video, they want to see smooth transitions and not jerky turns, stops, and elevation changes. The pitch of the camera on the gimbal needs to be fixed for that scene or transitioned very slowly, to prevent any sudden camera angle changes. The key to aerial video smoothness is pre-positioning …

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Flying Camera

Software and Firmware Management For Drones

The primary component of your commercial aerial infrastructure is hardware: A flying camera. It can also be classified as a flying computer with all the intelligence built into the Phantom. Combine your smart bird with the upgradeable remote controller; the iPad for FPV (First Person View) and avionics; a dedicated video editing workstation; and your …

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Drones Focus

UAV Products: Why the Drones Focus on DJI?

My goal with this blog post is to provide my proven and comprehensive roadmap, helping you to eliminate the numerous show stoppers I encountered over the years I spent becoming a commercial drone pilot. To be this specific about how things can be done, I had to zero in on a UAV platform that was …

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Guide Go Flying Drones

Drone Operation: Learn to Fly before Taking Photos

Always remember that you are a pilot first and a photographer second. Your primary responsibility as a commercial UAV pilot is to safely operate and land your drone without incident. The key word here is “incident,” since that is what triggers an FAA investigation which, best case, results in a major loss of your time …

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The Flight Safety

Flight Safety: Preventative and Preflight Measures

By default, you should already have RTFM (Read The Freaking Manual) and know all the safety procedures spelled out by DJI. We are going to cover some critical safety points anyway. As a commercial drone pilot you will be flying in many different environments, various places, odd times, under time constraints, with hundreds of people …

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Business Plan

Developing a Commercial UAV Business Plan

Before you purchase a drone for potential commercial use, take the time to lay out your strategy by developing a formal business plan for your new UAV-based company. Having a written plan is a must for pursuing any start-up venture and really helps you organize your thoughts, plans, and figure out the project finances. Let’s …

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