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December 2, 2019
How I Drone In '0' Grids At Airports

Over the past several years the process for getting airspace authorizations (approval to perform drone operations in controlled airspace) has gotten easier and easier. Except directly at airports. That has remained a fairly difficult task to get airspace authorizations, and then even more difficult to perform drone operations. Before we dive into '0' grids, here's […]

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November 27, 2017
My $1,100 Mistake

In September 2017, one of general contractor clients who I’d worked with closely in the past, had a project in the initial setup phase. In this article I’m going to dive a little deep on some of the more technical aspects of what I was planning to deliver to the client, then talk a bit […]

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November 25, 2017
Earning $450 For 3 Roof Inspections

In November 2017, I was connected to the owner of a local roofing company focusing on residential and commercial work. I am always putting myself out there and introducing people to myself and my drone service business. What I’ve learned in the past year is that our job as commercial drone operators is 80% education […]

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November 24, 2017
How I Made My First $120 For Aerial Photography

This is the story of my first commercial drone job in December 2016, after I had become an FAA-Certified Drone Pilot. I’m sharing this with you to show you that getting that first client is well within your reach, and not as daunting as it may appear. So what was this first gig? To take […]

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April 14, 2017
How I Got Class D Airspace Authorization

"Of course we can do the operation...we just can't do it for 3 months," I said to the client. He looked at me bewildered. I continued, "This is Class D airspace. To legally perform this operation, I need to apply for an airspace authorization. It can take up to 90 days for the FAA to approve […]

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April 7, 2017
Unmanned Aircraft Systems - New Forecast Data From the FAA

Last week the FAA announced their Aerospace Forecasts for 2017-2037, which includes update forecasts for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. You can read the full set of forecasts as a PDF here. This blog post is a recap of the most important data for commercial drone operators. All data is current as of April 2017. Part 107 Remote […]

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March 6, 2017
Verifly - The Easiest Drone Insurance Available

“Tomorrow? You want me to take photos of the solar array tomorrow?” I exclaimed. “Give me some time to do a little research and I’ll call you right back.” I had just received my first call with a prospective client for a commercial drone job. What through me for a loop was that they needed […]

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November 22, 2016
What The CEO Of DroneDeploy Taught Me

"Well, you should start with what you know." said Mike Winn, the CEO of Drone Deploy. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Of course. It's extremely simple and makes so much sense. A bit more on that later. We had been standing in line to grab barbecue ribs at the 1st annual Drone Deploy […]

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September 29, 2016
Welcome to the DroneTribe

Hey there...and welcome to the DroneTribe. We're just getting started with everything that's being rolled out - blog posts, guides, videos, and more. There's lots of good on the horizon 🙂 In the meantime, we suggest you follow us on Facebook (this is the best way to keep in the loop of our new articles, […]

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