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MemberJanuary 6, 2021 at 9:57 pm
I did my first orthomosaic when I was working for an oil & gas company some years back. They bought a drone to get aerial imagery of ‘unplanned release’ cleanups and other field activities. Since I had flown drones overseas, I became their ‘drone guy.’
After doing that for a couple of weeks, they asked if there was anything else the drone could do so I decided to get a trial version of Pix4d and put together an ortho of the 30 or so wells across one of their fields. They really liked that so I decided to start doing some basic 3D models of each wellsite.
The first few were pretty rough as I learned about what (and how many)photos to take, proper overlap, and how to create/use good tie points (I didn’t have the best luck with full auto tie points).
I remember trying to make a programmatic model using Pix4d running on a Surface 3…needless to say, it ended up overheating and crashing. This was way before I understood the computational power necessary to crunch all those triangles.
Things have come a long way 🙂
AdministratorSeptember 27, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Skywatch has an article that explains their discounts in a bit more detail :
Basically, they look at things like altitude, battery, speed, and ‘flight zones’ when determining how ‘safe’ a flight is for discount purposes.
When planning flights through their app, you can see the ‘risk’ level designated to the area you want to fly indicate by the hourly rate shown in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. (see image)
This risk (and price) goes up when you are operating in controlled airspace or over major roads, so I would recommend uploading flights that are 200-300 ft, in Class G / sparsely populated areas, where you fly at a reasonable speed and don’t drain your batteries too low.
If you don’t have any flights like that in your log, it might be worth going and doing a few before you upload 🙂
AdministratorSeptember 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Full Disclosure: I am a SkyWatch affiliate but was a customer for some time before I became one so this is the perspective of me as a customer.
I generally recommend SkyWatch (https://go.onelink.me/Lo5F/droneac) for a few reasons:
- Monthly plans are a good middle ground for those who are just starting out in the industry. A month of coverage is not much more than a couple of hours (if you buy it hourly) so if you plan on flying for more than 2 hrs/month, the monthly plan makes more sense. Plus, some clients (especially bigger ones) will require a longer term policy, hourly deals won’t cut it. Annual plans are crazy expensive if you are just testing the waters of the drone world and don’t have >$1000 to put out. They also offer hourly or annual policies but I think most people are best off with the monthly plan.
- App is very easy to navigate and increasing coverage, adding aircraft, or adding additional insureds is quick and easy. With my old coverage, I had to send an email and wait 24hrs for them to respond and validate the updates/changes. They were fairly responsive but everything just seemed to take longer than it needed to. Here it happens almost immediately and I don’t need a third party to provide a quote or process paperwork, it all happens in the app.
- Discounts the more you fly (and the safer you fly). They offer discounts as you fly more often and you can even share your flight logs with them to get additional discount. This might not be a great idea if you tend to fly low, fast, or recklessly…You can save up to 30% after 6 months of claims free flying and another 25% if you have a solid flight safety score. Overall, you could save over half off their normal pricing once you’ve been with them for a few months, that’s pretty good.
- Great customer service. While I haven’t had to make a claim yet I have heard from others that their claim process is simple and they payout without much fuss. I have had nothing but great interactions with their team and they have been responsive and helpful anytime I have had questions.
I was also resistant to trust an app with my insurance but I’ve been super glad that I did.
AdministratorSeptember 8, 2020 at 8:31 pm
They could take the course to prepare but they don’t really need to. ALC515 is actually a refresher course itself and will walk you through some of the material before you take the quiz. All in alll, it’s a pretty painless process, takes less than an hour if you’re just brushing up.
AdministratorSeptember 8, 2020 at 4:22 pm
That’s a great question!
Due to COVID-19, a lot of PSI testing centers shut down. In response, the FAA published a Supplemental FAR (SFAR) that provided some relief from the knowledge recency requirements set forth in § 107.65.
If your 24 month clock expired between April 1 and September 30th of this year, you can take an online course to get a 6 month extension on your currency.
After that, you’ll have to take the full Recurrent Knowledge Exam again to reset your clock.
More details can be found here: https://www.droneacademy.com/part107-covid-renew/
MemberSeptember 3, 2020 at 9:54 am
A small number of members experience a caching bug that keeps them from being enrolled in the courses immediately when they sign up.
I’ve reset your course access and you should be good to go now. We think we have identified the source of the issue and are working on a long term fix now. Please let me know if the issue persists.
MemberMay 7, 2020 at 5:54 pm
Hey Randy! I apologize for the delay! I checked your account and it appears as though you are now able to access your account. While course access is usually immediate, sometimes it takes a while for our payment processor to confirm the payment which then prompts our system to allow access.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional assistance!