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Self Study – Part 107

Obtaining your Part 107 is a matter of taking and passing a test at an FAA approved facility.  To prepare you for the test the FAA has provided  a study guide and 40 test questions. Jonathan Rupprecht offers a Free Part 107 Test Study Guide and  useful guide that covers the 40 questions in detail and […]

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AutoPilot – Drone Panoramics Stitching

In AutoPilot there is Pano mode.  In this mode the drone takes multiple pictures.  There are stitching programs online but most are expensive. Here is one for Windows I’ve used and would recommend. ICE Image Composite Editor This is currently a free offering by Microsoft Research that is a good step in reviewing Stitching software […]

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Auto-Brightness – Turn it off before flying!

If you are flying a Mavic, or any UAS that uses a cell phone or table, find the setting that turns off Auto-Brightness, and crank up the brightness. In my first test flight I discovered the need for a good sun shield.  I invested in a good sun shield and that helped, but I have been […]

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4K Video Processing

Video processing requires a lot of horsepower but even with horsepower you need technique.  A good ‘workflow’ is more important than the best equipment.  I’ve been encoded the full  4K video for video processing and that has helped but it takes a long time to encode and the resulting files are huge. Optimization Footage taken […]

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Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Osmo Mobile – Panoramic

Panoramic images have become a feature on most cell phones and they do a good job but I like the Osmo Mobile’s approach.  It takes takes nine images in a 3 by 3 grid as you just hold the handle. Capturing the Panoramic The vertical coverage was the same no matter what I tried where […]

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DJI Session Capture – 5KPlayer

After discovering the DJI Simulator I thought it would be nice to capture training exercises.  Because the Apple device is connected to the Remote Control my only option was AirPlay.  After looking at several solutions I settled on 5KPlayer, a freeware offering that has everything I am looking for.   Not Connecting? It seems sometimes it […]

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Part 107 Airport Notifications

As a drone operator you should be diligent in understanding the FAA requirements for flying an sUAS in the United States.  A Recreational pilot must notify all airports within 5 miles of their flight. As a recreational operator, to fly in your backyard, even if you never go higher than the trees, you are required to call. […]

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DJI Mavic – Training with the Simulator

Here is a tip about something I wish I had noticed much earlier, the built-in Mavic simulator.  Utilizing the DJI hardware and built-in simulator you can explore the DJI GO application to become familiar with the screen layout and menus. Props Off It seems a little odd that in order to access the simulator you must […]

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Litchi Mission – First flight

For my first Litchi mission I wanted to find a big open area where drone recovery was possible if anything did go wrong.  There are waterfalls in the canyons to the North which opened my eyes with a new level of understanding. If I had been aware of them I would have flipped my flight plan around and […]

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Flying in State Parks

After my trip to Shoshone Falls I thought about capturing sites in Washington State so I looked into flying in State parks.  I thought about camp grounds, where a 3D Model and more detailed 2D Mapping would be something many people might find useful. Much to my surprise I discovered that in Washington State my […]

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