Pilot Training

5 Benefits of Documented Drone Service Operations for Effective Flight and Aircraft Management

February 19, 2022 by Chanel Harmon
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Commercial drone pilots are being stopped while in the field by FAA officials. Often from local FSDOs (flight standards district offices) for spot checks. The officials asked the pilots to show their part 107 certification cards as well as their flight logs and maintenance records. For example, records of how often they change out their rotor blades. Spot checks like ...
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Drone Photography Demo Reel Tips for the Newbie

November 22, 2021 by Jim Gibson
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So you’ve just passed your FAA Part 107,  purchased your new DJI Mavic Pro 3 Fly More Combo and you are ready to start earning money as a drone service company.   Slow your roll for a second and let’s first establish some priorities. One of the first things any photographer does before launching their professional career is to create ...
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5 Benefits of Including a Visual Observer for Aerial Photographers

September 19, 2021 by Jim Gibson
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The primary role in every aerial photography mission is owned by the drone pilot-in-charge (PIC), however, the unsung hero of the drone flight crew is the visual observer.  Although the drone pilot must always maintain the capability to see the drone in flight, utilizing one or more visual observers allows the pilot to conduct other mission-critical duties while still ensuring ...
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5 Reasons for Drone Service Providers to Log their Flight Time

July 15, 2021 by Jim Brammer
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Why do drone pilots log their flight time? 1. The FAA Recommends that Drone Pilots Log Maintenance and Inspections Although the FAA does not require drone pilots to log flight data, they strongly recommend it – primarily for the purpose of tracking the flight time accumulated by each drone, along with maintenance and inspection records. Paragraph 7.3.5 of FAA Advisory ...
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Top 15 Most Common Drone Industry Acronyms

June 21, 2021 by Jim Gibson
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If you’re like me, you may sometimes wonder if the English language has been reduced to words containing only 3-4 letters.  We often see it in almost every industry we’ve encountered in our professional lives.   What am I talking about? Acronyms.     For those of us in the drone industry, it’s no different.  In fact, given the relatively ...
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