Don’t be a dangerous Drone Pilot. Fly safe. Fly legal. Pros reveal their methods
This one is all about learning to film with drones, so she went well. We didn’t break any laws and we use it as an excuse to get Jason up in the Harvard and produce a commercial in California. So I’m on set here for a photo shoot for the Benny gold clothing line.
Helping out kind of coordinated drone shoot, got some airplanes. So here’s. The scenario we’ve got a film producer that wants to film with a drone at an airport, and here we are at a non towered Airport and we’re gonna go through everything that needs to happen legally and safely.
To get this shoot done, so there’s a lot packed into this one, as we follow two crews in two countries doing two different film productions: [ Applause, ], [, Music, ]. As a filmmaker, it’s been awesome to watch.
The evolution of drones become really viable tools, but as a pilot, it’s been really frustrating to watch this whole situation unfold. The regulations keep changing and it’s really hard to know what you’re allowed to do so.
I’ve, just kind of avoided. The whole thing goat. Over the past couple years, I’ve, been inspired to really try to help offer some sort of solution to this problem, because a few years ago I had an experience that was kind of scary.
Honestly, after publishing my first lesson in the Stearman, someone sent me this rock-climbing footage of the same area filmed around the same month. It seemed innocuous enough until I saw this shot. These guys filming the rock climbing had no idea they were potentially conflicting with aircraft.
I managed to get a hold of the drone operator to talk about it and he was really shocked and honestly pretty humble about it, but he just really didn’t know. The bottom line is when drones and aircrafts are occupying the same airspace without knowing about each other.
It’s, a serious issue, and just this week it’s in the news. A 737 actually hit one and a developing story in the UK about what seems to be a coordinated drone attack to shut down a major airport before Christmas.
These sort of things are only gonna make the regulations much more serious and you do not want to accidentally break the law. So there’s. A reason why you’ve, never seen a drone shot in a flight shops video before and it’s, because I haven’t been in a position to do it legally, approximately cinematographer buddy.
He’s, not certified, and I don’t want to skirt with the law. So, from my perspective, yeah as a camera person, I’ve, been getting excited about drugs for a really really long time, but I feel like now is the time they’ve, never been more compact and more powerful and more user-friendly.
So I’m ready in that sense. Again, I’ve, always been interested, well ready, you ready as an artist, but the question is when we want to be legal completely like to find it entirely daunting. This idea that you know there were all these hoops to jump through.
So obviously a lot of things came together to inspire us to work together with the finer points to build an app that ‘ Ll help teach drone operators the law, and we thought the best way to learn about this was to watch some professional drone operators do what they do on real-world shoots: it’s, amazing, just how meticulous these pros really are.
As a monetizing youtuber. I know that I can’t, do it as a hobbyist. So if I use a drone, it wouldn’t be legal, so I just have been avoiding it until now. So I’m. Finally, learning how to fly at Harvard, but today we’re, just shooting b-roll for the production and we’re using drones Daniel.
So I hope you enjoyed this deep dive about us learning how to work with drones. This was shot a while ago, so I’ve since covered the entire process of being checked out to solo this thing, but today it was all about Jason, getting his first ride in a warbird, oh man, this is amazing.
I mean everything is just military quality that’s, not something I’m used to so the airplane looks legal for IFR, though, like I mean, if you got all checks down there, I think don’t. You need an additional instrument.
I’ve got just vor, Steve Steve. How about that IFR, but – and yes, fur trading has been an ongoing struggle check the latest videos for news on that. So you’ll notice. Manifold pressure is above ambient right, so the red lines – 36 inches.
It’s, supercharged at a 10 to 1 ratio. It’s. A Pratt & amp Whitney wasp 1340 will jump on board to see some of the highlights from jason’s flight shortly. But for now my role on this shoot was to learn as a producer working with drones and we got no tan filed.
So any pilots that’s done his due diligence who’s coming here, has read that note AM knows to possibly expect drones 250 feet and below, so it was actually filed for a hundred and fifty feet in below.
But that’s, just one of the many things that Daniel did for us on this shoot. So I noticed in the note M that you specified zero to 150 feet AGL, and I thought that was interesting, because the first thing I noticed when I started flying a drone was 400 feet.
Sprit e high. You know like there’s, not many times. You have to go above 400 feet. Are there yeah that’s? Correct? I mean regulations, do limit you to 400 feet, but realistically drones are operated.
They get the best value really at the low altitude and the crew in California confirmed the same thing. Most of the footage we needed didn’t require the drone to fly very high on any shoot. I always tell my client that we take care of the top down and they take care of the bottom up and how that translates is wherever we need to stand.
Put our trucks prep, that’s. All the producer and productions responsibility oftentimes there’s, a confusion where they ask us. Can we fly there and in most situations we can fly just about everywhere these days with certain kinds of permission and coordination, but really the most difficult part in our commercial drone? Ops is where do we put the LZ, and that is always the most time-consuming part of the process.
If you can, during takeoff and landing, keep one of us between you and the drone and don’t walk into our LZ under any circumstances, and then on top of that, for what we’re gonna do now, because you guys Are going to be doing your thing over here? We’re gonna be doing our thing over here, so I think we can make this about the bow yeah.
I guess this point so I’m on set here for a photo shoot for the Ben Eagle clothing line, helping out kind of coordinate a drone shoot and we ‘ Ve got some airplanes, so lots of cool stuff happening here and making an episode about what goes on in the process to get this done.
Okay, thank you very much and any situation where we do have a malfunction. We always put the copter over into a safe place. Look to your left. The binnacle brand is independent clothing right on San Francisco.
It started from just a simple sticker. I posted around on my days off from work and the stickers were just reminding myself to stay youthful and not lose sight of things. I loved in life. The simple sticker said: stay gold with a fin airplane honoring, the Y airplanes.
It’s more into like what planes to symbolize and what they stand for, that’s, awesome like the freedom, freedom and and movement and growth, and then that’s like with the flash I kind of like the flash.
Look, you know you never know where personal projects you know just doing something to make things and for the love of creating animality worldwide distributed brand with a huge following that’s great and back in Canada.
We’re onboard with Jason, experiencing the heavy controls in the Harvard. Are you flying around just loiter here cuz I got ta check. The map make sure we’re good. Well, Jason was flying. I was trying to interview Daniel traffic security.
Julia [, Music ], so we should get yeah. We had to cut that interview short to Rican Bible, eight to film the low pass when they got back but Matthew covered. A lot of the key points I wanted to address.
Communication is one of the most essential parts of any good operations. It’s. Why we have headsets it’s. Why? We spend a lot of time prior to the shoots discussing things, because once we get rolling, it starts happening quick and that’s.
An accidents happen. The victory of Juliet started phase, two final [ Music ]. So this way we have additional situational awareness of traffic movement in a movement area of the airport, that’s excellent and for the most part they want you monitoring right.
They don’t want you making calls like my drone is going to hear whatever they just want. You listening correct for most part. Yes, that’s, correct on. We had situation about our two airports where we’re in constant communication with the tower, and that would require us to sort of give them heads-up when, when we have a liftoff and when we finish this is the kind of the line of sight That I want right, I think yeah, when we arrive on set the aerial coordinator in DP myself and our expert pilot to there come together and we convene with the ground crew and go over all the parameters of the permit and those kinds of logistics.
We then start to block out the shots and block out the position of the copter for the pilot and then start to plan the camera movements. We’ve decided on this spot. Good line-of-sight will be out of the LZ we started.
I mean we had authorization already since last week, so we did two days ago we came to the airport to make sure the equipment operates in proper manner and as safety is assured, we looked at obstacles and possible things.
What we need to do, and the last item on the list was really is it going to take off? Is this geofence system and DJI drones they were going to use today? Is it going to work and it didn’t, so it was.
The next step was to actually send the email and request authorization from the DJI to lift the restriction of the drone, so that was performed by them took about 40 hours. To reply you can come sometimes it’s 24, but typically 48 hours to get back authorization lifted and – and here here we are today everything’s good.
Whenever we’re shooting, we always want the director to address the camera operator, and then the camera operator addresses the pilot and this sort of encourages that situation and allows the pilot to allows me to like move around and make sure.
I have good line-of-sight and I can see obstacles because I may not necessarily want to be right here. You don’t want directed yeah yeah. Well also, there’s, a big different difference between camera left and you know boom left right.
You know returning or you know there’s there’s, all these dimensions right, because we have six axes of movement for the drone, so you got a bag, the camo there. Well, what we found was that when we’re doing large landscape shots, it’s very difficult to frame yourself out and a lot of times.
We had permission to shoot in a certain area and we had to shoot from that area. As well, yes, we didn’t, have opportunities to you, know frame out, so we developed a bunch of camo gear and where to hide with in plain sight, it is funny to show somebody a frame, grab and say: hey guess where we are in This in this scene – and you have to look it’s like Where’s.
Waldo it’s, a oh wait, no guys! This is just interning finding out Youth Center friend. So I’m gonna start. The move now and I’m gonna go to position three edge. We learned a ton watching the air out if you guys work in this real world scenario, and we got some great footage for Benny’s ad, but it’s still in post-production.
So here are some highlights: [, Music, ], [, Music ]. When we did the shoot at the airport. I know what we went through. We had to get the operational permit from County. You had to add the county to your insurance.
You made a comment to me. Like this is pretty normal, I’ve done this a hundred times before or whatever what kind of things did you have to deal with on this automobile shoot? I’ll, be boarding Ave. I do the same work for the big shoot.
Seven small shoots a shot map outlining the area in which the drone is going to travel, proximity to things and then a POA plan of operations that outlines the operation in a written way, and then it references the map most of the applications, most admissions.
What we typically do, we utilize a position called visual observer, so you have typical pilot command that it’s controlling and watching the aircraft, and then you have visual observer. There would be steps away and constantly monitoring operation of the aircraft and that additional visual observer is very good idea, because it will give you additional situational awareness.
That person could also look around and see other things that pilot could not see potentially because he’s focused so much on applying the aircraft there really wasn’t any sort of an app out there. That does this.
So I’m, really proud to be part of building drone pro now I’m, not really trying to sell this to flight shops viewers, but I am hoping you guys are inspired to help share this, to make the skies a little Safer, our app is essentially giving you all the knowledge and preparing you for the test.
Yes, but our feeling is, everybody should learn the knowledge and engaging in fun to learn on some of them. It’s a little bit exciting to like to you know test my brain or you know, learn something new and that way, but but still like, I guess, as an artist like I like to sort of jump in – and you know like pick up, The camera and there’s, the thing and you know it’s, you to be inspired and then and then work, but the number of Hoops are well.
I mean they have been a deal breaker for me at least up until now. Right it’s, a tool that it it’s, come up so many times you know, and in other jobs where it would have been the perfect tool to have, and – and I just you know, you have to either hire somebody else Or just forgo it altogether, so Brock is using drone Pro to learn all this stuff and to get his certificate.
Safety is number one I mean. Definitely you know the the main thing people can get injured. You know things could happen with the drone, and essentially this is a very heavy item in the sky. You don’t want to ruin it for everybody else.
I mean one. One bad accident is gonna, put stop to everything in her, so the information contained in our drone Pro app really applies to everybody. I mean the law applies to everybody. Anybody can break the law, I know the people, so we’re gonna get you trained safely.
We’re, get you certified. You’re gonna know what you’re doing. But what’s cool? Is that part of the training also involves things like understanding weather, so that you know what’s coming for a shoot.
You can even apply that to a non drone shoot just to know like in 12 hours from now. Is it going to be cloudy, as it can be raining? What’s? This, like like this quality of light? Is it going to be consistent because if we start with hard shadows and then six hours later, we have soft shadows, that’s hard on a scimitar refer yeah? In these situations, there’s, a ton of personalities around tons of egos and a lot of people asking for things that are extraordinarily dangerous, that you shouldn’t do if you don’t have the metal to say no Shouldn’t, be in that situation, Wow that’s, a heavy bird and I’m sure as a pilot, a manned aircraft.
We dealed the same thing. One thing I know is that the more the drone community pulls in all the safety protocols from aviation philosophy wise better. Our whole drone industry can grow use thanks to Skype, Appy and air ography.
For being part of this, it was really helpful for us to work with these professionals to bake in some real-life scenarios into the app, because, ultimately, we’re, just trying to help educate drone operators, and I really hope this app does well and I Hope you guys are inspired to share it and until the next episode keep your flight jobs sharp yeah.
I like this one a lot this one’s, good, something. If the clothing thing doesn’t work out, it could always become a model.