How Do You Gauge the Skill Level of a Drone Pilot?
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That’S a good question: how can you ascertain the flying ability of a drone pilot when even the FAA does not have a practical flying skills assessment all right? Thank you very much for the question. I think it’s a good question. How can somebody ascertain the piloting skills of a drone pilot? I you know, I will say just because the FAA hasn’t come out with something doesn’t mean that that’s not possible.
Obviously, right they would be trying to do something for the masses and I think and I’m not exactly sure the the context of the question. But we could look at it from the perspective of maybe a company who’s, creating a drone business and they’re trying to bring in pilots to do some of the work for them, or maybe it’s a realtor wants to hire a pilot. But how can they tell what a good pilot is, so there are various ways to look at this question, regardless of what the FAA has or has not done. So what are your thoughts on this? I’M loving your Navajo wax and I noticed that I did that and I was just gon na.
Let it ring if you didn’t know so it’s all good. No, it’s funny anyways! I was watching this. I just kind of flipping around for like 20 minutes last night begging – and I came across this Navajo comedian – no way it was one of the funniest things he was sitting cross-legged talking about going into some medicine man’s presentation. I don’t forgive me, I don’t know what it’s called, but he was just sort of describing the scene and it was hilarious and literally I heard that accent for a while, and I think it might be affecting me today all right.
What are we talking? The skills of a pilot: ah, what were you saying about the FAA? What does the FAA have to do with it? I think a lot of people would love to see a practical test from the FAA on pilots, but yeah right, but that’s never gon na happen. I don’t think it’s ever gon na happen yeah.
I think it’s actually a very safe presumption to say it’s never going to happen. I’Ve actually come up with a way that I still am in the middle of patenting right now that I think could solve that problem. But I’m just not sure that they are on board for that. Okay, so I mean like let’s also look at right: the presentation during the flying from Kinji sugahara, who talked about writing the new law for the reauthorization and how pretty much anyone if the law passes. There is a micro drone rule in there that says if you’re flying anything less than four point four pounds, you don’t need a license, so I mean like there.
I think if it gets a backtrack in all honesty to I’ve been like I’ve been secretly filming some jobs and I’ve been using just a phantom, because my eye too has and broken anyway long story short. Completing every job of the Phantom is so much easier than an inspire, but an inspired does get better quality footage. There’S no doubt about that. But when it comes to mapping and just general jobs, I mean it’s so easy use a phantom a phantom. Always what before, I think it’s like four point: two thematic is only one point, six pounds, which means and air is even less than that it’ll be interesting to see within that of two ways, but it’s not going to be much more than that weight battery and Propellers included, thirteen hundred and eighty eight grams, that’s less than two kilos.
So that’s $ 3 to this particular question, I’m sure. But what this is saying is that you could fly a fan for pro, for example, and I have to be licensed to do it commercially. If the new law – yes, sorry, I know people are, I just I’m so afraid of being that like soundbite me like you, don’t need allies like soundbite, but if the new law passes you will not need a license to fly, anything below fan could be bad could Be good, I don’t know, there’s you know, there’s such a lack of enforcement right now. I think this is actually the federal government saying it’s almost impossible for us to control this right now and if we rein it back, maybe then we can go forward from there and enact new laws and they would they do have you know new, tighter restrictions on Hobbyists in that law, so it would be like if you’re a commercial guy you’re you’re pg, but there are certain rules. You have to follow this thing.
Yeah, I don’t even know yeah just you still need your 107 long in the short of it. That’S right! So all right so figuring out if a pilot is a good pilot, yes, gon na happen. Alright, I feel bad for everyone listed in the show, because we’re just now finally getting the answer of it. It shows why why it’s a bad idea to podcast today?
Okay, number one is the pilot following the three rules of takeoff and landing. If you don’t know those rules, then you should go to the don’t crash course, because they’re very important – and I’ve literally had people argue with me on those rules and crash drones on set in front of very important people. Okay, where are the rules you can give those rules up? I think those rules are no no because if I give it every rule that I’m gon na go over in the next segment, we’re gon na be here all day, long yeah, but that’s just the three basic rules. Let’S give him something: is the drone and the pilot facing the same direction?
Are they taking off into the wind? Are they immediately taking off and moving away from themselves? Great questions seems pretty intuitive the pilot. Do a pre-flight checklist. Did he check to see what the KP index is that day?
Is he taking off near Ferro magnetically charged materials? Is he doing a compass calibration, here’s the biggest one? This is how I literally can tell every pilot who’s a complete and total newb. Did they do an IMU calibration before they flew seriously, though, because the most don’t even yeah, even the experienced one, there were 55 IMU calibrations at the flying 55 because of Peter because of Peter, but everyone’s like. Why is my horizon line drifting?
When was last time, you didn’t, I am you calibration so, but they weren’t total newb. So that’s the point. No, the thing is is that you know what it’s really made me think to Robyn, and I forgot to bring this up yesterday in my conference. Call with you from the car, I think we should redo drone, you, here’s what you absolutely need. No, no every class should be broken up into three things, absolutely what you need to know and you cannot move forward into another class until you know these things.
What you should know like the technical details like how an ESC works, what are the systems? How do they crash? What are you know? What are typical problems that you could troubleshoot what happens if your drone gets disconnected? How do you stop a flyaway, all those things right, and then you would have the don’t need to know yeah.
So this is like that marketing concept that Tim came up with actually write a little ID to all of drone. You yeah, it was actually Ted Wilson who came up with the concept this yeah Ted Ted was like. This is what you need to know what you should know and what you don’t need to know, and then Tim at lunch was like that’s the new slogan. I love it, I love it. I love it, it’s just so brilliant and I was like it is brilliant.
Let’S go with it my bad tip because we know, but it was Tim’s idea to continue it as a marking, theme marketing theme and it’s a important because it really harnesses what our culture is like in aviation and what I’ve figured out in all government testing. What you need to know what you should know and what you don’t need to know, because most government tests are not very practical. They’Re like this is what we need to ensure that you understand for liability purposes. If that I mean that’s what it looks like to me, yeah, we doubt things yeah, so long story short so back to it before I grab it whole again. We have horrible at this okay, three rules of takeoff and landing preflight checks, IMU calibrations, compass calibrations.
Let’S see, how are they able to do banking turns? Do they know how to do an orbit or a turn about a point? Do they understand turning into the wind and turning out of the wind? Do they understand emergency procedures if they have a battery failure, do they understand emergency procedures for a lost link failure? Do they come up and communicate a plan to you before they fly to say, look we’re about to fly.
If I have any problems, I’m going to dump the drone into that tree over there like how – and I say this – because I guarantee 90 % of the people to figure out if a drone is a good vetted pilot – won’t do those things! The question: that’s why we have this whole drills in exercise course, and the new drone you eally. If you want to get a training in your area, you can get on the drone. You obstacle course the same obstacle course. That literally was at the drone.
You fly in and you can learn all these drills and exercises in real life and guess what now you can order a training because they’re live on our site. So guess what go order? A training near you right now! Yes yeah! So you can literally like learn how to be a good vetted pilot by taking one of these courses.
You can that’s. That’S absolutely true, although yeah we’re not we’re not in the many places we want to be, but we’re getting there. Where are we right now we’re in Utah we’re in Wisconsin we’re in Houston, Texas, we’re in Denver, Colorado, New York City? Hmm, my missing couple here: Jase Werth, Jayson, Jayson DC he’s in DC, my home, hmm homie, Jason Jason flakes my homie from my hometown. He’S such a cool dude couple in Utah yeah here Albuquerque Albuquerque yeah, we got New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, probably Vegas, soon and probably Hawaii.
Soon too, we’re probably gon na have to make a visit and train that person in person ourselves. I’M just saying double check: yeah make sure everything is peachy. The FAA doesn’t have any way to pennyways. Yes, I need to make a couple phone calls to those people actually so yeah, so yeah, I kind of is that the answer I think I was just gon na find a pilot and figure out if they’re, a good pilot or not and you’re gon na look At their footage, how smooth is it? Are they actually taking the time to set up their video?
Do you see a lot of aliasing in their video? Are they filming it too slow of a framerate, so their footage looks like crap I mean there are. Is there shutter speed too fast, so they’re using nd filters? I mean the list goes on and on and on and on and a good pilot is gon na, have habits and routines to just do these things without thinking straight up, so that answers that question. Thank you again for the reviews.
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It’S cool, the sister that was here yeah, oh yeah. I thought you met Liz that crazy. I have a sister anyway um yeah, so guys. Thank you just so much for listening in. Please leave us review.
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