Did some drone work for a Britt Daley video for her song, Hold On, last year.
I was reposting some Vimeo links of some video projects earlier, and I noticed that Vimeo now has review built into their platform. I'm really excited to try that out on my next freelance assignment!
Fstoppers has a writeup here:
Now that you've read this, here's a video I shot:
Now that is just awesome. NASA's New Horizons program put together an approach video from more than 100 images taken over a 6 month span as New Horizons approached Pluto.
"To create a movie that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving into Pluto, mission scientists had to interpolate some of the panchromatic (black and white) frames based on what they know Pluto looks like to make it as smooth and seamless as possible. Low-resolution color from the Ralph color camera aboard New Horizons was then draped over the frames to give the best available, actual color simulation of what it would look like to descend from high altitude to Pluto’s surface.
After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto. Carrying powerful telescopic cameras that could spot features smaller than a football field, New Horizons sent back hundreds of images of Pluto and its moons that show how dynamic and fascinating their surfaces are. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI"
Maybe you're a hobbyist out flying for fun. Perhaps you're a Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command on a job. You follow regulations, you're in the right airspace, the weather's great, you're doing something you love, and having a great day.
And then you hear a gunshot. Your controls stop responding, your video feed disappears, and feeling totally helpless, you watch your bird come crashing out of the sky.
What do you do now?
Something along those lines happened to me recently, and as I worked through the process I realized there weren't a lot of resources available online. The google failed me. At one point I even considered trying to contact a journalist who had written an article about drone shootdowns. There isn't a lot of information out there about what to do next, so without getting into the specifics of my situation, I wanted to post the relevant contacts.
First the disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, and this isn't intended to be legal advice. If you need legal advice hire a lawyer. This is also a new area for everyone in the FAA, so be patient, and recognize this information here is current as of winter 2016-2017 and may change. Always fly safely and within the rules of your jurisdiction under your national aviation authority.
So here's what to do:
1. Find safety and call the police.
Somebody has a gun, and they've shot at your property, violating federal law in the process. (18 U.S.C. 32) Don't interact with the shooter directly. Go to a safe place and call 911. When the police arrive tell them what happened, and ask them to retrieve your drone, if possible. What you need to come away with is a police officer's name and ID number, and an incident number. It's very possible that the police won't be familiar with the applicable law, but it's not really your job as a pilot to start quoting law at them. Just politely request an incident number and ask for an incident report get be filed. For what it's worth, shooting down an aircraft is a federal offense, and according to the FAA, a drone is an aircraft, so a crime has been committed.
2. Contact the FAA through your local FSDO.
After you've resolved the situation with the police and left the area, you ought to contact the FAA. The way to do that is through your local Flight Standards District Office - the acronym is FSDO and the lingo is to say "fizz-doh." Here's the tricky part. If you're reading this, you're probably putting the first call about a situation like this into your local FSDO, so they might not know exactly how to handle it.
My FSDO suggested I get in contact with the FAA UAS Integration Office. That's through the contact info on the FAA UAS website. I emailed the UAS Integration office and they responded instructing me to report to my local FSDO and explaining the FSDO would then:
"work with the Law Enforcement Assistance Program of the FAA, who will be able to work with the police department and the Department of Transportation Inspector General as needed."
The Law Enforcement Assistance Program is also referred to as FAA Security according to the folks at my FSDO. Once your FSDO has routed you through to the Security Office, they'll interview you, request witness statements, and take things from there.
Document things from a safe location. Take photos of your drone if the police are able to retrieve it. Sync your flight log, and screenshot your flight map. Complete your flight log as soon as possible with as much detail as you can. Take down your gps coordinates from the flight log. Screenshot the METAR's. Document it all.
As a side note, everyone I talked to at the FSDO was friendly and trying to help out, but the FAA is a regulatory agency, and they are generally focused on regulating pilot behavior. Most of the folks I talked with deal with pilot questions and violations on a day-to-day basis, and a ground shooter taking down a drone doesn't fall inside that scope. If your local FSDO hasn't dealt with this type of issue, you might have to go through the process of emailing the UAS Integration Office and getting a reply email with instructions for the FSDO. Be patient, everyone on that side is learning how to direct traffic like this, and once you get to the Security Office, they'll take care of things.
Mr. Herzog wrote a list of 24 pieces of advice. They are pretty fantastic, and some made me chuckle - #2.Read More
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Here's a release I put together to celebrate passing my part 107 FAA certification. I am a FAA certified drone pilot, so naturally I flew around... Germany.
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Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.
“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”
So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.
“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”
“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.
“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”
To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”
...In which a liberal application of Rule #5 takes place.
This week I took part in the 2016 Cross Florida, a 170 mile endurance event put on by the Space Coast Freewheelers. 5 years ago I completed the ride when there was just a 1-day option. This year I tried the 2-day option, laboring under the assumption that breaking 170 miles into 2 days would be less painful.
That assumption would prove to be false.
Cocoa Beach had heavy rain Friday night, and Saturday saw us ride out of Cocoa under cloudy skies with threat of rain. Along the way I fell in with a group of riders from PPR Talent Management, and they were kind enough to let me join their slipstream. We finished about 4:45 later in pouring rain with occasional lightning. I was much relieved to get to the hotel, and escape the weather.
Day 2 dawned bright and clear. The PPR team had invited me to keep on with them, but they were starting early, and I got delayed loading up my luggage and pumping up the tires so I started off on my own around 7:20. A bit after 8 I heard hooting and hollering behind me, I turned, and it was the PPR team catching up after a later than expected start. They appear in my time-lapse of the morning.
I should mention my wheel troubles. The Wednesday prior to the ride I hopped on the bike for a spin and realized my back wheel was out of true. I swung by Orange Cycle, and when the mechanic checked my relatively new wheel, he found significant damage to the rim. Orange Cycle was kind enough to give me a loaner wheel so I could actually make the ride - file that under have a good relationship with your local bike shop kids - so my heartfelt thanks to Orange Cycles.
After SAG 4 on day 2, with a mere 25 miles left it the ride, I started down the first hill, got to 25 mph, and heard an eruption of clacking from the rear wheel. I managed to slow it down and when I got off the bike and checked the wheel, I found a broken spoke. Apparently I'm tough on back wheels. A broken spoke 145 miles in was a crushing blow. I hiked back up the hill with the bike and put a call into the SAG truck. None of the folks that stopped by while I was waiting had any spare spokes, and neither did the SAG vehicle. But the SAG mechanic thought the wheel would hold up, so he tucked and zip tied the spoke for me, and I gingerly returned to the road.
I spent the last 25 miles hoping and praying that wheel would hold up. It did! Of course this is where the legs got really painful. I borrowed a line from Jens Voigt, "Shut up legs!" 10:45 of ride time after I started, I rolled into Bayport Park to finish my second ride across the state.
Many thanks to the Spacecoast Freewheelers, Dave's World Cycles SAG, the many volunteers that made the ride possible, the PPR team for letting me tag along, and my girlfriend for transporting me to the start and home from the finish! What a great adventure.
I was at the Breakers Resort this weekend and snapped some photos during a midnight stroll around the property. Lovely hotel, if you ever have the chance to visit take it!
Every time I walked into the hotel, I had a hard time keeping my eyes off of the magnificent ceiling.
During the time I was there, the Mediterranean Ballroom was always filled with chairs and tables for different conference events, but the last day they removed all of the furniture and placed a baby grand piano in the center of the ballroom. I couldn't resist sneaking in to take a shot!
The Palm Courtyard, a lovely place with a bubbling fountain and a cafe that makes a great cappuccino.
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I'm no johnny-come-lately Apple fanboy. I've been around awhile. I grew up fascinated by technology. As a kid, I tinkered on a Tandy and eventually upgraded to a Commodore 64. I played Oregon Trail on the Apple's in the middle school lab. In high school, I learned Dos programming - del *.* - on 386's and Visual Basic on 486's, and we even had a, gasp, Pentium in the lab. I'm clearly an ol' geezer in computer world. After years of working on the school newspaper, fighting to get it printed in time because one computer or another wouldn't talk to the network, I left for college, turned my back on the Wintel world, and bought a Mac.
It was 1997. It wasn't easy to buy a Mac.
At one store, the salesman told me Apple would be out of business before I graduated. Boy was he wrong! HA.
My beast of choice was a PowerPC 7300/200. 200 mhz of raw power at my fingertips. That lasted me through an extended college (I was not on the 4 year plan) that included coding classes, digital animation classes, I even did some video editing. That lead to a laptop, an assortment of iPods, another laptop, an iMac, an iPad, a couple of iPhones, and yet another laptop.
Last week I got an email that my iMac group had a known issue with its hard drive and I was eligible for a free replacement. I'd actually already replaced it a year ago when it died, so I spent a few minutes on the phone with Applecare, and viola, they refunded the money I'd spent. This week I went in to the Apple store with my laptop cable as it was frayed through at just a year old, and they took one look and replaced it. I'm not saying they're going to replace everything for free if you beat it up, but the company has been so fair in the way they've treated me.
All of my tech talks to each other, I don't spend days hacking it to force it to cobble together, and when there's a known issue with gear, they've always cheerfully replaced it without making me feel like I have to pass a polygraph to get service. Since 1997, over 18 years and multiple computers I've lost 2 hard drives, a power cable, and had a keyboard problem, and Apple's taken of 3 of the 4 gratis. And my kit works hard. Most of the gear I'm carrying now is working on it's second circumnavigation in terms of distance traveled. I buy Apple because it works without an IT department, it keeps me working, and the company treats me great when things go south.
Customer since 1997