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Commercial Use - Exploding

Cookedinlh

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MavicPro, I predict, will provide some of the best opportunities for commercial work we've seen yet.

You'll need an SFOC to do anything commercial work . . especially next spring when new Canadian UAV commercial air regs may come into being. . . This may still be delayed due to lack of resources at Transport Canada. I suggest any newbies get up to speed on UAVs, CARS or Part 107 in the US and SFOCs soon, because commercial opportunities with MavicPro will expand exponentially in the next 6 months. I hope to have one next week with any luck.

Mavic can already do 90%+ of most commercial tasks (right out of the box . . er . . pocket) and do it faster, and as good or better than a lot of alternative equipment . . even the high-end $10,000-$50,000 machines that some commercial companies are investing in. Now even $10k for a machine is major overkill for all but the most specialized work. I say, buy a Mavic Pro and you can take half their business. . . with a phone call.

The big drone companies don't want to hear that I'm sure, but if they're smart they'll buy a few of them to take care of the more than half of the serious commercial market that just needs an aerial photo or video . . and they need it now . . virtually real-time. . . but they (commercial drone companies), don't need special cameras like FLIR, with all weather or stand-off zoom capabilities.
 

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Well you will have missed the golden era when only a handful of 333-exempted pilots could legally do commercial work; clients-a-plenty, then. These will certainly democratize the lower end of the industry, but around here you're not gonna get much professional business until you can pick up a Red, Arri, or Blackmagic...so the higher end is likely to remain pretty specialized
 

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Just found out that the Canadian CARS legal wording will likely not be published before Jun 2017 with final comments integrated maybe 60-90 day later. We'll see then if there are any real roadblocks to using 1lb low cost UAVs for serious work. I suspect they will not have considered the use of Mavic sized or smaller machines. Right now, I am already working serious commercial uses using low cost machines like Phantom 4 and I expect by this time next year even better performance/cost value that MavicPro. Some companies are only now becoming aware there is an effective low cost alternative to the known commercial suppliers. A useful FLIR camera is already less than $300-400USD so I expect it will be only months away from being a swap out or additional sensor on a Mavic.
 

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Huh...I guess we better hope those companies don't just go buy their own :)

I will be pretty surprised if Mavic sees any FLIR cameras...much better shot at an Inspire 2 or whatever else they're cooking up for semi-pro use.
 

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No reason you need an inspire to carry next generation FLIR . . look what has happened with the technology in just the past 6-8 months. Right now you already an extra 4-5 min airborne over an inspire