Droning as a media business idea

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Hey guys
My buddy and I are new to the drone world.
We had an idea to use drones to fly around with a flag or advertisement of some sort around populated areas.
Here is a link to the survey, if you have additional comments or drone specs that we didn't address please comment below, we'd love to hear your comments/concerns/suggestions as we are in the beginning stages.

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Interesting idea but it would be difficult to implement. Before flying for any type of commercial use, you'll need a FAA Part 107 Certificate. Next, you'd have problems legally flying around populated areas. Lastly, I think towing a banner, etc., might make your drone unstable and difficult to fly. In addition, for a banner to be readable, it would have to be very large (back to the stability issue) or you'd have to fly pretty low (back to getting FAA authorization to fly low near people, which you're not likely to get). Sorry to rain on your parade, just offering some things you may not have thought of.

Good to see you brainstorming though.
 

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Hey Pharm, this is a Canada post :)
 
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thanks for the input Pharm!
that's interesting, we have been looking at regulations in Canada and were unable to come up with any concerning drones. We'll look more into commercial use unmanned flying systems.

As for your other concerns about weight stability and height restrictions, we have considered these and are looking into how to design a flag (or something light enough to carry around) and fly it high enough to not be a concern for the public (hopefully).
We will update this discussion board once we have a more concrete idea of how we would be implementing it etc.
 
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keep in mind you need to have uav insurance and a SFOC with transport canada. The other problem is flying in populated areas. that is off limits as far as transport canada is concerned especially with little to no experience. Honestly this sounds like waste of your effort.

we are commercial operators with a standing SFOC and with the current regs and what are coming down the pipe this is a no go. We wewre recently informed by our Transport canada inspector that they are moving towards making all commercial operators "compliant operator" which means NO DJI DRONES. Not even a matrice600 or a m210 which we have ordered for inspection work.

Id say leave comercial drone operations to professionals, there are already too many newbies with a drone thinking they can just go and shoot real estate and so on cause they bought a phantom. its not that easy.
 
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keep in mind you need to have uav insurance and a SFOC with transport canada. The other problem is flying in populated areas. that is off limits as far as transport canada is concerned especially with little to no experience. Honestly this sounds like waste of your effort.

we are commercial operators with a standing SFOC and with the current regs and what are coming down the pipe this is a no go. We wewre recently informed by our Transport canada inspector that they are moving towards making all commercial operators "compliant operator" which means NO DJI DRONES. Not even a matrice600 or a m210 which we have ordered for inspection work.

Id say leave comercial drone operations to professionals, there are already too many newbies with a drone thinking they can just go and shoot real estate and so on cause they bought a phantom. its not that easy.
What do you mean by this?
"compliant operator" which means NO DJI DRONES. Not even a matrice600 or a m210 which we have ordered for inspection work.
 
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What do you mean by this?
"compliant operator" which means NO DJI DRONES. Not even a matrice600 or a m210 which we have ordered for inspection work.
We were shocked to hear this from our inspecton as well. If you look into sfoc applications, there is an option to become a compliant operator which involves more paperwork and such to begin with but i believe that it makes doing commercial flights even in restricted airspace a bit quicker. That being said, compliant operators must be flying compliant drones, such as microcopter, skyranger, and a handfull of others that im sure most people here havent even heard of. DJI, nor Freefly are on the compliant drones list for transport canada.

Being comercial operators in vancouver with a standing SFOC, we are constantly flying in controlled airspace. We are in contact with the tower all the time as well as our TC inspector and have built a fairly good relationship with them. So when he told us last month while we were preparing our SFOC renewal, he gave us a heads up that TC is looking towards having all commercial operators "compliant operator". We asked him about our situation with the M210rtk and m600pro, inspire 2 which we have other than the 210 cause its not here yet and he said that DJI was aware and they are trying to come up with a solution. It was a bit gut wrenching when we have soo much invested in new tech for inspection work as so on.

Lets just hope that if this does move forward that their definition of a "compliant operator" changes.
 
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