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Rust Bucket

rust bucket old car

Made a 3D model of this rust bucket found in the California desert.

Happen to have the DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone with me while traveling to Havasu Landing. Use the DJI Go 4 app and set the photos to every 2 seconds. Only did 2 orbits. Processed this with Pix4D, but also running the process through DroneDeploy and Rality Capture to do a comparison. 63 images

Also my first time adding background image and sound to Sketchfab.

Not sure what kind of car it “was”. ūüôā

Adding this to our Drone Diva Desi and Kens Krusades adventures.

Check out the sketchfab model 

 

Daylight Waiver performance based standards

Daylight Waiver

5 performance bases standards need to be addressed when applying for daylight waiver.    The article in Women and Drones provides helpful tips on these standards.

  1.  Method for remote pilot to maintain visual line of sight during darkness.
  2.  Provide method for remote pilot to see and avoid other aircraft, people on the ground, and avoid ground bases structures and objects during darkness
  3.  Provide a method remote pilot will be able to continuously know and determine position, altitude, attitude, and movement of their small unmanned aircraft.
  4. Provide a method to assure all required persons participating in the small unmanned aircraft operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.
  5. Provide a method to increase conspicuity of the small unmanned aircraft to be seen at a distance of at least 3 statute miles unless a system is in place that can avoid all non-participating aircraft.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Drones – Understanding the New Airport UAS Facility Maps

New Airport UAS Facility Maps provide useful information for commercial UAS pilots.  

The FAA held a seminar to discuss the newly released Airport UAS Facility Maps.  The seminar was presented by UAS leader, Jeff Riolo.  Jeff Riolo is with Empower UAV.   He is very knowledgeable in current FAA information, rules and regulations.   These maps provide valuable information for a commercial UAS pilot.  Maximum altitudes,  Airport Date and Temporary Flight Restrictions and much more..

There are various ways to get to the Airport UAS Facility Maps … this link works best. ¬†This link will allow¬†the full use of the information available.

 

Airport UAS Facility Map

Airport UAS Facility Map

The maps are used to provide information regarding maximum altitude, airport data and temporary flight restrictions.   They are an aid used by FAA Part 107 processors to help with the airspace authorization process.  The FAA released the first of several facility maps April 27, 2017.  Additional maps will be published every 56 days through the end of the year.  If you would like to see the chart of release dates. 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule.

Even though the maps show the areas and altitudes near airports, commercial drone pilots will still need to file for an authorization through the FAA portal.¬† ¬†These maps will help with authorization process.¬† They are to be used for planning and information only. (more…)

Remote Pilot Ground School

Remote Pilot ground school certificate of completion!

Very excited to pass the course. ¬†I test with the FAA for my Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command, but I am very happy with the knowledge I have gained from this course. ¬†ūüôā

Gold Seal UAV Ground School has been a great course for me.   I recommend it to anyone wanting to expand their Drone education.

Gold Seal UAV Course Completion

Gold Seal UAV Course Completion Desi Ekstein

SheDrones Women in Technology Int. WITI


SheDrones excited the students and adults at the 2016 Women in Technology International (WITI) Summit with a STEM program to engineer a drone quadcopter.

 

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    Drone Engineering

 

SheDrones

SheDrones

Women in Technology International (WITI) Summit 2016  in San Jose, CA.   SheDrones offered an opportunity for young girls to design, engineer, program and fly drone quadcopters.  Leslie Bates, the founder of SheDrones, Anne Lopez, the developer of the STEM education curriculum, Don E. Yeoman, audio visual, flight control and training assistant, and Desi Ekstein the sUAS flight operator and flight controller make up the team for SheDrones.  The goal of SheDrones is to empower students to pursue an education and career in science.   The program is designed to address the country’s need for more female innovators, employees, leaders and entrepreneurs in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.  The excitement and enthusiasm at the event was so high the students and adults wanted to get involved.

SheDrone Students

SheDrone Students

Starting with … what’s in the bag? ¬†Curiosity was peaked when the brown paper bag was handed out and the first engineering design was set in motion. ¬†The music went on and the tower build began. ¬† The goal of the first exercise was to introduce the students to engineering discovery, design, create,¬†and¬†test concept by building the tallest free standing tower from the items inside the bag (a handful of small clear cups). ¬† This is when the adults felt the students were having too much fun and wanted to join in. (more…)