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Commercial Operators Tool Roundup

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pyrate, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. pyrate

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    So you commercial operators
    I am seeing everything from real crappy logs to cloud subscriptions
    Web Based Maps for airspace and metars all the way paid apps with database subscriptions

    What are you commercial guys using to run operations from Logs to Planning?
    Not too worried about cost, but don't want to break the bank
    I am going to set up an LLC so all this can be business expense
     
  2. Maxheadspace

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    Most of my planning is done with on-line resources before I depart, although I do use some apps. Here's a rough list of my prep materials.

    SkyVector: Free on-line site. Provides official sectionals I think for all the US. Also provides "DROTAMS", which they define as Drone NOTAMS. I can't live without this.

    FAA NOTAM search site: PilotWeb: Home

    METARs: METAR Reader | Free online METAR services Gives the actual METAR report, then translates it into plain English. Just plug in your local ICAO code.

    For air traffic monitoring, I use a handheld Uniden BC75XLT scanner set to local tower frequency, if needed.

    Insurance: Verifly. Pay by the hour with an iPhone/Android app.

    Apps: Hover - provides weather, but not METARs, includes map with restricted areas shown, no NOTAMs. The log feature of Hover is pretty good, and fills in some of the data automatically, like time, weather and GPS coordinates, but I would like to see a few additional items there for commercial use. B4UFly - the FAA app, I use just to double check I'm not in a restricted fly area. But it's not always reliable, as it will show every little touchdown point for an aircraft, like hospitals, and depict them as restricted airport airspace. (The FAA admitted their app had some issues.) And I'm not sure which app is correct, but the B4UFly app says I cannot fly at my house because I am in airport restricted airspace, but the Hover app says it's OK to fly because I am outside the airport restricted airspace. I live almost exactly five miles from a major international airport, so I understand the confusion, but one of these apps is giving me bad advice. I won't suggest any NOTAM or METAR apps because there seem to be a million of them out there for actual pilots.

    Is that the kind of info you're looking for? The biggest issue for me is restricted airspace. It's everywhere around my location, so I really have to be careful.

    Max
     
  3. pyrate

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    yes exactly what I was looking for. I am really trying to decide on a logging solution.
    I saw one where you pay 8 bucks a month to have your logs in the cloud and offered planning. Offered individual vehicle logging. Even some Job and customer tracking.
    Lots of the logging apps just don't seem to offer much in the all in one solution.
    Thanks for sharing your info
     
  4. pyrate

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    this is the online log book
    then again, I may just write one in access
    DroneLogbook
     
  5. Maxheadspace

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    Hover is actually pretty good and it's free. Because of all the restricted airspace around me, I really need some fields depicting waivers and authorizations. For some I imagine customer data would be good. Otherwise Hover is pretty decent. And waivers and authorizations I can cover in the notes section, I suppose. Have been able to work around it so far.
     
  6. pyrate

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    I will check it out, most likely I am overthinking the logs