So how may out there actually fly these birds professionally

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I would be interested in connecting with any of you that fly professionally. I have a little creative firm and wanting to expand what I do. Love networking learning and sharing. I am a newbie but would love to pick anyone’s brain
 
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I have been working as a DP for 30+ years and Solo is part of my kit. I bought one of the very first, expensive ones. I use it on almost every project, whether commercial, corporate, documentary or real estate. An amazing tool.
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Hey Michael, great to hear. Just passed my 107 test last week. Spending as much time doing flying drills as I can. My goal is to use the preprogrammed shots as little as possible, even though cable cam is pretty slick.

In your opinion what are the best areas to focus commercially? I am a catastrophe adjuster by day so can’t do anything for insurance carriers.
 
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Real estate is the biggest market...but there is so much competition that it does not pay much. Average of $200 per house, and they will expect stills of the interior. I prefer large ranches...budgets seem larger. My 107 has expired and I have not renewed...nobody seems to care. I mostly use my Solo as added value on commercials. Shooting at a theme park tomorrow.
 
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Real estate is the biggest market...but there is so much competition that it does not pay much. Average of $200 per house, and they will expect stills of the interior. I prefer large ranches...budgets seem larger. My 107 has expired and I have not renewed...nobody seems to care. I mostly use my Solo as added value on commercials. Shooting at a theme park tomorrow.
I expect your insurer will care a lot if ever there is an incident. As will the FAA. And local law enforcement [unfortunately]. You already had the 107, the knowledge required has changed very little.

Not telling anyone how to live, but I do think that operating illegally in an environment that is growing more and more rules-prone is courting trouble. But we're all adults here, make your own decisions.
 
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I use IDRA as they cover worldwide. When I first went looking they were the ONLY organization with international coverage.
 
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Definitely affordable for liability. So far SkyWatch seems to be the best when you throw on equipment coverage. I didn't see equipment coverage with IDRA. Now granted that may not be as big of a benefit for the solo but I am anticipating having a zero zero robotics v-coptr and a Mavic 2 pro with hassleblad camera in my future. One other note...after the GPS upgrade I can't believe how fast it acquires a lock.
 
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I saw this thread the other day, meant to reply, but so busy out here in Aust with the fires etc.

I use a couple of Solos for aerial photography, still imagery, not videos. I have Nikon J5 mirrorless cameras (1 inch sensor, niceglass 10mm lens, RAW files etc) on the solo platform that I have developed over the past couple of years with a lot of advice from members here. There are a few threads about it:

Nikon J5 mirrorless camera on 3Dr Solo - ch7 shutter - I dont use the servo shutter anymore,

A few images here - 3DR + NO-GoPro image thread

I hold a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Remote Pilot licence ( RPL) n Australia and operate in the sub 2kg categoery (just)

 
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