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chris
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What is the going rate to charge clients for using the I1 for aerial video with a pilot and camera operator in US dollars? Ive had the I1 for 6 mo and m ready to incorporate it into my services.
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skyvideoct
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So you have your sec 333 exemption?
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chris
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Its in the works. Just getting some cost info before I go live with the service.
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jimhare
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Hi Chris,

Like any professional service you need to charge according to your abilities.  

In other words there cannot be a single rate because some people get better results than others.  

So you need to incorporate that into the question as some people can charge $3,000 and day and others will be lucky to get $50 a day.  

You just need to figure out where you sit on that spectrum and what your clients would be willing to pay.
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well put jim
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Overmind
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Like any enterprise, having a portfolio (even if small) that visually shows your capability, goes a long way.
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jimhare Posted at 2015-6-28 06:46
Hi Chris,

Like any professional service you need to charge according to your abilities.  

Jimhare, what are the legal/legislative prerequisites for us in Aus?
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skyvideoct Posted at 2015-6-28 00:14
So you have your sec 333 exemption?

Is that a U.S. Prerequisite for commercial usage?
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GB44
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Graham,

Check you PM  in box.  Just sent you something as my last post got attacked by SHIELD again.
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In addition to the great comment by jimshare, you need to think about geography. You may have the same job in two different areas that will have drastically two different rates. Such as San Francisco versus Avena, CA
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Overmind Posted at 2015-6-28 15:46
Jimhare, what are the legal/legislative prerequisites for us in Aus?

Graham,

If you wish to obtain certification as a UAV operator in Australia there are two requirements to be met before you can commence any operation; they are:
·         Obtain a UAV Controller Certificate, and
·         A UAV Operators Certificate.

Commercial operations of RPA in Australia must comply with the terms of the applicable provisions of the legislation ((Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) 101A, B,C and F),
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GB44
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This SHIELD is simply ridiculous
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skyvideoct
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Yes, an exemption is required in the USA to work commercially. I submitted and received my 333 exemption on my own at no cost, so that should not be a barrier.
I did have to go back and renew/refresh my credentials by attending ground school and taking the FAA knowledge exam. Also new medical exam and flight check. All was fine exept for the absurdity of having to renew my flight time in a Cessna and take a check ride again since I have no wish to fly aircraft but need that PP certificate to comply with my exemption. That part costs money$$$
I do agree with Jim on his advise and encourage anyone wishing to pursue commercial work to abide by the governing rules and best practices. Compliance is not always easy, but when measured with safety in mind, is usually the best foundation of a good business plan. Bottom line; work through all elements of the business plan and you will see some obvious answers to your questions rise to the top, especially when you write all of the SOPS and other manuals required. My rate was adjusted accordingly.
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Overmind Posted at 2015-6-28 15:46
Jimhare, what are the legal/legislative prerequisites for us in Aus?

Hey Graham,

Unfortunately for us the restrictions in Aus are pretty much the strictest in the world.

We can't charge a single dollar for flying unless you not only have a pilot's license (from which I heard is about 80% of actually being able to pilot an actual aircraft) but you ALSO have to have a second set of credentials to have a company structure that can hire pilots!

In other words being a professional solo operator would mean up to $10k and months and months of mind numbing effort!   

And after all that you get to try to make a career out of it.

I basically decided from day one to remain a hobbyist and not try to integrate it into my production company.   

Part of me is happy about it because flying gets to remain a gift and will never become a "job."

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cziakas@gmail.c Posted at 2015-6-28 18:38
In addition to the great comment by jimshare, you need to think about geography. You may have the sa ...

True that!  
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jimhare Posted at 2015-6-28 19:17
Hey Graham,

Unfortunately for us the restrictions in Aus are pretty much the strictest in the wor ...

They need to drop the pilots license requirement , come up with a skills test etc etc ..I've been around some real pilots who flew rc for the first time ... Funny to watch and some admitting it's not the same as a full sized aircraft as they walked out to recover their crashed and destroyed plane or multi rotor.
so for now I'm with Jim on this one and staying hobbyist videographer.
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chris@corp-medi Posted at 2015-6-28 00:47
Its in the works. Just getting some cost info before I go live with the service.

Starting 8 to ten aerial $499.00 and a 3 min video $599.00 edited  thats is in South Florida. Of course here we have alot  of multi million dollar homes
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GB44 Posted at 2015-6-28 18:42
Graham,

If you wish to obtain certification as a UAV operator in Australia there are two requirem ...

Thanks for the info mate.  Seems like it's bigger than Ben Hur!
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skyvideoct Posted at 2015-6-28 18:44
Yes, an exemption is required in the USA to work commercially. I submitted and received my 333 exemp ...

Superb feedback...at first, when you started talking about exemption, I got excited, but then dipped to dispair when I saw all the requirements!  Man......I don't want to fly a bloody plane!
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GB44 Posted at 2015-6-28 18:32
Graham,

Check you PM  in box.  Just sent you something as my last post got attacked by SHIELD again ...

Cheers for that mate!
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Overmind Posted at 2015-6-29 20:04
Thanks for the info mate.  Seems like it's bigger than Ben Hur!

Yeah, unless you're already a pilot or you want to make this your main business, I don't see the point!
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