InterDrone 2020 Night Flight Workshop


This hands-on training is provided by Sundance Media Group at InterDrone 2020.  It is an excellent opportunity to dive in to using drones as a tool…at NIGHT!

This practical Night UAV flight training course is designed to equip remote pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot drones at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated. This session will provide information that will allow pilots to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). You’ll also learn the foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot.

Theoretical (Classroom) Training (2.5 – 3 hours)

The workshop will begin with a comprehensive theory session classroom style, then we head out to the night flight location for some practical experience. Topics to be covered during the classroom portion: 

  • FAA rules of night UAV flight  (What is a 107.29 waiver?)
  • Different types of visual illusions that commonly occur at night
  • Autokinesis and night landing Illusions and how to avoid them
  • Equipment setup
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Importance of acclimating your eye for night flight & avoid light contamination
  • Foundation of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot

After a comprehensive theory session, we will travel to a nearby night flight location for some practical field experience. We’ll present different types of visual illusions that commonly occur at night. In this practical hands-on class, we will discuss visual illusions as well as best practices for night flying. We will cover Autokinesis and Night Landing Illusions and how to avoid them. We will also discuss acclimating your eye for night flight. We will also cover the use of lights to illuminate our subjects and how to avoid “light contamination” in our eyes.

     

  • Practical Flight Training (2.5 – 3 hours)  (In the field!) SMG will provide aircraft equipped with required FAA lighting for night flights
    • Every attendee will receive:

 

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the SMG team.

By | December 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Post-Production World ONLINE Fall 2020

JOIN US ON OCTOBER 25-29, 2020

Future Media Conferences & NAB Show New York are excited to announce the launch of Post|Production World (P|PW) Online, back for its third time, on October 25-29, 2020.

P|PW Online returns as a virtual training conference featuring 100+ sessions on production, post-production, new media, and business strategies for creatives.

  • FMC Alumni can redeem a complimentary FMC conference recording package from a select library (value $395) upon registering for P|PW Online
  • Students & faculty can book their pass at 50% off!

Reach out to Jennifer Howard at JenniferH@fmctraining.com to redeem your P|PW Online perks!

 

Visit the Event Website

 

WHAT’S NEW FOR P|PW ONLINE THIS FALL?

Learn directly from our production and post-production experts at P|PW Online! To create a more interactive, virtual experience for attendees, we are adding more networking opportunities & breakout rooms. Our Fall event will include the following additional perks:

  • More networking sessions
  • Coffee breaks for Q&As with speakers
  • Adobe ACP Certification Prep & Exams
  • Dedicated event app – attendees can network directly from their phones with each other, speakers, sponsors, add sessions to your calendar and more!
  • New Speakers, training sessions, and keynotes
  • Bootcamp sessions

 

 

 

View Our Program Updates!

Take a look at snippets of the PPW Online May experience for what to expect!

Join our very own Douglas Spotted Eagle as he presents the following sessions at PPWOnline Fall2020

  • Bootcamp: What Every Production Person Should Know About Great Audio (10/25 – 5:00-8:00pm ET)
  • Beyond 4K: Where is Camera Capture Going Next? (10/26 – 12:00-12:50pm ET)
    • Speaker Coffee Break: 3-3:50pm ET
  • Innovations in Aerial Videography (10/27 – 12:00-12:50pm ET)
    • Speaker Coffee Break: 3-3:50pm ET
  • Through the Lens: Shot Composition Techniques (10/27 – 5:00-5:50pm ET)
    • Speaker Coffee Break: 8-8:50pm ET
  • Shooting Video for Mobile Delivery (10/28 – 1:00-1:50pm ET)

 

JOIN US!

By | October 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Autel Enterprise is Announces Its Partnership with FoxFury Lighting

Autel Enterprise is Announces Its Partnership with FoxFury Lighting

Congratulations to two of our favorite partners and their partnership announcement.

“The FoxFury-designed, Autel-owned platform will support multiple FoxFury D3060 or D10 lighting systems, enabling pilots to be creative with lighting, dependent on need. A single D3060 might be mounted to fulfill FAA anti-collision lighting requirements, or mount multiple lights for daylight flight, indoor flight, or creative photography. The lights are rechargeable via USB-C connector.”

Read the entire Press Release here.

 

SMG at Commercial UAV Expo 2020

Today Commercial UAV Expo 2020 launched with the “Outdoor” Virtual Demonstrations.  Fortunately, it’s a lot warmer than last year, sitting comfortably at our desks!

Registration is still open, the exhibit hall is FREE to all attendees, as is the keynote sessions.  If you haven’t already registered, be sure to do so and check out what’s happening within the drone industry.  The keynote sessions are stacked and the rest of the sessions offered are deep with some heavy hitters from the industry.  Check out the full list of speakers here.

Back to the Virtual Drone Demonstrations; what a wonderful way to start the show!  We started off with Iris Automation and a detailed discussion of their onboard detect-and-avoid for BVLOS drone flight.  Very impressive how they are managing BLVOS operations.

Next up was a demonstration from Doosan and their hydrogen fuel cell long-endurance drone.  With the two hour flight time, they are BVLOS ready and better economics.

Anchoring the first section of Drone Demonstrations today was our very own, Douglas Spotted Eagle, showcasing the Sundance Media Group Night UAV CSI workflow.

Douglas took the time to walk the audience through best-practices on capturing a night forensic scene by drone. He includes a brief overview of the equipment used (links below) as well as access to the Pix4D model generated.

Find the full session on our Vimeo Page here.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at requests@sundancemediagroup.com. 

And if you’re interested, check out last year’s CommUAV Night UAV CSI event video here,  which includes interview with local law enforcement.  (It was quite COLD out there!)

Finally, here is a list of the equipment we used:

Autel EVO II Series: auteldrones.com/pages/evo-ii-pro-detail
DTResearch GNSS Tablet: dtresearch.com/en/Gnss-Tablets/DT301X-TR.html
FoxFury Lighting: foxfury.com/
Hoodman Accessories: hoodmanusa.com/Drones-Phones-Tablets-s/127.htm
Pix4D Software: pix4d.com/

And find the full project here for you to work with:
cloud.pix4d.com/dataset/701216/map?shareToken=a9c1cdc4-dad3-4b49-b51a-df8239135811

 

Thank you to our partners for helping us keep sharing information within the drone industry:

 

Selecting the Right Drone for Your Construction Business

Douglas Spotted Eagle and Brady Reisch headed into the field to collect aerial construction data over fourteen weeks with three different drones.  Their goal was to determine which drone was best for the construction job site.

They used three popular aircraft for the comparisons and the results were pretty surprising.    Read all about it in their published article with Commercial UAV NEWS.

Drones Compared:

 

 

With thanks to Autel, Hoodman, DTResearch, and Pix4D.

By | April 27th, 2020|Construction, Drone Safety, Inspection, Real Estate, sUAS|Comments Off on Selecting the Right Drone for Your Construction Business

PVCC – 4th Annual Public Safety UAS Conference – Crozet, VA

We look forward to being a part of this conference where the SMG crew will demonstrate tools, techniques, and equipment for public safety and EMS use.

More information can be found at:

4th Annual Public Safety UAS Conference

Be sure to check out their very active Facebook page as well!

 

 

By | March 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

PVCC Night UAV Flight Workshop 2020

Regular Pricing250.00 USDRegular Registration
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Many thanks to PVCC for bringing the Sundance Media Group (SMG) Night UAV Flight workshop to their conference offerings.  At the 4th Annual Public Safety UAS Conference hosted in Crozet, VA.
SMG will offer practical Night UAV flight training course to equip public safety UAV pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot your UAV at night safely, efficiently and effectively.
 
Schedule: 
  • Theoretical Training (2 hours)
  • Night UAV Flight Test (30 min)
  • DINNER (45 min)
  • Sunset: 6:10pm
  • Night Flight begins: 6:45pm
  • In-field flight time (~2 hours)
 
Every attendee will receive:
– A Night UAV Flight Handbook
– Light Dinner & drinks before heading out to the field for practical training
– A red flashlight
– Post-Class, a certificate of completion*
 
Cost $250 (subsidized by PVCC)
 
Seats are VERY limited – please register early. 

If you have additional questions, please email workshops@sundancemediagroup.com

Register Directly VIA PayPal:

Regular Pricing250.00 USDRegular Registration
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

 

We look forward to training with you!

By | March 1st, 2020|0 Comments

EVO II from Autel-First Impressions

We received an Autel Evo II for evaluation and presentation to some of the public safety agencies with whom we work.  We are thrilled that Autel provided us with an Evo II to evaluate for an upcoming law enforcement conference.

The Evo II is a significant departure from the original Evo, and should not be viewed as merely an “upgrade” to the original Evo product. We have recommended, and will continue to recommend, the original Evo as a cost-effective, application-specific aircraft for small-area mapping, traffic reconstruction, overwatch, tactical insertions, construction sites, cinema, and many other uses.

The Evo II is a slightly larger aircraft body with longer flight capability (40mins+), and four different camera options.

  • 8K camera
  • 6K camera (1” sensor)
  • 8K/Thermal camera (320 x 256)
  • 8K/Thermal (640 x 512)

Since receiving the Evo II, we’ve put it through several paces both in actual and simulated use. During the DNC caucus’, and during the Town Halls, it was used for newsgathering, and used in a “let’s see what she’ll do” in monitoring dark alleyways near one of the hotels, for persons exiting/entering the side doors. It excelled in both environments. We’ve put it through some paces with the Greer, SC police department, where they own several other small-format UA with thermal capability.

The biggest question they asked is “How does it compare to our existing Mavic Pro Enterprise Edition?

Simply put, it’s not a remotely fair comparison. It’s inappropriate to compare the cameras due to significant differences in resolution.

The thermal camera options for the Enterprise Edition cannot/do not match the thermal camera on the Evo II, so there is no point of parity at which they can be compared. Having pointed that out;

  • The Evo II offers longer perch time/flight time(40mins plus)
  • The Evo II provides internal storage in the event of no available MSD card
  • The Evo II is less noisy
  • The Evo II offers significantly greater stability in wind.
  • The Evo II offers mapping in the application without need for third party support.
  • The Evo II has no geofencing, and can be deployed from case to cruise in less than 60 seconds.
  • The Evo II offers multiple, interchangeable cameras.

We posted a few photos to social media, with information regarding thermal and use beyond 50’. One SAR guru commented that “thermal cameras are useless beyond 50’, and drones often require flight above 100’ for purposes of clearing trees.” This was a surprising statement, inspiring us to run out in the late night and capture a few quick images.

By no means a scientific experiment, we raised the Evo II to an altitude of 210’, and put a 6” saucepan of hot water in the graveled shoulder of a residential street. We had left the saucepan on the driveway while setting up the aircraft. The below photos show not only the saucepan, but also the heated area remaining. The heated area was visible for over 30 mins beyond flight. These images are NOT part of our greater/deeper evaluation, but rather something we are able to quickly share. These images are directly from the camera, no edits. Images are captured straight overhead (the most inefficient angle for thermal viewing). I have also included one oblique angle for comparison. Not every palette was chosen for purposes of display, simply as a means of being efficient. These images were captured shortly prior to 2300, although the timestamps indicate nearly 2000 (we didn’t set the clock per timezone).

Mavic 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Evo II provides significantly greater data/resolution, but at a higher cost.

 

Oblique angle from 200′ away from subject. Note the heated concrete is still visible, separate from the saucepan of water.
 

 

Informally, we checked out the digital zoom with resampling feature on the Evo 2 thermal. Overall, we are impressed with the resampling quality of the zoomed image seen here.

Indoor comparison with EvoII

Indoor comparison with M2ED (MSX Enabled)
*Courtesy HTS Ag


These images were captured at 400′ altitude, and 2500′ from targets.

 

We will begin more formalized, focused evaluation in the coming days. Please reach out if you’d like to see any particular scenarios replicated/evaluated using the Evo 2 Thermal with the 30Hz 640 x 512 Boson core.
SMG is a consulting and training organization; we are an objective party receiving no revenue, compensation, spiff, commission, or other form of remuneration for digging into the aircraft we review for our clients.

 

By | February 24th, 2020|Drone, Inspection, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Security, Software, sUAS, sUAS, Uncategorized|Comments Off on EVO II from Autel-First Impressions

Two-Day Intensive 107 Training Workshop (Harlan, Iowa)

Regular Pricing250.00 USDSeats are limited.
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

 

 

107 HTSAg Iowa

This two-day training course will cover the major areas of the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Course will cover Regulations, National Airspace System (NAS), Weather, Loading and Performance, and Operations.

Each participant will be provided a prep-test manual and will have an opportunity to work with aeronautical charts and learn to identify location, airspaces, restricted areas, military operation areas and other special use airspaces. Each participant will understand the regulations with UAV operations including distance from clouds, registering aircraft, weight limits and more. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be well prepared with required knowledge and resources to complete the Part 107 Initial Aeronautical Knowledge Test.

Included in this course we will discuss real-world situations for commercial UAV pilots and mitigation of challenging situations. Examples are drones in the agricultural workflow, public safety applications, property owners, other UAV pilots, and state/federal government representatives.

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Establishing your Pre-Flight/Post-Flight procedures
  • Follow-on testing material (online)
  • Best UAS Practices
  • FAA changes and directions
  • Low Altitude Authorization Network Coordination (LAANC)
  • Radio procedures

Included in the two-day workshop fee:

  • Remote Pilot Test Prep 2020 manual
  • Lunch each day
  • Live Instructor available for your questions
By | February 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Night sUAS (Drone) CSI Demonstration – Shot Show 2020

 

FoxFurySundance Media GroupPix4D, and public safety personnel have created a demonstration workflow for aerial capture of virtually any type of night forensic scene.  This team will setup a mock crime scene investigation, by creating a forensic scene in the parking lot at Charleston and Grand Central, a 10 min trip from the Westgate.

The purpose of this FREE demonstration is to showcase how drones (UAVs / sUAS) are used to capture forensic evidence at the scene, in the dark, and use the data captured to create a map in 2D and 3D for law enforcement use.

FoxFury CRI Lighting Solutions will be used to illuminate the surrounding area to aid with photo and video capture of the crime scene.  The SMG team will pilot an Autel Evo and a Yuneec H520 to capture color-correct aerial images to be processed in Pix4Dmapper LIVE onsite into a 2D map.  The SMG team will share how the placement and level of lighting are key components to the workflow as well as using Ground Control Points, from Hoodman, to assist in accuracy for the post-production process in Pix4D.

 

This workflow is relevant for virtually any type of night scene capture.

Cameras are permitted. Please; no photography during drone flights.

We will also be showcasing the new AEE Mach 4 aircraft with a mounted FoxFury prime light.  This new sUAS solution will be a great addition to the Public Safety toolkit.

With special thanks to the LVMPD for their continued support of our #NightCSI demonstrations.

 

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/SS2020_CSI

By | January 22nd, 2020|0 Comments