Introduce yourself.

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  1. Noel Zinger

    Noel Zinger New Member

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    Hello, my name is Noel Zinger. I've been an image maker for over 30 years. I own SkyReel Aerial Imaging Inc. based in Canada. We've been operating with UAVs for 7 years. We operate with an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) issued by Transport Canada (US FAA equivalent) which allows us to legally fly UAVs Commercially (for profit). We've flown documentaries, entertainment shows and at present, are venders with Shell Energy, Nova Chemicals, Keyara and others, flying flair tip inspections. Very, very enthusiastic about your new MOVI MR

    http://www.skyreel.com
    Regards,
    Noel
     
  2. Bill Collydas

    Bill Collydas Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum Noel.
    Here you'll find a buch of nice people that are willing to help with all your questions.
    Which part of Canada are you from? I'm based in Montreal.
    Again welcome and I hope your stay is a educational one.


    Bill
     
  3. Noel Zinger

    Noel Zinger New Member

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    Hello Bill, We're based in alberta.

    Noel
     
  4. Bill Collydas

    Bill Collydas Active Member

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    Beautifull country. I was in BC for 20 years before moving back to Montreal. Enough of this. I see that you fly a coaxial copter can you tell us something more about it?
    Always interesting what people fly.

    Cheers
    Bill
     
  5. Jose Luis Ocejo

    Jose Luis Ocejo Active Member

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    Sorry Noel I took the post out I thought it may have been inappropriate to ask you so soon on welcoming you, any way my question is what where the requirements that the SFOC require to certify you in Canada its just a heads up so when our turn is in the US, hopefully it will happen soon and well though off
    thanks
     
  6. Noel Zinger

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    An SFOC isn't like a drivers license where you fill in the blanks. You submit a list of requirements along with the 5Ws that will apply to your flight and TC accepts those "conditions" in part or in whole and issues an SFOC that allows the UAV operator to fly as long as you can fly within the conditions in the issued SFOC. They are time and date specific for the first few applications. If on the day of your flight it's pouring rain and you can't fly you have to resubmit to fly on another day. SkyReel's SFOCs are "open" (for lack of a better term) for 13 months at a time giving us the flexibility to fly any job as they come along.

    You must list the systems your flying. SkyReel can fly the Moviecat II with the RED One camera the Draganfly 4X-P the MK 4,6 or 8 rotor UAVs and the Aeryon Scout. You also need an insurance company that will cover you for 2 million PL on your UAV. This is one of the most difficult conditions to get in place.

    After that the rest of the conditions are absolute common sense. An example of a couple of our "conditions"
    9. The UAV shall give way to manned aircraft.
    16. The Certificate holder shall have an observer...
    19. Flight over spectators is prohibited (not to say that you couldn't submit an application to fly over people in a "controlled" filming situation and get an SFOC that would allow you to do that)

    I hope the FAA finds a solution for the commercial use of UAVs soon too.

    Noel

    SkyReel
     
  7. Noel Zinger

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    Jose,
    Let me know if there is a more appropriate location to continue the FSOC conversation.

    Hello Bill,
    We fly multi rotors exclusively now.

    Noel
     
  8. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    You might want to just start a separate thread for FSOC discussions, Noel. Maybe in Cinestar Misc?

    Don't hold your breath regarding the FAA. :(

    Andy.
     
  9. Eric Dustrude

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    Hi! My name is Eric and I'm so glad I stumbled onto this site - lots of good stuff here.
    I spent a few years in the film industry flying 35mm movie cameras on large gasoline powered helis (36 lbs with fuel and 100' film loads) that ended in 1996. So, I guess I might be an old-timer ;)
    Anyway, I'm hoping to catch up to the modern world and see where all this leads again.
     
  10. Eric Dustrude

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    Hello Noel! We met in an RV park in Banff in 2011 - I was parked across from you one evening and wandered over to see how you did your work. Nice to see you're still active.

    -Eric (www.ericdustrude.com)
     
  11. Richard Cave

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    Hello I am creative director at Rockhopper VFX, I am a visual effects director, mainly specialising in Matte Painting. I am a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen, and based in the UK. I like to work on independent productions, however have worked as ENG cameraman for several years. I was obsessed with steadicam for many years, but ENG and Steadicam do not work, Until I saw the MOVi, I am also starting to learn about UAV photography, I was the go to guy for hanging out of helicopters shooting stills and Video for a firm last year and I think UAV is the way ahead, with cost, safety and ease of use. I look forward to hanging out and talking to you guys,

    Rich
    Creative Director Rockhopper VFX
    UK
     
  12. Noel Zinger

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    Hello Eric, I remember meeting you in Banff. Great to hear from you again. I can hardly remember the days of film......and I'm not missing them. If your looking to get back in the game, it looks like Tabb's hit a home run with the Movi MR. I'm stopping the build side of our company and looking to purchase turnkey systems. We only make money when we're in the air.

    Noel
     
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    Hello Guys, My name is Jordi and write from Spain. I am 20 years camera operator on national TV and 16 years rc player(Helis). I´ve purchased a cinestar 8 + 3 axis guimbal with radian. The electronics DJI Wookong. I´m waiting for recive -it, while i prepare myself reading and learnig.....(sorry for my english )......Thanks :)
     
  14. MIchael Bonaparte

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    Hi Guys, I am Michael Bonaparte from the Islands of Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean.
    I am a still pro shooter. I have directed some commercials. Have shot some on dslr.
    Love the MOVI. just looking at the movie on Vincent's site was exciting.
     
  15. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Jordicc: ¡Bienvenido al foro!
    ¿Podría cambiar tu nombre de usuario a su nombre y apellido?
    Las razones para hacer esto, junto con las instrucciones aquí:

    http://forum.freeflysystems.com/index.php?threads/real-names.497/
    Michael, Noel, Richard, Eric: Welcome to the forum too, gentlemen!
    And apologies to those that registered and didn't receive a welcome....the forum has been increasing rapidly in size and it's hard to keep up! We're growing at more than a 100 members a month.
    Andy.
     
  16. Jordi Cristofol

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    Sorry!
     
  17. Glenn Cunningham

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    Sorry for report.

    Hi, Im Glenn from Cheshire UK.

    I've just done the Bnuc-s ground school but not took the flight test as I don't have an aircraft I want to take it with yet?

    I'm a full time level 2 thermal imaging surveyor and I sell FLIR thermal cores and cameras in the UK.

    I plan to sell ready to fly thermal imaging drones for inspections and aerial photos / video.

    These are the sites I hope to get started very soon.

    RTFdrones.co.uk
    ThermalImagingdrones.com
    ThermalCores.com
    CameraGimbals.co.uk
    AerialThermalImaging.co.uk

    If you're already flying in the UK with thermal imaging please contact me.
     
  18. TSUYOSHI YASUMOTO

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    Hello!! My name is Tsuyoshi from Japan and I do not like using English because I am not speak English everyday, so please collect my English when I use wrong English. My job is a rental company about dolly, jib and some cameras like red-one in Japan.
    Please check my Facebook pages. http://www.facebook.com/tsuyoshi.yasumoto.1
     
  19. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    フォーラム安本さんへようこそ。
    Welcome to the forum Yasumoto-san.

    Andy.
     
  20. TSUYOSHI YASUMOTO

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    Wow! Thank you Andy-san. I'm so glad hear from you!
     

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