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Private Pilot Ground School

Started Apr 17, 2013 0 Replies

The review of a couple of documents I found online (A copy of Seattle Washington's Law Enforcement COA, as well as a copy of a university's COA) gave me the impression that one of the COA…Continue

Whatever happened to Rotary Robotics?

Started Feb 27, 2013 0 Replies

Any one ever hear any more about rotary robotics and their mission for inexpensive, picture taking, autonomous drones for the masses?…Continue

Lithium Sulfur & Lithium Air Batteries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Jarvis May 10, 2012. 4 Replies

I know that this isn't about 'props' but it is closely related.... My buddy and I have a Innov8tions Designs 650 Nm quad with cobra motors and a Quadrino board.  It's a true beast of a machine...…Continue

Lets Talk Cameras...

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Moore May 7, 2012. 4 Replies

Although I don't want to trivialize the many other aspects of 'drones', they are essentially flying platforms to which we intend to mount aerial cameras.   Therefore, I'd like to start talking a bit…Continue

 

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James Pollock commented on Caroline Rees's blog post Aerial Robotics Industry Association (ARIA) Created
""This sounds more like an advertisement for a business venture not a real "industry association".  Besides, we already have a good industry association in AUVSI."   I majorly disagree.  AUVSI seems…"
Jun 2, 2013
James Pollock replied to Ali Mazi's discussion Ditch the GoPro, it's the Canon SD1400is !
"I personally find the Gopro too 'wide angle' for the types of images I'd like to obtain.  I'm also looking for a high megapixel resolution so I can "Zoom" in on a photo's area of particular interest to…"
Apr 17, 2013
James Pollock posted a discussion

Private Pilot Ground School

The review of a couple of documents I found online (A copy of Seattle Washington's Law Enforcement COA, as well as a copy of a university's COA) gave me the impression that one of the COA requirements is that 'at a minimum, the person in command of the UA (unmanned Aircraft) meets among other requirements, graduation from a certified private pilot ground school.' See below: The PIC is the person directly responsible for the operation of the UA. The responsibility and authority of the pilot in…See More
Apr 17, 2013
James Pollock commented on Greg McHugh's blog post Community Service Projects using Drones
"Funny you should mention the search and rescue use.... I recently received an email from a private investigator in Texas who is seeking private investigators in rural Virginia and West Virginia to assist a missing children volunteer…"
Mar 7, 2013
James Pollock commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Hampshire considering aerial photography ban
""Although the bill seeks to protect residents from being spied on or documented, it very clearly excludes government officials who may use drones for official business."   Gee how convenient.... and answer me this.... in the event a…"
Feb 27, 2013
James Pollock commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Hampshire considering aerial photography ban
"This is such crap!  What about all the law enforcement agencies that use manned planes and helicopters all the time, no warrant necessary according to previous Supreme court decisions.... so on what justification are unmanned aerial vehicles…"
Feb 27, 2013
James Pollock posted a discussion

Whatever happened to Rotary Robotics?

Any one ever hear any more about rotary robotics and their mission for inexpensive, picture taking, autonomous drones for the masses?http://peacemedia.usip.org/resource/drones-peace-%E2%80%93-rt-americaThey have a twitter account which hasn't been used in MONTHS......https://twitter.com/DronesForPeacePlus their website rotaryrobotics.com appears to be…See More
Feb 27, 2013
captaingeek replied to James Pollock's discussion Micro UAS and Commercial Applications (author: Private Investigator)
"Taking photos of someone on private property is probably illegal, especially if its in their back yard or where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy.   Public property is another story.   also you need to clearly define UAV. For…"
Nov 19, 2012
Jamie Glover replied to James Pollock's discussion Micro UAS and Commercial Applications (author: Private Investigator)
"So is there any more updates to these rules? Or, how would one go about trying to obtain whatever certificates or licenses to fly UAS for hire?"
Nov 17, 2012
James Pollock commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AUVSI publishes drones "Code of Conduct"
"Actually, I've been on the busy side and didn't intitially read Chris Anderson's inquiry regarding others thoughts on this issue.  In way of response, I actually have some very genuine concerns and questions regarding…"
Aug 9, 2012
James Pollock replied to James Pollock's discussion Lithium Sulfur & Lithium Air Batteries
"Took down to post office under pretext of shipping it.  Estimate on assembled weight of Innov8tions Quadcopter at 3 lbs 2 oz"
May 10, 2012
James Pollock replied to James Pollock's discussion Lithium Sulfur & Lithium Air Batteries
"Appreciate the response.  The 5 min is the current safe flight time as estimated by my friend with the 2800 Mah or so battery.  I'd like to have at least 10 min, and possibly 15 min flight times.  At least…"
May 10, 2012
James Pollock posted a discussion

Lithium Sulfur & Lithium Air Batteries

I know that this isn't about 'props' but it is closely related.... My buddy and I have a Innov8tions Designs 650 Nm quad with cobra motors and a Quadrino board.  It's a true beast of a machine... that frame is built (maybe too built, concerned it could be dangerous in a crash)... anyway it's POWER HUNGRY.... I'm not sure what a realistic flight time would be given my configuration, but I'm thinking 5min or so with a 2500 Mah battery...and a short battery life due to hammering it for power. It…See More
May 10, 2012
John Moore replied to James Pollock's discussion Lets Talk Cameras...
"I originally got into this hobby (as an adult) because I was interested in an aerial still photography rig. But as learned more about it its become a hobby in itself. I still plan to build an AP rig with my Panasonic GF3 as the camera. I think the…"
May 7, 2012
Wesley Chuen replied to James Pollock's discussion Lets Talk Cameras...
"I have both Contour+ (158g) and GoPro HD Hero 2 (198g with mounting).  Both have fisheye effect because of the super wide angle and they are great for FPV flying.  Quality between them are very similar.   For actual camera, I have a…"
May 6, 2012

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John Arne Birkeland replied to James Pollock's discussion Lets Talk Cameras...
"The Panasonic GH2, Micro Four Thirds DLSR is very popular in more professional rigs. Used together with a firmware hack to get high birate recordings the results can be nothing short of amazing. https://vimeo.com/31986867 Myself I am experimenting…"
May 6, 2012

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About Me:
WWW.BULLDOGPI.COM

Quite a bit of information about myself, my company, and my opinions can be found on the webpage.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I am a private investigator and the president of a private security services company, Bulldog Investigations and Security LLC. Virginia License #11-6038

My professional background is a bit unusual for the private security and investigation industry, but
the skills aquired during employment as the former technology director of a Pennsylvania school
district have proven priceless in this field.

Instinct and old fashioned detective work remain at the
heart of Private investigation, but Internet databases and dramatic changes in photographic technologies have majorily impacted the industry.

The winds of change are blowing yet once again, both for myself as well as my profession. 'Drones'as the media tends to call them, are not just a passing fad. The world that we live in, will for better or for worse, undergo a transformation not seen since the introduction of the personal computer.

Unmanned vehicle systems will impact private industry, law enforcement, and our lives in ways we are only beginning to understand. I intend to capitalize on those opportunities. I initially joined AUVSI in 2010 with the intention of networking with robotic engineers, and other
interested parties.

On March 12, 2012, after lengthy consideration and research, a major decision was made: Bulldog Investigations is now undergoing a restructuring centered around these new approaches to age old problems. An interesting road lies ahead for those of us brave enough to
venture out into this new territory.

James Pollock
Bulldog Investigations and Security
Hometown:
blacksburg va

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