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SEP 2018

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Top Some drones, like the DJI Phantom pictured here, can stream 4K video directly to an app on your phone, which can be mounted onto the handheld controller, providing a bird's eye view of the landscape. An additional upgrade allows the use of goggles instead of the phone. This drone has a 7-kilometer control range and a base cost of $1,199. Bottom Using a drone can be a great way of capturing a project from a differ- ent perspective, which can help conduct preliminary site research, monitor the progress of the job, and highlight areas that need more attention. September 2018 29 Greg Zoll, of Landscape Dynamics in Riverside, Calif., states that one of the main problems with drones is their mea - suring precision. "We use fixed points and known measurements between ob - jects to calibrate images for accurate mea- surements throughout the site," he says. As drones continue to fly through the airspace, operators should be aware of rules and regulations regarding safety, pri - vacy and air control. Krochman provides these general guidelines for flying drones in the U.S. • Fly below 400 feet • Fly 5 miles away from any airport • Never fly over people • Always fly within line of sight • Respect privacy "It is the responsibility of the remote pilot in command to know all of the local, state and federal regulations that apply to the area where the operations are taking place," relays Zoll. The Federal Aviation Administra - tion has many more guidelines on their website, faa.gov, including the option to register your unmanned aerial vehicle, and a test to receive your remote pilot certification. "For a drone to be successfully used in landscaping, there needs to be a licensed pilot, the right permissions and safety, a quality drone and a company that can adhere to all those things," Krochman concludes. The Federal Aviation Administration makes the classification between two kinds of drones, commercial and model. Commer- cial drones are those registered as such and used by a licensed pilot for a profit. The FAA calculates that commercial, small drones will number about 451,800 in 2022.

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