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Old 03-03-2021, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default Drones over Grayson County

Anybody know who is operating all of these drones over Southern Grayson County? More importantly, why? I don't know squat about drones but I can tell these are large commercial type drones. We see them at least one evening a week. They'll fly a couple hundred feet or less right over our house. The wife and I just counted 6 different ones in all directions. Strange. What could they be looking for?
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:47 PM   #2
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Looking to see who's home. Burglary coming
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:56 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:09 PM   #4
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Crap appraisal district
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:12 PM   #5
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:15 PM   #6
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Saw roofers today flying them to try and sell roofs from the hail storm last week.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:21 PM   #7
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All good ideas of why they may be around. I've had some of the same thoughts. This has been going on for months. I was hoping someone would know for sure.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:24 PM   #8
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County appraisal district. @ssholes.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:24 PM   #9
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Crap appraisal district
If they have 6 commercial drones they are not hurting for money
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:28 PM   #10
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Crap appraisal district is right. Wanna be Dallas up here
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:44 PM   #11
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If it is the appraisal district I wonder why they only fly these in the evenings and why they do it so often?
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:02 PM   #12
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If they are flying that often and in the evening, does not sound like the appraisal district. In the county we are in, the appraisal district flies a air plane, don't know if they contract someone or if they own the plane. It's the same plane every year. It flies back and forth all day for days. They obviously have cameras in the plan and are taking pictures in rows. So they are flying back and forth. They also fly in the winter, I don't remember if they are flying in December or January. But they fly the whole county in about a week, maybe a bit longer. They fly during the winter so there are no leaves on the trees. When you find areal photos of areas, and the trees don't have leaves and the grass is all dead, those are probably county appraisal district pictures.

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Old 03-03-2021, 09:06 PM   #13
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:08 PM   #14
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Could be inspecting pipelines or utilities
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:12 PM   #15
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:16 PM   #16
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...wouldn’t tolerate that over my place. I’d follow them sumbitches “home” and gladly spend a night in jail


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Old 03-03-2021, 09:31 PM   #17
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...wouldn’t tolerate that over my place. I’d follow them sumbitches “home” and gladly spend a night in jail


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I think following them will be my next exercise.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:54 PM   #18
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Probably my old neighbor. ��
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:58 PM   #19
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Shoot one down and you will find out pretty quick who is flying them.

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If they are flying that often and in the evening, does not sound like the appraisal district. In the county we are in, the appraisal district flies a air plane, don't know if they contract someone or if they own the plane. It's the same plane every year. It flies back and forth all day for days. They obviously have cameras in the plan and are taking pictures in rows. So they are flying back and forth. They also fly in the winter, I don't remember if they are flying in December or January. But they fly the whole county in about a week, maybe a bit longer. They fly during the winter so there are no leaves on the trees. When you find areal photos of areas, and the trees don't have leaves and the grass is all dead, those are probably county appraisal district pictures.

When my son first got his pilot license, he worked for a mapping company that was contracted to Apple and Google. They would fly like you describe over towns and larger cities. The more rural areas were done with satellites.
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:52 AM   #21
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I'm sure someone with more knowledge than I can chime in, but I believe it is illegal in the US to fly a drone that leaves line of sight. Therefore, whomever it is should be in the vicinity if it is being flown commercially. Otherwise it is just some knucklehead flying his/her new toy around.
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Old 03-04-2021, 06:12 AM   #22
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I could be someone practicing.
Our city has a guy that works with the FD and PD during different events.
Search for lost person, tornado survey, or any other emergency event where he could be handy. There are a lot of folks these days getting into the commercial drone business.
I know he can pre program it to fly a grid for a search scenario
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:19 AM   #23
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I could be someone practicing.
Our city has a guy that works with the FD and PD during different events.
Search for lost person, tornado survey, or any other emergency event where he could be handy. There are a lot of folks these days getting into the commercial drone business.
I know he can pre program it to fly a grid for a search scenario

Wonder how to get in that business field? Really wanting to find something else to do for my main job.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:31 AM   #24
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Wonder how to get in that business field? Really wanting to find something else to do for my main job.
1st get a really good drone
2nd get really good with said drone
3rd get a commercial drone pilots license ( search FAA site )
4 find customers
I do thing it would be a good career in the end
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I'm sure someone with more knowledge than I can chime in, but I believe it is illegal in the US to fly a drone that leaves line of sight. Therefore, whomever it is should be in the vicinity if it is being flown commercially. Otherwise it is just some knucklehead flying his/her new toy around.
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If it were to crash or some kid shot it down, the registration number should be on the drone.

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Old 03-04-2021, 11:44 AM   #26
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Thanks to all that have responded with ideas and thoughts on this. I'll keep an eye out and try to get numbers off one of them. If I ever find out who's operating them I'll update you all.
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Old 03-04-2021, 01:39 PM   #27
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I'm sure someone with more knowledge than I can chime in, but I believe it is illegal in the US to fly a drone that leaves line of sight. Therefore, whomever it is should be in the vicinity if it is being flown commercially. Otherwise it is just some knucklehead flying his/her new toy around.
That's only for us common folks. My drone is registered as a non-commercial drone so I do not need a license to fly but must stay within line of sight. Commercial guys with a commercial license to fly do not have to stay within line of sight.
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Old 03-04-2021, 01:52 PM   #28
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That's only for us common folks. My drone is registered as a non-commercial drone so I do not need a license to fly but must stay within line of sight. Commercial guys with a commercial license to fly do not have to stay within line of sight.
Not true. FAA 107 info here:
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Just as there are rules of the road when driving a car, there are rules of the sky when operating a drone.

Always avoid manned aircraft.
Never operate in a careless or reckless manner.
Keep your drone within sight. If you use First Person View or similar technology, you must have a visual observer always keep your drone within unaided sight (for example, no binoculars).
You cannot be a pilot or visual observer for more than one drone operation at a time.
Do not fly a drone over people unless they are directly participating in the operation.
Do not operate your drone from a moving vehicle or aircraft unless you are flying your drone over a sparsely populated area and it does not involve the transportation of property for compensation or hire.
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Old 03-04-2021, 02:13 PM   #29
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That's only for us common folks. My drone is registered as a non-commercial drone so I do not need a license to fly but must stay within line of sight. Commercial guys with a commercial license to fly do not have to stay within line of sight.
Not true, I have a license and I have to have line of sight at all times. That said, it does not actually have to be me that can see it, I can have a spotter/s that communicates with me on its actions.
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Old 03-04-2021, 02:16 PM   #30
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i would imagine commercial drones would have remote id broadcast modules ... id fire up flightradar and see if they show up.
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