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Louisiana Helicam | Industrial Property Listing | RAM Terminals - 5/24/17

June 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Louisiana Helicam recently completed this industrial property listing for Max Derbes, Inc. Realtors.  The property is located near Belle Chasse, LA.

RAM TERMINALS LLC
598 ACRES MISSISSIPPI RIVER
INDUSTRIAL SITE

The RAM Industrial Site (RAM) is located in the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District (PPD) which is coextensive with parish boundaries and begins approximately 15 miles downriver from downtown New Orleans. The PPD is known for its large concentration of river terminals and plant complexes and close proximity to the mouth of the Mississippi River. 

Recent proposed industrial developments in the Plaquemines Port District include: oil storage terminal, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, Coal terminal expansion, methanol production facility and Port district development.

• 598 acres total.
• 7,000 linear feet frontage on Mississippi River
• Fleeting permits in place with capacity for 152 barges
• Ship Dock permit in process
• New Orleans Lower Coast Railroad adjacent to north
• Extensive Highway 23 frontage
• Zoned I-3; Heavy Industrial District
• Minimal wetlands
• Extensive engineering and permitting studies available
• Opportunities include joint venture, co-location, public/private partnership, port development, industry expansion/buffer, terminal development, long-term lease.
• Asking price, lease rates, and other information available upon execution of ‘non-disclosure  agreement

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Origin Bank | West Monroe, Louisiana

June 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Louisiana Helicam recently had the opportunity to shoot commercial photos for the newly-renovated Origin Bank location in West Monroe, LA.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems | Fixed Wing vs Multirotor

June 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The following is from our June article for a national pulp and paper publication

Multirotor “drone” systems have become so popular over the past five years that many have forgotten or discredited fixed wing unmanned aircraft. 

Multirotor systems serve as a convenient option for aerial photography, video, and mapping applications. 

Common benefits:

  • Vertical take-off and land (VTOL):  Multirotor aircraft can take off and land without the need for a linear flight path
  • Hovering or extremely slow flight:  Multirotor aircraft can hover in one position or perform maneuvers at very slow speeds
  • Storage/travel:  Multirotor aircraft typically have a small footprint and can be stored in a smaller space than fixed wing aircraft

That said, fixed wing aircraft can be more beneficial with respect to both surveillance/reconnaissance and mapping applications.

Common benefits:

  • Flight duration: Fixed wing UAS have an average battery duration of 40 minutes to greater than 1 hour
  • Larger coverage area: A fixed wing UAS can perform a mapping grid for an area of 500 acres or greater in a single flight
  • Safety: Most fixed wing UAS are constructed from lightweight styrofoam and have a very slow glide characteristic

Fixed wing UAS examples:

Finwing Penguin (owned by Louisiana Helicam)

RVJET (owned by Louisiana Helicam)

Sensefly Ebee

 

 

 

 

 


Kiroli Park | Civitan Smiles Park | West Monroe, LA | Project Update - 5/27/17

May 28, 2017  •  1 Comment

The West Monroe Civitan Smiles Park (Smiles Park) project began with the vision of the West Monroe Civitan Club to create a playground specifically for children with disabilities. After collaborating with Shane’s Inspiration for the development of the playground the Civitan Club realized that Smiles Park shouldn’t be just for ”children with disabilities”, but a playground for all children. Thus, Smiles Park has been designed as an inclusive playground that will be attractive and safe for all children to simply play together without physical or social barriers.

The Civitan Club is a civic club of 40 local businessmen. The club was chartered by Civitan International in 1959. Civitans are everyday people within your community who come together to support organizations devoted to the improvement of lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. 
The club's annual fund-raiser, the Ark-La-Miss Fair and Livestock Show, is held annually in September. Fair proceeds of more than $50,000 are donated annually to local community non-profit projects, including the new Smiles Park at Kiroli.

In March 2013, the West Monroe Civitan Club and the City of West Monroe entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement that began to make Smiles Park a reality. The club agreed to spearhead the playground project and made an initial contribution of $200,000.00 toward the playground construction. The City of West Monroe provided a location within Kiroli Park and agreed to construct a fully accessible pavilion to accompany the playground. The City also agreed to accept ownership and maintenance of the playground once construction is complete. Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of inclusive playgrounds across the country and overseas, has designed the playground and will coordinate outreach and education programs to help fulfill the park’s mission…bringing all children together to play!

Because the dream of Smiles Park began with the West Monroe Civitan Club's work at the Ark-La-Miss Fair, Shane’s Inspiration designed the playground around a carnival theme. With your help, Smiles Park will become a place where all children and their families can experience the laughter, fun and joy of a day at the Fair…anytime they choose.

Links of interest:

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Drones | In-house vs. Outsource

May 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This article is my latest monthly submission for an international pulp and paper publication:

 

Since the Federal Aviation Administration established official UAS regulations in August of 2016, companies are now able to make legal decisions to incorporate UAS into their business.  While some larger companies have taken drone operations in house, many have decided to outsource the service to professional Drone Service Providers.

As a professional UAS operator of 13 years, you would expect me to make the obvious recommendation to outsource.  While true, my suggestion to outsource would remain unchanged even if I was an outsider to the drone business. 

My reasoning…

First and foremost, the drone pilot will need to study for and pass the FAA Part 107 exam in order to legally perform commercial work.  At the time of this writing, the Part 107 exam needs to be retaken every 24 months.  Some UAS companies are still operating under the Section 333 Exemption.  However, it appears as though the Part 107 process will be what is used in the long run.  According to the FAA, fines for illegal commercial use can be as high as $1100.00 per incident for the operator and $10,000 for the company that hired them.  Continue reading if you or your company is ok with keeping up with these regulations as they progress.

Second, you’ll need UAS-specific insurance in order to perform commercial operations.  This isn’t required by the FAA.  But, most standard general liability policies will not cover a drone-related accident.  UAS policies can be purchased on a per-flight basis or annually.  A $1M annual policy ranges from $800.00 to $1700.00 with various add-ons (waivers of subrogation, COI holder types, hull coverage, etc.).  A $4M policy is typically priced well over $3000.00 per year.

Third, let’s talk about pilot proficiency.  GPS stabilization has helped to lower the barriers to entry for drone pilots.  That said, GPS stabilization has also created an environment for stale/lifeless flying.  You’ll want to use a pilot that can fly the aircraft in a compelling fashion.  There are plenty of “floater” video examples on YouTube.  Fast motion, constant camera movement, and close-to-subject flight paths help to create more compelling product. 

At the end of the day, the drone is just a tool. It’s an artist’s paintbrush, a carpenter’s lathe, a surveyor’s transit, you get the drift.  Let’s take a wedding photographer, for example.  Sure, you could purchase a decent camera for $3500.00 and take the pictures on your own.  However, this is a forever moment and Aunt Mildred flew in from China to be there.  Do you trust yourself to obtain the same level of quality as a professional photographer/videographer?

Many of my clients made the decision to take drone operations in-house only to circle back around to outsourcing again. 

The most common reasoning:

  • Did not want to keep up with FAA regulations
  • Person in charge needs to return to original list of responsibilities
  • Lack of pilot proficiency (damaged equipment, lackluster quality)
  • Overhead


Kiroli Park | Smiles Park | West Monroe, LA - 5/5/17

May 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The West Monroe Civitan Smiles Park (Smiles Park) project began with the vision of the WMCC to create a playground specifically for children with disabilities. After
collaborating with Shane’s Inspiration for the development of the playground the WMCC realized that Smiles Park shouldn’t be just for ”children with disabilities”, but
a playground for all children. Thus, Smiles Park has been designed as an inclusive playground that will be attractive and safe for all children to simply play together
without physical or social barriers.

 

In March 2013 the WMCC and the City of West Monroe entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement that began to make Smiles Park a reality. The WMCC agreed
to spearhead the playground project and made an initial contribution of $200,000.00 toward the playground construction. The City of West Monroe provided a location
within Kiroli Park and agreed to construct a fully accessible pavilion to accompany the playground. The City also agreed to accept ownership and maintenance of the
playground once construction is complete. Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of inclusive playgrounds across the country
and overseas, has designed the playground and will coordinate outreach and education programs to help fulfill the park’s mission…bringing all children together to
play!

 

Because the dream of Smiles Park began with the WMCC’s work at the Ark-La-Miss Fair, Shane’s Inspiration designed the playground around a carnival theme. With
your help Smiles Park will become a place where all children and their families can experience the laughter, fun and joy of a day at the Fair…
anytime they choose. 

 

 


John James Audubon Bridge | Aerial Drone Video | Baton Rouge | Saint Francisville Louisiana

April 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Celebrate beautiful architecture with us as we take an aerial video tour of the John James Audubon Bridge located on the Mississippi River near St. Francisville, Louisiana.


Egret Landing | Monroe, Louisiana Housing Development near CenturyLink Headquarters and IBM Site

March 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

These images are from the latest aerial photo collection of the new Egret Landing residential development located in Monroe, Louisiana.

The new subdivision is located just behind the Centurylink headquarters on highway 165 just North of Monroe.  

Construction on Phases II and III began in the Fall of 2016.

More information can be found within the following links:


Yamaha RMAX

March 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This blog post is based on our latest monthly article for a national pulp and paper publication.

Yamaha RMAX

The year was 2004 and I was still somewhat new to the world of radio-controlled helicopters.  I spent many hours perusing websites, forums, and online articles about various flying machines.  Although much of my time was centered on small consumer aircraft, I couldn’t refrain from being interested in one of the most impressive of all radio-controlled helicopters…the Yamaha RMAX.

The Yamaha RMAX was originally developed in 1997 for aerial agricultural spraying.  It is powered by a water-cooled 2-stroke engine and has a flight duration of around 1 hour.  The RMAX weighs just over 200lbs depending on payload configuration.

The RMAX was much larger and seemingly more sophisticated than our typical Sunday afternoon flyers.  However, a closer looked revealed it had similar components…only upscaled. 

Louisiana Helicam primarily used glow-fueled helicopters for the first several years.  Lithium polymer technology wasn’t far enough along to be considered a viable option at that time and I was really impressed with the RMAX’s duration when teamed with gasoline powered engines.  My continued research into the Yamaha RMAX eventually led me to make the switch from glow-fueled aircraft to gasoline powered aircraft, which were used until electric power became a more convenient option. 

My first gas-powered helicopter had a 23cc engine.  The engine utilized a pull rope rather than a 12v starter.  The machine was reliable, efficient, and had an average flight duration of around 20 minutes.

As of 2015, the RMAX had conducted over 2 million combined flight hours since its first launch.  The FAA added the RMAX to its list of approved UAS during that year.  They are commonly used for spraying, seeding, remote sensing, precision agriculture, frost mitigation and variable rate dispersal.

 


Louisiana Helicam | 2016 Northeast Louisiana Flood Recap

March 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This video contains leftover footage from the devastating flood that occurred in Northeast Louisiana between March 8th and March 12th of 2016.

Very heavy rainfall developed during the afternoon of Tuesday March 8, 2016, and continued off and on through Saturday March 12.

Rainfall amounts of over 20 inches were recorded in a few locations.

Many locations experienced extreme flash flooding, particularly across East Texas and North Louisiana. Numerous roadways were flooded and closed. Many schools across the area were closed. Numerous high-water rescues were performed. Homes and businesses were evacuated in many locations.

Many historical records were broken on area rivers and lakes.

Louisiana Helicam | 2016 Northeast Louisiana Flood Recap from Louisiana Helicam on Vimeo.

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