Does the drone pilot I hire have to be licensed?
Yes. While your best friend or favorite uncle may be very capable drone pilots, they can’t legally accept money for flying their drone. This is classified as commercial drone operation and requires that the drone pilot have a license from the FAA. All of our pilots are licensed and trained for their specific missions.
Are you a licensed Drone Pilot?
Yes. We are licensed by the FAA to fly drones commercially. This includes Aerial Cinematography, Mapping, Construction, Real Estate, Infrastructure & Thermal Inspections, Wind Turbine Assessments, and Solar Panel Check-Ups. Any pilot that flies with us is also required to have an FAA License and all crew members are thoroughly trained on drone operations and procedures before working with us on your job.
Can you fly anywhere?
We have flown over mountains, water and dry land. We have also flown in controlled airspace and flight restricted zones with prior permission and clearance from the FAA and TSA. We are well-familiar with the clearance application procedures for controlled and flight-restricted airspace. We also have a special permit to fly directly over crowds and people.
What about shots of monuments and landmarks-can you do those?
Many monuments and landmarks are on a no-fly list for drones as are many critical infrastructure areas such as power plants and dams. We can give you a quick answer if you have a specific monument in mind.
Can you fly at night?
Yes. We have a special authorization from the FAA for Night Operations. This type of flying can be dangerous so it requires extra crew and planning to fly successfully.
Can you fly over water?
Yes. We have flown over water. Since wind can be a factor, this type of flying takes special preparation and planning and may take extra crew and larger drones to complete successfully.
Can you fly when it’s raining or snowing?
Foul-weather flying is possible, but takes specialized drones and cameras/payloads. I would be happy to discuss your vision and what it would take to accomplish it.
Do you offer a guarantee?
Our goal is for you to be satisfied with the aerials we shoot for you.
How long does a typical aerial project take?
Simple, fair-weather, projects can take a couple of hours, while complex missions with actors, vehicles and intricate maneuvers can take an entire day or more to plan, coordinate and complete. Planning and communication are the key.
Do you have insurance?
We carry a $1,000,000.00 liability policy that covers most missions. We also have a $10M policy that comes into play for construction and infrastructure projects. Never hire a drone operator who does not carry insurance.
Can you fly over people or events?
Yes. We have a special FAA authorization to fly directly over people. We use a drone that is especially-equipped with a high-tech parachute that deploys in the case of any malfunctions or problems with the aircraft.
Can you fly in restricted or controlled airspace?
Yes. We have special expertise flying in flight restricted zones and controlled airspace—including the DC-FRZ and near high-traffic airports.
How much does it cost?
Each job is unique and we are happy to give you a no-obligation quote on your specific job once we get the details. Things that affect rates include the type of drone and payload necessary, crew required, the complexity of the shots, and airspace clearances required.