MIKE SOBOLA

Commercial Drone Pilot 

Fully-Insured, FAA Licensed

Certified for Night Operations

FAA  APPROVED
FLIGHT-RESTRICTED ZONE AERIALS

Flight restricted zones are areas which require special application and permission to fly beyond what is commonly available to the general drone pilot. Due to the secure nature of the airspace, Flight Restricted Zones often require the hiring of extra crew and personnel-including law enforcement officers-during the flight missions. We have current experience navigating the complicated process of obtaining permissions and flying these highly-controlled and restricted areas including downtown Washington, DC and nearby suburbs.  Our experience as manned aircraft pilots allows us to communicate effectively with aviation officials and TSA personnel to efficiently gain access to difficult areas such as these.

Flight Restricted Zones Include:
  • Any area within 14 nautical miles from Regan National Airport

  • Designated Critical Infrastructure (such as bridges, dams and power plants)

  • Military Operating Areas

  • Prohibited Airspace noted as “P-xxx” on aviation charts

  • Sporting Events

  • National Parks

 
Controlled Airspace

Like Flight Restricted Zones (or “FRZs”), Controlled Airspace requires FAA authorization prior to flight in the airspace.  While this type of access is usually easier to acquire than flight in FRZs, In some areas-including the DC-Baltimore Corridor-permission can take weeks to obtain.  At Mid-Atlantic Drones, We hold current and active Airspace-Wide (“blanket”) permissions for Dulles, BWI, Easton, Salisbury, Frederick and Martin State in Baltimore.  This means we can fly here anytime without having to seek further permissions. (Airspace-wide approvals are subject to specific drone altitude restrictions that vary as you get closer to the airport.  For specific limitations and altitude restrictions, contact us for a review of your specific site and its location.)

 
Aerial Cinematography

Take your project from "nice" to "extraordinary" with expertly-shot and flown aerial cinematography. I secure all FAA permissions, airspace authorizations and fly the perfect mission to collect the visuals you need to make your project shine. FAA-Licensed, night certified and fully-insured with the experience you need.

 
Construction  AERIALS

Flying, analyzing and delivering data insights for pre-construction bids, construction progress insights and more. Regular drone flights allow consistent insights into progress and accuracy safely and efficiently. Services include High-resolution Ortho Maps, 3-D Modeling, Cut-and-Fill Analysis, Volume Measurements, Plan Overlays, Thermal Inspections & More.

 
Real  Estate  Photos & Video

Showcase the best of your marketed properties with custom-filmed aerial photos and videos. Each subject is meticulously planned and photographed to show your listing in the best possible light. Call or email for custom pricing and package deals.

 
Aerial Inspections

No rigging, climbing or hoisting means less-expensive, safer, and faster infrastructure inspections.   Capabilities include Wind turbines, towers, solar panels, roofs, industrial complexes and structures, and more. Aerial Thermal Sensing also available.

 
UNDERWATER IMAGING

Our Tethered subsurface vehicles feature a maximum dive depth of more than 350 ft. with stunning 4K video and 12MP still images.  Five aquatic thrusters afford it a maximum forward propulsion of up to nearly 7 feet per second and allow precision vertical movement-perfect for underwater inspections and exploration.