Remote Flight Considerations
The remote aircraft is relatively small
total weight usually averages about 5-10 lbs and is about an average size
of 2-3 feet across and 1 foot tall. It can be used for all kinds of aerial
missions including but not limited to, aerial photography, aerial video,
surveillance, search and rescue, thermal imaging, 3D rendering,
panoramic aerial photography, 360 degree panoramas, showing the future
view of buildings not yet made and more. The drone must always stay within line of
sight of the pilot and stay clear of obstacles such as power lines,
trees, buildings, radio or high frequency broadcast sites and any other hazards to flight. Typically shots are
best accomplished with the pilot standing at a point behind the aircraft
with the camera facing the same direction for normal orientation,
although any orientation is possible. The
aircraft is battery operated and has a 5-10 minute flight time before
landing is needed to change batteries and fly again as needed. A clear
take off area is required for safety. Live video monitors provide live
view for still photos or video while in flight. All media is recorded on
board. We don't fly in the rain or heavy snow and cant allow sand or
dust to enter the system. Optimum wind conditions are ideal under 10
MPH. We can operate day or night. Can perform basically any aerial
related task with mission planning.
The main advantage is a creative and unique
one. The close range aerial filming via our radio
controlled drone multirotor can access places full sized manned aircraft
can not. Producing shots not possible with traditional manned aircraft.
The small size and light weight aircraft allows us to fly closer to
subjects with a low noise/wind impact in the surrounding environment.
Many times our aircraft go unnoticed.
Remote Aerial Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do you do this?
A: Because we LOVE IT! Its awesome and produces breath taking
results. We think you will love it too!
Q: What is a drone?
A drone also known as a multicopter is like a helicopter but has several rotor blades to
produce lift. There are Octocopters with eight rotors, Hexacopters with six
rotors, Quadcopters with four rotors, and Tricopters with three rotors.
There are also helicopters with one rotor but we have mostly
transitioned away from helicopters since mulitcopters offer a more
stable platform. We use mostly Quadcopters for aerial media which
have four rotor blades, they have a nice balance of lift to weight ratio
and are very efficient to operate. The media likes to call all these
drones so ok we can call it that too.
kind of cameras work for aerial media? How much can the helicopter lift?
A: Each class of drone we have is designed to lift a different
payload. Our copters can lift from 1-12 lbs of camera weight. Including
but not limited to the cameras listed below. Other cameras may work as
well. Basically any camera under 10 lbs is supported including the RED
Epic, Red Scarlet, Canon 5D Mark III, Sony FS100, Sony FS700, Black
Magic 4k, Sony NEX5n, GoPro Hero 4, Canon 1D, Nikon D4, Panasonic GH4
and many more...
Q: Does the shoot come with the camera
A: If our cameras meet your specs, yes. If not maybe we can fly
Q. Camera pan, tilt and roll. How
is it accomplished? How many operators?
A. All our aircraft have a 3 axis gyro stabilized gimbal with tilt, pan
and roll correction and adjustment.
Single operator set up:
(Most common) Method of pan is accomplished
by the pilot by turning the aircraft left or right. The pilot controls
aircraft flight and tilt. Roll is automatic level.
Dual operator set up:
A dual pilot set up allows for one pilot to control only the aircraft
and the camera operator to control the independent camera mount with 360
degrees of pan and 180 degrees of tilt independent from the pilot. Roll
is automatic level. The dual operator set up is for more complex shots
such as when a shot is following behind a moving subject then swings
around to be in front of it. A good example is race cars on a track,
that would be complex movement enough to need two operators.
Q: How high can the remote helicopter drone fly? How far?
A: For safety
reasons we fly at a max altitude of about 400 feet and a max horizontal
distance of a few thousand feet. It is very important the
drone is always within line of sight.
Q: What if the weather is bad the
day of my shoot?
A: We will be glad to reschedule your shoot for another day subject
Q: Is the remote helicopter gas or
A: Clean, Quiet, Electric power. Average drone flies for about a 20 min flight. To fly again
battery reload time is about 2 minutes then is able to fly again. Charge
batteries and repeat should keep us up and running as needed.
Q: What do you need to recharge
A: Two simple wall outlets 110 volts, a generator or a car battery
will do. Always with someone monitoring the batteries while charging.
Recharge time average 90 minutes. For large amounts of flying wall
outlets are much preferred.
Q: Do you also fly full sized manned helicopter for aerial photography
Yes, we also utilize a manned helicopter for locations and cameras not possible to fly
with the remote controlled drone.
Q. Do you offer in house video and
A. Yes to both. For customers who want a complete aerial video package
from A- to Z we can handle that as well.
Q. Is the camera system smooth
A. Yes films smooth with no vibrations.
Q Do you have insurance coverage?
A: Yes. Third party liability personal and property. We can name
your company as insured.
Q: Do you need a license to fly?
A: Yes Part 107 license for drones and pilots license for a manned
Q: Can you fly indoors?
A: Yes we can fly indoors provided there is enough room for safe
Q: Can you operate at night?
A: Yes indoors and outdoors with a night waiver.
Q: How long does it take you to set up
at each flight location?
A: About 5 minutes.
Q: How do you get flight information,
A: Our drones are GPS Enabled with position hold and fly to way
point ability all viewable on a 3D map with preflight planning and
mission simulation via google earth. With altitude, speed, distance
and other relevant data.
Q: How close can you fly to subjects?
A: We can operate safely about 5-10 feet of an actor or subject
in optimum location and wind conditions.
Q: How much room do you need to land and take off for the Remote
A: About 10 foot by 10 foot flat hard surface is would be best with out dust.
Q: Do you provide a live monitor? Can what the camera is shooting be seen in real time?
A: Yes we have a monitor on the ground with the option to connect to
your monitor system as well..
Q: What is the maximum wind speed you can fly in?
A: We have operated successfully in 30 MPH winds but that is pushing
it to the max. We recommended always filming in less than 20 MPH winds.