What types of drones do you have?
I currently fly a DJI Mavic Pro which has a maximum flight time (approximately) of 27 minutes per battery and a DJI Phantom 4 Pro Advanced which has a maximum flight time (approximately) of 30 minutes per battery.
What about drone safety?
Safety is my number one priority. I will never fly over non-willing participants or traffic, or in inclement weather, or rush to get “the perfect shot”.
Are you certified to fly drones?
ABSOLUTELY!! As an FAA Part 107 certified pilot, I am required to renew my UAS certification every two years. This means staying up to date with understanding sectional charts, METARs, and airspace classifications as well as current regulations and limitations. Check out the FAA Airmen Inquiry page to check the status of any certified pilot.
Are you insured?
DEFINITELY!! I am insured for general liability of up to $1 million dollars.
Can you fly your drone anytime?
NO! FAA regulations limit flight operations to daylight hours (including 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after civil twilight). In order to fly at night, it will be necessary to obtain an operational waiver.
How far can you fly your drone?
While my drones are capable of flying over 4 miles away, it is kept within VLOS (visual line of sight) for safety reasons.
How long can you fly your drone?
I have multiple LiPo batteries for each drone that can last up to 30 minutes. Batteries can be quickly and easily swapped out and we bring multiple batteries to a photo shoot or inspection site. If necessary, I can also charge batteries while on site.
How high can you fly your drone?
FAA regulations limit flight height to 400-feet above ground level*.
Can you fly your drone anywhere?
NO! Flight operations are limited to Class G airspace. Flights within controlled airspace (a 5-mile radius of most airports, such as Bradley International Airport) require preauthorization from the FAA.
To help determine whether or not your project is within controlled airspace and may require FAA authorization, check out this interactive map by AirMap.io.
What are some important FAA restrictions that I should be aware of when it comes to flying drones?
- We cannot (will not) fly directly over non-willing participants.
- VLOS (visual line of sight) must be maintained the entire time by either the pilot or the visual observer. The visual observer will help the pilot navigate the drone if the pilot must look at the controller for any extended period of time. So even though our Mavic Pro is capable of traveling up to 4 miles away, it will never leave our VLOS.
- * The maximum height of flight operations is 400-feet above ground level or a structure. For example, if the roof of a building is 600-feet above ground level and the operation is to inspect the rooftop of the building, the maximum flight height is extended to 1000 feet (600 foot building + 400 feet from the top of the building).
- Flight operations are limited to daytime hours (including 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after civil twilight).
- Flights within a 5-mile radius of most airports is restricted unless preauthorization from the FAA is granted.