Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Unmanned Aerial System. Multi-rotor drones which are operated via a transmitter remote. They are far more maneuverable and safe than manned aircraft and can get within 10 feet of the subject matter.
Our smallest quad-rotor and mid-sized hex-rotor drones use GoPro camera rigs, which is perfect for capturing close-up action shots and interiors. This provides full HD footage at 1080p and up to 120fps. The quad is also equipped with propeller guards to protect property and people alike.
Our larger octo-rotor carries a Canon 5D Mark III, the standard in video DSLRs. It is best for high-end productions that require professional-quality aerial footage.
Commercial UAS usage is such a new industry that the policies for governing them are still being established. The FAA is actively working towards regulating and certifying pilots and drones flying in the National Airspace (NAS) for commercial purposes; however, their policies are not yet codified into official law as they apply to UAS.
As long as our pilots keep our UAS’ within what is known as “Class G” or “unregulated” airspace, they remain covered and permitted under previously existing legislation relating to model aircraft. Generally this means staying under 400 feet, and away from any airports or other aerial activities. As long as we stay within our ceiling and operate our systems safely, we are cleared for takeoff.
In keeping with the above answer, just because we are allowed to fly, that legality is not a license to put people in harm’s way. Our pilots are seasoned and responsible operators with experience on an array of equipment, and have created some safe yet incredible, innovative shots, flying in locales ranging from a kayak race on the Mystic River to an indoor rock-climbing gym. While some drone operators try to fly and operate the camera at the same time, we use a dedicated pilot in addition to a camera operator, so as to allow the pilot total focus on maintaining a safe flight and the cameraman the ability to compose the best shots possible. Additionally, for indoor footage, our quad-copter is outfitted with rotor guards for extra protection.
We’ve set a self-imposed limit of 2km (1.2 miles) from the transmitter. If the copter exceeds that limit, it will automatically return to the takeoff location. We like to maintain a visual of the drone at all times and fly accordingly, depending on visibility.
We use LiPo rechargeable batteries to power our copters. Each battery lasts approximately 10-15 minutes. A battery change only takes 2 minutes and we always bring multiple batteries to each shoot and recharge during flights as long as there is an outlet nearby.
Yes, we are insured by one of the few leaders in the industry who specialize in covering UAS’ for liability and damage. We are also insured with a standard photography/videography policy. If you decide to book us, we will be happy to provide you with any documentation.
We have multiple cameras, capable of time lapse and slow-motion, a full lens kit and stabilization equipment to give you high-quality films of events, landscapes, promos, real estate properties and more. Want a live HD streaming of an event? We do that too! We do all of our editing in-house to give you a consistent level of professionalism and quality and prefer to intersperse aerial shots with ground coverage to tell the full story of a place or event.
We are located in San Diego, California and service all of Southern California. That being said, we LOVE to travel! If you want to get us on a project that is requires a plane or a long drive then all we ask is that you pay travel and lodging expenses. We are great at finding deals and do not charge a premium for this.