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Q: What is a drone?
A: A drone, as most of the public likes to call them, is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV) or small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) that has several blades to produce lift. There are many types being used. We use a quadcopter (4 rotor blades) which has a stable platform utilizing a GPS system. All of our aircraft use a 3 axis gyro stabilized gimbal with tilt, pan, and roll correction adjustments. The weight of our drones are 1380 grams with all equipment attached.
Q: Can my business use an unlicensed drone operator to take pictures or videos.
A: No, The FAA requires that any pictures or videos taken by drone and used for the intention of promoting a business must be done by an FAA certified licensed Part 107 commercial pilot. Hefty fines can be levied by the FAA to individuals and businesses for violating this law.
Q: How high can a remote unmanned vehicle (drone) fly? How far?
A: By law we can fly as high as 400 feet above ground and a max horizontal distance of a few thousand feet. Most shoots will be done well below that altitude. We must also maintain a visual line of sight with our drone at all times. For longer distances a visual observer is used that is in constant radio contact with the sUAV pilot.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use for your shoots?
A: Depending on the type of shoot requested we use three types of sUAV's, an Inspire 1, phantom 4 and 4 pro. The phantom 4 pro has a 1 inch 20 MP camera with a mechanical shutter. We also use Nikon 3400D DSLR camera and an OSMO handheld camera on a gimbal system with a 12.4 MP 4K Zenmuse X3 camera. All of our photos and video are shot in the RAW format for a higher quality image that gives us a greater ability in post editing.
Q: What if the weather is bad on the day of my shoot?
A: We will be glad to reschedule your shoot for another day, subject to availability.
Q: Do you have insurance coverage?
A: Yes, we carry a third party liability for personal and property.
Q: Do you offer in-house photo and video editing?
A: Yes, for customers that want the complete aerial video package we cover that as well.
Q: Can you fly at night?
A: Yes, we can fly at night with special waivers issued by the FAA
Q: How much room do you need to take off?
A: We only need an area of about 10 foot by 10 foot. Preferably a hard surface free of dust or dirt.
Q: What is the maximum wind speed you can fly in?
A: We can fly in winds up to 30 mph but we also recommend filming in winds less than 20 mph.
Q: Do you also take interior shots with your real estate filming?
A: Yes, depending on the Real Estate Package you get we also do interior still and interior motion filming.
Q: What is your average rate?
A: The average standard rate of our pilots are $125 and hour with a 2 hour minimum. Type of service requested and discounts can change these average rates.
Q: Do you only do aerial photography?
A: No, We also do terrestrial photography for outdoor shoots such as events, company picnics, birthday parties, real estate shoots and damage assessment photos for insurance companies.
Q: Can a drone spy on me by flying over my property.
A: No, that is a common misconception that most people believe. Drones have wide angle lens. In order for a drone to do that they would have to be around at the same altitude as your house.
Q: What If I don't own a business and I'm not a real estate agent, can I still get photos and videos of my own home and property.
A: Yes you can, at FalconsEye we also offer a package that you can get to have professionally edited photos and video of your home and property. Many people have chosen this to frame a photo in their home or have a keepsake video of all of the work that they have put in to their land.