Frequently asked questions

Most frequently asked questions

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.