Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Drones, Drone Laws, Drone Flight, and Drone Restrictions. If you have a concern that isn’t listed here, please contact us, and we will be happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have!
Although our aircraft has an operating range of 4.3 to 6.2 miles (6.9 to 10 km) under ideal conditions, the aircraft must remain within Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) of the remote pilot in command, the person manipulating the flight controls, or the Visual Observer (VO). Additionally, the aircraft must be able to be visually observed using unassisted vision (such as binoculars or spotting scopes). Corrective lenses are acceptable for use.
Generally speaking, a Visual Observer (VO) is not required, unless the operation is at night or under special circumstances where additional support is required. A VO is used at the Pilot’s discretion.
Maximum ground speed allowed is 87 knots, or 100 mph.
The maximum altitude an unmanned aircraft can legally be flown is 400 feet AGL (above ground level). If the object being filmed is a structure and that structure has a height greater than 400 feet AGL, the unmanned aircraft can fly 400 feet above the highest point part of the structure, as long as the unmanned aircraft is within 400 feet of the structure.
Yes, as long as they are part of the operation. Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).
Yes. Our Nighttime Waiver allows for operations at night. Traditionally operations are limited to daylight-only operations, or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
Minimum weather visibility of 3 statute miles from control station must be maintained during any operation. Operations must also maintain a distance of 500’ below, and 2000’ laterally from clouds.
Weather that is below 32° or above 104° F (below 0° or above 40° C) is not conducive to unmanned aircraft flight, as it negatively affects performance. Additionally, unmanned aircraft cannot be flown in fog, mist, drizzle, rain, thunderstorms, lighting, or active snowing conditions.
A preflight inspection by the remote pilot in command is required prior to every operation. Additionally, minor visual airframe and technical inspections occur between each landing/takeoff cycle.
With proper Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearances, we can operate in Class B, C, D and E airspace. Operations in Class G can be performed without ATC permission. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), however can over rule any previously approved airspace clearances.
No person may act as a remote pilot in command or VO (Visual Observer) for more than one unmanned aircraft operation at one time.
Operations from a moving vehicle cay only be performed if the operation is conducted over a sparsely populated area. Additionally, operations may not be carried out from a moving aircraft