What is a UAV?
A UAV is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, commonly referred to as a Drone. UAV is the official name used by Transport Canada.
What services do you offer?
I can provide a wide range of services.
From Homestead pictures of the family farm, to video aerials for national broadcasters. I have provided video for TV series and documentary work and helped farmers check the state of their crops. Need some great video for your next presentation? The possibilities are endless for aerial work and different industries are finding new ways to take advantage of UAV's all the time.
What is the cost for aerial video and Photography?
I don't have a one price fits all chart. Every job is unique and location makes a big difference. I take into consideration how far away it is, how long it will take me to do the job, and what the final product will be used for. Another factor is the amount of pre-production I need to do, like contacting land owners, neighbors and filing flight plans.
Can you get some pictures for me tomorrow?
Do you need shots beside an Airport? if so then probably not. But I might be able to next week. For Flights in the control zone of an airport, i need to do a bit of prep work to make sure that the flight can be done safely. I also have to file a flight plan in advance with NavCanada. If your shoot isn't near an airport, maybe I can do it tomorrow. Drop me an email via our contact us page and we'll see.
Can you fly in any weather?
No, I can only fly in what pilots call VFR conditions. Visibility minimum of 3 miles and 500ft from clouds. The UAV uses LiPo batteries as it's power source, so cold weather takes extra care. Also, I can't fly when its colder than -15c, or in winds higher than 30km/h.
What is a Visual Observer? Is it always necessary?
The visual observer is someone who is there to observe what is going on in the flight area. Their job is to see what the pilot can't see while concentrating on the flight. It is quite common for Eagles and Hawks to be interested in the UAV, the Visual Observer has to scan the sky for them, and warn the pilot. People are often interested in checking out a UAV operation as well. The Visual Observer can keep them at a safe distance and keep them from unknowingly distracting the pilot. And scanning the sky for other air traffic is important for everyone's safety.
A Visual Observer is required for every UAV operation.
My friend has a drone, can I get them to get pictures and video for me?
If you are using the pictures or video for any commercial purpose, the "toy drone" becomes a UAV. check out this page from Transport Canada.
Can I see what the camera is recording in real time?
Yes, the controller has an HDMI output that can be used for viewing, live broadcast or streaming.
What formats do you offer?
For photographs we offer 12Mp in Jpeg or RAW.
For Video we offer:
UHD 4k 4096x2160p 24/25
HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60