Frequently Asked Questions
1. How high can it go?
The equipment can actually fly much higher and much further away than standard CAA permissions allow. We are restricted to a height of 122 m (400 feet) above the surface and a horizontal distance of 500 m from the pilot. The pilot must be able to physically see the aircraft at all times. The reality is, in most cases it is easy to obtain the desired results while working within these limits.
2. How long can it fly for?
This depends on what platform is being used and the weight of the payload. Generally speaking, flight times will fall between 8 and 18 minutes per battery set. This may not sound like very long but with a bit of careful planning we can maximise what we achieve in the air to get the images you want. We also have a lot of batteries! It only takes a couple of minutes to land, swap batteries and get back in the air.
3. I have my own camera, can you use it instead?
Our cameras are fitted to highly specialized gimbals which are calibrated to a specific camera and lens. This allows us the greatest chance of getting stunning images with a minimum of fuss. We have chosen the Panasonic GH3 as our primary camera and fitted it with a high quality Olympus lens. The focal length of the lens is 24mm (in relation to a traditional 35mm camera). This combination offers the best balance between performance and size/weight.
4. What about mounting other types of sensor or imaging equipment?
We are always looking forward and eager to try out new ideas. If you have a specific application in mind, give us a call and we'll see if we can help you out.
5. How much does it cost?
There are many factors which will determine the cost of a project. The first step is to contact us so we can discuss your proposed project. From our point of view, one of the most vital pieces of information is the proposed location. Knowledge of the precise location will allow us to pre-plan the project to establish if there are issues which could affect time frame and cost. We will need to discuss your photo and video requirements so we completely understand your objectives. We can then provide you with a free quotation. Please get in touch early in your planning process so we can provide input regarding the aerial component.
As a guide, prices for still photography start at £ 300.00. Half day and full day rates are available upon request.