Your time is valuable. This page should help answer many of your questions.
* Friends: We're in a pandemic. We know money is very tight (if not totally absent) for many of you.
Each potential drone shoot is different, so it's difficult to post pricing. (If you called a plumber, they might not be able to give you a quote instantly via email or the phone.). I am far from the most expensive service in town. My goal is to gain your trust and business, so I'm willing to discuss your project with you and offer the best solutions.
*In fact, I am willing to help you even if your budget is constrained. Please give me a try and we'll see what we can work out, together. During these early months of this business, I hope you'll enjoy these low prices, hoping you will refer me to your business colleagues and friends.
*Some companies require billing/invoices while others do not. Please let me know while scheduling a shoot.
* If I am shooting a series of weekly or periodic drone photos, we can make advance arrangements. (Example: If you are building a new home or office from the ground up and want daily, weekly or monthly progress photos.) I promise to work with you to find the best solution and most reasonable pricing!
* Payments can be made online or with cash, company checks or credit card.
*Same-day drone photos missions and results are possible, (Note: There are certain, specific shooting locations when I am required to obtain FAA approval in advance for certain flight missions. Please see above safety section.) Sometimes, instant service isn't possible but I promise to do everything I can to accommodate your needs as quickly as possible. Weather conditions are checked to determine if flying is possible for your shooting date.
*Under normal circumstances, I can shoot stills or video for you and offer a turnaround time of 1 day. (Perhaps less or perhaps more, depending on my schedule, whether or not editing is needed, etc.) Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.
* NOTE: The best time to shoot photos is within 90 minutes after sunrise or an hour before dark. Mid-day with lots of sunshine can be difficult for optimum shots, although filters and camera settings can help. I cannot shoot during rain, snow or heavy winds. Part of my pre-flight planning includes checking weather conditions for the time of the shoot.
I believe in the traditional values of honesty, treating others with respect and that being in business means I should act with an attitude of service and gratitude when providing drone photography and video services. I try to show loyalty, trust, reliability and promise to listen to your ideas and concerns. "Do what's right and do your best" is what I consider when making decisions. This business is a member of the Better Business Bureau.
I embrace Will Rogers' mantra that "there aren't any strangers...only friends I haven't met yet."
My DJI Mavic Air 2 drone is capable of shooting 48-megapixel (48MP) still photos and 4K (1080 dpi) video. Stills created at this level create large files that can be enlarged or edited. This web site includes some of those high-quality still photos.
It's incorrect to consider a small drone as anything other than a serious aircraft. They are not toys. Because a number of unfortunate things could potentially occur while flying for you, I obtain specific insurance for each commissioned flight. This insurance coverage is intended to protect you and me, should anything go wrong. (Examples: a bird could collide with the drone, the Artificial Intelligence and on-board computer programming could fail, or an out-of-control UAS could injure people or cause a traffic accident.)
My insurance provider allows me to name you as an additional insured party for each flight mission.
As an FAA-certified pilot for UAS operations (UAS, or Unmanned Aerial Systems - drones, for short). I am obligated to follow their safety regulations. They include:
* Generally, I fly below 400 feet. There are some exceptions, based on the flight mission.
* I always fly within the visual line of sight of my drone.
* I am aware of FAA airspace requirements. Planning fights in advance is mandatory, including considering weather conditions.
* I never fly over groups of people.
* I cannot fly over stadiums, concerts, sporting events and public gatherings. Certain towns have restrictions about flying that I obey. That includes many city, state and federal parks, where flying is considered a threat because it disturbs wildlife.
* Without receiving advance FAA written permission, I cannot fly within 5 miles of an airport without first contacting air traffic control and airport authorities. Sometimes, obtaining advance FAA permission could take up to 90 days.
* I never fly near emergency response efforts, such as fires.
* I never fly near other aircraft and give right-of-way to manned flights.
* The same as a commercial or private airline pilot, I cannot fly while under the influence.
* Taking inappropriate risks or acting impulsively isn't responsible flying.
Drones, the same as cars, keep getting better all the time. DJI, which created my drone, is the undisputed world leader for drones. Today's modern drones have many fail-safe systems built into them to protect the drone and people down below. The Mavic Air 2, released to the public in April 2020, has built-in Artificial Intelligence technology that notifies the pilot of most nearby objects and when the battery is running low. In fact, it will automatically return to its recent launch site when that happens.
The way modern drones are created, you can open the box, charge the batteries and start flying quickly. However, the FAA requires pilots pass a test before certifying an individual. That pilot has to take a renewal exam every two years. Most drones have to be registered with the FAA, even if the owner is a hobbyist.
In addition to taking and passing the FAA Part 107 certification, I have:
* Graduated from RemotePilot101, the nation's premiere online drone training course.
* Member, Better Business Bureau.
* Member, Central Colorado UAS Club.
* Member, Drone Service Providers Alliance.
* Received a Certificate of Completion for a course offered by Multicopter Warehouse in Centennial, CO.
* Received a Certificate of Completion and an education credit from Certified Managers of Community Associations for drone-related operations.
* Received a certificate: Responsible Community Pilot (CRP) from droneUp.
* Received a certificate for Drones in Construction seminar.
As part of my personal desire to improve, I frequently attend online training sessions, offered by the FAA and professional drone pilots/photographers. I also read books related to drone photography, drone operations and related subjects.
Please contact me. I promise to work with you to see what's possible. I'd like to earn your business, trust and referrals.