Frequently Asked Questions

Are you licensed?
Yes. All of our drone pilots are certified as Part 107 operators of unmanned aircraft systems by the FAA.
Are you insured?
Yes. We have liability insurance with up to $10,000,000 in coverage on our drone operations.
What sort of weather conditions can you fly in?
We can fly our drones with wind gusts in excess of 20+ MPH. We do not fly in inclement weather or rain, and always suggest scheduling a “rain date” for projects under a time constraint.
What is the quality of your aerial images and video?
Our aerial camera systems can capture 20 Megapixel still images and 4k Ultra HD video shot at 60 Frames Per Second.
How long can you fly?
Our systems are electric with typical flight times of 18–23 minutes, depending on the payload, flight and weather conditions. When the battery pack is almost exhausted, we simply land the drone and replace the exhausted battery with a fully charged set. We have several battery packs and a portable charging station on site to allow continual flight throughout the day.
How high, and how fast can you fly?
We are restricted by the FAA to a flight elevation limit of 400' AGL (Above Ground Level). Fortunately, this also allows flights up to 400' above a tall building, cell tower, etc. As for speed, wind conditions play a role, but our current systems are capable of capturing stable footage at speeds of up to 35 MPH.
Can you fly at night?
Normally, commercial drone pilots cannot fly at night 30 minutes after official sunset and including the 30 minutes prior to official sunrise (better known as 'civil twilight'). However, we have special waivers from the FAA that allow us to fly in certain areas at nighttime, but only with appropriate additional lighting, precautions and knowledge proficiency.
How does a typical shoot work?
We travel to your location with all the necessary equipment. Once at the location, we unload, set-up, and do all safety checks. Once all systems are good to go we can start the first flight.
While the camera is airborne, a live video feed is sent to our ground-station. From here, the camera operator, as well our client(s), can see everything from the camera’s perspective.
Can I get in trouble for hiring a non-certified commercial drone pilot?
Yes. Anyone who hires an unlicensed drone pilot can be fined up to $11,000 per instance by the FAA. The drone pilot can also be fined $1,100 per instance.
Is the quality of your mapping images better than Google Maps or Google Earth?
Yes, low altitude mapping missions performed by drone can provide orthomosaic imagery at 2cm/pixel, or even better when combined with Ground Control Points. This provides for resolution 10-15 times greater than Google's satellite.
How many acres can you map in one day?
There are many factors that affect the workflow of a drone mapping mission; available daylight hours, wind, terrain, tree canopy coverage, cloud cover, image quality, and more. A conservative estimate would be 60 acres per hour of available daylight. Under optimum conditions, this amount could increase to 70–120 acres per hour of available daylight.
Can you fly over people?
No. The only people that a drone can legally fly over are the Remote Pilot In Command and a Visual Observer. To expand on this a bit; 'flying over people' also pertains to avoiding a flight path where the momentum of a drone, in the event of catastrophic failure, doesn't continue to fly uncontrolled (or fall) into anyone.
Can you fly indoors?
Yes. Our systems are completely electric and very stable. All we need is a location with a large open unobstructed area such as a sound stage, warehouse, sports facility, auditorium, etc. However, we have found that many interior shots can be more safely acquired via other stabilized handheld equipment.
Do you do monthly construction progression photos and video?
Yes. We have weekly, bi-weekly and monthly construction progression packages with a wide range of additional add-ons, such as a 360 panoramic image, orthomosaic image (like Google Earth), or a 3D model and various marketing type video clip options. Contact usContact us for rates and packages.
How far would you travel for a job?
We are setup to travel worldwide and can even bind liability insurance coverage for operations on foreign soils. Our headquarters, however, is based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and we don't charge any travel fees until a job's location is more than 50 miles one way. At that point, we charge $0.55 per mile travel fee beyond the 100 mile round trip. All fees are disclosed and discussed with the client up front.
Do you shoot Interior and/or Architectural photography?
Yes. Many of our real estate clients appreciate that we also provide interior photography and videography, along with our Real Estate Packages. Architectural photography projects require a customized quote.
Do you offer any discounts or specials?
Yes, new customers receive a 20% discount on all real estate type shoots.
How do I book your aerial imaging services?
Thank you for considering us for your next aerial imaging project! Please fill out the information on the Contact Form and you will receive a FREE ESTIMATE within 1-2 business days.
How do you supply files?
We use an online file sharing service such as to deliver files. However, we can send them to you on DVD, USB stick, or even upload videos to YouTube or Vimeo.