Think of this page as the safety information card in the seat pocket in front of you. Here’s some high-level information about our flights, including safety and procedures, noise, limitations, copyright, and more.
SAFETY & PROCEDURES
For enhanced safety, all flights are conducted with redundant high-intensity CREE LED anti-collision lighting intended to be seen three statute miles away from other aircraft. These lights can be set to strobe, flash, or remain constant. These lights can seen from the ground, but are not spotlights and do not illuminate buildings, structures, or the ground itself.
At least one trained and dedicated visual observer will be used for flights when in areas subject to high electromagnetic interference, complex obstacles, within 5 miles of airports/helipads (including Class G airports), and/or in areas where the FAA’s LAANC system is used. Airspace rules and advisories, for all flights, will rely on the use of Airmap, Kittyhawk, and/or B4UFLY to ensure safety. At least one visual observer must be used for night operations under the daylight operations waiver.
A site survey for obstacles will be completed as part of the pre-flight checklist. Indoor flights will rely on laser measurements collected as part of the pre-flight checklist; outdoor flights will be tracked by GPS satellites for optimum positioning and stability during flight.
There are other restrictions not noted here, however all commercial flights comply with the rules set forth by the FAA for UAV/UAS flights within the United States. If needed, FAA waivers/authorizations can be filed depending on the project and timeframe. (Examples of FAA waivers include, but are not limited to: flying multiple aircraft at one time, flying above 400 feet above the ground, flying beyond visual line of sight, etc.)
Low-noise propellers will be used when possible; despite these technological enhancements, drone operations can be noisy, especially when flying within 100 feet of the ground or if there are strong/gusting winds.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY & COPYRIGHT
While every effort will be made to produce and deliver outstanding still and/or moving images, the drone pilot’s entire liability to the client for claim, loss or injury arising from the drone pilot’s performance is limited to a refund to client of the amount paid for services. All best efforts will be made to guarantee delivery of any specific image(s). The drone pilot and client agree to submit any disputes arising from this agreement first to mediation, and if no resolution can be reached, to final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association. If in an unlikely event that the photographs and/or digital files are lost, stolen or destroyed for any reason beyond The Wright Flyer’s control, The Wright Flyer will fully refund all monies paid, but shall have no further liability with respect to this agreement. The limit of liability for partial loss of the still and/or moving images shall be prorated based on what was lost. After the digital files have been successfully delivered to the client, copies of the files are not guaranteed to be forever available through The Wright Flyer. The Wright Flyer owns the copyright on all original files and retains the rights to reproduction of any still and/or motion images produced in connection with any project. The client will be allowed to use the still and/or motion pictures commercially.