General Flight Information
It is strongly recommended to add optional flight insurance to each project, up to $25 million dollars. You, your company, and/or your city/town can be listed as additional insureds on the policy. Flight insurance can be purchased in advance of the project and each plan has adjustable inputs for flight radius/distance, duration, and value. Prices vary; however, using generic settings: insuring an all-day (from the start of civil twilight at dawn to the end civil twilight at dusk) outdoor flight for $25,000,000 in coverage costs $194. Certain areas have a coverage maximums.
MULTIPLE FLIGHTS FOR A SINGLE PROJECT
Depending on aerodynamics, prevailing wind speed and direction, flight distance, and other factors, multiple flights may be needed to appropriately cover a property or location. If multiple flights are needed, this involves several take-off and landings – this does not change insurance rates nor the overall rate for the project.
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.
SAFETY & PROCEDURES
For enhanced safety, all flights are conducted with redundant high-intensity CREE LED anti-collision lighting intended to be seen three nautical 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 has been used. Airspace rules and advisories, for all flights, will rely on the use of Airmap to ensure safety.
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.)
There currently are no cancellation charges if inclement weather or strong winds inhibit flight. We will work with you to reschedule. Cancellations on the part of the Client will be fully chargeable within 48 hours of the appointment.