Welcome to our frequently asked questions. Most of inquiries cover the same general questions. So we have put an online FAQ for your review.
Q: Do you rent just the UAV?
A: No, we only offer it as a service, it comes with pilot and camera operator.
Q: Can UAV fly in rain?
Q: How does wind effect Helicam/Drone?
A: Wind above 8m/s makes it difficult to have steady shots
Q: How long does the battery of the UAV last?
A: With one battery helicam can fly about 8 – 15 minutes depending of the weather. This means about 10 minutes of air time,
for example 5 min in air for first show, 20 min waiting on ground for reset, 5 min for the second shot and so on. Changing the battery takes
about 2 minutes. With our fixed wing UAV’s, the flight time is 15-25 minutes depending upon wind conditions.
Q: Is it safe to fly on top of actors / crowd?
A: Safety goes first. We never fly on top of audience or crowd who are not well briefed and trained for emergency procedures. How ever,
as you can see from our showreel video, it is usually rather easy to arrange a clear path of flight even on mass audience events to create feeling of being close or on top of the crowd.
Q: Is it safe in general?
A: We have strict safety procedures and checklists to ensure maximum safety on set, but in wrong hands or environment large RC heli can be very dangerous. And there is always a small chance for mechanical or electric failure. Thats why we fly only in a controlled situation. If we feel its unsafe to fly, we don’t fly.
Q: Can you fly inside a building or room?
A: In a large enough space, yes.
Q: What is the maximum ground speed of UAV?
A: About 60km/h for our vertical lift UAV’s and 120km/h for our fixed wing UAV’s
Q: What is the maximum operating distance for UAV?
A: Pilot has to be able to see the orientation of the UAV, so there has to be always uninterrupted line of sight between pilot and UAV. The maximum radius then being about 300m from the pilot. UAV can be also piloted from a moving vehicle/boat to extend its range. The radio range for the controls is approximately 3-4km. We also have the ability to add FPV (first person view) equipment to all our of UAV’s kits, which allows the pilot to fly beyond line of sight.
Q: Can we use our own camera or other instruments on UAV?
A: Yes, we can fly with most small sized cameras, it just takes bit preparation. Max lift weight is 8-12lb depending upon which UAV’s kit used.
Q: Can you see what you are shooting?
A: Yes, if requested there is a wireless video coming from the UAV (NTSC quality only for live video downlink). We will provide remote monitor if requested.
Q: What is the maximum gear you can fly with?
A: Carry capacity is 8-12lbs
Q: Can you control the camera from the ground?
A: Yes, we can remote control tilt, pan and roll, and with canon HDSLRs and Sony X7 we can remote control almost all basic camera functions: rec on/off, zoom, focus, aperture, shutter.
Q: Can the wireless video from the helicam used for live broadcast?
A: No. The power of the video transmitter used in the UAV is limited for several reasons, thats why the video transmission is prone to radio interference so most of the time the quality is not up to broadcast standards. The final video is stored on the memory card of the camera on helicam and the final quality of the image can be checked when helicam returns to ground. A work around for basic live webcasting is to mount a Smart Phone (iPhone, Andriod, Windows Mobile) with an live broadcasting app (i.e.: live stream app). This is a rapidly changing sector, and we expect newer technolgies to come on by 2014.
Q: What if UAV crashes or goes out of order?
A: We try not to, but if such unfortunate thing would happen, we always have a backup kits with us.