Frequently Asked Questions

What is a UAV/UAS?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Unmanned Aerial System. Multi-rotor drones which are operated via a transmitter remote. They are far more maneuverable than manned aircraft and can get much closer to the subject matter.

What sort of equipment can be used on your UAS’s?

Our most popular & maneuverable drone is the DJI Phantom 4. This popular quadcopter has the least amount of setup time and can grab photos and video from the air, changing the camera settings in real time. It can also be equipped with propeller guards to protect property and people alike. It can film in full 4K at 30 frames per second (fps), 1080p at multiple settings (including slo-mo), and take 12MP still photography. More information about the specifications can be read here.

What about safety?

Safety is one of my foremost concerns when flying. Prior to each flight, a preflight checklist is gone over – which looks at the class of airspace operations will occur, the weather patterns for the day, visual inspection of the UAS, and more.  I will not fly over dense crowds or in inclement weather (precipitation, high winds, etc) and if need be, I use a Visual Observer to provide an additional level of on-site safety.  I am seasoned and responsible operator with experience on an array of equipment and have created safe yet incredible, innovative shots, flying in locales ranging from the remote Irish Countryside to off a boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

How far can you fly?

The UAS must remain within the Pilot in Command’s line of sight (LOS) at all times, and our height ceiling is 400 feet (122 meters).

My copters are equipped with a failsafe system so that if loses communication with the transmitter, it will automatically return to the takeoff location.

How long can you fly?

The UASs that I currently own use LiPo rechargeable batteries to power the copters. Each battery lasts approximately 20-25 minutes, depending on the weather, aggressiveness of the flight path, and temperature. Swapping out a battery only takes 2 minutes and I always bring multiple batteries to each shoot and recharge during flights as long as there is an outlet nearby.

Are you insured?

Yes, I am insured while flying commercially & recreationally for $1,000,000. I am one of the few leaders in the industry who specialize in covering UAS’ for liability and damage. If you decide to book Ignite Bright Aerial, I will be happy to provide you with any documentation.

What sort of non-aerial coverage do you provide?

Anything you need!  Coupling aerial videography with stabilized ground shots is something that I’m fond of. I highly recommend ground coverage for all of my projects; it can often bring the production value to another level and tell a more complete story.

I have a full suite of cameras including time lapse, motion time-lapse, and slow-motion; a professional lens kit to get precisely the shot you need; and an array of stabilization equipment to give you high-quality films of events, landscapes, promos, real estate properties and more. As a full-scale production studio, I do all of the editing in-house to give you a consistent level of professionalism and quality.

Where are you located and what areas do you service?

Currently, I am located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and service anywhere in the USA & world. That being said, I LOVE to travel! If you want to get me on a project that requires a plane or a long drive then all I ask is that you pay basic travel and lodging expenses. I’m great at finding deals and do not charge a premium for this.

What are the FAA restrictions?

IMPORTANT: Since this industry is on the cutting edge, new rules and regulations are coming out regularly so be sure to ask us about the most current drone laws.

There is a 5-mile radius “no fly zone” around all international airports and 1 mile around local airports. There are also other areas with restricted flight, to check your project’s location, please visit this Know Before You Fly Map.

That being said, there is a process through the FAA where one can obtain a Certificate of Authorization. These are processed within 60-90 days by the FAA. If you have a project located in a no-fly zone, reach out to us as soon as possible so that I can submit a petition to fly.

For a detailed overview of the rules and regulations, read this pdf provided by the FAA.

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