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Frequently Asked Questions

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A twenty-two year old horse named Milo, busted through the fencing of its pasture and was missing for four days. Just hours after being called in to help search for the horse, Vermont Drone literally located it in the last few minutes of daylight.
Vermont Drone has safely located many lost pets and animals for their owners and participated in searches for missing persons.

We may be able to help assist with a missing person or lost pet or animal search if all the following criteria has been met: (If unsure about anything below, we are happy to discuss and determine eligibility with the missing person’s family or animal’s owner.)

  1. For missing persons: we will defer to and coordinate with local or state law enforcement or rescue teams.
    For lost animals: A traditional search must already be in progress. (Posted signs around the neighborhood. Posted messages to NextDoor, Front Porch Forum, Facebook, etc. Also talked with neighbors that do not use those services.) The person or animal must have been last spotted within the last 24 hours and within a general area of 1-2 square miles repeatedly, or repeatedly spotted within the last 24 hours traveling in a specific direction along a road, trail, river, brook, or other physical boundary;
  2. vegitation in search area must be thin enough to still be able to spot the size and color and/or thermal signature of the missing person or lost animal from the air;
  3. weather conditions and flight area must allow for safe takeoff/landing and flight operation. (We do not perform SAR missions at night or twlight, during snow, sleet, or rain, fog/low visibility, or sustained winds over 25MPH.);
  4. flight area must be eligible for FAA/ATC flight authorization;
  5. and for missing persons: volunteers or professions must be available on-site and capable of transversing the landscape to a located person.
    and for lost animals: persons familiar to the animal must be available on-site and capable of transversing the landscape to a located animal, should the animal be located. We highly suggest owners have humane traps/food at the ready as most lost animals are in a “survival mode” or “panic mode” and often no longer respond to their owners calling them, using trained commands, or approaching them. They may even runaway again when approached by someone they have always trusted and responded to in the past.

Other conditions which might limit the odds of a successful search may also exclude our ability to assist or locate the person or animal.

Unfortunately, it is necessary we charge a non-refundable fee upfront to cover the cost of performing the flights, maintaining our gear and equipment, other costs/fees, and cost of travel. This fee varies by location, equipment, staff availability, and other associated costs but generally is around $375-675 for the first two hours on-site (each day). Additional hours requested after the first 2 hours on-site is $100-300/hour. But please beware, we do not recommend continuing a drone SAR in excess of 2 hours unless the person or animal has been spotted again in another area.

We accept donations on behalf of anyone who cannot afford these services.

To engage our SAR services please contact us. Please provide the full street address or GPS location of the last observed location. (If a street address is not available, we highly recommend using the What 3 Words website/app instead of raw GPS coordinates.)

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For an accurate quote we’ll need to discuss your needs and learn more about your project. We often custom tailor projects to fit specific budgets. Please contact us to discuss by email or schedule a free, no obligation, phone call or meeting.

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Vermont Drone is a highly respected industry leader with a perfect safety record. Learn more about us: Our training, experience, safety, high quality, value, innovative and reliable technology, and exceptional customer satisfaction on our About page.

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Covid Update

We have an ironclad commitment to health and safety. Our focus is to keep customers and employees safe, and to continue to deliver outstanding service during these unprecedented times.

Our crews are following all health and safety precautions including frequent hand washing and gear sanitization, plus masks and physical distancing at all times. If employees feel sick, are sick or have any concerns with exposure, they will stay at home.

Wind and other weather conditions limit operational flight days. FAA/ATC coordination may also cause delays in some flight areas. For the fastest service it is important to get in queue and secure a shoot date ASAP. Please Request A Quote to automatically get added to the queue, discuss your project, and obtain pricing.

PLEASE NOTE: Indoor races and practice meetups are suspended. All Workshops are available online. Our retail shop/repair location is temporarily closed.

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