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FAQ Categories Archives: Flight FAQs

While flying, we’re most frequently asked the following questions.

Can you see what the drone is seeing?

Yes, we have a live HD video downlink which allows us to perfectly frame each scene and watch the footage as it’s being captured in real time. The video can be viewed in real time on HD monitors, tablets, mobile phones, FPV goggles, and/or even live broadcast to YouTube, Facebook, and other live broadcast sites/services.

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How long can they fly?

Wind and other weather conditions affect flight time greatly but most of our drones can fly between 25-45 minutes before a battery swap is required. A couple can even fly for 90-110 minutes.

For applications requiring longer flight times, we can quickly swap out the rechargeable battery packs and get our drones back in the air extremely quickl or use our home built wings which can fly in excess of several hours. A few of our drones can even fly continuously for many hours with a tether/power cable.

We also have enough battery packs to keep all of our drones up in the air virtually continuously (while depleted batteries recharge in our vehicles, from solar batteries, or gas generators.)

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Can I prohibit drones from flying over my property?

No, for the same reasons you can’t stop manned airplanes and helicopters. We are also flying within the Public, National Airspace. Only the Federal government is able to place prohibitions, restrictions, or regulations on the airspace.

We usually don’t get too close unless it’s unavoidable, for safety, a search and rescue mission, or another type of emergency. This may include, but is not limited to, evasive action to avoid birds or manned aircraft, to perform an emergency landing, to comply with Law Enforcement, or FAA limits/restrictions/orders.

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Can I shoot down a drone?

In short: not legally. Attempting to damage or destroy a drone is the same as attempting to damage or destroy manned aircraft. It is a felony and a federal criminal violation (18 USC 32).

You’re likely to be immediately arrested. If found guilty, you could be sentenced to jail for years or decades. Plus, you’ll definitely lose your right to own or possess guns. We can also sue for all damages and legal costs.

In detail:

  • Drones are protected by the same exact laws all aircraft are. So, anyone shooting at a drone would be treated the same as if they shot at a real manned helicopter or airplane. The shooter could be arrested and charged with dozens of very serious crimes. A conviction of any one of these could result in a multiple decade prison term and permanent loss of your right to own or possess guns.
  • Property owners have ZERO private airspace and for the same reasons they cannot prohibit manned airplanes and helicopters, they can’t prohibit drones. We’re always operating within the Public, National Airspace. Only the Federal government is able to place prohibitions, restrictions, or regulations on this airspace. A landowner never has any right to shoot at a drone and would be subject to arrest, prosecution and civil liability.
  • If the shooter causes a loss of control and the drone crashes into a person (or people), the shooter could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon or even more serious crimes. If anyone should die, the shooter could be charged with manslaughter or even possibly murder.
  • Anyone causing damages to a drone would also open themselves to very serious civil liabilities and penalties. Drone operators and anyone else with damages, can actively pursue these damages and all legal costs through civil courts.
The contents of this post are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. I am not a lawyer, so I do not give legal advice. If you should have any questions or want professional assurance that the information is appropriate to your situation please consult a licensed attorney.
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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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