Planning & Pricing
Good planning will reduce your cost substantially (if you stick to the plan)
Time spent planning the photos or videos you want will save you wasted time in the air, setup costs and extra flights EVERY time. There is no cost to discuss your project and work out a general Mission Plan. We can often give you an exact price over the phone, once we know the scope of your project. A few simple high-def photos or 20 minutes of unedited HD video can be as little as $100-150 if there is less <1hr travel involved.
WEATHER: We normally plan for an alternate weather day (which could be just for the best lighting). We don't charge extra flight time if we miss an opportunity because of weather but we may charge travel time if we get there and you decide conditions are not right. No cost if we don't go, and we'll help you make those weather decisions early.
RESTRICTIONS and LIMITATIONS:
Altitude: Up to 400ft.Above Ground - Aviation Rules for UAVs
Area: In sight of takeoff point- Generally <500meters or so.
Time: about 20-30min each flight. Unlimited flights. Day or night. Virtually all weather except icing conditions.
People: We keep 10m away from everything generally depending on if they are the purpose of the shot. No direct overflight. We have active collision avoidance sensors that will stop flight into any solid surface (like your head). If filming will recognize faces, then individuals must know and consent to being filmed, especially if it's for commercial use. Also, we need the written permission of the property owner to be on the property. No sneaking up on people to take photos . . . although I used to love doing that when it was my job in NATO.
Airports: No big deal. We can get permission to fly near or even on civil or private airports for certain activities. We are licensed and carry VHF aircraft communications. No major air terminals, near power lines, busy highways (distracted drivers) or directly over boat marinas or sports crowds. International borders cannot be crossed. . . . do your own smuggling!
Cities and Industrial Sites: Yes, with permission from city,
property/company owners and NAVCANADA / TPT CANADA.
Water: Generally within 1/2 mile (2500ft) of the shoreline.
Indoors: Can be done if properly planned.
Military OPS: Sure, 20+yrs experience. . . Nothing TOO HARD! Law enforcement support also. We don't do fires but we can coordinate with fire and search and rescue for disaster relief.
Don't risk climbing to inspect barns
This is the detail you get from 1 frame of video or 1 still photo.
Flight Rates vs Day Rate
Each flight, if it's well planned, is about 10-25 min and we can do up to 3 flights in an hour on-site. That is usually more than enough time to capture half an hour of HD video or dozens of quality still shots, with excellent detail (See LEFT). You can survey an entire 100 acre property in 1-2 flights to survey drains, find lost cattle in the woods or check crop growth. If your activity is Base Jumping or climbing cliffs I may need to hang around all day and do multiple flights, over several hours, to capture the one shot of activity you want. Then a 1/2 day or full day flat rate of $600-1200 may apply and that includes some basic post processing. Detailed Mission Planning might reduce that cost again, depending on location or a clear and simple goal for the whole shoot. We work with an award winning nature photographer for advice on special projects.
Simply loading a 32Gig chip (your chip) or uploading your photos (about <500Mb) to youtube or DropBox etc. is included in any shoot cost, so RAW photos and videos are cheapest and easiest way of getting amazing aerial footage. Post production can be time consuming and ultimately cost a lot more than the Flight itself, if you are working on a movie or commercial. Basic titles, music overlays and some colour adjustment is normally included in the quoted price. Our specialty is flying in hard to film places, not making Hollywood films, so our base rate for more specific Post Production is $100/hr or a negotiated flat fee. We use the latest Adobe Premiere Pro for editing high-quality videos in virtually any format and we can get a top notch photo/video artist involved if needed, but . . . .if you are a Hollywood director though and just need a camera pilot . . I'm your guy!
Think of day travel as 100-300km radius of Sarnia Ontario. That's a day job. (See map under CONTACT tab). We don't normally charge exact mileage unless its off in the wilderness somewhere. We can easily shoot within a 300km radius in one day. Pre-planning estimates are FREE and we will usually offer a fixed fee once you define the goal and we can offer some alternatives as to how to make that happen . . . even same day if it works for you. . . . . . Anything is possible!