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Q: What are UAV's?

A: UAV is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, often referred to as a "drone". In Canada any remotely controlled aircraft, regardless of size, is considered to be a UAV when used for commercial purposes.

Q: How high can you fly? 
A: Typically we are restricted to below 400' with the current Transport Canada SFOC that we carry. Most UAV aerial work however tends to be in the 15-250' range on average, the sweet spot that cannot be serviced by a crane or full sized aircraft. 

Q: How is the UAV powered?
A: Our systems are electrically powered, using Lithium Polymer batteries. Electric systems are much quieter and safer than gas powered platforms. 

Q: How long can you fly?
A: We can fly for 8-12 minutes on average, depending on the UAV and payload. Battery changes however only take a few minutes so we can be back in the air quickly between shots. We carry a large supply of batteries to provide for the quick turn around time. 

Q: Can you fly indoors?
A: Yes, depending on the space and system being used we can provide inside footage.

Q: Can you fly in wind and rain?
A: There are some restrictions on weather conditions in which we can fly, typically under 20KM and no precipitation.

Q: What cameras do you use?
A: we can carry anything as small as a GoPro through to a full DSLR such as the Canon 5D.
Most typically we shoot with the Panasonic GH3.

Q: Can you see a live view of what is being shot?
A: Yes, we have a live video stream from the camera, allowing us to frame the shot in real time.  We also have multiple screens to allow you as the client to see the footage as well.  In some case we can also provide an HD live feed.

Q: How do you deliver the footage?
A: We typically provide the raw or edited footage, depending on your needs via a direct Dropbox download.  We can also provide the footage on site as well as required.

Q: Are there any rules and regulations of when and where you can fly?
A: Yes.  All commercial UAV use in Canada is regulated by Transport Canada.  All operators must have what is called an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate).  Flitelab holds a open SFOC for all of Atlantic Canada, so we can operate in most locations with very little lead time, often with 24-36 hours or less dependent on the location.  There are restrictions around how close to other people and object a UAV can be used as well as weather, location, and related limits.

Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes. We carry $2 million UAV liability insurance. 

Q: Do you provide UAV support & consulting?
A: Yes. Contact us to discuss how we can meet your specific needs for in house support and custom UAV development.