What about safety?
Safety is our paramount concern at Web-tactics. We will not fly over the heads of people who are not active participants in the production or in inclement weather (precipitation, high winds, etc.) and we use a Visual Observer to provide an additional level of on-site safety. Our pilots are seasoned and responsible operators with experience on an array of equipment and have created safe yet incredible, innovative shots.
How far can you fly?
The UAS must remain within the Pilot in Command's line of sight at all times, and our height ceiling is 400 feet (122 meters) by law.
How long can you fly?
Each battery lasts approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on the payload, temperature and type of aircraft. Swapping out a battery only takes a couple minutes and we always bring multiple batteries to each shoot. If required, we can also recharge batteries during a shoot, as long as there is an outlet nearby.
Are you licensed?
Yes, we were first licensed with the FAA's 333 exemption for commercial pilots and have since been licensed as Part 107 operators of unmanned aircraft.
Are you insured specifically for drones?
Yes, we are insured by the leader in the industry who specializes in covering drones for general liability and hull damage. If you decide to book us, we will be happy to provide you with our certificate of insurance, adding your company as additionally insured.
What are the current FAA restrictions?
1. Our pilots must maintain a visual line of sight with the drone at all times.
2. Flying must be done during daylight hours, with the only exception being 30 mins before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
3. Maximum altitude is 400 feet above the ground or a structure. For example, if we are filming a 150 ft building, we could fly 550 ft high directly above the building.
4. We cannot fly over the heads of people who are not directly participating in the operation. Flying directly over people requires an FAA waiver even if the people are directly involved in the event. Web-tactics can apply for a waiver, but those waivers may take up to 90 days, so we ask for as much prior notice for the event as possible, although we can capture similar shots by staying on the outskirts of the event as well.
5. We cannot fly within a 5-mile radius of an airport without prior authorization from the FAA.
6. Some areas are restricted by the FAA which would prevent us from flying in that particular area.