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Frequently Asked Questions

What is UAV or Drone?

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and also referred by several other names such as RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) or UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight of UAVs may be controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground.

How much do you charge?

We offer a wide range of services from simple aerial photos and video through to accurate geo-referenced mapping and custom projects, please contact us for a quote.

We accept payment by cheque, PayPal or e-mail money transfer.

What are the conditions for flight?

  • Visibility of greater than 3 nm (5 km)
  • Winds below 15 knots (30 km/h)
  • Cloud ceiling greater than 500 feet above ground level (AGL) for uncontrolled airspace
  • Cloud ceiling greater than 1000 feet above ground level (AGL) for controlled airspace
  • Maximum Cloudiness: Overcast (OVC, 8 Oktas)
  • No precipitation
  • Temperature -10°C to 40°C
  • No Icing conditions

Can you operate in downtown Vancouver?

We can operate anywhere in BC with very short notice (48 hours).
UAViation Aerial Imaging Solutions holds blanket SFOC to operate in any controlled or uncontrolled airspace as long as it is safe and legal to fly.

What about safety?

Safety is our paramount concern and number one goal at UAViation.  We will not fly over crowds or in inclement weather (precipitation, high winds, etc) and at all times we use a Visual Observer to provide an additional level of on-site safety.  Our pilots are seasoned and responsible operators with experience on equipment, and have created some safe yet incredible, innovative shots.

How far can you fly?

The UAV must remain within the Pilot in Command’s Visual line of sight (VLOS) at all times, and our ceiling is 400′.

For an additional layer of safety, we’ve set a self-imposed limit of 2km (1.2 miles) from the transmitter. If the copter exceeds that limit, it will automatically return to the takeoff location. We like to maintain a visual of the drone at all times and fly accordingly, depending on visibility.

How long can you fly?

We use LiPo rechargeable batteries to power our copters. Each battery lasts approximately 15-18 minutes. A battery change only takes 2 minutes and we always bring multiple batteries to each shoot and recharge during flights as long as there is an outlet nearby.

Are you insured?

Yes, we are insured by insurance provider specialize in covering UAV’s for $5,000,000 UAV liability and damage policy. We are also insured with a $5,000,000 standard commercial general liability insurance for photography/videography policy. If you decide to book us, we will be happy to provide you with any documentation.

What sort of non-aerial coverage do you provide?

Anything you need!  We recommend ground coverage for all of our projects; it can often bring the production value to another level and tell a more complete story.

We have a full suite of cameras including time lapse, motion time lapse, and slow-motion; a professional lens kit to get precisely the shot you need; and an array of stabilization equipment to give you high-quality films of events, landscapes, promos, real estate properties and more. Want live HD streaming of an event? We do that too! We do all of our editing in-house to give you a consistent level of professionalism and quality.

Where are you located and what areas do you service?

We are located in Coquitlam, BC and service all of Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas. That being said, we LOVE to travel! If you want to get us on a project that is requires a plane or a long drive then all we ask is that you pay travel and lodging expenses. We are great at finding deals and do not charge a premium for this.

How do I book you guys?

Fill out our contact us form and someone from UAViation will contact you shortly!