Frequently Asked Questions
We receive questions in all shapes and sizes,
see some answers below to help or get in touch for anything else.
Safety and Certifications
Is Altitude Imaging licensed, qualified and insured for commercial drone operations?
Safety is always our top priority. To that end, we’ve secured all of the relevant certifications required to operate drones in Australia. We’re fully insured and carry Public Liability Insurance, and Workers Compensation Insurance and of course our drones and vehicles are comprehensively insured. Here’s a list of our certifications and memberships:
• ACUO Membership
We’re a full member of the Australian Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) organisation. The peak industry body for the unmanned sector of aviation.
• AAUS Accreditation
We’re an accredited operator under the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), which is Australia’s largest industry advocacy group for unmanned systems.
• CASA UAV Operators Certificate 0669
We’re fully certified by CASA. Altitude Imaging holds a UAV Operators Certificate and all our remote pilots hold CASA issued Remote Pilot Licences.
• UAS International Accreditation
We’re also an approved operator under the UASI Standard. This is an international standard based on ICAO guidelines.
Company and Services
Our Drones and Equipment
Why choose aerial photography drone over a helicopter imaging service?
Helicopters and UAVs provide two different styles of aerial photography, and there are certainly situations when a helicopter may be better suited to the task. Here are some of the advantages of using a UAV:
• They are quiet and provide minimal disturbance to the site being filmed or photographed
• They can fly below 120 m allowing for much more intimate views than a helicopter can provide
• They can be quickly launched and landed to capture spur-of-the-moment developments on the ground
• UAV photography services are dramatically more affordable than the helicopter equivalent.
How are your drone photography services priced?
Due to the nature of the work we conduct, it is necessary for us to quote on a job-by-job basis. Here are some of the factors that we’ll take into account when quoting:
• Site location
• Amount of preparatory work required (i.e. surveying the site or obtaining special permission to shoot)
• Inherent risk of flying a drone for the shoot
We may also take other considerations into account. Contact us directly for more information
What is UAV?
UAV stands for ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’, and this refers to the flying platform on which we secure our cameras and other sensors. In layman’s terms, a UAV is the same thing as a drone. You may also hear them referred to as a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).
How many drone operators are required for drone aerial photography services?
A standard set-up requires two operators. One exclusively pilots the drone to develop the right angles and ensure its safety. The other operates the camera. Having two operators like this allows for higher quality footage, as neither operator’s attention is divided.
Is Altitude Imaging insured?
Yes, we are fully insured so long as we adhere to the rules and guidelines laid out by the CASA. In addition to that, we also carry extensive public liability cover, which means you have nothing to worry about when chartering the services of our drone operators.
Are there certain weather conditions that prohibit flying a drone?
Yes, our ability to launch and control an aerial photography drone is dependent upon the current weather conditions. However, our UAV systems are highly sophisticated, and some of them can be safely operated in the rain. Strong winds can also be a problem, especially if there are trees or other obstacles to contend with.
What is the range and speed of your UAVs?
We own and operate some of the most sophisticated UAVs currently available. With that in mind, the limitations on the altitude, range and speed of our drones is limited by prevailing regulations rather than technology. Our drones can fly at around 50 km/hr and are actually capable of flying thousands of feet in the air. However, CASA limits us to operating at a maximum of 400 feet (121 metres) above ground level. That said, most of our drone photography services require us to operate even lower – often at an altitude of about 200 feet (60 metres) above the ground.
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