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 Certification
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 $20 million 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:
We’re a full member of the Australian Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) organisation. The peak industry body for the unmanned sector of aviation.
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 ReOC 0669
We’re fully certified by CASA. Altitude Imaging holds a RPA Operators Certificate (ReOC) and all our remote pilots hold CASA issued Remote Pilot Licences (RePL).
We’re also an approved operator under the UAS International Standard. This is an international standard that encompasses all sectors of the unmanned aircraft industry and is aligned with the ICAO guidelines.
Why choose aerial drone photography over a manned aircraft or helicopter service?
Manned aircraft and drones provide two different styles of aerial photography, and there are certainly situations when a helicopter or aircraft may be better suited to the task. Here are some of the advantages of using our services:
• Our drones 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 capture multiple altitudes, positions and angles in a single flight.
• Our services are dramatically more affordable than the helicopter equivalent.
How are your drone 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)
• The equipment and personnel required
• 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 pilots are required for drone aerial photography services?
That depends on the scope of the assignment. Simple projects can be completed by a single remote pilot. Complex operations require a remote pilot and a camera operator / photographer. A two person crew allows for higher quality precision flying and footage and improves operational safety.
How long can your drones fly for?
Most modern drones will fly for around 20 minutes allowing for a 20% safety margin. We also operate long range drones that fly for over an hour and tethered drones that have an unlimited flight time. The good thing is that Altitude Imaging owns and operates drones and cameras for a wide range of applications.
Do some weather conditions 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.