FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve heard that commercial drone photography is illegal, is that true?

In the last five years, it has become apparent how important drones were becoming to business. The FAA was caught a little off guard, and it took some time to come up with regulations to track and support commercial UAV (Drone) use.  So initially they created the 333 exemption which allowed for the commercial use of drones by people who were already licensed, pilots.  Image In Flight was one of the first companies to receive a 333 exemption from the FAA.

In the summer of 2016, the FAA update its rules to include PART 107 which is specifically for commercial drone use.  You no longer need to be a licensed pilot, but you still need to take a written exam from the FAA.

Note; In addition to their PART 107 license, all Image In Flight pilots have at least five years remote pilot experience flying R/C helicopters which do not have any of the autonomous flight controls that come on most UAV.  This makes them better and safer UAV pilots as there are rarely flying at the edge of the skill set.


What guidelines do you have for your drone operations?

All Image In Flight drone operations will follow the guidelines below:

  • Drones are given a thorough pre-flight inspection by the operator before each flight.
  • All Image In Flight Drones are under 55lbs take off weight.
  • Drone will always be in Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) of the operator.
  • In some cases Image In Flight may bring a visual observer to assist in maintaining VLOS.
  • When capturing video, we will bring a camera operator. This not only allows for more complex shots but also improves safety by allowing the pilot to just focus on flying.
  • Image In Flight does not use First Person View (FPV) Goggles
  • Maximum drone airspeed is 100 mph (87 knots).
  • Maximum drone altitude is 400 feet above ground level.
  • If the shoot is within 5 miles of an airport or any part of Class B, C, D or E airspace (We will research this before our first meeting) Image In Flight will need to secure permission for the flight before starting.

What resolution images do your drones produce?

Our drones can capture footage up to 5K at 30 frames per second and stills up to 20 megapixels. We can also provide RAW still and video footage.  Please contact use for specific codex or framerate requirements.


Can I get copies of all of the raw footage from the drone flights?

Yes. We can provide you all of the raw footage in several formats or we can edit your images and video to meet your requirements.

Can you take still photos from video clips shot with the drones?

Yes, in most cases, but stills from the drone video will not be as high quality as direct still images.

How long does the drone fly for?

Typical flight times are between 15 and 20 minutes depending on the type of drone and flight conditions. We terminate every flight when the battery reaches 30% charge to allow for the safe landing of the UAV even if there are delays or unforeseen events when landing.

We carry enough batteries for each drone to fly for several hours and have onsite charging in our “Drone Whip

Do you have insurance?

Absolutely. We carry a specialized UAV policy with $5 million coverage to ensure that we have ampul coverage in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

We also specialize in getting project-specific coverage for unusual UAV missions.

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