FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions

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

To fly a drone for commercial purposes you must receive a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   To qualify for this exemption, the petitioner must be a licensed pilot of full size aircraft.

Image In Flight, has received its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for Section 333 exemption for aerial data collection. Aerial data collection includes any remote sensing and measuring by an instrument(s) aboard the UA. Examples include imagery (photography, video, infrared, etc.), electronic measurement (precision surveying, RF analysis, etc.), chemical measurement (particulate measurement, etc.), or any other gathering of data by instruments aboard the UA.

Approx. 2500 Section 333 exemptions have been issued by the FAA across the country so Image In Flight is one of the few companies that can legally fly drones for commercial purposes.

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.
  • 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.
  • Minimum weather visibility is 3 miles from control station.
  • 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 produce images up to 4K at 30 frames per second and stills up to 16 megapixels.


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 many minutes of video do you typically shoot?

Batteries allow for 15-20 minutes total flight times so actual flights are limited to 10-15 minutes as all flights are terminated when battery level reaches 30%.  We can make several flight in order to guarantee that we get beautiful shots you request.

Are you insured?

Absolutely. We carry a specialized policy with $5 million coverage to make ensure that we have coverage in the rare instance something goes wrong.

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