FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DRONES
1. HOW HIGH CAN YOU FLY?
We fly line of sight, meaning the pilot will never let the CopterCam leave his vision. This usually means roughly 400 feet in distance and 250 feet in altitude. Current FAA regulations limit the use of unmanned aircraft to stay below the 250ft ceiling.
2. IS THE COPTER ELECTRIC OR GAS?
The entire platform is electric, and both the copter and gimbal run on independent batteries. There are no messy liquids to deal with, no smoke, and very little noise.
3. HOW LONG CAN YOU FLY FOR?
The length of flight time depends on the weight of the camera. To give you an idea, if we fly a GoPro, the flight time is roughly 20 minutes. Normally we fly a 5D or 7D and the flight time is 10 minutes.
4. HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED TO RE-CHARGE AND FLY AGAIN?
While the time in the air is roughly 10 minutes, we have enough battery power to fly all day, assuming we have the ability to plug in chargers so we can charge recently used batteries while flying new batteries. Downtime is roughly 60 seconds from landing to being airborne after a battery change.
5. HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN THE COPTERCAM LIFT?
We like to keep the weight of the camera under 5 pounds. While the Copter can technically lift a heavier camera, like a RED EPIC, we prefer not to as it heavily affects the stability of the platform and the air-worthiness of the Copter.
6. WHAT CAMERAS DO YOU FLY WITH?
Normally we fly the Canon 5D, Canon 7D, Sony NX-5, Sony NX-7, or the Sony FS-100.
7. CAN WE SEE ON THE GROUND WHAT IS BEING SHOT?
Yes. There is a live feed to the camera operator and/or video village displaying what is being shot in the air in real time.
8. CAN THE PILOT CHASE A CAR OR BIKE?
Yes. If provided with a chase vehicle (like a golf cart, rhino, or open bed truck), we can chase whatever you like for up to 10 minutes.
9. CAN YOU FLY IN THE WIND OR RAIN?
No. Wind exceeding 10 m.p.h makes it difficult to control the Copter in tight environments. While we technically can fly in winds exceeding 10 m.p.h, it’s the pilots call as to whether it’s safe or not to fly. We will not fly in the rain.
10. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR BOOKED AND THEN ITS RAINING?
If we show up on site and never get airborne, we only charge 50% of the quoted fee. However, LAcoptercam, LLC offers weather insurance, please contact us directly for more information.
11. CAN THE GIMBAL BE DETACHED AND USED INDEPENDENTLY OF THE COPTER?
Yes. The gimbal is modular and operates on its own battery and radio system. By taking the gimbal off the copter, you are able to basically have a gyro-stabilized hand-held shot. The results are similar to a Steadicam, it’s just much easier to operate and maneuver.
12. HOW SAFE IS THIS THING?
Safety is the main priority and we will never fly if the conditions are not safe. The copter cam is not a toy and shouldn’t be treated as such, however, it is much safer than a single rotor helicopter as there are 8 small plastic rotors instead of one large carbon fiber rotor-blade.
13. CAN YOU FLY INSIDE?
Absolutely. We enjoy flying in stadiums and arenas… you never have to worry about Mother Nature!
14. WHAT HAPPENS IF IT CRASHES?
Lacoptercam, LLC has a perfect track record, however, we realize accidents can happen. We will never fly over spectators or people unrelated to production, and we hold a $1,000,000 ($1m) insurance floater for liability and personal property.
15. CAN I BE LISTED AS ADDITIONALLY INSURED?
Yes, we are happy to list you on our waiver as additionally insured, however, we may also request a waiver from you if the shot consists of hazards (water, flying through obstacles, etc.) While our insurance covers the property and people involved if there were a mishap, it doesn’t cover the actual copter itself.
16. WHAT ARE THE RATES AND HOW DO I BOOK?
For rate and booking information, please contact us directly. We are happy to work with you no matter what size your budget.
WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.
LA CopterCam operates as a Louisiana Drone Video and Film company in New Orleans, LA and all over Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. All of our equipment travels easily in Pelican cases for those out-of-town shoots, and the entire team holds current passports. If you would like additional information or a custom quote, please don’t hesitate to contact us.