UAV (Drone) Photography and Videography
***We are FAA Certified to fly UAVs (drones) commercially, and have FAA Waivers for the restricted airspace around the Portland Jetport and the Portsmouth International Airport.***
While we have been taking pictures and shooting video from helicopters and planes for over 20 years, the recent addition of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's), or "Drones", has come with many benefits, but also some serious issues. A UAV allows us to get a camera into places that wouldn't normally be possible, even with a helicopter. This allows for an interesting perspective, and is absolutely wonderful for both photography and video work.
Our current UAV can shoot 4K video @ 30fps. The one inch sensor in the camera can also produce stunning 20mp image files, with better high dynamic range (less noise) and clarity than older versions. The much improved lens in our new UAV greatly reduces the distortion so commonly associated with lesser quality drone cameras.
Of course, with the good, comes the bad. Over the last few years, we've all heard stories of near collisions between drones and commercial aircraft, drones being shotgunned out of the sky, and even drones landing on the White House front lawn. Last year, the FAA finally instituted FAA Part 107, also known as the "Remote Pilot" Certification. This certification allows UAV pilots to operate their drones legally, for commercial gain, as long as the rules put forth by the FAA are followed.
"The recent success of drone photography brings with it a serious number of "overnight" aerial photographers. Now, some of these are legitimate, and have taken, and passed, their Part 107 exam. They know about safety and learn about the potential consequences for flying their UAV illegally, or worse, dangerously.
Maine Imaging has passed the Part 107 exam, and we also carry extensive commercial liability insurance.
Hiring someone to fly their UAV for you is always a risk. To protect yourself, and your company, from potential litigation and lawsuits, make sure that you hire an FAA Certified Remote Pilot and verify that they have their license. Also, make sure to ask about their insurance coverage.