Q How much does it cost?
A- In general, the standard daily rate is $4000.00 CAD. However, reduced rates can be nogotiated for multi-day shoots.
- Pilot and camera operator/secondary pilot fees
- The SkyFly Studios aerial camera platform
- All support equipment
- Zenmuse Brushless Camera Gimbal
- Permit applications if neccesary
- To receive a more accurate quotation visit our Contact Us page, fill out the quote request form with information about your particular project, and we’ll contact you shortly with a quotation based on your particular needs.
Q What sort of weather conditions can you fly in?
A-The two main limiting factors for the SkyFly Studios helicopters are wind and precipitation. At the time of this writing, we follow these guidelines.
First, for safety reasons we do not fly our system in winds exceeding 20mph. (UPDATE: We are currently experimenting with different propeller configurations and are starting to get good results in winds as high as 25-30mph. However, this is still in the experimentation stages). For smoother shots we generally recommend flying in winds of 15mph or less. Second, we currently cannot fly in precipitation but are actively looking at some very promising solutions to allow for these sort of flights. Our onboard sensors are designed to be extremely sensitive in order to measure an array of flight factors with great precision. As a result they are extremely susceptible to moisture, and cannot simply be sealed without airflow considerations.
Q How long can you fly?
A -Our systems are electric with typical flight times of 10 to 20 minutes, depending upon payload and weather conditions. When the battery pack is almost exhausted, we simply land the rc helicam system and replace the exhausted battery pack with a fully charged one. We have several battery packs and a portable charging station on-site to allow continual flights throughout the day. For remote locations, we provide a portable generator at a cost of $40.00/day.
Q How high, and how fast can you fly?
A-We limit our operations to an altitude of 400′ (for legal and safety reasons). As for speeds, wind conditions play a role, but it is not uncommon to obtain maximum speeds of about 80mph.
Q Can you fly indoors?
A- Yes. Our system is completely electric and very stable. All we need is a location with a large open unobstructed area, such as a sound stage, warehouse, sports facility, auditorium, etc.
Q How does a typical shoot work?
A- Our team travels to your location with all the necessary equipment. Once at location, we unload, set-up, and do all safety checks. If all systems are good to go, then we can be ready for our first flights in approximately 45 minutes.
Our team consists of two key members: a primary pilot, and a remote camera operator/secondary pilot. We typically ask our clients to provide one individual to act as a spotter during the shoot. While the camera is airborne, a live video feed is sent to our ground-station. From here, the camera operator, as well our client(s), can see everything from the camera’s perspective. Together, along-side the pilot, the group can easily communicate to one another in order to ensure the desired images are captured. For flights requiring repeatable flight paths, or when an exact flight path is in mind, our ground-station is equipped with a state-of-the-art autopilot system. Using our touch-screen computer, and a satellite map of the area, a flight path can be pre-planned in 3D space, and executed automatically.