Aerial Footage FAQs
What are drones/ UAVs/ RPAs?
a. Drones are unmanned aircraft that are guided remotely. When referring to the types of drones that are used for photography or video purposes other terms used are “unmanned aerial vehicle” (UAV) and “remotely piloted aircraft” (RPA).
b. In general, these terms can be used interchangeably.
What is so special about drones?
a. Less expensive than helicopters and more flexible than using a conventional dolly, drones can literally add more angles to your video content than ever before. Due to their small size and high level of manoeuvrability, UAVs can also fly closer and in unique spaces compared to a helicopter.
b. With such a variety of UAV models available on the market, there has never been so much opportunity to photograph and film from above. It is now possible and affordable to film people, buildings, landmarks, nature and animals from the air.
Do companies have to be approved to fly drones?
a. In Australia it is illegal to fly any drone for commercial gain without certification. Therefore it is important that when you are considering hiring a company for aerial video or photography, that they are certified by CASA. Certified companies are listed here: https://www.casa.gov.au/operations/standard-page/list-uas-operator-certificate-holders.
b. In Australia UAVs are regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
c. In order to fly a UAV for commercial gain, the person operating the UAV must hold a current Remote Pilot Licence, and in addition the UAV must be flown under a company that holds a current Unmanned Operator Certificate (UOC). The assessment and approval process is rigorous and safety-focused.
d. If you hire a company that is not certified, this also means that they would not be insured for public liability should damage be caused by their drone/s. To be insured for public liability, the company must first be CASA-approved to fly drones commercially.
e. There are companies who are operating drones without the required CASA approval. Operating without approval risks a heavy fine, as well as the possibility of legal liability should damage be caused by UAV operations.
Do companies have to be insured for drone operations?
a. Every company conducting UAV operations should hold a current public liability insurance policy specifically covering UAV operations. As for any media project, it is important to know that the company you work with has the appropriate insurances in place to help protect against public liability.
How much does it cost for aerial footage?
a. Our rates range from $1,000 to $2,000 +GST per day depending on specific requirements. This price includes an operator and camera assistant. If travel to the location will take over 2 hours from Sydney this will be at an additional charge, to cover travel costs.
b. We believe in transparency and “no surprises”, so just get in touch if you have further questions about price and we would be more than happy to talk through your project and provide an obligation-free quote.
c. Because we are a full service video production company, if you decide to fly with us we will also give you a discount on the editing of your footage if this is something you would like us to take care of.
Can drones fly anywhere?
a. Our CASA certification covers us for UAV operations Australia-wide.
b. Depending on the needs of your project and where specifically you wish to fly, we may need to lodge a flight request. This may be at an additional charge (depending on the application required), and approval can take up to 28 days – depending on specific requirements.
c. If you have a project in mind, it’s best to contact us in the first instance and we can work through the details. For example, some areas require approval on weekdays but not on weekends. Therefore by contacting us first we can help advise on areas that would be most appropriate to film your project.