Early last July a drone was spotted on the approach to Gatwick airport in England. What happened wasn’t pretty and caused expensive cascading events for conventional pilots and air traffic controllers.
See the amazing animation of what happened HERE.
When Survivorman Les Stroud says it’s hot — it’s hot! 118°F to be exact.
HighGround Images had the immense pleasure of working with the creative team from Canada’s Cream Productions for their Lexus of Canada project.
Two full 12 hour days, temps up to 118°, a few gallons of water later and we got some incredible drone images. Yes, our iPads overheated, and our batteries needed to be iced down, but it was worth it! Now we know what can be done in the Arizona heat.
Passed the FAA’s remote pilot aeronautical knowledge exam last week and just passed the TSA’s vetting process. So we can now leave the exemptions and waivers behind! HighGround now operates under the new FAA Part 107 rules. This is a good thing.
HighGround did a drone shoot in the Wilcox AZ Playa dry lake last week. A beautifully barren landscape.
We want to thank King Hollis of Media 13 Studios in Dallas, TX for making us part of the team and helping tell their client’s story.
Some clips from that shoot are in our reel on the home page.
Could it be true? A positive article on drones?
“One damaging incident will occur no more than every 1.87 million years of 2kg [drone] flight time,” said the researchers. Fatal incidents will be even rarer.
“This appears to be an acceptable risk to the airspace,” they concluded.
We hope that bit of reason gets picked up by the popular media.
How hard could it be? Right?
If your company is considering buying a UAV and “doing-it-yourself”, please consider the following:
Hiring HighGround will help you:
Unless your liability insurance policy specifically states you are covered for aviation/UAV related accidents, you are not covered. Ask HighGround for a certificate of insurance or to be named as an additional insured.
Handle the Red Tape (FAA)
HighGround has gone to the time and expense to obtain a Section 333 exemption from the FAA to allow us to use UAVs for commercial purposes. We are responsible with staying current and complying with federal, state, and local rules and regulations. If we can’t execute an operation safely and in compliance with the rules we’ll say so.
Keep Capital Expenses Low
UAV technology is rapidly changing and improving. What you purchase now will be obsolete very quickly. Let HighGround stay current and cover these on-going expenses.
This is an age of specialization. Your people are great at what they do: surveying, movie making, selling real estate, firefighting, etc.; we are great at putting UAV technology to work for our clients.
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The high point of the Commercial UAV Expo we attended last month in Las Vegas was meeting Patrick Meier of the UAViators Humanitarian UAV Network. His presentation was the most interesting and powerful given during the expo.
DJI has posted a short documentary of the work UAViators had done in Nepal after their devastating earthquake. Please take a look.
HighGround is helping test a mobile app being developed by UAViators that helps coordinate and plan UAV missions taking place in disaster areas. We hope our experience in air traffic control can help make this application even more useful by integrating air traffic information, airspace details, flight restrictions, etc.
If you are looking for UAV operator and need them to carry liability insurance, be careful. There seems to be some confusion on what is needed and what is covered. We’ve run into operators that believe since they carry general liability insurance then their drone operations are also covered–this is frequently not the case.
Drone operations almost always need to be covered directly by either a specific rider or a custom, drone specific, policy.
HighGround Images carries a such a policy with $1,000,000 of commercial liability coverage for drone operations. Have your drone operator produce a Certificate of Liability Insurance and, if possible, have yourself or your company named as an additional insured.
From WFLA: Here’s what can happen when a drone operator and a fire department coordinate:
A smoky brush fire in Seminole was put out Monday. It broke out near Osceola High School, in a wooded area across 98th Street. Firefighters are crediting a man with a drone for helping them get crews and equipment to exactly the right spot.