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UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, most people would say drone but at AirShark we believe that drone has a negative connotation. UAV is also synonymous with UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) in some circumstances. However, UAS is often used to describe the combination of components (flight controller, gimbal, motors) that make up what is so commonly referred to as a drone.

Safe, compliant, insured, experienced. Not to mention all the hardware and software headaches we have had to learn and overcome over the years. Purchasing and flying a UAV can be relatively easy indeed. Capturing quality data and imagery within compliance is often challenging. Processing data correctly to create useful information in the form of maps or other content even more difficult.

UAS and UAS services are often another tool or “extension” to existing solutions. We can plan, mobilize and fly UAVs with various sensors and collect data and imagery. We can process that imagery for you or provide raw imagery. We can work as close or as independently as needed with you.

Yes (See FAA Website). In general, time of day, line of site and distance from airports are regulatory hurdles. Then we have privacy, fatigue, and equipment (ie battery). Add to that wind and weather that may limit operations just as in traditional aviation. The core of our limitations revolve around safety of airspace and safety of bystanders or objects on the ground.

There are many different options when it comes to UAV. The cost can range anywhere from $20-$100,000 for a commercial drone. A good starter consumer drone with a high quality camera and GPS starts around $1000 and you can find them online or at a hobby store. We do have a relationship with a local manufacturer if you wish to learn more we can help.

Yes, we have provided training to customers that includes classroom and flight training.

Yes, let’s talk about what projects you are working on and see where we can be of assistance. We recommend identifying a project that you may have as a pilot project / demo to make good use of your time.

Yes just ask.

Sometimes the wings are great platforms to fly sensors and they can fly far and long. Sometimes close up inspection or heavier power intensive sensors require a multi-rotor. We can work with both systems and find the best solution for your project.

Yes. There are still may (see link here). Ask us here if you have specific questions. There is no dumb question, we understand that this is a new industry where rules & regulations are still being formed around the use of UAVs.

We are a one stop shop for your data collection, image processing, and video marketing needs. Our quality, ingenuity, and professional are unrivaled when it comes to UAV service providers. Along with our long history with this emerging technology we have a team of highly trained and certified pilots as well as technical advisors. For in depth questions about how our solutions differ from others feel free to ask us any questions you have.

In general we can fly up to 400 FT although waivers allow us to fly higher and farther away. Currently line of site operations are limited to between 1,000 and 3,000 feet horizontally. See FAA Link Here.