Is Aertime licensed to fly?

Yes - Aertime is fully qualified with Irish Aviation Authority(IAA) Permissions to fly.

Is Aertime Insured?

Yes - Aertime is fully insured against injury and damage for each flight with €6.5 million public liability.

Are Aertime pilots approved by the IAA?

Yes - All Aertime pilots are very experienced and have passed the IAA-approved exams and flight assessments. They all hold the established industry Remote Pilot Qualification (RPQ-s) for multi-rotor aircraft up to 25kg.

How high can your drones UAV’s fly?

Under IAA regulations we are allowed to fly from ground level up to an altitude of 400ft. This may be increased to 500ft under our Specific Operations Permissions(SOP).

What about flying in wind and rain?

We do not fly in high winds and rain. Our drones are capable of flying in light rain but rainwater on the camera lenses can spoil any shots.

What about flying in cold or freezing weather?

Our drones will fly in temperatures from -10°c to 40°c. In very cold weather we make sure the battery packs are warmed and kept warm before flying. The maximum drone flight times on one battery of 28 minutes can be reduced by up to 50% in very cold temperatures.

What if we have bad weather on the day?

We monitor the weather forecast 5 days in advance of any shoot. If the signs are not good we talk to the client 48 hours prior to the shoot. If we both decide to stay with the day and we have bad weather, our pilots will wait on site as long as possible in the hope of a break in the weather. If we have to re-schedule a date because of weather the booking deposit is transferred to the new date. Weather is known business risk in the Ireland so we are as flexible as possible to ensure that bookings can be rearranged.

How long can you fly?

The maximum flight time on a single battery in normal conditions is up to 28 minutes. On average we fly up to 24 minutes before landing and changing the battery. We carry spare pre-charged batteries on each shoot. It only takes a few minutes to change the battery and get back in air. So we are able to fly all day with very little disruption.

Can you fly indoors?

Yes – We can fly indoors but we need space. We have flown in warehouses, studios and for safety we can install propeller guards for indoor flights. Our drones are battery powered with electric motors so there is no worry about polluting the environment. The dynamics of flying indoors are different. The construction and materials in the building can affect how the drone UAV flies. 95% of the time there are no issues with flying indoors but safety is our number one priority. Only a short flight test can give us the final answer.

Do you hire your drones to 3rd Parties?

No – We only hire our drones along with our own skilled and qualified pilot. Each of our SUA’s (small unmanned aircraft) are registered with the IAA and each pilot needs to be certified and licensed by the IAA.

How many people do you send to operate the SUA drone?

This depends on the job. In some cases we send a single pilot to client sites. For a more complicated shoot we use two ground stations with a pilot and a separate camera operator.

Can I see what is being filmed?

Yes - We stream the aerial drone footage in real time to the pilot’s remote controller which allows the client on the ground to see what the aerial camera is capturing. This lets us to adjust the camera pan, tilt, framing and drone flight path as we fly to get the best shots.

Can Aertime operate outside of Ireland?

Yes we can. However Small Unmanned Aircraft(SUA) flying rules and regulations vary from country to country. Please ring us to discuss you requirements.

What is your drone range and speed?

The maximum airspeed of our drones is up to 49 mph. Our maximum range permitted by the IAA is 300m with the pilot maintaining a visual line of sight(VLOS) at all times to the SUA. This can be extended to 500m under our Specific Operation Permissions(SOP).

Can you fly close to people and buildings?

Our IAA approval clearly defines where and how we can fly. The main operational conditions for a small unmanned aircraft SUA are: • Maintaining a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot. • During take off and landing maintain a distance of 3m from people and property not in control of the pilot. • Permission of the landowner to take off and land. • Directly overhead or within a minimum distance of 150m from an assembly of 12 or more people. • Maximum height of 400ft above ground level. • Maintain visual line of sight of the SUA to a maximum distance of 300m. • During daylight hours, so that you can clearly see the SUA and take avoiding action from other air users if required. • Outside of controlled airspace. • Restrictions and permissions are required to fly within 5km of an airport or aerodrome. We can fly close to buildings and people when we have consent of the owner and the people in close proximity have been briefed and are under the control of the pilot. This allows us to do close survey work of building, roofs, building sites, hotels and golf courses.

Can you fly complicated flight patterns?

Yes – We have autopilot software we can use to fly very precise predetermined flight patterns for specific commercial applications. For example for agriculture flying over a 40-acre field, we can preset a horizontal pattern with a 80% overlap on each pass.

How much do your services cost?

Our prices may vary depending on the complexity, associated risks and location of the drone aerial photography. Please call or email us to discuss your plans and requirements. Each job is unique and because all aerial photography drone flights are covered by IAA regulations. We carry out a detailed online Pre-flight survey before we send you a final quote.

Are drones better than helicopters?

They get different aerial footage and results. Drones can fly closer to the subject, they are quieter, can be deployed quicker as weather and filming dictates, and they are a fraction of the cost of hiring a helicopter and pilot.

What is NDVI?

NDVI is a vegetation index, which is used to detect plant stress, ground moisture, irrigation issues, weeds, crop disease and compare vegetation conditions in various areas of a crop. NDVI was developed by a NASA scientist named Compton Tucker in a 1977 paper entitled, “Red and Photographic Infrared Linear Combinations for Monitoring Vegetation.” NDVI is simply a ratio of near infrared (NIR) reflectivity, minus red reflectivity (VIS) over NIR plus VIS. NDVI=(NIR-VIS)/(NIR+VIS) The NIR reflectivity and red reflectivity should provide excellent contrast between plant and soil and even healthy plants and sickly plants. It is not a gold standard, but rather an index that works.

It’s confusing the different acronyms for drones - what do they all mean?

Here are the most common ones: SUA – small unmanned aircraft (used by the IAA) SUSA - small unmanned surveillance aircraft UAV - unmanned aerial vehicle RPA – remotely piloted aircraft RPAS - remotely piloted aircraft system UAS – unmanned aircraft systems UA - unmanned aircraft You often see them before or after the word drone – UAV drone or drone UAV

Can we have a demonstration?

We are happy to offer a short demonstration flight in conjunction with a site visit.