Q: Does your lower pricing mean lower quality?
A: No! We have leveraged our background and past professional experience in lean six sigma, kaizen, and other efficiency methods to reduce our operating costs - we pass these savings through to our customers. We also focus our efforts and expertise into excelling in a limited number of services. By not trying to be jacks-of-all-trades like so many other drone operations, we are able to keep our quality high and our costs low.
Q: You list commercial real estate and vacant land on your real estate page, do you not do residential?
A: We're in the business of building relationships with customers by providing them value and beneficial services. While most drone operators gravitate towards residential real estate because it is easy, low-hanging fruit, we do not actively promote it in this market for a couple reasons. First, it isn't typically necessary or beneficial in the Front Range's red hot housing market - we don't want you spending money for no positive return. Second, houses in the front range that benefit from aerial photography are few and far between (quite literally). Aerial photography tends to highlight what most buyers and agents don't want to focus on: how tightly packed most neighborhoods are and how little usable property most houses have.
However, we do and we have shot plenty of residential real estate. If you have a stand alone property, something on an acre or more of land, something with nice views, something too large or difficult to capture from the ground, or something outside of the Front Range, we will gladly shoot it for you utilizing the exact same services listed for commercial properties and land.
Q: Another drone service provider quoted me a hefty "usage license"/"copyright license"/"creative" fee for the photos/videos I want. Do you charge licensing fees?
A: As a general rule, we do not. This is part of our "no hidden costs" pricing structure. What we quote you to fly the job and provide you with edited or unedited shots is what you pay, period. You are legally permitted to use the provided shots however you want, for as long as you want. Although exorbatant "licensing fees" are all too common of a practice in the drone photography industry, we do not believe in charging customers extra to actually use material that was shot specifically for them in the first place - especially when that material likely has no real value to anyone other than the customer that requested it. With that said, we do retain the copyright to all footage and photography we produce and reserve the right to use it in our own marketing materials, unless other arrangements are made (see below).
Notable exceptions to the above and situations in which we may charge a licensing fee or require attribution include: photography or video that will be used in state or national level print or television media, usage of photos that weren't originally taken for the party requesting use of them, truly unique photos that have value as stock/creative photography, a specific customer request for exclusive usage rights.
Q: What are your payment terms/What payment methods do you accept?
A: We invoice all work on NET30 terms unless prearranged otherwise. Our invoicing is currently done through SquareUp, which allows for immediate online credit card payment or mailed business check. Business check is our preferred method.
Q: Another drone service provider is demanding prepayment in full/a large, non-refundable deposit. Do you require prepayment or deposits?
A: We never take prepayments unless specially arranged at the customer's request. You will be invoiced for our delivered work only after you've reviewed it and are completely satisfied. Large, full day projects may require a small (10% of total bid) deposit to reserve our time. This deposit is completely refundable in the case of non-cooperative weather and other circumstances out of the customer's control.
Q: Our company has a drone, but no Part 107 certified operators. Will you supervise our flight/fly our drone/train our pilot/etc.?
A: Yes! The FAA's regulations state that the certified pilot only needs to supervise the operation for the operation to be legal. We will gladly act as oversight for your operation while your own operator flies, fly your equipment if you have no one to fly, or train one of your employees to fly and/or acquire their own Part 107 certification.
Q: How did you come up with the name "Adventure UAV"?
A: If you didn't already know, UAV stands for "unmanned aerial vehicle" - the more technically correct term for a "drone" (the FAA prefers UAS: unmanned aircraft system, but that doesn't sound as good in a company name). So that part is pretty self-explanatory. The "adventure" part of the name came about because that's exactly what starting a business in an emerging industry is. It also captured what it's been like to relocate to Colorado and use a new business to explore a new state and meet new people. There's also a bit of a tie in with a Pixar movie quote that would surely set off some kind of trademark infringement alarm bells if we actually wrote it out.
So, how much is affordable? Why doesn't our website list prices?
In keeping with our mission of bringing affordable drone services to Colorado, we seek to quote flat, "out the door" rates for jobs whenever possible - no hidden travel fees, "half-day" minimums, tacked on visual observer fees, or racking up by-the-hour charges because a job took longer than we anticipated in the original bid. What we quote up front is what you pay for the delivered work, period.
When requesting a quote, please describe to us in as much detail as possible what you're looking to get done, what you expect from us, and the exact location of the job, in order for us to provide the most accurate quote we can in the most timely manner possible.
Total job pricing for aerial photography typically averages out into the $80-100/hr range - far below typical industry pricing of $150-250/hr.
Each job is unique. Our operating costs (and thus your prices) vary with such factors as:
- Airspace clearance requirements
- FAA waiver requirements
- Necessity of a visual observer
- Type of equipment required
- Edited or unedited work
- Data processing expenses (for mapping jobs)
- Risk to equipment (e.g. filming off a boat over open water)
- Liability risk (e.g. urban area vs. vacant land)