So, how much does it actually cost? Why doesn't our website have a price list?
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)
In keeping with our mission of providing a smooth, hassle-free experience for our customers, we always 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 achieve, 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.
Still looking for a ballpark price? Total job pricing for aerial image capture typically averages out to about $100/hr - far below typical industry pricing of $150-250/hr or more.
Q: What exactly is "Elevated Standards" supposed to mean?
A: Short answer? Elevated Standards is our commitment to hold ourselves to a higher standard that our customers ever will, ensuring we exceed your expectations on every job.
Long answer? It's all about attention to detail. From the customer experience (good communication, clear pricing, seeing customers as partners, caring about their needs, etc.), to the quality of final deliverables (accurate to customer requirements, attention to detail in edits, on-time delivery, etc.) we seek to offer a better all-around business relationship than any other drone services provider.
Other answer? It's also a good drone flying pun.
Q: You're far from the most expensive, does that mean you're lower quality?
A: No! In fact, we encourage you to shop around and compare the quality of our work with other local drone services (we've already done it and know we're at the top level of providers!). We have leveraged our past professional experience in business analysis to keep our operating costs low - we operate efficiently and pass the savings through to you. We use the right tool for each job to provide every client exactly what meets their needs. 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 deliver a high level of quality that typically costs far more elsewhere.
Q: What drones do you fly?
A: Our current fleet consists of:
Inspire 2 - X5S camera / Olympus 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, and 14-42mm lenses. (20MP photos / 5.2K video)
Phantom 4 Pro (20MP photos / 4K video)
Phantom 4 Advanced (20MP photos / 4K video)
All drones are accessorized with enough batteries and charging equipment to fly for a full 10 hour day of shooting.
Q: Do you offer non-drone services like regular photography and videography?
A: Yes! We specialize in event photography, but also shoot portraits for both people and pets. You can visit our ground-based photography section here: https://www.adventureuav.com/luckyshots/
We are equipped to handle most ground-base video needs with a 4K capable camera, motorized gimbal, and shotgun mic for interview type videos. These are intended to compliment our drone video offerings where required. For more advanced video needs, we recommend contacting our affiliate Denver City Studios here: http://www.denvercitystudios.com/ We collaborate with them often on larger projects and they will gladly integrate our drone footage into your video.
Q: You list commercial real estate and vacant land on your real estate page, do you not do residential real estate?
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 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 hassle" experience. 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 exorbitant "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 business-to-business work on NET30 terms unless prearranged otherwise. Our invoicing is currently done through SquareUp, which allows for online credit card payment or mailed business check. Business check is our preferred payment method. Private parties are invoiced when finished materials are delivered and invoices are due upon receipt. Private parties may pay with cash or credit card.
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: What is typical turn around time on finished work?
A: This is highly dependent on what the finished work actually is. Raw footage turn around is same-day (very large amounts of footage may run into the following morning due to upload time) or can even be delivered on-site at job completion via laptop or SD card backup device. Edited photos are typically delivered within 24-48hours. Edit video varies greatly based on the complexity of the edit, but delivery time frame will be addressed when we provide a quote.
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: Do you sell any of the photos on this website?
A: We have stock imagery listed through Getty, which be found here: Getty Images
Due to the time consuming nature of listing stock photography, we don't keep that page very up-to-date with what we've been shooting recently. If you see something on the site or on our social media that you'd like to purchase, feel free to reach out to us directly.
Q: Are you hiring?
A: We are looking at potentially adding a real estate photographer for 2019. If you are interested and have proper gear, please reach out to us. We are not currently looking for additional drone pilots.
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.