"Many thanks for the work you are producing for Samford Commons! The video certainly gives a good idea on the scope of the technology, as does the OrthoMosaic map. Thanks again for the opportunity to work with you."
"The aerial photos are fantastic and well above our expectations. Louise and I are modifying the house plans based off your photos which will allows us to capitalise on the views."
"I highly recommend FliteOptix™ for all your drone needs as the team are very experienced and shot amazing footage. The team was very easy to work with and got the job done perfectly. Our client was very excited when they saw the drone shots in their high end real estate video which wowed them."
UTILISING THE LATEST EQUIPMENT OUR DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE DRONE CREW ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE COST EFFECTIVE, INCREDIBLE AERIAL IMAGERY TO CREATIVELY CHANGE THE PERSPECTIVES IN YOUR NEXT VISUAL PROJECT.
INTRODUCING OUR MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM
- James HaysBUSINESS DIRECTOR | Chief Remote Pilot
James is our CASA accredited Chief Remote Pilot. His role is to oversee and authorise all Company unmanned aerial operations before they leave the ground. Having an immense background in both commercial aviation and remotely piloted aircraft, James holds an Australian Air Transport Pilot License for fixed wing aircraft, a Bachelor of Aviation degree, and when not piloting our unmanned aircraft systems, James is kept busy operating corporate charter work and aerial survey missions and for an aircraft charter carrier. His passion, and diverse experience in all things aviation related, place him in a position to ensure the safest and most reliable outcomes are achieved each and every time our unmanned aircraft systems take to the skies.
- Chris WoodBUSINESS DIRECTOR | Remote Pilot
When not piloting our unmanned aircraft systems, Chris spends his time flying wide-body jets for a major international airline carrier. He has an extensive background in Australian commercial aviation, holding an Air Transport Pilot Licence for fixed wing aircraft, a Bachelor of Aviation degree, and is also an experienced operator of remotely piloted aircraft. With safety being our utmost priority, Chris is highly competent with our Company risk mitigation process, and along with our Chief Remote Pilot, ensures all final products are delivered within the confines of current Australian UAS regulations.
- Andrew BerghCAMERAMAN | UAS Camera System Operator
Andrew brings a wealth of experience to our aerial team, having worked in the Television Industry as a professional cameraman for the last 26 years. Spending a large amount of his career at the Nine Network, Andrew has worked on live sporting events, documentaries, reality TV shows and kids television, and is also experienced in jib assembly and operation. Andrew now runs his own successful business as a freelance cameraman. When he isn't filming on the ground, he can be found honing his skills operating our aerial camera systems for us.
We are constantly tuning, maintaining, researching, developing and adding to our fleet of both multi-rotor and fixed-wing UAS technology – the technology that ensures we are able to obtain the ultra stable, crisp imagery we provide to our clients. We don’t accept anything short of perfect, vibration free, distortion free vision.
DEPENDANT ON THE TASK…
- We use DUAL OPERATORS (Pilot / Cameraman) when operating film work with our large multi-rotor platform.
- LIVE VIDEO DOWN-LINKS provide real-time vision of what we capture.
- Fully AUTONOMOUS MISSION CAPABILITY across our fleet for complex flight paths and for surveying/mapping projects.
- Up to 14 MINUTES flight time with multi-rotor platforms.
- Up to 1.5 HOURS flight time with our fixed-wing platform (payload dependent).
- Automated SAFETY MECHANISMS built into ALL RPA to return to launch area in the event of emergency.
We fly a range of different light to mid-weight cameras across our platforms, and the list is steadily growing, making us more flexible and adaptable to the work we undertake. Whether it’s just standard HD, or higher end 4K vision you seek, we can provide it – without breaking that bank account.
- PANASONIC GH4, coupled with the very latest aerial gimbal technology, enables us to capture gorgeous ultra HD 4K stabilised video.
- MODIFIED GOPRO 4 AND 3+, enjoy fish-eye free, stabilised footage from our GoPro series cameras. Best suited for low budget tasks.
- SONY A6000, with its 24MP sensor takes beautifully sharp aerial stills and HD video.
- MOVI M5, hand held gimbal can be provided with cameraman if required, for the ultimate in hand held stabilised shots to compliment our aerial work.
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OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Q: I see the acronym UAS on your website, what does this mean?
A: UAS stands for ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems‘. It is a collective term as UAS includes not only the aircraft, but all the ground support equipment and personnel operating it. With familiarity around the terms ‘UAV‘ or ‘drone‘, CASA now refers to the aircraft component of a UAS as the remotely piloted aircraft or RPA.
Q: Why should we choose FliteOptix™?
A: Our objective at FliteOptix™ is simple. To allow competitive, cost effective and high quality access to the world of unmanned aerial imagery, and bring it to you in the safest, and most professional, efficient manner. When you contact us, your job requirements are discussed and planned out by aviation experts – your creative vision is discussed with our cameraman – and the merging of all these aspects come together to capture crisp and professional imagery, all within current regulatory requirements.
Q: What is a UOC?
A: A UAV Operators Certificate, or UOC, is a mandatory requirement you need to obtain in Australia, if you wish to conduct commercial operations using RPA. It involves the formation of a Company structure, writing an extensive suite of manuals, and once fully prepared, demonstrating all procedures to CASA in the form of a day long interview and flight test. FliteOptix™ undertook this extensive process over the period of 12 months, and was issued a UOC earlier this year.
Q: So how long can these remotely piloted aircraft stay in the air for?
A: Well, this all depends on the payload the aircraft is lifting. The heavier the equipment, the more thrust required from the electric motors keeping the aircraft aloft. More thrust translates into more voltage drawn from the on-board batteries, which for heavy loads, decreases flight time. Our multi-rotor fleet averages flight times of 12-14 minutes, and our fixed-wing aircraft with heavier equipment on board easily manages over 60 minutes of flight time.
Q: How many batteries do you carry to the job and do they take long to change over?
A: We travel with battery charging and AC generating equipment to enable us to operate all day long in any location. Battery swap over will take around 5 minutes.
Q: Do you hold accreditation and/or insurance?
A: We are fully accredited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to undertake RPA operations using both multi-rotor and fixed-wing aircraft. We also hold $20M of public liability insurance, and all our flying equipment is insured for in-flight operations.
Q: What happens if the weather becomes unsuitable on the day of operation?
A: Whilst we can’t change the weather, our pilots spend their life watching and making analysis of it. You can rest assured that in the days prior, observations are being made of whether the job can go ahead and if inclement weather is likely, we will reschedule the flying to take place on another day.
Q: Why can’t you just buy a small ‘drone’ and operate it commercially yourself?
A: Operating any RPA with commercial intent in Australia, without full licensing from CASA is illegal and holds heavy penalties. Additionally, you cannot obtain all the required insurances for UAS operations without holding an appropriate UOC.
Q: In what locations and altitudes can we operate our RPA?
A: Basically we can operate Australia wide, below 400ft. With CASA approval, we can operate to higher altitudes. Some areas require regulatory approval to operate in, which will be based on the controlled airspace that commercial and military aircraft use in and around major cities and airports. For these highly restrictive locations we will require permissions from CASA and/or Airservices Australia and/or the defence forces prior to operating. Altitude and flight path restrictions may be imposed.
Q: How safe are the operations of RPA?
A: Generally speaking, the reliability and safety of the RPA comes down to the equipment used and the operator, and how proficient they are at understanding how these machines actually work. At FliteOptix™ we construct, tune, modify and maintain ALL our own fleet of aircraft. We understand them inside out, and the radio control technology that controls them. Coupled with our very own Company Safety Management System (SMS) that was designed to identify and mitigate all risks associated with each individual aerial job, you can rest assured our professional pilots will have undertaken all the necessary steps to ensure the safest outcomes are achieved for all aerial operations.