Frequently asked questions - Dronemoments

As drone flying is getting more and more populair these days, we often get the same questions. The most commonly asked questions regarding drone flying are listed below.

Do you have other questions? We are happy to answer any!

Why do you fly with two drone operators?

Being a professional filmmaker your goal is to create butter smooth images from the correct perspective. Flying a drone is multitasking until the max.. Making sure you don’t crash the bird as well as focusing on your image. Using dual operator function, you split these tasks. The drone pilot solely flies the drone whilst the 2nd operator focuses on the camera movements. This makes drone flying a lot safer and most importantly creates better results!

Which drone should I book with your services?

Depending on the conditions, we decide the most suitable drone for recording. There could be a lot of wind on the day of shooting. If that is the case, we fly a bigger and thus heavier drone to allow smooth images even with high wind speeds. However, for indoor flying, the noise of the drone could be a limitation. In those cases we decide to fly a smaller drone with low noise propellors.

When can you not fly the drone?

We have multiple drones that can each fly in different conditions, however our drones do not like rain.. This means that when it starts raining on set, the recording with the drone need to be postponed. With our extensive meteorological knowledge this can be predicted pretty accurate a couple of days prior to filming. The second most limiting element would be wind. We can easily fly up to 6 Beaufort (14 m/s), yet with extreme storm, we might need to rent a bigger/heavier drone that could do the job better.

Where can you fly the drone in The Netherlands?

The Dutch Airspace is divided into zones. Each airspace class has certain rules connected to it such as airspaces close to airports. Only limited number of drone pilots and companies are allowed to fly within this regulated airspace. We have a partnership that allows us to to accept flights within these regulated airspaces close to airports.

Do I need an insurance for drone recording?

In order to fly commercially you would need at least an ROC-Light or RPA-L. It is very important that when you hire a drone pilot for commercial flying that they poses one of these licenses. Should this not be the case, the employer is always responsible and therefore accountable for any given damages. At Dronemoments we are ROC-Light certified and we have a worldwide insurance that covers up to €1,000,000 damages. In case the film project is a high valued / high risk project, we can increase the insurance value on a project basis.

Which drone rules apply?

Everywhere you go, the rules for drone flying are very strict and this is not without reason. Which rules apply for you, totally depends on the location and type of drone. A small drone from the toy store does not need to follow that many rules, however professional flying is subject to a long list of rules. For each film production we create a flight plan that contains, among many other things, the rules and regulations applicable to the mentioned film locations.

Can you fly the drone abroad?

As we speak new drone regulation is being written that will apply to the entire EU. It is expected that by the early 2020 the new rules are set in stone. Outside the European Union additional certificates are often required. We have a lot of experience in getting local drone certificates outside the EU, such as: Iceland, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali. Getting these certificates can be very time consuming so it is advisable to start this proces in time.

What is the maximum flight- & recording time?

This depends on the current weather conditions. With a lot of wind for example, the rotors of the drone need to work a little bit harder compared to a calm summer evening. In our experience the Inspire 2 can fly between 20 to 25 minutes on 1 pair of batteries (it requires minimum 2). The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian can fly between 25 to 30 minutes before the battery needs to get replaced. 
We can fly the entire day as we swap batteries while the empty ones are being charged simultaneously.

How long is a Dronemoments production day?

Based on the project we decide how many hours we need to get the desired result. You can book our services per hour, with a minimum of 4 hours. It is important to note that ‘location time’ is not the same as ‘flight time’ as we also need time to set up the gear. We can fly our drones between -15 minutes prior to sunrise or +15 minutes after sunset.
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