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  • What Services do you provide?
    1. Interior / Exterior Photography & Video 2. Aerial Photography and Video 3. 2D Floor Plans 4. 360 Virtual tours - Interior / Exterior / Aerial Click on the button below to learn about packages and prices
  • What are some benefits of Aerial Photography and Video ?
    COST: Drone fees are very affordable. Everyone has a budget in mind PERSPECTIVE: Everyone can agree that an aerial photograph or video will provide greater detail compared to traditional methods. Aerial perspective showcases the surrounding area while highlighting proximity to amenities, land or a neighbourhood. It offers a more personal view of a property or a subject VERSATILITY: Due to their small size, drone use means being able to fly into areas that were not possible before FULL-HD QUALITY: Drones are able to shoot in High Definition and capture amazing aerial footage in 4K resolution and higher TIME: Flying a drone usually only involves the pilot. So, this means that once arriving on site, things can be up and running in a few minutes. MINIMAL INTERFERENCE: Drones are relatively quiet. Using drones for aerial footage or photography is peaceful, meaning they can be used with minimal disturbance to others ZERO EMISSIONS: Drone technology produces zero carbon emission into the atmosphere
  • 2D Floor Plans - Why they are important
    2D floor plans provide the following; Floor Plans offer a clear, bird's-eye view of the entire space, allowing buyers to see the relationships between rooms, their sizes, and how they connect. Home buyers will know immediately if they are interested in the building's layout or not. Our 2D Floor Plans include the following options; Detailed 2D floor plan includes interior walls, windows, fixtures-everything you need to really understand the property. Our GLA upgrade option includes a more detailed version of the traditional appraisal floor plan as well as the area calculation formula Home Report PDF upgrade option includes room dimensions, square footage and other key property details. This is a PDF with extensive property details. This helps agents easily update their MLS listings with this often-required information. GLA Report sample Home Report PDF sample
  • What is a 360 Virtual Tour ?
    360 Virtual tours are essentially the same as Google Street View. It gives you a realistic sense of the property by showing you a 360 visual representation of the environment around you. Imagine walking into a location like a hotel, a store or any other space for the first time. You have a look around, you take a step closer to the objects you see. You pass through the rooms. Now imagine doing all that on the screen of your computer or a smartphone, this is called a virtual tour. A complete 360° tour consists of several panoramic images which are edited and seamlessly connected into a single piece. A virtual tour completes your company’s page and improves your search ranking. 360° tours are used a lot for educational and commercial purposes. Virtual tours benefit everyone that wants to grow their company’s knowledge, build trust, improve their results online and achieve their goals offline. With a 360° tour, you can show your interior and exterior. A virtual tour increases online bookings for hotels and restaurants and helps real estate. Most importantly, 360° tours work both for famous companies and small businesses. Virtual tours can be a persuasive decider between you and your competitors. 360º virtual tours are interactive; viewers can select which images they would like to view while panning and zooming.
  • What can you do with a drone ?
    Common Drone Applications Detailed Virtual tours Aerial Photography Video - Film, commercials Real Estate - property marketing Construction - Project progress Inspections - roof, solar panels, wind turbine Tourism Sports Advertising and Promotion - vehicles, business, restaurants Weddings Aircraft Inspection Search and Rescue - assist with locating people, animals News Filming Survey and Safety - railway, infrastructure, assets Assist Engineers with projects
  • Who can benefit from a 360 Virtual tour ?
    Short and honest answer is that EVERYONE will benefit from a 360 Virtual Tour. A Virtual Tour can be added to your Google Maps business listing. Farms Wellness Resorts Restaurants, Pubs, Bars Hotels and Motels Car, ATV, Boat, Snowmobile, RV Dealerships School, College, University Entertainment Companies Event/Wedding Venues Industrial Locations Florists Gardens Amusement Parks Offices Marinas Libraries Municipal Buildings Apartments Airbnb Sport Events Local Events National Parks Camp Sites
  • What are some benefits of a 360 Virtual tour ?
    Virtual Tours will dramatically increase engagement Enable you to showcase everything without saying a word Ability to walk around any place virtually instead of looking at pictures Ability to zoom in and see everything a property has to offer Beautiful, interactive and stimulating representation of your property Show everyone what venues looks like inside and out Visualising a space is a big factor in choosing a location Having access to a detailed and complete tour 24/7 Show instantly what is hard to describe A realistic representation of your property
  • Are drones difficult to operate ?
    Yes, drones may seem easy to operate but the fact is that they are fragile and difficult to operate smoothly. If the user had some previous flying experience with a remote controlled unit, that would make the transition easier and smoother. Some common beginner drone flying challenges Judging distance can be difficult It will take some time to get familiar and adjusted to the controls Consider using a spotter to assist you in case you need them to observe the drone and alert you of potential foreseeable dangers It can be disorienting as you are paying attention to a smaller screen
  • What are some Canadian Drone Terms?
    1. Advanced Operations Certificate: Certificate issued by Transport Canada and requires both a multiple choice exam and an in-person drone flight review. Allows the drone pilot to fly in controlled airspace and closer to bystanders 2. AGL: Above Ground Level. This measures the actual altitude between the ground and your drone 3. ATC: Air Traffic Control 4. Basic Operations Certificate: Certificate issued by Transport Canada, after taking a written exam. Required for piloting drones that weigh 250 grams to 25 kg. Flying in uncontrolled airspace and at greater distances from bystanders 5. BVLOS: Beyond visual line of sight 6. Bystander: Anyone who isn’t directly associated with the drone operation 7. Flight crew: Everyone working directly with the drone operation 8. Flight Log / Maintenance Log: Record both your flight details and your maintenance/ repair history of your drone. Required for drone pilot certificate holders 9. LiPo: Lithium Polymer Batteries. This is the most common type of power source for drones 10. Micro drone: In Canada, this refers to drones that weigh less than 250 grams 11. NOTAM: Notice to Airmen. This is a warning of potential hazards filed with an aviation authority. Hazards included in NOTAMs can include air shows, closed runways, miliary excercises 12. Quadcopter: This name is specific to aircraft with 4 rotors 13. RPAS: Remotely Piloted Aircraft System 14. SFOC: Special Flight Operations Certificate is issued by Transport Canada and allows drone operations usually excluded by standard rules. a. Flying a drone that weighs 25 kilograms or heavier b. At advertised events c. Exceeding a height of 400 feet / 122 metres. d. Flying BVLOS 15. VLOS: Visual-line-of-sight
  • What are some TIPS for beginner drone pilots ?
    Consider taking a drone pilot course. These courses are meant to teach you about drone laws and safe operations. Never operate a drone while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs Make sure all the batteries required to operate your drone are fully charged. Remote control, drone, smartphone, smart controller etc. Avoid deteriorating or poor weather conditions. Know your weather Fly in large fields or open areas - avoid collision probability Do not endanger air traffic or peoples safety. Keep your drone closer to you and at a lower altitude. Beginners tend to want to fly their drone at high altitudes and greater distances.
  • Which drone should I purchase ?
    For beginners I always suggest to start out with a micro drone, under 250 grams. This means you do not require a pilot certificate or registration. It's recommended to get familiar with some basic drone safety laws to keep yourself, others and air traffic safe. It also depends on your experience, knowledge and intent with the drone. I suggest you do some research about; Types of drones Legal requirements for the desired drone weight class Photography and video capabilities Sensors to assist with collision avoidance Flight time A reputable brand and distributor
  • Do I need a license to fly my drone in Canada - The Basics?
    There are 3 types of weight categories when it comes to drone flying in Canada. 1. Under 250 grams 2. Between 250 grams - 25 kilograms 3. Over 25 kilograms - does not apply to most drone users UNDER 250 grams - A drone pilot certificate and registration is "NOT" required This type of drone is considered a "micro drone". You do not require a drone pilot certificate and you do not have to register your drone. However, some safety rules still apply. These are "SOME" of the common micro drone safety rules. 1. Fly safely—don’t put people or other aircraft in danger 2. Not exceeding a Height of 400 feet / 121 metres 3. Avoid controlled or restricted airspace (airports, military bases) 4. Avoid emergency high risk sites (forest fires, first responder perimeters, prisons, power plants) 5. Do not operate your drone while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs 6. Fly according to safe weather conditions BETWEEN 250 grams to 25 kilograms - A drone pilot certificate and registration "IS" required This type of drone weight classification requires the operator to 1. Obtain a drone pilot certificate - either Basic or Advanced 2. Register your drone with Transport Canada and mark it with the designated registration number
  • Where should I avoid flying my drone? (micro drones and a Basic Operations Certificate)
    These are some common places that prohibit drone flying for recreational purposes 1. Controlled and restricted airspace - airports and military bases a. 5.6 kilometres (3 nautical miles) from any airport listed as Certified b. 1.9 kilometres (1 nautical mile) from heliports listed as Certified 2. Emergency sites - Drone pilots are not allowed to fly within the security perimeter of a police or first responder emergency operation, such as a traffic accident. You must also avoid sites near disasters (forest fires, floods, earthquakes). A drone flying near these areas may interfere with emergency personnel aircraft and the work of emergency personnel 3. Parks Canada - Recreational use of drones at "ALL" Parks Canada places is "PROHIBITED". One example in Ontario is Algonquin Provincial Park 4. Power plants and Prisons 5. Advertised Events - Drone pilots are not allowed to fly near or over advertised events, such as outdoor concerts and sporting events, unless they have a Special Flight Operations Certificate that specifically allows them to do so NOTE - Canadian Aviation Regulations do not apply to indoor or underground drone operations. However, you still need to follow applicable Criminal Code of Canada, Provincial and Municipal laws.
  • Can I fly my drone near airports?
    Under the right conditions - YES. You can fly near airports (controlled airspace) with 1. Advanced operations pilot certificate AND 2. Air traffic control approval It is also very important to differentiate between the Transport Canada definition of an "Airport" and a "Aerodrome". They are two different words that are closely related to one another yet yield considerable differences Aerodrome - Usually small airstrips located on private or remote property that can be either "registered" or "certified". Transport Canada definition Any area of land, water (including ice surfaces) or other supporting surface used, designed, prepared, equipped or designated for the arrival and departure, movement or servicing of aircraft. Includes all associated buildings, installations and equipment. Drone operations are usually permitted within aerodrome airspace. Additional caution and vigilance is advised due to potential air traffic. Drone operations when other aircraft are present are strongly discouraged. If you choose to fly in this area and see other aircraft operating it is recommended to land, stop flying, and reassess the situation. Airport - Is a certified aerodrome Transport Canada definition In Canada, an aerodrome for which an airport certificate has been issued by the Transport Minister under Part III of the Air Regulations. Airports usually fall under controlled or restricted airspace which means a drone operator will need their Advanced license and obtain legal permission to fly within the airspace boundary.
  • Are weather conditions important to consider when flying a drone?
    Yes, weather plays an important role when you are planning to safely fly your drone. You should follow your drone manufacturers safety documentation. Some common drone manufacture safety recommendations include: 1. Ambient temperature should be between 0°C and 40°C. Temperature affects electronics drastically 2. No flying in rain or snowfall. This affects electronics and maintaining a visual line of sight. If you choose to operate a drone in light rain or snowfall, take extra precautions to protect yourself, others and your drone. 3. Wind gusts below 35km/h. Strong winds can overturn your drone resulting in a crash or loss of control. It is also important to have an adequate satellite signal for the drone to respond properly and to prevent signal loss. Ideal weather conditions are; Spring, summer and fall some clouds minimal wind normal humidity temperature between 10 - 30 Celsius Overall clear and calm
  • What can I do if there is a drone flying over my property ?
    This is a difficult and circumstantial question to answer. Here are a few things you might find helpful. My first advice to landowners is to always attempt to resolve your drone concerns by communicating with the drone pilot. Landowners only own so much of the air space above their property that can be reasonably used in connection with their land below. A landowners privacy does extend to a certain height above their property. A drone flying over someones property is not "illegal" or an invasion of privacy, unless you believe the drone is being operated; Dangerously Recklessly Negligently AND will likely endanger the safety of people or aircraft . You can report the event to the Government of Canada. Or there is "intention" to "collect" personal information without the owners consent. This example "might" be a violation of someone's privacy depending on the circumstances. If you believe a drone pilot might be violating your privacy, you can try to communicate with them and ask to see their content. Trespassing A drone flying or hovering over your property is not trespassing. A drone would be trespassing if it, took off, landed or crashed on private property. Although this is considered trespassing, you are obliged to return the drone to its owner. Refusing to return the drone to its owner may result in legal action against you. These are some questions that landowners are encouraged to ask themselves before taking any action. Is the drone "hovering" OR "flying" over my property ? Is it possible that the drone pilot might be having some technical difficulties ? What is the drone pilots intention here ? This will likely be unanswered until you speak with the drone pilot Do you suspect Criminal activity ? If yes, are you able to provide more details and explain your rationale ?
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