We get lots of questions. Here are some of the most common…
Why did you call yourselves the “Dirty Birds”?
When we started this venture, we talked to a lot of DPs, directors, and agency folks. A common theme we kept hearing about the drone operators they were using was that those people weren’t always able to get the images that were needed. They weren’t willing to fly low enough, close enough, or where they were needed. In other words, they weren’t willing to get a little dirty to get the right shots.
We spend a lot of time practicing. We want to get the images that make you look great. If we have to get a little dirty to do that, we will. Of course, safety is our primary concern. But after we’ve addressed that, the only limit is imagination!
Do you comply with the new federal law (14CFR part 107) regarding commercial drone operation?
Yes, we do! We are fully compliant with this new law. Our pilots have completed the necessary testing and hold FAA issued remote pilot airman’s certificate with a sUAS rating. You can hire the Dirty Birds with confidence.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are! We are fully insured for $1,000,000 of liability (higher limits are available if you job requires it). We carry our insurance binder with us and can furnish it and our FAA remote airman’s certificate on request. These are two things that any drone company should be able to show you.
Can you fly over people?
Safety is our main concern. Second to that is maintaining compliance with Federal law. At this time it is illegal to operate over people. It is also unsafe. We can cover almost any event, get great shots, and not actually fly over people. It just takes a little planning and foresight. We are happy to work with you to come up with a plan that gets the images you want while keeping everyone involved safe and legal.
Can you fly anywhere?
We’ve spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of the National air space. Some locations require clearance from the local airport. Some locations require a waiver from the FAA. Some locations are open to fly any time. Our birds share the skies with aircraft of all types. Most of those aircraft carry people.
This is a great reason to work with the Dirty Birds. We’ll make sure your shoot is covered by any applicable waivers and puts no other aircraft or people at risk.
Can you fly at night?
Yes we can! We have been granted a “daylight operations waiver” by the FAA. In fact, we were one of the first commercial drone companies in the US to receive this waiver.
Can you fly in the rain?
No, we can’t. Drone are big flying electronics platforms. Electronics and water simply don’t go together.
Can you fly in the wind?
We sure can. Our main bird will handle winds up to 30 mph. Being that we are trying to do more than fly, though, we try to limit filming operations to 15mph and under. Any more wind than that and getting great video and photos becomes nearly impossible.
How do you get such smooth images?
Most drone companies are single operators. That means that one person flies the drone, operates the camera, frames the shots, and keeps an eye out for obstacles and other aircraft. Doing all those things at once makes it virtually impossible to get great footage.
That’s why we always use 2-3 crew members on every video shoot. One person pilots the drone. Another operates the camera. A third keeps an eye on the sky and coordinates with local air traffic. This approach allows us to get footage that is superior to most other drone operators working today.
How do you get such great color and image quality?
Most drones use little tiny action cams. Those are fun, but we wouldn’t use them on professional jobs. The fact is that action cams just don’t have a good enough sensor to take professional quality images. That’s why we fly a micro 4/3 SLR camera. Couple that with an M. Zuiko Olympus high end lens and you get a camera system that is on par with the images you see on broadcast TV and film. This system allows us to get amazing color and clarity in many lighting conditions.
If you have any questions we didn’t answer here, or you want to hire the Dirty Birds, contact us here and we’ll be happy to help with whatever we can!