Drone Photography

Mavic Pro

In April 2017, Flying M Air acquired a DJI Mavic Pro flying camera. This small, remotely operated aircraft (sUAS or drone), which is registered with the FAA, can capture high resolution still and video images of subjects requiring closer viewpoints than safely possible with our helicopter. Flying M Air’s chief pilot has received FAA sUAS pilot certification for commercial operations, enabling us to offer drone photography as a cost effective alternative for short, close-range aerial photo work.

Photo Missions

What kinds of photo shoots can we do for you with our Mavic? Here are a few ideas:

  • Low-level aerial images. The Mavic can safely and quietly fly lower than our helicopter.
  • Real estate photography. Get a wide range of perspectives of a property, as well as flybys.
  • Action photos of objects in motion. Closely follow a person or vehicle moving at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
  • Difficult to access subjects. Our flying camera can get into tight spots that might not have other access, such as canyons and cliff faces.

Got other ideas? We’re listening!

Here’s an example from a recent shoot; be sure to view it in high resolution:

About the Mavic

The Mavic Pro is not a toy. It’s a highly sophisticated aircraft with the following operating and photography capabilities:

  • Aircraft:
    Maximum Speed: 40 mph
    Maximum Ascent Speed: 1000 fpm
    Maximum Descent Speed: 600 fpm
    Maximum Service Ceiling: 16,400 feet
    Maximum Flight Time: 27 minutes
    Operating Temperature Range: 32°-104°F
  • Camera:
    Sensor: 1/2.3″ (CMOS), 12.7 megapixels
    ISO Range: 100-3200 (video), 100-1600 (photo)
    Shutter Speed: 8s-1/8000s
    Image Size: 4000-3000
    Still Photography Modes: Single shot, Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7, EV Bias, Interval
    Video Recording Modes: C4K: 4096×2160 24p, 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p, 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p, FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p, HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
    Max Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
  • Gimbal:
    Controllable Range: Pitch: -90° to +30°, Roll: 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically)
    Stabilization:3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)

Drone Photography Limitations

Per FAA regulations, drone operations are subject to the following rules:

  • The aircraft must remain within visual sight of the pilot or visual observer.
  • The aircraft may not operate over crowds, people not participating in the aircraft operation, or inside a covered structure.
  • The aircraft may only be operated during daylight hours or within 30 minutes before sunrise or after sunset (civil twilight).
  • The aircraft may not operate more than 400 feet above ground level, or, if higher than 400 feet, not more than 400 feet from a structure.
  • The aircraft may not operate when visibility is less than 3 miles.
  • The aircraft may not operate within controlled airspace without air traffic control permission.
  • The aircraft may not be operated from a National Park or wilderness area or any property that prohibits sUAS operations.
  • The aircraft may not operate in any restricted airspace, including airspace covered by a temporary flight restriction (TFR).
  • The aircraft may not be operated from another aircraft.

Please keep these rules in mind when planning your photo shoot.

Drone Photography Rates and Fees

Flying M Air currently charges the following rates for drone photography services:

Setup Fee: $50 per location

Flight Time: $50 per hour with a one-hour minimum

Travel Fees:
Locations within 15 miles from downtown Wenatchee: no charge
Locations farther than 15 miles from downtown Wenatchee: 50¢ per mile traveled

Storage Media:
$30 per 64 GB USB 2 Flash Drive (if not provided by client)

Flying M Air provides clients with all still photos and video footage shot during an aerial photography mission with our drone at the conclusion of the assignment. Flying M Air does not provide photo or video editing services.

If you have questions or would like an estimate of what a photo mission with our Mavic might cost, please give us a call at 509/699-8044.

Providing helicopter services throughout the west since 2001.