March 12, 2016

FAQs

FAQ

At Blue Moon safety is our number-one priority. We understand that its misuse could endanger public safety.  We take industry-leading steps to minimize risk and are extremely proud of our perfect safety record.

Blue Moon UAV Aerial Photography complies with Federal Aviation Regulation 91.13 as specified by the National Transportation Safety Board

We also maintain a one million dollar injury and property liability insurance policy specifically tailored for commercial UAV operations.
 
Prior every flight, we conduct a 30-point pre-flight inspection of all our aerial vehicles and walk the entire flight area to check for any hazards such as trees, wires or obstructions.  We require property owners to give us permission for all flights. We never fly over cars or people or out of our direct line of sight, and brief a safety plan to all bystanders in case of an equipment failure.  We reserve the right to refuse a mission based on safety concerns.

How far can you fly?

Blue Moons UAV remains within the Pilot in Command’s line of sight (LOS) at all times, and our ceiling is 400′. If our UAV exceeds that limit, it will automatically return to the takeoff location. We maintain a visual of the drone at all times.

How long can you fly?

We use LiPo rechargeable batteries to power our UAV. Each battery lasts approximately 10-15 minutes. A battery change only takes 2 minutes and we always bring multiple batteries to each shoot and recharge during flights.

Are you insured?

Yes, we are insured for liability and damage. We are also insured with a standard photography/videography policy. We will be happy to provide you with our policy documentation.

Where are you located and what areas do you service?

We are located in Westchester, New York. We service the tri state area.

Does weather effect the shoot

Yes. The equipment is filled with sensitive electronics. If there is rain or snow, we cannot fly. Winds over 12mph are a issue for flight. We will usually know and plan in advance if we have to delay the shoot.

How much time is needed for set up?

We can be up and running in about 15 minutes. That gives us enough time for safety checks and for other preflight considerations.

The sUAS will weigh less than 55 lbs.
Flights will be operated within line of sight of a pilot and/or observer.
Flights will occur during daylight hours.
Flights will occur during Visual Flight Rules Meteorological Conditions (VMC).
Flights will be operated at an altitude of no more than 400 feet AGL and within Class G airspace. Operations in controlled B, C, or D airspace will be conducted in coordination with the proper FSDO and ATC with prior permission.
Flights will be terminated at 25% battery power reserve or when voltage is less than 10.6V should that occurs during the operation. RJC’ app will push notice and recommend returning at less than 30%.
All of Blue Moons sUAS used by the company will be U.S. registered and display marks either in accordance with 14 CFR Part 45, Subpart C or approved alternative markings.
Operations will only be conducted in confined areas and over property authorized for such use. Most operations will be conducted within the limitations of the blanket COA authorization, including below 200 feet AGL.
The operator will obtain the consent of all persons involved and ensure that only consenting persons will be allowed within close proximity to the flight operation.
All required permissions and permits will be obtained from territorial, state, county or city jurisdictions, including local law enforcement, fire, or other appropriate governmental agencies.
A briefing will be conducted prior to each day’s activities for all personnel who will be performing duties for these operations.
Minimum crew for each operation will consist of the sUAS Pilot and a Visual Observer.
sUAS Pilot will be Pilot in Command (PIC). If a pilot certificate holder other than the sUAS Pilot, who possess the necessary PIC qualifications, is also present (i.e. the Visual Observer), that person can also be designated as the PIC.
The PIC must have passed at least a sport pilot certificate and hold a valid U.S. driver’s license unless changed by future sUAS FAA Regulations.
PIC and VO will have been trained in operation of Blue Moons sUAS and have obtained all new required information on the particular UAS to be operated.
Observer and PIC will at all times be able to maintain verbal communication, either directly or through electronic means.
Operators will maintain the sUAS system in a condition for safe operation according to Blue Moons manuals, including pre-flight and post-flight inspections.
If the sUAS loses communications or loses its GPS signal, the UAS will have the capability to return to a pre-determined or safest location and land.
The sUAS will have the capability to abort a flight in case of unpredicted obstacles or emergencies. Blue Moons drones are able to see real time flight data including settings, flight mode, bluetooth, “heartbeat”, number of satellites, battery level, flight distance, altitude, speed, and flight time allowing the pilot to have situational awareness of any issues.

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