More important than getting the right footage for your job is getting it safely. Vertigo Photography is committed to safe flights, so with that understanding, the remote pilot in control (PIC) is ultimately responsible for the safety of the operation. We need to constantly be evaluating each job for safe conditions, including:

  • Certifications
  • Weather conditions
  • Air traffic
  • Ground safety
  • Wildlife and Environmental factors

Mitigating these risks may need to involve postponing or cancelling a flight, or adding more crew members, such as a Visual Observer, to ensure safety.

UAS Certification

All commercial UAS operations within the United States are regulated by the FAA and must be performed by a FAA certified pilot under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107 (AKA “Part 107”) or the older, and now outdated “Section 333” exception.

Weather Conditions:

All flights are subject to weather minimums and are subject to the remote PIC’s (Pilot in Control) discretion, FAA Regulations, and aircraft manufacturer’s specifications. Vertigo Photography uses the following weather limitations:

  • Maximum wind speed: 20 MPH (wind speeds greater than 10 mph are not ideal for smooth video footage)
  • Visibility > 3 Statute Miles (FAA requirements)
  • 500 feet beneath any clouds / 2000 feet horizontally from any clouds (FAA requirements)
  • Minimum temperature: 15 Degrees (F)
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