What Happens After You Submit A Request - All The Geeky Details
After You Schedule
When I get your email, I'll check the location using the Google Maps link you sent me. I'll look for the following things:
- Whether you're in an area that will require FAA approval (such as close to the airport). Areas that require FAA approval come in two flavors: ones where you can get the yes/no decision immediately on an app, and ones where you have to send in an application and wait up to 30 days for a decision.
- If there are trees and wires and other obstructions that will impede my ability to perform the task.
- If in the course of the task it will be necessary to fly over any neighboring property.
Armed with that information, I'll email or text you to confirm the schedule date. A day or two prior to the scheduled date, I'll put flyers or hang tags on neighbors doors warning them what to expect and reassuring them I won't be intentionally videoing them.
On The Day
Drone pilots are prohibited by the FAA from flying over groups of people. Anybody not assisting in the shoot must either stay inside or stand well back. I won't be looking, but for your peace of mind you might want to draw the drapes on rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms.
After I'm finished shooting, I'll show you my recordings on my iPad. Payment will be due at that time - cash, Venmo or Paypal preferred. If you have your own thumb drive, I'll give you the raw files right away.
After The Shoot
I will take the raw files home and edit them a bit (mostly to remove redundant footage, zoom into areas of concern, or blur the faces of non-participants) and either send you a link to download all the files, or I'll put them on a thumb drive and mail it to you or drop it off.
I will retain the video from the flight for my own records for a month or two just in case there is some reason you're unsatisfied or there are complaints from some third party about my drone. I will also retain a screen recording from my controller so I can show to any third parties exactly where I flew and where my camera was pointing.