What is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)?
» For our purposes, they are non-military, unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as “drones.” They can be airplane type (i.e. fixed wing), helicopter type (multi-rotor copters), or lighter than air type (aerostats), and typically carry light payloads of camera or metering equipment.
Does piloting a UAV require a certificate or training?
» Training is not required, but highly recommended. Commercial-grade UAVs are far more sophisticated then remote-controlled airplanes/copters and cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, so a mistake can be costly. Angel Eyes UAV offers training and curriculum similar to what is used to train memebrs of the US Navy.
What are the primary types of UAVs?
» The most common types of UAVs include aerostats, fixed wing, and vertical take off and landing (VTOL) quad/multi rotor copters.
Can UAVs be flown in the United States?
» Yes, there are several legal ways to fly UAVs in the National Airspace System (NAS), including use of COAs and as a hobbyist. Angel Eyes UAV is working with government agencies at different levels to write legislation that protects freedom and privacy in this fast-growing and changing field.
Can I use UAVs for profit in the United States?
» No, not in the sense of services for hire. However, if your employer uses them internally, the use is approved, providing they are not “selling” the use of the UAV.
Can I purchase a commercial-grade UAV?
» Yes, Angel Eyes UAV is not only a professional consulting firm but also sells high-quality UAVs and specialized components.
How is a UAV controlled?
» UAVs are controlled via wireless communications using encryption that reduces spoofing or hijacking of UAV platforms. Additionally, autopilots can be programmed to fly a mission autonomously. The pilot can use either a traditional dual joystick type transmitter, First Person View goggles, or tablet type interfaces.
What happens if the wireless communications fails?
» The commercial grade UAVs have the ability to return to a pre-determined GPS location, or to return to the starting point of the mission.
What happens if the battery gets low?
» Another failsafe mechanism auto-lands the UAV to prevent it from falling out of the sky.
Can UAVs be flown indoors?
» Yes, just like full-size aircraft, size and type are related to application. There are many lightweight, smaller UAVs capable of safely flying indoors.
What is the flight time/endurance of a UAV?
» Depending upon the type and size of UAV, its missions can last from 15 minutes to many hours.
What are some common sensors and cameras used on UAVs?
» UAVs can carry imaging equipment to capture and record in both visible and non-visible spectrum (e.g., still, HD video, ultraviolet and infrared cameras). Additionally, non-imaging sensors can be used for atmospheric conditions (air pressure, temperature, humidity, etc.).
What is the quality of video and how is it transmitted?
» UAVs are capable of recording High Definition (1920 x 1080) video for streaming download, or for capture and download at the end of the mission.
Are UAVs used for humanitarian reasons?
» Absolutely. UAVs can be legally used for search-and-rescue missions, anti-poaching missions, wildlife preserve management, arctic mapping, and several other operations.