Drones in New Hampshire

Drones in New Hampshire


The Granite State

Lovell Lake, NH

New Hampshire is a wonderful state.  Numerous reports have labeled it as one of the best states to live in.  There are many reasons for that, with one of the more prominent reasons being the beauty of the state.  New Hampshire has everything from stunning waterfalls and grand mountains to spectacular marine landscapes.  From the great northern woods to the crashing waves of the Isle of Shoals, there are signs of Mother Nature’s artistry everywhere.  For years, the only way to see these sights from a higher perspective were by hiking to a mountaintop or being a lucky member of the aviation community.  Skyflik can present never-before-seen vistas of the Granite State by using drones in New Hampshire.

 

Crawford Notch

Crawford Notch is a large gorge in the middle of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, positioned almost exclusively in the town of Hart’s Location.  Approximately fifty percent of that town is enclosed in Crawford Notch State Park.  The highest mark of the notch, at approximately 1,900 ft (580 m) above sea level, is at the southerly edge of the town of Carroll, neighboring the Crawford Depot train terminal and Saco Lake, the source of the Saco River, which proceeds southward through the sharp-sided notch.  North of the high point of the notch, Crawford Brook streams more smoothly northwest to the Ammonoosuc River, a branch of the Connecticut River.

 

New Hampshire’s Seacoast
North Hampton Beach Aerial 2

The Seacoast Region is the southeast section of New Hampshire that contains the eastern segment of Rockingham County and the southern segment of Strafford County. The domain covers 13 miles (21 km) adjacent the Atlantic Ocean from New Hampshire’s boundary with Massachusetts to the Piscataqua River and New Hampshire’s line with Maine.  The coastline is commonly considerably rocky and rugged in nature, although a small number of sandy beaches have been constructed using seawalls, notably in the towns of Rye and Hampton.  The Seacoast Region spans as distant west as Epping.  Portsmouth, the biggest municipality and lone city in Rockingham County, serves as the cultural and economic focal point of the area.

Drones in New Hampshire

Skyflik, INC has been flying in New Hampshire since well before the devices were even called “drones”.  New Hampshire is our home.  We started flying in 2012 and have been improving ever since.  We are FAA-certified and carry all the required exemptions to safely, and legally, operate in the state of New Hampshire.

To see how we can capture your New Hampshire property or event, contact us today!

 

Aerial Photography by Drones in the Merrimack Valley

Merrimack River in Haverhill, MA

The Merrimack Valley.

The Merrimack River is a meaningful regional focal point in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The central-southern segment of New Hampshire and the majority of northeastern Massachusetts is known as the Merrimack Valley.  There is a long history of the importance of the river to the area dating back hundreds of years.  Finally, for the first time, we can see the river from above and from perspectives never seen before.

Merrimack River in Haverhill, MA

From enjoying catching Striped Bass at the mouth of the river (seen below), or kayaking in the watershed in the NH White Mountains, the Merrimack River provides many opportunities to people from all around.

Merrimack River Mouth

The Mouth of the Merrimack River in Newburyport, MA

Skyflik is at home above the Merrimack Valley.  With several pilots that live in the area, it is one of our most familiar areas.  We have flown thousands of times and we are the leading provider of aerial photography in the Merrimack Valley.  Most noteworthy, Skyflik has completed jobs in Massachusetts in Amesbury, Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Chelmsford, Dracut, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, West Newbury, Westford and Wilmington.  In addition to Massachusetts, we also have a fairly extensive list in New Hampshire flying in the following towns:  Allenstown, Amherst, Atkinson, Auburn, Bedford, Bow, Brookline, Candia, Canterbury, Chester, Concord, Deerfield, Derry, Epsom, Goffstown, Hollis, Hooksett, Hopkinton, Hudson, Litchfield, Londonderry, Loudon, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Northwood, Nottingham, Pelham, Plaistow, Raymond and Salem.

Castle in Haverhill, MA

Drone Marketing and Why to Elevate Your Advertising

Drone Marketing

Drone Marketing

Anyone who watches anything on TV these days will see just how much using drone marketing is being used to elevate marketing. From commercials to news aerial filming provides angles never available prior to this amazing technology.  Here are some of the reasons why using a drone for aerial video clips will you market your business.

The “Wow” Factor

Every advertisement, whether a 30 second video clip or a simple flyer, is trying to do one thing. That one thing is to capture the attention of the reader or viewer and get them to commit to your product. If you can succeed in capturing their attention, there is a much greater chance of getting their business.

Drone marketing is a new and exciting way to achieve the “WOW” factor to promote your business.  From a simple aerial picture to a full production video project of your property, utilizing an aerial drone marketing will help capture the attention of your potential customers.

Who can use drone marketing?

Everyone can use drone marketing for their business! The only requirement is that you find an FAA-approved company like SkyFlik to do the flying for you.  These professional companies will have the experience, equipment and ability to take your idea (or suggest one) and truly make it soar.  There are many different types of drones for many different types of applications, and these companies will be able to provide the best platform for the job.  SkyFlik has experience flying everywhere outdoor from auto dealerships, golf courses and chasing company vehicles to indoor settings like restaurants, gymnasiums and hotels.  The sky is no longer the limit when it comes to marketing a business or product!

Is using a drone expensive?

To the surprise of many business owners, using drone marketing is only expensive if they try to do it themselves. You need experience to fly successfully and an understanding of local airspace. One crash could cost you a lot more than your equipment investment! SkyFlik have the equipment and experience to get the project completed in the least amount of time possible.  We have years of experience flying drones and producing video and photography projects.

 

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4 Reasons to Hire A Drone Company for Real Estate Photography

There are many advantages to showing off real estate and property from the air.  Aerial filming projects provide a better perspective for buyers. Here are 4 reasons to hire a drone company for real estate photography.

4 Reasons to Hire a Drone Company For Real Estate Photography

Nobska Light, Falmouth MA

Quality Drones are Expensive

Drones come in all shapes and sizes. From the widely available Parrot Drones that you can get at any electronics store to the high end DJI spreading wings octocopters, there are many choices if you want to get a camera in the sky. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Chances are real estate agents and homeowners do not want to spend thousands of dollars on quality platforms and cameras. If you want to hire a drone company for real estate photography, you will save a great deal of money on buying the best gear. A good drone company will have the best equipment for every type of job that they specialize in. They will also have insurance on their equipment, something that is probably not even considered by most real estate agents when flying on their own.

There is an Art to Flying

Not all pilots are created equal. Drone technology is improving almost as rapidly as the mobile phone industry. The problem is keeping up with this technology is difficult and expensive. This also creates a need for training and experience with this emerging field. Our professional drone pilots have spent years perfecting the art of flying and have a special ability to put the camera in the best possible location for the the perfect shot. We will work with you and your “vision” to create a spectacular drone project.

Post Production

Professional drone companies also realize that one of the fastest way to lose customers is to have a poor editing team.  Because of this, SkyFlik has invested a good deal of time improving our editing skills. This is how we provide the “wow” factor when showing off a listing. The ability for the editors to tell a story out of the aerial shots can really improve the likelihood of customers being attracted to the property. See some of Skyflik’s Aerial Video Samples.

It’s Illegal!

You read that correctly. In the United States and many other countries across the world, it is currently illegal to fly drones commercially without the proper exemptions, COAs and registrations. This is by far the biggest issue when it comes to real estate agents piloting drones. Using aerial pictures of anything with the intent to sell falls under the FAA’s “commercial” category. This is why real estate companies should hire an FAA approved drone company for real estate media. Skyflik has acquired all of the FAA required exemptions and COAs. A “Section 333 Exemption” is required to conduct commercial drone operations. Here is SkyFlik’s 333 Exemption. If your property is near an airport there are even more steps that need to be taken in the name of safely flying in the National Airspace System. SkyFlik coordinates with governmental agencies to comply with all safety regulations.

Drones in Boston

Drones in Boston

With the explosion of drones in the market, drones in Boston and other metro areas present many interesting opportunities.  You may have seen videos on the news, local advertisements or magazines that highlight the beauty of the city.  The opportunities are endless when you add an entire new dimension to how you can see something.  There is, however, one major problem with flying drones in Boston–

Drones in Boston

British Airways Boeing 777 at Boston Logan

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport creates an interesting issue for flying drones in Boston.  As you can see from the picture above, the airport is very close to downtown Boston.  Most cities’ airports are actually far away from the city center.  This is simply because there is not enough room near the city centers to allow for an airport to be built.  Logan Airport was built before most airports in the early 1920s on landfill merely a mile from downtown Boston.  The proximity to Boston means that large airplanes (even the super-jumbo jet Airbus A380) fly more than 1200 operations in and out of Logan on a daily basis very close to the city.  The classification for this airspace around Boston is known as Class “Bravo” or “B” airspace. Class B airspace is the most restrictive type of airspace in the National Airspace System, and for good reason.  It protects millions of aircraft operations in their most critical phase of flight in takeoff and landing.  Understanding different categories of airspace (with Class B being by far the most important) is a must for any pilot, regardless of flying a commercial airliner or a drone they got for Christmas.

Drones in Boston

Boston Class Bravo Airspace

What does this mean for flying drones?

Even a simple google search of a place such as “Castle Island” on the waterfront will show many amateur drone pilots illegally flying trying to get some footage for themselves.  These are prime examples of hobby pilots not knowing how dangerous of a situation they are creating.  Aircraft are on final approach directly above Castle Island at 300-600 feet.  This is well within range of almost every drone out there and even within the FAA’s guidelines on high to fly (400 ft).   Additionally, Boston has some of the best hospitals in New England and the world.  With good hospitals, comes patients who need to get to them as fast a possible as their life is on the line via MedFlights.  The Boston area hospitals are scattered throughout the city and get upwards of 20 flights a day.  The MedFlight pilots are under the most stress of their entire flight navigating through the city buildings, cranes and other obstacles.  Having a drone cross their path or worse is the very last thing they want to have happen.  These are just two major reasons, among many others, making flying drones in Boston a dangerous place to fly.

 

What is the FAA doing to prevent any issues?

The good news is that the FAA has recently begun making hobbyists register drones.  The even better news is that with registration, hobbyists must acknowledge that they will not fly within any Class “B” airspace, which is 8 nautical miles from Boston Logan airport.   This essentially shuts off all beginner and amateur drone pilots.  This may sound harsh, but its similar to not allowing unlicensed drivers to drive vehicles on a public road.  It is not that they are not smart enough, it is that they simply do not have the knowledge required to safely operate something that can do serious damage to others.  The vast majority of surface airspace across the country is uncontrolled Class G airspace. This type of airspace is a perfect place to fly drones.  There is much less of chance of encountering any other aircraft in Class G airspace.

 

What does this mean for commercial drone flying in Boston?

The FAA has a process for commercial operations when flying drones.  As you may know, drone companies are required to obtain something called a section 333 exemption.  You can read up on SkyFlik’s exemption here.  Additionally to a long list of safety related items that must be completed to take flight, there are even more requirements to operate in a Class B airspace around a major airport.  To date, SkyFlik is the only drone company allowed to fly commercially within Boston’s Class B airspace.  This is a direct result from our relationship with the FAA on a local level and our commitment to safety.   Unfortunately, the laws on drones are skewed by many peoples’ opinions on what the FAA can actually do.  SkyFlik is dedicated to following the law and rules the FAA has set forth in order to make the National Airspace System a better place to fly for everyone.

SkyFlik FAA Section 333 Exemption

approved section 333 exemption drone company New England

FAA Section 333 Exemption

SkyFlik is now one of the first companies in the nation, and the very first in the State of New Hampshire, to be allowed to fly Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for commercial purposes.  This is possible by SkyFlik acquiring an FAA Section 333 Exemption.  SkyFlik is a New England Aerial Photography and Video company with offices in New Hampshire and on Cape Cod. We offer legal aerial photography and aerial video “Drone Services”. Prior to 2014, there was somewhat of a “wild west” scenario with UAS in the United States. There were zero laws on flying UAS. In late 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clarified that UAS are indeed aircraft, and a Section 333 Exemption is required to operate commercially. A Section 333 Exemption allows for safe and legal entry into the National Airspace System (NAS) for operators. It was at this time SkyFlik started to pursue the only route to become legal operators in the NAS.

On June 29th, 2015, SkyFlik Aerial Filming received the required Section 333 Exemption from the FAA. This allows us to film and photograph things such as real estate, golf courses, weddings and other special events.

SkyFlik COA

SkyFlik has also received an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) for flights under 400’. A COA is required from the Air Traffic Organization branch of the FAA. This allows us to expedite any job without the requirement to contact the FAA for permission for each flight. As a result, the overall time from job request to a finished product is drastically reduced.

This is a huge achievement for our company and we want to thank everyone who has helped and supported us in obtaining this important exemption.

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