Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located and what areas do you service?
Our studio is located in Somerville, Massachusetts and services most of New England without travel fees. If you want to get us on a project that is requires a plane or a long drive then all we ask is that you pay basic travel and lodging expenses. Our grip van and passports are at the ready.
What sort of equipment can be used on your drones?
Please refer to the break down the specifics of each drone and camera in our Technology Page
What about safety?
Safety is our paramount concern at Above Summit. We will not fly over the heads of people or in inclement weather (precipitation, high winds, etc). We also use a Visual Observer to provide an additional level of on-site safety. Our FAA Part 107 pilots are seasoned and responsible operators with experience on an array of equipment and have created safe yet incredible, innovative shots.
How far can you fly?
The drone must remain within the Pilot in Command's line of sight at all times, and our height ceiling is 400 feet (122 meters) by law.
How long can you fly?
We use LiPo rechargeable batteries to power our drones. Each battery lasts anywhere from 10-25 minutes, depending on the payload, temperature and type of aircraft. Swapping out a battery only takes a couple minutes and we always bring multiple batteries to each shoot. During a long shoot, we can also recharge batteries in our grip van.
Are you licensed?
Yes, all of our pilots have obtained a Part 107 license from the FAA.
Are you insured specifically for drones?
Yes, we are insured for general liability up to 5 million dollars, which is required for large scale productions. We also have separate production insurance for any ground work. If you decide to book us, we will be happy to provide you with our certificate of insurance, adding your company as additionally insured.
What are the current FAA restrictions?
1. Our pilots must maintain a visual line of sight with the drone at all times.
2. Maximum altitude is 400 feet above the ground or a structure. For example, if we are filming a 150 ft building, we could fly 550 ft high directly above the building.
4. We cannot fly over the heads of people who are not directly participating in the operation.
5. There are certain areas of restricted airspace throughout the country due to airport proximity, protected land, military areas and special events, . We have obtained authorizations for many airports but please check with us about your project’s specific location.
What if I want to film/photograph in restricted airspace?
If we are unable to obtain a permit for a specific location (for example within 1 mile of Logan airport) then we hire a helicopter. Our go-to pilot is extremely talented at getting us into position to get the shots we need. Reach out to us to learn more!