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Elevate Your Perspective

Aerial video is an excellent way to elevate your perspective of your specific interests.  Whether you are selling real estate, constructing buildings, hosting exciting events or doing any other activity where compelling video will enhance your efforts, consider the following reasons why aerial video is the right choice for you!

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The WOW Factor

Aerial video drives engagement and attracts attention to your business. Click here to download our special report for realtors, The WOW Factor, to learn five advantages of using aerial video to sell real estate.

Aerial Video Fits Budgets Large and Small

From just a short :30 second fly-over to a fully-produced video with music, graphics and professional talent, there is a video to fit your budget.

Stunning 4K Video

Our Inspire One drone is a professional aerial cinematography platform that shoots stunning 4K video and 16-megapixel stills.

Award-Winning Staff

Our team has won awards for videography, journalism, and TV production.

Fly Worry-Free

Flying safe is our number one priority! Our pilots are all FAA certified, and in the unlikely event an accident occurs, we carry $2,000,000 of bodily injury and property damage insurance.

Year-Round Flights

Kind of like the mailman, weather is no match for us.  Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter – we are in the air.

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UAV Applications

Working closely with each client we achieve amazing visual impact using stunning drone aerial imagery for producing TV commercials, selling real estate, monitoring construction jobsite progress, maintaining and promoting golf courses and other entertainment venues, promoting car dealerships, advertising commercial property, processing residential insurance claims and preventing fraud, inspecting roofs, investigating accidents, assisting Search and Rescue teams or recording your special events like weddings or family reunions.

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Greater Precision

Drone cameras take centimeter-level images that reveal much more detail about a crop’s condition such as plant height and plant count.

Earlier Detection of Problems

Because drones survey more frequently, weeds, pests and disease are detected earlier.

Total-Field Scouting

Instead of riding an ATV around the perimeter to scout maybe 5% of a field, now every field can be 100% scouted using drones.

3D/Volumetric Data

Drone images can be used to calculate the volume of piles, holes, hills and patches. These can be compared to Infrared images to detect density issues like hot spots in a crowded beet field, or to identify contour problems such as north slope shade issues.

More Frequent Index Reporting

Drones offer a cost-effective way to monitor crops more frequently for key indices like CCCI (canopy chlorophyl content index), CWSI (crop water stress index) and NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index).

Tree Crown Delineation

Drone data provides summary statistics for three vegetation indices which compare the health of individual trees and may reveal problem areas.

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The FAA views all agricultural drone activity as commercial drone operation. This means the drone operator must have a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly.  All Pennsylvania SkyOps pilots are FAA-certified and have passed all required testing so you can rest assured your crop surveying efforts are legally compliant and will provide you with the most detailed perspective of your crop health.

 

 

 

3D Site Scans

Overlay a 3D model of site progress with the 3D model from the architect to see if the project is on schedule.

Topographic Maps

A drone can easily make a topographic map to assist in the estimation of a cut and fill analysis.

Site Communication

Bring everyone together on a project.  Connect on-site workers with off-site workers and clients for the quickest way to show everyone what’s going on.

3D/Volumetric Data

Drone images can be used to calculate the volume of piles, holes, hills and patches.

Less Frequent Site Visits

Get a complete overview of the job to save project executives and site managers time visiting and walking sites each day. Drone video tells project leaders everything they need to know to be effective and efficient.

Show Clients Progress

When clients don’t have time to visit the site again and again and still photos aren’t satisfying their curiosity, drone video can be an inventive way to keep them in the know. Give thema time-lapse video to show them what was accomplished each week.

 

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The FAA views all construction drone activity as commercial drone operation. This means the drone operator must have a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly.  All Pennsylvania SkyOps pilots are FAA-certified and have passed all required testing so you can rest assured your construction support efforts are legally compliant and will provide you with the most detailed perspective of your work site.


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Imagine this…a mountainside collapses and endangers a nearby shopping center.  This is big news and you want to get the most compelling video you can so viewers take notice of your coverage.

Your newsroom has all the staff and technology it needs to pull this off – adequately…but will it make viewers say, “WOW!”?

Maybe.

Here’s an option that will definitely capture viewer attention – drone videography.

Drone video captures the scope of the situation far better than ground-based news cameras. The nature of aerial video alone is intriguing to viewers. It provides a unique perspective, giving viewers the complete picture. Standard video only gives them part of the picture in a very limited perspective. It also adds drama to otherwise boring shots.

To illustrate the reach of aerial video…one video can be seen online over 10,000 times after airing. That’s 10,000 more eyes seeing your content. Add in another 10,000 possible shares and maybe some retweets and you’ve got more eyes seeing your content than ever before.

But, there’s a problem.

A recent RTDNA survey found only 10% of stations have plans to utilize drones in news reporting. If you’re part of the 90% and want to take to the skies, Pennsylvania SkyOps News can get your operation heading in the right direction.

Pennsylvania SkyOps News not only can provide you with aerial videography services, we can also provide personalized flight training and ground school instruction to get you flying in compliance with the FAA’s new Part 107 rules.  The course is taught by our chief pilot who has 30 years of TV reporting, photography and news management experience.

Want to jazz up a news open, promo or special report?  Give Pennsylvania SkyOps News a call.  Our services cost far less than the cost of hiring a helicopter.

Breaking news?  Not a problem.  We’re on call 24/7 to support your efforts on long fuse stories such as flooding or the aftermath of a hurricane or tornado.

As with any new service offering, launching and financing it is half the battle.

So, save yourself the hassle of setting it all up and check us out!

Click here to see our drone journalism stories and other work for real estate agencies and more.

If you have questions, text or call (814) 934-6300.

Give your newscast an aerial edge with Pennsylvania SkyOps News.

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Nothing says you have to do more than put a sign in the front yard, print some flyers and post a few still photos to sell a home.  It’s worked for decades so why should you do something different?

Do you want to do more than an average agent?  Why not take to the skies?

It’s all the rage now and you can be part of the excitement. Get a 400-foot (and everything below) view of your listings.

 Property videos can be short and silent, jazzed up with background music or longer, full-blown productions utilizing music, graphics and even professional talent.  So, how can aerial video be used to amp up your video marketing efforts?

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The FAA views all real estate drone activity as commercial drone operation. This means the drone operator must have a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly.  All Pennsylvania SkyOps pilots are FAA-certified and have passed all required testing so you can rest assured your real estate marketing efforts are legally compliant and will provide you with the most detailed perspective of your crop health.

 

Who Is to Blame for This Hillside Fault After Excavation?

 

What Was the Cause of This Catastrophic Loss?

 

As an attorney, you realize the importance of getting all the facts straight.  With social media users, the internet, television and other sources constantly spinning the facts, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort truth from fiction.

Your law firm can’t afford to be at a competitive disadvantage when analyzing and preparing a case.

So, why not try a new way of getting literally every angle possible for your clients?

Pennsylvania SkyOps can provide your firm with that new angle.  We provide aerial video services when you need them – and only when you need them.

Insurance carriers already use drones in their investigations to gather evidence that would otherwise be inaccessible or difficult to obtain.  Now your agency can take advantage of this same innovative way of evidence-gathering without the added hassle of setting up or financing the tools itself.

Here are some benefits to using our services:

Better Visibility

Using a drone to examine the scene of a pedestrian-vehicle accident in a shopping center parking lot will provide you valuable insights into the specific locations and movements of the vehicle and its victim.  For MVAs, you gain a better vantage point for understanding the role of lighting, traffic patterns and highway construction.

Better Details

As we shoot your video, you can watch it real-time and tell us how to position the camera to get you the information you need.  Each 4K-quality video and 16-megapixel still photo gives you crisp images you can zoom in to analyze for details you might have missed with your other investigations.

 

We take each flight seriously at Pennsylvania SkyOps.  We have taken the tests and meet all the new FAA Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations.  Our FAA-licensed pilots take the worry out of each flight by utilizing careful techniques to gather the evidence you need to stop fraudulent evidence in its tracks.  We also carry insurance to cover any personal or property damage we cause.

 

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Aerial Views Can Help Determine What Caused a Fire.

 

Surveillance and inspection are a critical part of a private investigator’s work. Whether it’s investigating a lawsuit’s claim of injury or documenting property damage in the path of a storm, a drone’s observation and documentation capabilities will set your investigations apart!

But you’ve never hired a drone company before and are very skeptical. At Pennsylvania SkyOps we meet all the new FAA Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations.

Our professional level drones make you an active participant in each flight. While our pilots concentrate on flying you’ll be monitoring the drone’s video feed in real-time and positioning the camera to get exactly the video you need. The camera captures 4K video and 16 megapixel stills.

Here are just a few applications:

Many Applications

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Locate Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Insurance Underwriting
  • Workers Comp Fraud
  • Weather Related Claims
  • Arson Fire Investigation
  • Crop Insurance Fraud

Police

Effective aerial video and photographic documentation of any outdoor crime scene, arson, or vehicle crash reconstruction.

Fire

Firefighters get a critical bird’s-eye view of dangerous situations such as propane tanker truck fires, hazardous material train derailments, and multi-alarm fires.

 

We take each flight seriously at Pennsylvania SkyOps.  We have taken the tests and meet all the new FAA Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations.  Our FAA-licensed pilots take the worry out of each flight by utilizing careful techniques to gather the evidence you need to stop fraudulent evidence in its tracks.  We also carry insurance to cover any personal or property damage we cause.

 

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Home Is a Total Loss.

 

Verify a Roof Damage Claim Quickly, Safely and Accurately.

 

Homes are susceptible to many perils – fire, snow, ice and high winds.  The variety of insurance claims are endless and can put adjusters in danger as they analyze property damage. A drone can inspect damage quickly and safely, eliminating the need to climb a roof several stories high or enter a building badly damaged by fire.

Auto accidents provide another opportunity for drones to shine.  Aerial imagery can be used to determine the cause of an accident by giving an overview of the scene, making it easier to determine fault and assess damages.

Finally, long before dangers strike, drones could save you money or lessen your risk.  Using a drone to assess property risk on large personal and commercial properties will ensure more accurate pricing by providing better information for underwriters and others involved in insuring your valuable property.

Whatever your need, PA SkyOps is there to help your agency monitor, mitigate and assess risk as well as reduce fraudulent claims.

Document Disaster-Stricken Areas

Fraud occurs most aggressively on the periphery of a weather event’s primary damage area, especially if there is an extended delay from the loss date. If no hail damage was captured by the high-resolution photos taken by a UAV 24 hours after a hailstorm, then the apparent damage to the roof a month later may need further scrutiny.

Crop Damage Claims

When a crop damage claim is made, an adjuster can go onsite to survey and record the damage. A thorough investigation by an adjuster is cumbersome, costly and time-consuming. A drone can quickly survey an entire field, measure areas of interest, and then use near-infrared and multispectral camera and other sensor technologies to help determine the relative health of the crops.

Home & Business Underwriting

UAVs can easily collect a wealth of information about a property. Insurers can better document the condition of a risk before issuing a policy. Drones provide great views of roofs, siding, windows, gutters and other components with a higher resolution than satellites or manned aircraft.

Combating Arson

Drone data captured during or after a fire can be analyzed to investigate why a fire spread the way it did. Was it wind and ventilation, or fuel, or was a foreign catalyst involved such as a fraudster armed with gasoline? Drones are a cheaper, faster resource to capture the broad view of a fire scene, which can be essential to identifying fire patterns.

 

We take each flight seriously at Pennsylvania SkyOps.  We have taken the tests and meet all the new FAA Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations.  Our FAA-licensed pilots take the worry out of each flight by utilizing careful techniques to gather the evidence you need to stop fraudulent evidence in its tracks.  We also carry insurance to cover any personal or property damage we cause.

 

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Have you seen those really unbelievable shots used during football games, events or even in commercials?  They’re just the thing you know would up your production game. But how do you make it happen for your clients? As with any new service offering, launching and financing it is half the battle. So, save yourself the hassle of setting it all up and check us out! Pennsylvania SkyOps can provide your agency aerial services when you need them – and only when you need them. This is a cost-effective way to add a new dimension to your productions.

Here are just a few ideas.

Resort Promotion

Capture stunning aerial pictures and video of any golf resort hotel, or attraction. Aerial cinematography of a golf course aids golfers in understanding the course and planning their game. You can also spot maintenance issues before they cost money in lost clients as well as monitor the progress of construction or improvement projects to the course.

Corporate Promotion

In the highly competitive corporate world where brands and products are often judged by first impressions, solid and intriguing marketing can make the difference between success and failure. Our UAVs capture cutting-edge, descriptive, high-resolution imagery you can use to promote your brand and engage potential customers in ways standard video cannot. In fact, aerial video converts potential customers to real customers over 70% of the time while standard video converts less than 60% of the time! Our high-resolution camera systems provide crystal-clear images for use on websites, television, printed marketing collateral, billboards, banners, and other pieces to cleverly depict your message.

 

We take each flight seriously at Pennsylvania SkyOps.  We have taken the tests and meet all the new FAA Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations. We also carry insurance in the unlikely event that anyone is injured or property damaged during a flight.

 

Get More Effective Home Inspections, Check Roofs More Safely.

Inspect Towers and Wind Turbines More Safely and Cost Effectively.

 

Home Inspections

Inspecting a home can be a daunting task.  Climbing to the roof can present some challenging and potentially dangerous situations, but with a licensed drone operator capturing aerial images of these areas, things become less dangerous and more efficient.

Until now, inspectors had to walk around the home checking things out from the street and windows. They had to climb ladders to look from the eaves in order to perform a roof inspection. Now, you can tackle the steepest or most angular roofs.  Our drone photography and videography can give you a more comprehensive roofing evaluation your customers will appreciate.

Drone aerial imaging will set you apart from the competition. While the others are climbing ladders, you will be safe on the ground getting better images for your roofing evaluations.

Industrial Inspections

Cell phone towers need to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis so minor issues do not escalate into major and expensive repairs. Maneuverable UAVs can see virtually any angle of the infrastructure and assess the condition and orientation of all components of the tower.

Inspecting a wind turbine requires the inspector to climb a 200-300-foot structure, select the blades one by one by applying a brake and then rappel to the end of the blade for inspection. The process takes approximately four hours, costing around $1,500 per tower. By substituting a UAV for a human inspection, the cost and inspection time plummets.

UAV’s are also effective for inspecting:

  • Stacks
  • Transmission Lines
  • Ductwork
  • Cooling Towers

We take each flight seriously at Pennsylvania SkyOps.  We have taken the tests and meet all the new FAA Part 107 rules for commercial drone operations. We also carry insurance in the unlikely event that anyone is injured or property damaged during a flight.

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We achieve amazing visual impact with stunning aerial imagery!

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I’ve been taking part in the Hangar 360 beta test of their app that shoots 360 degree aerial photos. Click here to see a late winter 360 of my neighborhood in Central Pennsylvania. The app automatically captures 23 images which are uploaded to the cloud and stitched together. My image was shot with a Phantom 4.

If you fly real estate jobs I think the 360 shots are great for contextualizing a home in its neighborhood. I can see many uses for these 360’s.

Before starting-up the Hangar 360 app I run the DJI app and configure the compass, and take a look at the camera settings. Once that is done I go to the Hangar app. All you do is follow is follow the prompts and confirm a few check list items. When you press the launch button the app does a five second countdown, automatically launches the aircraft and takes it to 300 feet where it shoots the photos and asks you if you like to automatically land the UAV, continue flying, or land it yourself.

Once the UAV is back on the ground you can automatically load the photos to the cloud from the drone, or wait until later when you have WiFi or a faster connection. I uploaded right after I landed and once the upload is complete the app will have a thumbnail from the flight and the word processing over the thumbnail.

The entire flight process took less than 15 minutes. I had the link to my 360 in a couple of hours.

When Hangar 360 launches I think you should give it a try. For commercial pilots its another great option to offer your clients.


Hollabaugh Orchard

 

Pennsylvania SkyOps operates from the central part of the state, where agriculture is a major part of the economy. These photos are from the Hollabaugh Brothers Orchard near Gettysburg. Our mission was to map the 250-acre farm for insurance purposes. The data we gathered was imported into the AgLand software package that many agents specializing in agricultural insurance use. We also used the cloud service, Dronedeploy to process the nearly 2,000 photos it took to make the map.

Mapping an orchard or farm this large is hindered by the Part 107 rules restricting flight to VLOS and under 400 feet. To stay within FAA regulations, it took us nearly a dozen flights to complete the map. Pennsylvania SkyOps will be applying for waivers on altitude and VLOS to more effectively fly agriculture missions in the future.

Be sure to check out the map on the left side of the page. If you can’t see the map use the zoom in and out controls to bring it into view.

UAV pilots will experience a steep learning curve when mapping. If you have questions, give us a call.

2016

 

Whether you are a home owner ready to sell, or a real estate agent with a few new winter listings, don’t wait for the green of summer to take advantage of aerial marketing. There is no doubt a sunny day and lush tress and gardens are great for aerial and curb appeal, but winter does offer advantages. There are fewer homes on the market in the frosty months so your home is going to get more attention. Potential buyers are trying to fight-off cabin fever by shopping on-line. A home with a nice blanket of white can be just as attractive as the home surrounded by a freshly cut lawn and you didn’t have to weed the garden or spread fresh mulch to get ready for the aerial shoot!

 

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FAA Approved For Night Flights

Pennsylvania SkyOps is always up-to-date on the latest FAA regulations. We are Part 107 Compliant and holds a Section 333 Exemption for commercial UAS operation in the United States.

Part 107 Waiver No. 107W-2016-01996 | Exemption No. 16611

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On Our Team Two

Pennsylvania SkyOps is leading the way in aeronautical engineering and stunning aerial photography. Heading our creative efforts is Chuck Ferrell, a long-time television news executive and successful media entrepreneur. Leading our Research and Development efforts is aeronautical engineer, Willie Costa.

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Chuck Ferrell

UAV Pilot / Journalist / Chief Creative Office

During a 25-year career in local television news, Chuck earned the reputation for being a high-energy, innovative news executive with a track record of consistently producing high quality stories and newscasts. Whether Chuck is flying a news assignment, a luxury home or video for a TV commercial, he’s always looking for new angles and views by hand-flying and not relying on the orbit or zip line shots common to automated flight software. But if the mission is mapping an orchard, or a thermal image inspection, Chuck’s attention to detail makes the difference.
 
 
 

Willie Costa

Willie Costa

Aerospace Engineer / Pilot / UAV Pilot / Chief Technical Officer

Willie graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, and received his Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University’s Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence. Willie has a strong background in product design and development. He has competed in multiple NASA design competitions and has won multiple awards for his aircraft design, including an Associate Administrator’s Award for his design of a large, short-haul civil tiltrotor. He holds a National Association of Rocketry high-power certification, an FAA pilot certificate, an FAA Part 107 certificate, and has served as a test pilot for the system identification of a full-scale sport plane.

Chuck Ferrell

Chuck Ferrell

UAV Pilot / Journalist / Chief Creative Office

During a 25-year career in local television news, Chuck earned the reputation for being a high-energy, innovative news executive with a track record of consistently producing high quality stories and newscasts. Whether Chuck is flying a news assignment, a luxury home or video for a TV commercial, he’s always looking for new angles and views by hand-flying and not relying on the orbit or zip line shots common to automated flight software. But if the mission is mapping an orchard, or a thermal image inspection, Chuck’s attention to detail makes the difference.
 
 
 

Willie Costa

Willie Costa

Aerospace Engineer / Pilot / UAV Pilot / Chief Technical Officer

Willie graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, and received his Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University’s Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence. Willie has a strong background in product design and development. He has competed in multiple NASA design competitions and has won multiple awards for his aircraft design, including an Associate Administrator’s Award for his design of a large, short-haul civil tiltrotor. He holds a National Association of Rocketry high-power certification, an FAA pilot certificate, an FAA Part 107 certificate, and has served as a test pilot for the system identification of a full-scale sport plane.

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