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.
How does Angel Eyes UAV utilize UAVs?
» Angel Eyes UAV is not only a consulting firm for applications of UAVs, but also offers platforms capable of carrying diverse equipment and sensors for aerial photography, inspections, and environmental analyses. Sophisticated electronics and avionics help maintain waypoints, handle flight anomalies, cross wind, vibrations, etc.
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.