While some may seem like toys, many drones are incredibly powerful cinematic tools capturing breathtaking imagery of our world and everything in-between from the sky above.


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Overview


Facts

  • $100 billion: Size of the global drone market
  • 400 ft: Tallest height drones can fly in uncontrolled airspace
  • 7 million: Number of drone units by the next US presidential election
  • $250,000: Retail price of one (1) augmented Aerigon + Phantom Flex 4k world
  • 40%: Percent rise of commercial and hobbyist drones in use by 2020
  • 3: Number of days an amateur drone pilot shut down the UK’s second largest airport

Rules

  • Keep your drone within sight
  • Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
  • Never fly over groups of people
  • Never fly under the influence


Drones


If you think you'll use a flying camera for your next fun project, we have some good news — drone technology has come a long way. But if you need a drone to capture stunning footage, it'll cost you some serious coin.

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If you fly drones for a living, paying over a thousand dollars for the proper gear makes sense. But if you're not a professional drone pilot like most of us, save yourself some money and rent a drone.


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Brand Drones Retail
DJI Mavic Pro 2 $1,499
Parrot Bebop 2 $599
Yuneec Typhoon 4K $549
Skydio R1 $1,999
DJI Spark $399
Yuneec Typhoon H $899
Parrot Anafai $699

Rent a Drone in San Francisco


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Tips


Follow the Law

Before taking flight, you'll need to be aware of some Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations. Flying a drone is a ton of fun because it gives you the opportunity to capture images and video that you wouldn't normally get by standing on land, but doing so safely and legally is just as important.

Wake Up Early

If you fly right after sunrise you'll often find outdoor scenery bathed in golden light. While it does require an early morning wake up, a quick peak through your drone's camera roll is well worth the sleep sacrifice. While most of the world is asleep, you'll have already shot some gorgeous aerial photos. You'll feel accomplished with shooting your shot and most of the world will still be asleep by the time you finish.

Become a Drone Pilot

Want to make a career out of your newfound hobby? You'll need to get certified by the FAA. Those that take the time to do so are able to make some serious dough flying drones, with some earning over $100,000 dollars a year. Common gigs include wedding cinematography, film productions and selling aerial stock imagery. Earn that drone money.


Discover Your Perfect Match


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