First and foremost, Skygate Videography Inc. is a Prince Edward Island Company, committed to supporting local Business and promoting the Island’s natural beauty for the benefit of our tourism, culture and development.
We provide full Drone support services throughout the Maritimes, with very cost effective and competitive rates.
SKYGATE IS THE TC APPROVED RPAS ADVANCED OPERATOR & FLIGHT REVIEWER / ASSESSOR FOR THE PROVINCE
Skygate is a highly professional Drone service and video production company specializing in delivering safe, fully regulated, drone flight services and promotional videos to the highest standard. We are fully insured ($5Million) and approved by Transport Canada for RPAS Advanced Operations and Flight Review Training throughout Canada, and we understand the complex nature and safety issues of Drone operations.
Our cinematography and post production video services also allow us to provide a complete media package, offering small businesses efficient and cost effective promotional videos as well as drone survey and inspection data services.
No (NOT EVEN IF THE DRONE IS UNDER 250g). In order to collect data, or legally take aerial photographs and video from unmanned platforms (even for recreational purposes), the operator must have passed an examination and hold an ‘RPAS Operators License’ from Transport Canada (Note: your drone must also be registered with Transport Canada). This demonstrates of a level of competency and safe practices, and include the requirements for making detailed flight plans, risk assessments, emergency procedures, maintenance logs etc.. Failure to comply with Transport Canada CARS section IX regulations can result in fines up to $25,000 and/or jail time. more info…
The biggest limiting factor for us is wind speeds, it becomes difficult (and more time consuming) to produce good results with wind speeds gusting more than 35kts (also note that at 100ft the wind is typically a lot stronger than on the ground. We can operate in light rain and snow to a degree (providing we have good visibility), as we have a fully waterproof and submersible drone in our fleet, capable of taking off and landing on water. We can operate the Inspire 2 drones below freezing, at air temperatures down to -10C, but with limited range and flight times. In short, the nicer the weather, the better the results.
If there is a potential for ice to form on the surfaces of the drone (or the air temperature is beyond the drone manufacturers recommendations), we will not be able to fly for safety reasons. Air temperature is measured in the shade so the sun’s radiation does not affect the reading. However, solar radiation can dramatically change the temperature of an object that it hits, so we only use the forecasted air temperature as a guide. We always measure the temperature of the drone surfaces before a flight, to determine if it is safe to fly.
This depends on the type of drone and its payload weight, but we can typically expect a flight time of 20 to 30 minutes. We carry sufficient spare batteries to conduct several flights in one day and have a mobile charging system for each drone.
We would not normally fly a drone directly over people. However, if we are operating in a controlled, closed location, we can still make a flight plan to get great shots of crowds from safe distances, as long as all people involved are clearly briefed on the safety issues. Safety is always our primary consideration.
Yes, all our drone video downlinks (and our property walkthrough video cameras) have live streaming capability and can be made available for live broadcasting platforms, such as Facebook Live and YouTube Live. This service can quickly help the right people make informed decisions on structural maintenance etc., or assist a home buyer in a ‘sight-unseen’ property purchase.
If you are a registered PEI company, we will automatically set up a 30 day Credit Account for you. All other jobs require payment on delivery of the service. High value service contracts may require an initial deposit. Invoices are emailed and dated on the first day of the month and itemized by date (and job details). We accept all methods of payment.
Ideally, we like to cordon off at least 20ft of unobstructed, flat ground for both our primary and secondary landing sites. Caution tape, signage and ground crew will also be used if there is potential for people not involved in the operation to enter the areas.
Yes, but it depends… If the people are part of the operation (or are just bystanders) AND they can be briefed on the safety and emergency procedures for the drone operations, then we can operate the drone in and around the location without restrictions.
However, to fly drones less than 15ft from (or over) the general public, for safety and legal reasons we need to use specialized drone equipment and additional planning, and would typically attach a small parachute to the drone for it to comply with Transport Canada regulations.
Transport Canada require ‘Line of Sight’ operations to be within 500mtrs of the operator/observer. However, with strategically placed observers (who are in direct radio comms with the Pilot), we can operate at greater distances if needed (the signal strength of our drones allow them to be safely controlled from even a few kilometres away).