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How Much Does The Drone Cost?

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How much does the drone cost?

“How much does that thing cost?” is one question we get quite a bit when folks are watching our drone fly on shoots. People are always very interested in how it works and what the video looks like, but also how much the aircraft itself is worth.

The answer surprises many people, as it’s less expensive than many may think, but it’s the “other” costs of being FAA legal that start to add up.

Other factors we had to consider when starting Oklahoma Drone Photography (ODP) were extra batteries, insurance and accessories to keep us in the sky. We have enough batteries to keep flying constantly while the others charge on the ground as each battery lasts for about 20 minutes. What if we’re in a remote spot? No worries, a small lightweight inverted generator keeps us going. And why do so many people and companies go with us vs. the ever popular ‘niece or nephew’ ? We have the experience, flight hours, certification, and $2 million dollars of insurance to make sure their project looks as smooth as our flight overhead.

So the answer to “how much does it cost” is actually not a simple dollar amount, the drone itself is a part of our ODP’s total package: experience, safety and professionalism.

If you’d like to compare and contrast the different types of drones available, click on this link.  For a custom quote, please contact us.

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Oklahoma Gazette Feature

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aerial photography, oklahoma gazette,In another stunning accolade, Oklahoma Drone Photography (ODP) has been featured in the November 9, 2016 weekly Oklahoma Gazette. We were able to meet up with a journalist and photographer at Lake Hefner to show them how the drone works and explain our business to them. During our interview, a small crowd gathered to watch our drone demonstration, something quite common when we fly in public!

Make sure you grab a copy of the Gazette, it explains how ODP came to be, the goals we have, and the industries we target. We speak about safety and how that is our first priority on any job we go out on and how there is a difference between a legitimate drone company verses a hobbyist. We’d love for you to click here  to read the full article.

The Oklahoma Gazette is the largest weekly newspaper in Oklahoma. They print and distribute over 43,000 papers every Wednesday around the Oklahoma City metro area creating a readership of over 207,000.  Their mission is to  stimulate, examine and inform the public on local quality-of-life issues and social needs, recognize community accomplishments and provide a forum for inspiration, participation and interaction across all media. We are humbled they chose to feature us with a full page!

FAA Creates UAS Safety Team

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The FAA’s Goal

America has one of the most complex airspace in the world and it’s the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) job to ensure the safety of it for the public and everyone who wants to use it.

The FAA’s goal is to incorporate unmanned aircraft, and their users, into our culture of safety and responsibility. But they need to do it in a way that doesn’t stifle the enthusiasm for this growing industry.

A free, new smartphone app, B4UFLY, is available for drone operators, which lets you know where it’s safe and legal to fly a drone. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices, and it’s already been downloaded more than 85,000 times.

Safety Team

As hundreds of thousands of drones take to the sky, the FAA is constantly trying to keep up with drone safety and has since created the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). The UAST held its first meeting in Washington, DC on October 18-19, 2016. The UAST is modeled on the highly successful Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC). These teams are data-driven and take an analytical approach to creating new rules and regulations to intervene potential accidents before they can happen. Both CAST and GAJSC have improved safety standards across commercial aviation and the UAST will do the same for the unmanned aircrafts.


Current rules and regulations that must be followed by all UAS pilots for safety include: not operating a drone from a moving vehicle or aircraft, faa-no-drone-zoneflying with constant line of sight of the drone, or operating drones during daylight. For Part 107 holders, like ODP, we can fly higher than 400 ft. if the drone is within 400 feet laterally of a permanent structure.  Meaning, we can fly to the top of the Devon town in downtown Oklahoma City. There is also a “No Drone Zone” campaign the FAA has out to remind people to leave their unmanned aircraft at home during major public events.

Some have called the unmanned aircraft industry the “Wright Brothers moment” of our time – and that may be so. But if there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that the only limit to this technology is imagination – and Oklahoma Drone Photography has no shortage of that.

Homeowners Benefit From Aerial Photos

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There are several ways homeowners can benefit from aerial photography. Imagine having an eye in the sky to see potential problems, like aging rooftops and torn shingles that can cause flooding. A bird’s eye view can help establish property lines and provide the ability to watch home additions or home construction develop step-by-step.

Whether you are a homeowner, a landlord or a renter, you want your home to look good, feel good, and be inviting for family and friends. The National Association of Landscape Professionals conducted a survey that states that 83% of Americans think it is important to have a yard and 75% feel it is important to spend time outside in their yard. Of course, this is not at all without some investment. Money will be spent to maintain your outdoor living space and everyone knows keeping things fresh takes some cash.

Homeowners Design

Aerial photography isn’t just for contractors, architects and real estate agents, it’s a wonderful tool for homeowners to use to capture their landscape design projects, outdoor living spaces and new pool concepts come to life. There is no better way to compare before and after photos than from a bird’s-eye-view. Managing a landscape design project requires patience and consistency. Having a drone capture the project from start to finish holds every contractor on the property accountable.

Home Maintenance

No one likes having to spend money on home maintenance. It’s a homeowners worst nightmare thinking about the costs of having to install a new fence or repair their roof, but…stuff happens. A storm can come through and rip the roof away, destroy siding, fences, and can even cause flooding. Aerial photography can capture the property in it’s entirety. In less than an hour, a homeowner can see the state of their roof, they can see the origin of where the flood water came in, and for bigger properties, can track where a busted fence is. If you have to file an insurance claim, this video can be crucial to making sure you get every dollar you are entitled to!

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If you just moved onto a property with a ton of land, or if you have lived on a property for so long you have forgotten where exactly your property line is, aerial drone photography is where you need to go. The Oklahoma County Assessor provides land maps and flood zone information for each square mile and section of land. Aerial photography can capture a clear image of each property’s land, boarders, and buildings.

It goes without saying that homeowners can benefit from aerial photography. Each home, home project, and homeowner has a need for drone photography. The small size of a drone and maneuverability of it requires little to no space, it doesn’t interfere with the neighbors, and provides countless opportunities and benefits to a property. Whether it’s a landscape design project, figuring out your property lines, or getting footage of your property for future insurance claims, drone aerial photography is quick and cost-effective for everyone.