Literally, AIPI stands for "Aerial Imagery Private Investigator."
As a service, AIPI stands for safe, prompt, reliable drone operations. Primarily geared to assist in private investigations, AIPI is not limited to that. Any scene inspection would lend itself to drone imagery. Based in Sonoma County, California, any reasonable travel can be accommodated.
Aerial Imagery flies the DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter small unmanned aerial system with GPS guidance. The Mavic Pro is a very stable aerial platform whose camera is capable of fully stabilized, extremely crisp 4K videos and high resolution still images. [FAA sUAS Registration #FA3HLMYEYR]
Aerial Imagery is owned and operated by David Stubblebine, a retired California peace officer and licensed private investigator (Lic #25996). He possesses an FAA Remote Pilot certificate under Part 107 for small unmanned aerial systems (#4078826). He is a member of the US Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers and adheres to their "Best Practices" guidelines. All AIPI drone operations are fully insured.
Sample Drone Video Only: The raw files delivered to clients will have much crisper images and overall better quality than what is seen here via YouTube. File sizes average about 7.5MB per second of video.
4K video fully stabilized in MP4 format (MOV on request). Video images are extremely crisp, better than the YouTube sample above. File sizes average about 7.5MB per second of video.
4000 x 3000 pixels JPGs averaging 5MB per frame with GPS coordinates embedded in the metadata. Ground photography is available at regular hourly rates with 3000 x 2000 pixel JPG files averaging 2.5MB per frame.
KML file(s) for viewing in Google Earth showing the three-dimensional path taken by the drone during the flight(s).
Excerpt of the USGS Topographical Map with the area of interest highlighted and link to the full USGS Topo Quadrangle map.
The FAA does not consider drones to be toys or even tools; they consider them aircraft - and they do not have a sense of humor about it. Drones are limited to flying within 400-feet of ground level (with a few exceptions), in reasonably clear & still skies, and they may not fly in a controlled airspace, like within five miles of an airport (waivers possible but not guaranteed).
See "Line of Sight."
The FAA requires that drones be operated within the pilot's unaided line of sight (no binoculars). The DJI Mavic Pro is out of sight at about half a mile, so that is the operational radius. Drones generally cannot be operated from a moving vehicle or boat either.
The Drone Operator is the sole judge of flight conditions and may cancel or terminate a flight at any time based on conditions. Conditions that will likely cancel a flight include:
The DJI Mavic Pro is a nimble, extremely stable aerial platform equipped with an outstanding fully stabilized camera. Its limitations, however, are:
Beyond that, there is still plenty of room to take very high quality images of what you want to see.
$135 / hour
Includes Pre-Trip Weather & Flight Restrictions Check, Travel Time, Flight Time, File Downloading & Preparation, and File Transmission.
$0.65 / Mile
Per Driving Mile
Billed Exactly as Incurred [Special Permits, Bridge Tolls, Parking Fees, etc.]