FAQ

Advanced Intelligent Reconnaissance Systems

A.I.R.S.

Remote Controlled Airborne Reconnaissance Platforms

Question:              Where do I find pricing on your products?

Answer:                 We will send you a current price list when you contact us with your needs and requirements.  Our products are customized to the unique needs of the customer and so prices vary.

 

Question:              What is the difference between a Small Unmanned Airborne Vehicle and a regular hobby plane?

Answer:                 This is a fantastic question and one that confuses a lot of people.  With the advent of any new money making opportunity, we always see ‘knock-offs’ and products that claim to be the real thing but aren’t.  The SUAV market is the newest ‘gold rush’ and has a great number of hobby plane builders trying to pass their planes off as real drones.  They may have anywhere from $300 to $5,000 into their plane and asking $50,000 and up!  They use hobby electronics and parts, instead of parts that have gone through stringent testing and certifying.  The basics of flight are the same, of course, for both the hobby plane and the real SUAV but what sets them apart is their operational abilities and quality of parts.

 

Question:              What is the range of this aircraft?

Answer:                 The distance a remotely controlled aircraft can travel is dependent on several things.  The most limiting factor is topography.  If there are trees, hills, or buildings between the aircraft and the control transmitter, the range will be decreased and sometimes blocked all together.  If there are no obstacles, the next limiting factor is the amount of power out of the transmitter.  In all but the Basic Loadout, at the transmitter we use a signal amplifier and directional high-gain antennas, which point at the aircraft, track the aircraft, and move with it and a signal amplifier at the receiver on the aircraft.  This ensures that low signal level and quality will not be typical.  With that said, a normal range with no obstacles blocking the signal to and from the aircraft, you can expect a range of about 20 miles.  Some flights have gone as far as 38 miles.

 

Question:              What is covered in the training?

Answer:                 The A.I.R.S. pilot training and certification program covers much the same information as a beginner student pilot of a full size, general aviation aircraft.  There are some differences because the pilot of a small to medium size drone will be flying in the same local area most of the time.  There will be no cross-country flights, so information relative to that won’t be covered.  Basic flight theory, flight terminology, flight control for your particular airframe, do’s and dont’s regarding privacy issues and general public consideration, and several other topics are included.  Additional, on-going training is available through our web site to help you be the best pilot you can be.

 

Question:              What is the difference between your civilian and military versions?

Answer:                 The civilian platforms have equipment that fits into local and national requirements and address the needs of the civilian customer.  The military version has additional capabilities and is loaded with mil spec equipment.  That’s also why the military versions cost twice as much or more.  That’s as much as we can say without endangering the security of the military platforms and those who use it.

 

Question:              Does the aircraft ever need to be inspected after a certain number of hours?

Answer:                 Yes.  This is an aircraft that most likely will be flying over populated areas.  That being the case, the aircraft needs to have a complete 300-hour and annual inspection.  We’ll teach you how to do this.  The inspection needs to be recorded on video and sent to us.  If we’re satisfied with the inspection and results, we’ll send you an inspection certification.  If we have a question about a certain part of the inspection or the inspection form you sent in with the video, we’ll call you so we can get it straightened out and get you back in the air.  This inspection isn’t required by the F.A.A. or anyone but us, but if something should happen while flying, you’ll have a better liability case having completed a successful inspection.

 

Question:              Can insurance be purchased for this, somewhere?

Answer:                 Yes.  We don’t know of any insurance companies offering to cover aircraft like this, at this time.  The technology is just too new.  We, however, can provide an insurance policy that covers the repair of your aircraft, or complete replacement.  The monthly cost is different for each aircraft but we’ve tried to keep it affordable, regardless.  There is, however, a $500 deductible.  Given the total replacement cost, however, and even a typical repair for that matter, this is a small price.  We can’t offer a liability insurance plan yet.  We’re working on that and will advertise it when it’s available.

 

Question:              Can I trade up to an aircraft with more electronics and capability?

Answer:                 Yes.  Send us a detailed video of your current aircraft.  That, along with our records of your inspections will help us determine what we can offer you for a trade in.  Most often, we’ll be able to offer almost as much as the original cost!  If you take care of your plane, it’ll take care of you. (and so will we)

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