Who Is Rapid Aerial Imaging?

Announcement - Effective August 26, 2020, Rapid Aerial Imaging became one of 10 UAV operators in the entire US authorized by the FAA to operate over people - and at night. If your project requires flight over people, make sure your UAV operator has the proper FAA waiver. If not, the operator's insurance coverage may not cover an incident that occurs in this type of operation.

Rapid Aerial Imaging was one of the first UAV operators in the US to be granted Commercial Drone Operating Authority by the FAA. While being “one of the first” to be granted legal operating authority is a significant accomplishment, being “The first UAV Operator” to assist the FAA and NTSB in an aircraft accident investigation is a once in a lifetime achievement. RAI opened the eyes of the DC bureaucrats to the value of using UAV’s to investigate transportation-related accidents in a timely manner. Additionally, our investigation video and imagery was used by the NTSB while meeting with Boeing to discuss accident investigation techniques.

In another first, our Chief Pilot frequently delivers a state-approved Continuing Education for Realtors to teach them how to use drones legally in marketing real estate with the course “Drones & Real Estate Marketing – How To Get It Right And Stay Off CNN!”.

RAI utilizes Multirotor (quad & hex) and Fixed Wing UAVs for various mission profiles - whether it’s aerial mapping, 3D modeling, agricultural NDVI, construction/industrial projects or applications requiring thermographic or orthomosaic solutions.

RAI’s Chief Pilot has been a longtime aviator of fixed-wing aircraft (single and multi-engine) and is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFII) with 32 years and over 3,000 hours of flight time in the cockpit. All RAI flight operations are planned and supervised by our Chief Pilot, including risk mitigation planning.

With our ultrahigh-definition video and photography capabilities, RAI creates aerial imagery for a variety of industries – we’ve provided high-definition/high-resolution content for feature films and television commercials, delivered turnkey, fully edited video to commercial and residential realtors, provided builders and businesses in a multitude of industries with a complete marketing video for their services - including soundtrack and voice-over. We’ve gathered news, covered sporting events for Fox Sports, the NHRA, investigated aircraft accidents. We’ve performed periodic roof inspections for major universities saving them time and money, done agricultural surveys for The Ohio State University and Volumetric Surveys for the Columbus Airport Authority. Other projects include energy pipeline construction documentation (Vectren Energy) and construction phase documentation for remote construction projects.
RAI consistently delivers best-in-class service and media day after day – on time and on budget!

We have seasoned professional photographers, videographers, creative talent, and project managers all working behind the scenes to make your project come to life. Our UAV team of pilots are Part 107 FAA-certified to operate UAV’s commercially. Most importantly, RAI’s flight operations standard liability coverage of $1M can be increased to $25M for projects requiring increased limits. In addition to flight operations insurance, RAI carries General Commercial Business liability of $2M as well as auto liability coverage. You can trust Rapid Aerial Imaging with your project from inception to delivery.
RAI has delivered projects across the United States. We are FAA compliant, insured, and we retain licensed and trained UAV pilots in accordance with all FAA requirements. Whether you’re in the Heartland, the left coast or the right coast, our projects have made an impact across the country. If your project requires best-in-class imagery, RAI is ready to deliver.

RAI Operates The Industry's Best Equipment
We invest in the best equipment available to provide best-in-class imagery. UAVs and aerial imaging are constantly and rapidly evolving technology - UAV models often become obsolete after a year or two on the market.
Here’s an equipment list RAI currently operates –

Mavic 2 Zoom
Mavic 2 Pro (Hasselblad camera)
Mavic Enterprise Dual – Thermal and Visual Imagery
Phantom 4 Pro – Global shutter, good choice for mapping, 3D modeling
Matrice 600 Pro with Ronin MX Gimbal and D-RTK GNSS – For 1 CM accuracy, this is the go-to platform. Surveying, film-making, infrastructure inspections – when nothing but the utmost accuracy is required, this is the platform that delivers professional results time after time. Besides the film director’s choice of cameras, RAI can provide Canon 5D Mark III and Mark IV platforms.
Follow focus capability for the Ronin MX Gimbal
Matrice 600 Pro with Zenmuse Z30 and D-RTK GNSS – For 1 CM accuracy, this is the go-to platform. Building, infrastructure, cell phone and wind turbine inspections – when nothing but the highest quality imagery at a safe distance is required, this platform delivers amazing detail with its 30x Optical Zoom – and 6x Digital Zoom!

Services We Offer –

Aerial HDR Imagery starting at $199
Aerial Mapping, 3D modeling, and surveying – estimates based on requirements, starting at $499
Complete turnkey video editing starting at $399
Commercial Ground + Aerial HDR Photography starting at $399
Residential Interior/Exterior Photography starting at $199
Specialty Projects – Sporting, community and private events, construction phase documentation, pipeline surveys, accident investigations, commercial real estate, sales & marketing videos for industrial applications – starting at $599
Drone services by the hour, half-day, full day or week.
Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom, Phantom 4 Pro - $150/hour, 2 hour minimum
½ day - $475
Full day - $850
Weekly (5 days) - $2,900
Mavic Enterprise Dual - $175/hour, 2 hour minimum
½ day - $555
Full day - $925
Weekly (5 days) - $3,500
Matrice 600 Pro - $250/hour, 2 hour minimum
½ day - $800
Full day - $1,400
Weekly (5 days) - $5,400
Mileage (current IRS rate) and expenses are in addition to time-based UAV service (hourly, daily, weekly, etc.) fees

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107.29 - Daylight Operations (Exp: Nov. 30, 2020) - Fly a UAS at night
107.29 - Daylight Operations (Exp: Aug. 31, 2024) - Fly a UAS at night
107.39 - Operation Over People (Exp: Aug. 31, 2024) - Fly a UAS over a person/people

Aerial Photography Drone Pilot
Droners Approved Pilot