Drone Airplane or Helicopter?

Which Aircraft is Best for Your Aerial Photo Shoot?

Helicopter

Pros

Helicopters are the most versatile platform because they are very maneuverable and have no legal altitude restriction making it ideal for shooting multiple urban area shoots in one flight.

Cons

Helicopters are the most expensive of these aircraft to operate.

Airplane

Pros

The airplane is the most cost effective aircraft and is ideal for a large number of sites in one flight.

Cons

Airplanes are restricted to 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle in densely populated areas and 500 feet above the highest obstacle in rural areas.

Drone

Pros

Drones are the least expensive of these aircraft to own and operate. 

They are very maneuverable and are ideal for close up low level photography.

Cons

Drones are the most time consuming aircraft because you have to drive to and set up for each site.  The distance between sites and traffic conditions can severely restrict productivity.

They are restricted to a maximum altitude of 400 feet above the ground and even lower or prohibited near airports.

Drones are prohibited from flying over traffic and people* even further restricting their use.

* The flying over people has been eased but I do not agree with it.  It is just not safe.

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