Propellerheads currently owns the following drone hardware, available for immediate use,  

  • DJI Inspire 2 with a Zenmuse X5S, (Apple ProRes and CinemaDNG RAW licensed.) 
  • DJI Matrice 600 Pro capable of lifting a RED Epic/Dragon, Alexa Mini, or any SLR for flight times ranging from 18-40 minutes and is equipped with the Ronin MX gimbal with a wireless follow focus/control/HDMI Transmitter.
  • DJI Inspire 1 Pro w/X5
  • DJI Phantom 4
  • DJI Matrice Pro
  • A range of custom and special use drones from mission partners upon request. 

 All production aircraft and equipment are registered with the FAA for commercial use and carry full hull insurance. 

- Propellerheads also flies radiometric thermal cameras for agriculture surveys, building efficiency inspections and search and rescue operations. 
- Our aerial equipment supports broadcast-quality SDI and HDMI 1080/60 digital downlinks for use by news agencies during live feeds and breaking events.   
- All of our camera gimbals can be installed for upright, as opposed to underslung, mounting.  This configuration can be used to inspect bridges, ceilings and capture shots of overhead subjects.  


Our history in pictures. We've been flying since the first drones and so much has changed!

"What makes a drone?"

A drone flies using the downward thrust of multiple electric motors to achieve lift. It steers and moves by controlling the angle of the vehicle. This is accomplished with the assistance of gyroscopes, computers, and most importantly, the skill of the pilot. 

Aerial photography drones come in different sizes and shapes, but are normally referred to by the number of rotors they have. The most common configurations are tricopters (3 rotors), quadcopters (four rotors), hexacopters (six) and octocopters (eight). More advanced designs use multiple motors on each arm for redundancy and are referred to as Y6 (six motors on three arms) and X8 (eight motors on four arms). The size of the vehicle is normally designed around the weight of the camera and the stabilization system, also known as a gimbal. We use state-of-the-art three-axis (roll/pitch/yaw) gyroscopically-stabilized gimbals to carry all of our cameras. These systems provide a perfectly level and smooth mount for many different types and sizes of camera. 

Advanced models such as ours also have fully redundant global positioning system (GPS) receivers and extremely sensitive altimeters and gyroscopes to maintain a steady position in any wind up to 25 mph. This means the pilot can concentrate on getting the best shot, instead of fighting the weather.   Our flight controllers are also capable of flying precise, repeatable, GPS-guided routes at exact altitudes. This is perfect for advanced photogrammetry or 3D scanning and survey applications. This advanced flight control system can also be used by film crews to exactly repeat difficult shots.


PROPELLERHEADS AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS A PROUD USER OF THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS AND MANUFACTURERS.

- DJI Customer Experience Store, NYC
Quadframe.us professional-grade airframes and gimbals (Manufacturer authorized builder)
Fortis Ruggedized Airframes (Manufacturer authorized builder)
- Nanuk hard cases and inserts
- Venom Batteries and Chargers