flybyhire LLC

 leading Commercial / Enterprise UAV (Drone) Company


FlyByHIRE LLC is a pioneer in the commercial aerial  services industry. We use unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to enhance customer efficiencies. We have expanded our network and logged more flight hours than any of our “competitors.” We are an FAA 333 exemption holder, enabling us to fly missions that others cannot. We are the aerial solution for all photography, surveying, inspection, public safety, advertising verticals and anything in between


We treat each client individually; every order is considered a custom one. We do not offer blanket pricing, since we do not believe in “stock packages.” We maintain the highest standards of fleet quality and insurance coverage. As an FAA 333 exemption holder (no longer an option for market entrants), we are able to fly in places where others cannot


With versatility in our platform and a fleet of state-of-the-art drones merged with highly-capable expert pilots, FBH can achieve results for any customer. Whether a simple residential real estate shoot, or a complex cell tower inspection (with 180x zoom lenses), FlyByHIRE LLC satisfies most demands. We leverage technology to add efficiency and it is our job to save you money



Being different in a growing industry does not come without challenges. Founded by a long-time Media/Telecom analyst with a passion for aviation, we saw the trend of drones reaching critical mass whereby the quality and affordability have enabled UAVs to become useful business tools. We stand by the quality of our work and invite pilots to contract under FBH brand if they have the right stuff and a passion for flight


Real Estate

We offer comprehensive real estate photography services to the residential and commercial marketplace. Our clients are among the largest real estate agents, brokers and developers; moreover, we are confident — based on experience, track record and skill — our capabilities exceed even the highest of expectations. Our portfolio of virtual tours is extensive, and available for viewing. We love to work on all real estate projects – no matter how big or small – give us a call today!

Sports, leisure & events

Our leisure division offers expansive options for clients, customized for all goals. From live streaming of sporting events to tours of facilities, FlyByHIRE has you covered. We take guess-work out of the event, working with each venue, franchise and the FAA, ensuring the bounds of safety first and quality a close second. We aim to enhance rather than distract from any event. We cover charity fundraisers, sports, and even interiors of weddings . The possibilities for our Sport / Leisure / Event vertical are endless!

Advertising / Banairs

From our first Commercial launch, FlyByHIRE sought to be more than an aerial photography company. Core to our mission is to use UAVs = which have become safer and incredibly powerful – for other applications which will benefit a different cohort of clients. Enter BanAirs, our patented solution for transforming the Outdoor Advertising market, one BanAir at a time. See sample footage or contact us for more info. Oh, and #banair

3d Models/Contracting

3D Modeling is a cutting edge technology which FlyByHIRE has been mastered, with a huge leap forward functionally thanks, to the rapid rise in quality of UAVs. FBH’s drones are capable of modeling a site in measurable (accurate to the inch) quality for construction sites, municipalities, etc., of any size in any weather condition. Customers are able to manipulate the models we produce in any way they see fit. Email us for more info on this game-changing technology!

Rescue / First Response

FlyByHIRE seeks to be more than an mere aerial photography company. Core to our mission is to use UAVs – which have become safer and incredibly powerful – for applications which will benefit society. We have equipment using 180x zoom cameras and FLIR technology which acts in coordination with search and rescue responders; live feeds are available to facilitate safety, efficiency and real time data from the field.

Custom requests

FlyByHIRE LLC  provides any custom request backed by the power of our fleet and outsourced pilots with specialized skill. Get in touch for more information!

technology in focus: 3d modeling 


CES, Initial Thoughts – Jumping the Vegas (Convention Center) Shark

  • IT’S CES! We recall days when we were paid to write commentary on the most telegraphed and trafficked Convention on Earth, the Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in real-time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with the Alabama / Georgia game at 8:17pm ET!
  • Times are changing: politics have become reality television; the brightest minds privately innovate, propelling the world’s largest economy forward; Apple continues to ignore CES, and does its own thing (the right of a Company worth almost $1 trillion!) and, core to our focus, UAV (drone) tech announcements have ‘Jumped the Shark.’

We’ll devote a few lines on the latter argument.

  • Jumping the Shark is an infamous “pejorative [term], most commonly used in reference to gimmicks for promoting entertainment outlets, such as a television series, that are declining in popularity.” An interesting assessment inasmuch as where Drone technology fits in this week’s tech Bacchanal.
  • Drones continue to ‘propel’ a major CES theme – no fewer than 50 UAV manufacturers are presenting their latest and greatest in Vegas, as we write. Worth noting, however: just two companies (DJI and Yuneec) are ‘featured’ @ CES, despite this tech at the base of a still nascent & exploding market.
  • Juxtapose today’s late-breaking news, where GoPro (remember them?) officially announced a complete exit from a brief, humiliating and unsuccessful foray into the consumer Drone market. An innovator, to be sure, GoPro was a Drone disaster. Inasmuch as Drone technology continues to rapidly evolve (and who knows, we might see some CES surprises before the week is done), it’s also a wing (pun intended) of technology which is consolidating – think Apple and Microsoft. Like the Smartphone or even the Personal Computer, the pie will grow, with fewer slices to go around. In our view.Stay tuned.



Go #Alabama!


What We Learned from Today’s Bomb-Cyclone Over NYC

Somewhere in the North East

We learned a lot today, here are five (5) takeaways:

  1. Weather forecasters are good  – after cases of getting it wrong in the modern era – meteorologists seem to have pegged excellent forecasting abilities. A net positive for safety, public planning, and aiding in whether to call it a “snow day” ;


  1. Weather is dangerous. Many relish the opportunity to test the limits of large vehicles versus nasty elements. We did so today, but realized unnecessary travel is a bad idea in extreme weather. BUT…


  1. for the benefit of humanity and science, we tested these elements with tech in other ways, responsibly. We flew Enterprise-level UAV (drone) equipment for hours during this latest storm, with winds north of 60 MPH. A decision to fly was not taken lightly. We were outside the range of people and property, with a goal to see how equipment, yet to be tested in actual field operations, might perform ;


  1. Sophisticated UAVs are up to the task. Redundancy, equipment integrity and rational operation proved a useful case-study in judging the efficacy and actionable capacity of expensive UAVs. We were impressed, though we didn’t see any Phantom’s or Mavic’s in the air, as predicted ;


  1. Monetization. A snow-related anecdote: someone offered to clear our modest sized driveway for $200 (cash) today. We declined, as we shovel snow ourselves. This begs a question – if someone can command $200 for a brute, yet unskilled, labor-intensive task, what should one command in terms of price for a specialized, risky, licensed, valuable, insured and still nascent opportunity? We’d argue orders of magnitude more.

It’s all fun and games until someone crashes.


Separating the Men from the Toys (take 2)

As the East Coast of the U.S. braces for an extremely volatile storm tomorrow (4 January 2018), FlyByHIRE will be in boots, performing business as usual. How many other drone operators will be doing the same?

Here’s a reprise from less than a week ago, as originally posted. Be safe, warm, and have some fun.

And don’t fly your toys in big-boy weather! @flybyhire

 Separating the Men from the Toys


  • As 2017 comes to a close, the UAV industry is more robust than most optimistic forecasts…which have proven woefully conservative. Indeed, drones have become more efficient, dependable, safer, and well-priced. As such, it appears that every “independent” operator seeking to make a dollar has the capability to do so. However, commercial operations continue to be performed illegally (by-and-large) as regulators are overwhelmed in enforcing the rules. We won’t name names. Casey.
  • Realtors – a fulcrum case-study for rapid drone utilization – find themselves in a (temporary) buyers market; everyone has their own “drone guy” … although legality, quality, professionalism et al, are not a zero sum game. It’s only a matter of time until the drone hits the fan.

So where to from here?


  • We are bullish on transformative effects that UAVs will bestow upon countless industries. We will Curb Enthusiasm for 2018 in a two-part prediction.
  1. Drone service providers will consolidate. There are too many ill-qualified and illegal operators working for too many legitimate There will be a snap back to a seller’s market, where real Enterprises return to outsourcing their aerial needs (as a related aside, we don’t envision a spike in realtors photographing their listings themselves; they are terrible at it and risk great liability doing so).


  1. The “Men” will be separated from the “Boys” & “Toys.” This will be the topic for a standalone post. But here’s a takeaway: It’s below zero degrees in the Northeast today. The winds are gusting @ 40mph. Yet the skies are crisp & clear. Will a real Enterprise with money and liability on the line (and a deadline to be met) trust some dude who bought a $1,500 Phantom at Best Buy earlier in the day to get the work done? No. The real (and extremely) expensive equipment will get the job done in all conditions, and most of those dappling in the hobby will not invest. So the work will return to the pro’s.


At least that’s what we predict.

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