ABOUT Recon five uas solutions

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Currituck Lighthouse, Coralla, NC, 2020

About Recon Five UAS

Recon Five UAS was founded in 2018 by Rick Charles who was born with a love for aviation and photography.  Growing up in New York City, Rick was immersed in an environment of big newsworthy events and places.  He was fascinated with the breaking news stories that appeared from locations throughout the city as well the news helicopters that covered the stories from above the city.


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Bell 407 for WABC-TV, NYC, 2019

Contemporary UAS technology delivers amazing imagery and when coupled with state-of-the-art IP video streaming capabilities, Recon Five UAS can bring this technologies in a single, reliable system to our provide clients with an exciting perspective from the air!


Recon Five UAS has been fully certified by the FAA as a Remote Pilot since 2017. We have completed the 2021 recurrent FAA UAS training allowing us to fly at night and over people.  We are insured to $1 Million and have a 100% safety record.  We can fly anywhere in the United States where it is legal to do so.

Recon Five UAS (a part of Polaris Imagery LLC) is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-certified service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.



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Recon Five UAS flies DJI Unmanned Aircraft.  We fly the Mavic 2 Enterprise AdvancedInspire 2 and the Mavic 2 Pro aircraft which can capture images in 4K high definition, in RAW and stream in HD as well as a thermal capability! 


The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced (M2EA) brings a zoom capability in both a traditional optical (visual) and a robust thermal sensing system able to display in 10 different color palettes. 

Recon Five UAS' M2EA is the same UAS aircraft and sensor used by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Command Tactical Unit and FDNY Robotics Unit to inform Incident Commanders at 2nd alarms or greater incidents with aerial and thermal information.

The Inspire 2 uses a Micro 4/3 sensor on the X5S gimbal to produce crisp, highly-detailed images and broadcast streams.  At Recon Five UAS, we also use the CrystalSky monitor and Cendence controller for maximum situational awareness, creative control and HDMI and SDI broadcast connections.


The Mavic 2 Pro is a robust platform in a smaller form factor that excels when a discrete presence is required.  The Mavic 2 Pro uses a Hasselblad lens to capture images in crisp definition and high dynamic range and also is 4K High Definition broadcast platform.  We use the DJI Smart Controller to enable HDMI live broadcast connectivity to our broadcast production station.




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We post-process all our images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and all our videos are edited in Black Magic Design's DaVinci Resolve, the same applications used in Hollywood.  We are professionally trained in all of these programs.

For live streaming, we use LiveU equipment and employ its cellular bounding technology which allows us to bypass venue WiFi connections and provide a dedicated, direct, redundant and highly reliable connection to the internet and cloud servers bypassing unreliable and congested WiFi systems thus allowing a reliable broadcast.

For traditional photography, Rick shoots Nikon cameras with Nikkor and Tamron lenses. 

His photography can be viewed at www.rickcharlesphotography.com


About Rick Charles, Owner, Chief Pilot and Content Creator


Through Rick Charles, Recon Five UAS founder and Chief Pilot, we provide real-time and Captured Imagery for Airborne Intelligence Operations.  We use over 32-years of First-hand experience in aviation, federal intelligence and law enforcement as our foundation.  Our experience includes:

  • Aviation: Over 2,800 USAF aircrew flight hours as an Airborne Command and Control Officer with over 300 combat hours in combat military air superiority missions

  • Experience: Over 16 years federal government experience with national security and aviation-focused agencies

  • Intelligence: 16 years affiliated with U.S. Intelligence Community  

  • Law Enforcement: Ten years professional experience as FBI employee and task force officer

  • Investigator: Past eleven years with the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Investigations and an ASIS International Professional Certified Investigator

  • Trusted: 16+ years with Top Secret clearance from FBI and CIA

Rick is an enthusiastic imagery creator.  He enjoys capturing life in action and motion...events that do no not wait for the photographer to be ready and pose the subjects.  He has had his imagery been published in Speed: the Journal of the International Society of Aviation Photography and commercially for private clients.


Rick is a self described "AvGeek" and is a proud member of: