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About Recon Five Media LLC

Recon Five Media LLC, doing business as Recon Five, was founded in 2018 in Virginia and is led 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 famous places.  Rick 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.

Recon Five Media LLC is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-certified Service-disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business.

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A New York City news helicopter return to base after morning coverage, Linden, NJ. Image by Rick Charles, 2019.

About Rick Charles, Owner, Chief Pilot and Director of Operations

Chief Pilot and owner Rick Charles brings over 35-years of first-hand experience in military and civil aviation, combat-experienced command and control operations, federal intelligence and law enforcement, 9-1-1 emergency services (fire & EMS) as the foundation and inspiration for Recon Five Media.

Rick has over 2,800 military flight hours including over 300 combat flight hours from Operation Desert Storm as a United States Air Force aviator.

35+ Years of Professional and Aviation Experience with:

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Our Equipment

Recon Five flies DJI Unmanned Aircraft.  We fly the Matrice 30T, Inspire 2, Mavic 3 Pro CineMavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, Mavic 2 Pro. and Avata FPV aircraft which can capture images in 4K high definition, in RAW and stream in HD as well as possesses a robust thermal capability! 

DJI's most capable aircraft for incident response, public safety operations, security and news gathering is the Matrice 30T (M30T).  The M30T is an all-weather, long endurance, multi-sensor aircraft capable of optical and thermal imagery collection, subject tracking, video streaming, video capture and other enterprise-level functionality not available in other products.

The DJI Inspire 2 is a high-quality aerial cinematography platform used by  movie and TV Directors of Photography in Hollywood and around the world.  It can capture 4K images and stream live video for broadcasting purposes.

The DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine features next-level imaging performance. Mavic 3 Pro's triple-camera system ushers in a new era of camera drones by housing three sensors and lenses with different focal lengths. Equipped with a Hasselblad camera and dual tele cameras, Mavic 3 Pro Cine is a triple-camera drone that unlocks new shooting perspectives.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced (M2EA) brings a zoom capability in both a traditional optical (visual) and a sophisticated thermal sensing system able to display in 10 different color palettes.  Our 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 Mavic 2 Pro is another tried and true platform in our fleet.  It has 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.


Recon Five is very pleased to announce the addition of the DJI Enterprise Series Matrice 30T (M30T) to the fleet. 

The M30T is simply the world's most capable drone for public safety, first responders, security overwatch, electronic news gathering, and many other missions and use cases.

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Sample video of the M30T's tracking ability of a high-speed moving vehicle.  Using AI, it maintains a track "lock" centered on the target and zooms in with its optical and digital zoom cameras despite many other many other vehicles and objects crossing its field of view.

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