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Currituck Lighthouse, Coralla, NC, 2020

About OverX Aerial

OverX Aerial 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, OverX Aerial can bring this technologies in a single, reliable system to our provide clients with an exciting perspective from the air!


OverX Aerial 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.


OverX Aerial (Polaris Imagery LLC) is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-certified service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

About Rick Charles, Owner, Chief Pilot and Content Creator

Rick Charles started creating images with an old Canon AE-1 Program film camera in his early days in high school...almost forty years ago!  He has also been involved in aviation--both professionally and as a hobby--since graduating college and entering the U.S. Air Force as an aviator.  He has over 2,800 flight hours including over 300 in combat during Operation Desert Storm.  Since leaving the USAF, Rick has working in public service in various capacities and roles including as a federal investigator, national security analyst and first responder (fire and EMS).  He has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for over 11 years and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over ten years.  He is a Professional Certified Investigator from ASIS International.

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:



OverX Aerial flies DJI Unmanned Aircraft.  We fly the Inspire 2 and the Mavic 2 Pro aircraft which both can capture images in 4K high definition, in RAW and stream in HD as well.  The Inspire 2 uses a Micro 4/3 sensor on the X5S gimbal to produce crisp, highly-detailed images and broadcast streams.  At OverX Aerial, 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 is also a 4k High Definition broadcast platform.  We use the DJI Smart Controller to enable HDMI live broadcast connectivity to our broadcast production station.





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


Why OverX?

When bad things happen to good people the security industry uses the term "Get off the X" or get away from where danger is greatest and find safety.  With its focus on airborne intelligence and and aerial imagery, OverX Aerial's services require our assets to go to the heart of the incident.  We go to the X, or "Over the X", and get a bird's eye view in order to build situational awareness and develop intelligence from above.  We strive to provide wisdom, insight, and clarity to real-time events in order to help partners navigate through challenging situations or to just capture the moment in order to do good things.

"In Valor There is Hope" - Tacitus