Frequently asked questions
It can be a daunting task to hire a drone pilot, especially with the recent accusations in the media. Take a look at our questions and answers below to help us put your mind at ease. We have been flying drones for over five years and we have the skills to help turn project ideas into a reality.
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Are you the person that was flying a drone in Gatwick Airport?
This is definitely up there for my most asked question. In my personal opinion, I don't think there was ever a drone at Gatwick and it was most likely the police drone, dispatched after the initial sighting, that caused a stir.
What is the maximum distance you can fly?
Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only - this is usually 500 metres.
Can you fly over people?
Yes, we can. As of January 2021, we are able to fly a <250g above people, property and built up areas for short amounts of time.
Can you fly at night?
Yes, we have a night waiver which allows operations at night.
What weather conditions can you fly in?
Our traditional DJI drones cannot fly in winds greater than 15 mph and they are not waterproof. For the best cinematic results, a calm, sunny day yields the best results.
Do you need to complete risk-assessments?
Yes. Unfortunately, we are not able to just arrive on-site and fly and careful flight planning needs to be completed before flying.
Can drone operators fly without a license?
In 2021, the UK drone laws changed, which no longer distinguishes between commercial and hobbyist drone flyers. This does not mean it is as simple as being able to fly wherever you want and there are certain laws which apply to both categories e.g. flight distance, height, separation distances. All drones in the UK now need to be registed with the CAA.
What is the maximum height you can fly?
Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL), as stated from the CAA.
Can you fly legally in another country?
All coutries have their own drone laws and sets of permissions which need to be respected, although in the EU, they follow a similar structure.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. We have liability insurance of £5 million, covering both the UK and abroad.
Do you charge the earth for mileage outside of Cornwall?
Living in the most South Westerly part of the UK has many pros and cons. To stay competitive, we do not charge for mileage within the home county of Cornwall. Further afield, we generally charge mileage from Exeter and this is a sacrifice that we are prepared to make.
How far do you travel for drone work?
We have been lucky enough to fly across the South West, the Greater UK and the EU.