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.
We love what we do any will usually travel anywhere in the world, as long as the project is right for both us and our clients.
What is the maximum distance you can fly?
Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only - this is usually 500 metres.
The unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS. Alternatively, the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the visual observer. At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS for those people to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device.
Can you fly over people?
Yes, as long as they are part of the operation.
Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
We get around this, by using a range of different lenses. Long lenses allows us to get a close up shot, while maintaining a requiredseparation distance of 50 metres.
Can you fly at night?
Yes, we have a night waiver which allows operations at night.
Traditionally operations are limited to daylight-only operations, or civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
What weather conditions can you fly in?
Our 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.
1. PPT2 - Pre-flight paperwork
This allows us to consider restrictions within the area we plan to fly e.g. local airspace restrictions, built-up areas. This could involve contacting local ATCs where necessary.
2. Risk assessment
We conduct a thorough risk assessment, based on the task and restrictions.
3. Weather forecast
We keep a close eye on the weather in the run up to the filming date. If the weather looks bad, we are happy to reschedule at a later date (no additional cost).
4. On-site risk assessment
Finally, we complete an on-site risk assessment when we arrive at the task address. This allows us to identify and record any risks we may have missed e.g. powerlines.
Can drone operators fly without a license?
In the UK, the current drone laws are broken down into two parts (commercial and hobbyist) and there are certain laws which apply to both categories e.g. flight distance, height, separation distances.
When completing drone work for commercial gain, the PIC (pilot in command) needs to have license to do so from the CAA. This is called a "Permission for Commercial Operation".
Flying a drone for commercial gain, without a license is against the law and both the operator and the client can face time in prison and fines.
How do you get a license?
To obtain a PfCO (permission for commercial operation), the individual needs to complete a training course with a CAA approved NQE (national qualified entity).
This course consists of both theory of manned airspace, meteorology, drone laws etc, as well as undertaking a practical.
Towards the end of the training course, both a practical and written exam must be completed.
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.
Please get in touch for further details and we would be happy to look into your request, free of charge.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. We have liability insurance of £5 million, covering both the UK and abroad.
This is a CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) requirement when completing commercial drone work.