Do you need a license to fly a drone?

Yes to operate commercially

This is acquired through the  CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)  The NQE training course provides the drone operator with the necessary skills to be able to conduct this type of work in a safe and controlled manner. Because we are up in the sky with manned aerial vehicles we have to make sure it is safe at all times. Part of the license requirement is to produce an Operations Manual, which details how you will conduct your work. The Operations Manual has to be approved by the CAA before a license is issued. The operations manual details our risk assessments and how we will plan our flights to ensure safe operations.

Do you need insurace to operate a drone?

Yes, it is a legal requirement and we are covered up to £5 million public liability insurance. 

How far can you fly?

Above or below height of 400 feet from the operator.

Over or within 50 metres of persons, structure or vessel not under our control. (30 meters during take-off and landing)

Over or within 150 metres of an open air assembly of more than 1000 persons.

Special permission can be granted by the CAA with the correct risk assessment and planning

Are drones safe?

In the right hands yes. We have a number of procedures that we do to ensure that safety is paramount at all times, these include 

Pre-site assessment  – To ensure we can conduct operations at your location and there are no hazards. This done by looking at the weather forecast to ensure that it is safe to fly. We also check NOTAM’s (Notice to Air men) to ensure that there is not any manned activities planned. We also check the location on google maps

On-site assessment – When we arrive on site we conduct this survey. This gives us time to look at any issues that have been raised in the pre-site assessment, also we can get a feel for the location and identify any potential hazards. 

Safety checks – The day before we carry out operations we check that all equipment is in working order and airworthy so that the flight can take place. We also check the condition of the equipment after every flight

Fail safes – All our drones are fitted with fail safe systems. In the event of a radio transmitter failure the drones will land themselves at there original take off point. We can initiate the fail safes at any time to return the drones to their landing area.

We will never fly if it is unsafe to do so and our pilots decision is final. We take the safety of our crew and others extremely seriously and will not jeopardise this for the sake of the shot. 

Can the camera be controlled from the ground?

Yes, the camera and gimbal can be operated by the pilot, When dual operating the drone the camera operator can orientate the camera in virtually any direction.

What type of weather conditions can you fly in?

Due to the drones electrical circuits we cannot conduct operations in the rain.

The maximum wind speed that we can fly in is 22 mph.

How long is your working day?

The maximum amount of time we will spend on site is 8 hours, depending on circumstances like weather etc this could be extended to 10 hours. Any additional hours would need to be agreed and an extra charge applied.

How long can you fly a drone for?

Depends which drone we are using. Our Inspire drones can stay in the air for around 15 minutes, however the smaller Mavic Pro’s can be in the air for up to 25 minutes. We also carry additional batteries giving us over 10 hours combined flight time of all drones.

What information do you need to provide a quote?

Please head over to our contact us section and let us know your requirements and we will take it from there.