We often get asked a lot of questions about the quadcopter. Here’s a bit of info and a few answers for you. If you have any others…just ask!
All of our pilots are fully trained and have taken the international EuroUSC BNUC-S course, qualifying as UAV pilots. The course involves a ground theory test, the development of an operations manual and a practical flight test, to ensure every flight we carry out is within national regulations and, most importantly, is safely carried out. All pilots also have UK CAA approval.
Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions about what we do and particularly about the UAV itself, so we thought we’d give you a head’s up on some of the info:
Yes, we are. All of our pilots have “permissions for aerial work” granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. We undertook our BNUC-S qualification through EuroUSC to enable us to fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Yes. We have insurance though John Heath LLC, who specialise in aerial video insurance. We also have £5 million public liability cover.
Unfortunately, we cannot fly in certain weather conditions. We cannot fly in rain, and if there are strong winds this also poses a problem, not only to the UAV, but also to the quality of the shots. Our rig has an excellent gimbal fitted to ensure shots stay as smooth as possible, but, on occasion, we will have to assess whether it is safe to fly, and whether we would be able to get the shots you need. Safety is of paramount importance, and we would make a call on weather conditions at the earliest opportunity. If a postponement was called for, we would re-book your job in for the earliest date we could.
We work within the conditions laid out by the UK CAA, which allows us to fly up to 400ft, and out to 500m, giving us a radius of 1km. We would, however, always have to stay within visual line of sight of the UAV.
We also have to stay 50m away from any person or building, unless we have permission to fly closer, and we are ‘in control’ of the person or building. This sounds restrictive, but if you have any concerns or further questions around this, then talk to us and we can come up with solutions.
We can apply for extended heights and speciality filming (for crowds of 1000+, for example), if the job requires. Let us know your requirements.
Each of our batteries last for 20 – 25 minutes. We try not to push them to extremes so a little bit short of that is our number! We can bring plenty of batteries for the shoot and will be able to recharge throughout the day too.
Yes. We have a live feed coming back from the camera to our iPads and we will ensure you are able to follow the shoot.
A minimum of two people will turn up on each shoot. One will fly the UAV and the other will operate the camera and gimbal. Depending on the job, we may bring more people as ‘spotters’ to ensure safety.
Yes. If you need some aerial photography or aerial filming done indoors we can accommodate this, however, it would need to be a fairly large space. We would also need to discuss insurance for this.
If you would like to know more about our services please don’t hesitate to contact us
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