What is a UAV ?
A UAV or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is the correct term for the slang word "Drone"
Do you need a Licence ?
Currently in the UK any UAV operator who operates for commercial purposes must hold a PfCO ( Permission for Commercial Operatoions) from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).
Aerial Media Solutions holds a current CAA Pfco and we are more than happy to show you are approvals and always carry a copy on each job.
is Aerial Media Solutions Insured ?
Yes , Aerial Media Solutions are fully insured against injury and damage for every flight with £2million public liability as standard, however extra cover can be arranged for each project.
What Drones /UAV's do you use ?
Aerial Media Solutions strongly believe that you need the best equipment to deliver the best results.
We currently use the latest and flagship UAV from DJI, The DJI Inspire 2 !.
The Inspire 2 is capable of delivering stunning stills up to 20MP and video footage in glorious 4K.
Depending on client needs we can deliver the unedited images or fully edited option.
How high can you fly ?
Under CAA regulations we are allowed to fly from ground level up to a maximum altitude of 400ft.
In reality we often find that most of our images come from heights of less than 100ft, this is where shots look the most dynamic and effective.
what is the cost ?
Our prices vary depending on the complexity, associated risks and location of the job.
Each job is unique, all flights are covered by CAA regulations. We carry out a detailed online Pre-flight plan and risk assesemnt for each and every job.
Please contact us for a quote and to discuss your requirements.
Where can you fly ?
Our CAA approval clearly defines where and how we can fly.
The main operational conditions for a small unmanned aircraft SUA are:
• Maintaining a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
• During take off and landing maintain a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
• Permission of the landowner to take off and land.
• Directly overhead or within a minimum distance of 50m from an open air assembly of over 1000 people.
• Maximum height of 400ft above ground level.
• Maintain visual line of sight of the SUA to a maximum distance of 500m.
• Outside of controlled airspace.
• Restrictions apply to certain areas of Central London and additional permissions to fly in these areas need to be sought from the CAA.
• Restrictions and rules apply to flying near an airport and aerodrome.
We can fly close to buildings and people when we have consent of the owner and the people in close proximity have been briefed and are under the control of the pilot.
This allows us to do close survey work of building, roofs, building sites etc.
In reality there are very few jobs we can not do thanks to our in-depth planning, risk assessment and flight plans.
Contact us to discuss
How long can you fly ?
The maximum flight time on a single battery in normal conditions is up to 30 minutes before landing and changing the battery.
We carry spare pre-charged batteries on each shoot. It only takes a few minutes to change the battery so we are able to fly with little to no disruption.
What is your range and speed ?
The maximum airspeed of our UAV's is up to 60 mph. Our maximum range permitted by the CAA is 500m within line of sight with a maximum permitted altitude by the CAA of 400ft.
What about the Weather ?
Our UAV's cannot fly in the rain but can fly in winds gusting up to 22mph and in temperatures from -10°c.
We monitor the weather forecast 5 days in advance of any shoot. If the signs are not good we talk to the client 48 hours prior to the shoot.
Weather is a known business risk in the UK so we aim to be as flexible possible to ensure that bookings can be rearranged to a convenient date and time.
Can I have a go ??
A simple answer , but unfortunately its a NO !
We are however happy to offer a simple equipment demonstration at the initial consultation meeting.