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While it is true that anyone can go and buy a drone and start flying it around, this has some significant risks.
A drone flown in unskilled hands has the potential to be very dangerous, use of any drone in any operation that has a commercial aspect to it requires the operator to have a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued PfCO. This is a 'Permit for Commercial Operations' without it ANY use of the footage for a commercial purpose breaks the law in Europe and the UK. In the USA this is known as Part 107 and is issued by the FAA.
A PfCO is essential to arrange insurance, without it the flight and any consequences of the flight or and accidents would not be insured.
PfCO registered pilots have been specially trained to carry out the required checks and create a dedicated risk assessment of any operation utilising drones. This included confirming the airspace requirements, discussing the intend operation with Air Traffic Control or the Police, in order to get permission if the task is close proximity to an airfield.
With this training the PfCO holder has been through an extensive course covering Navigation, Metrology and Air Law. The PfCO applicant will then take written exams and a flight test, with a CAA approved examiner. This confirms that the PfCO has been trained to a high standard. Only then will the CAA issue a PfCO.
All Airborne Camera Pilots are PfCO & the new European EASA A2 CofC holders.
All Airborne Camera tasks are fully planned, risk assessed and fully insured by Flock, who are underwritten by Allianz, to a minimum of £1,000,000. If additional insurance is required this will be identified at the planning stage.
In some cases a site visit will be carried out prior to the task to confirm the flight can be safely carried out. This is rare and in anywise, a full review will be undertaken to confirm the initial plan on the day of the job.
Remember - ANY commercial operation involving a drone must be undertaken by a PfCO holder otherwise the flight WILL be illegal & uninsured.
The CAA requires all drone operators to be registered, this includes hobby fliers, a valid CAA Operators ID is required to operate any aircraft over 249grams & new legislation introduced 1st January 2021 require a minimum A2 CofC qualification to undertake paid work.
An Operator-ID is not a permission to carry out paid work, it is required in addition to a valid PfCO or A2 CofC
Normal commercial liability insurance does not cover aircraft, including UAV's or losses as a result of their use.
Drones or Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) to give them their proper name, have opened up almost limitless possibilities when taking photographs or shooting video, only limited by your imagination.
Despite some bad press by amateur operators, a drone in the skilled hands of a professional operator can be used for a huge number of tasks requiring a view from 'high up'.
Airborne Camera is a professional and CAA approved drone operator that can offer a tailored drone solution to a range of problems that either require access to a high location or a view on a difficult to access area that could expose personnel to unacceptable risks, examples of uses for a professionally flown drone are:
- Roof inspections - checking for loose, missing or damaged tiles or flashing, no need to scaffold or use ladders
- Gutter inspections, check for build up and blockages without the need for ladders or scaffold
- Chimney condition checking, quick examine outer structures for leaks and damage
- Mast & tower inspections, see parts of the tower or mast that cannot normally be accessed
- Solar panel inspections, using thermal imaging to identify failed or failing cells
- Wind turbine inspections, simple and effective, safer and easier than high rope access
- Real Estate - give your property portfolios extra pizzaz with fly through videos and stunning HD photographs
- Aerial photography for boundary definitions and disputes
- Agriculture - Crop inspections - check fertiliser application is applied evenly - save money
- Field drain inspections, arial photographs can reveal blocked or collapsed drains
- Forestry - Quickly cover large areas, identify disease or poor growth, identify areas that require thinning
- Media - cover news items from a unique prospective, film & TV, live broadcast capability with industry standard SDI output for direct feed into outside broadcast trucks
- Company promotions - prepare company media with that extra dimension
Airborne Camera has access to state of the art drones and can provide multiple aircraft for more complex tasks, see the fleet page for more information on what we have available.
All our work is covered under CAA rules and all our pilots are DSR Checked & have PfCO & the new EASA A2 CofC certification. All flights are fully insured with minimum £1,000,000 liability cover as standard, underwritten by Allianz.
Airborne Camera is a trading name of Wylam Automation Limited, a business registered in the UK, No. 11833514, First Floor, Telecom House, 125-135 Preston Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6AF.
Airborne Camera own and operate a range of DJI Aircraft, DJI is the world leader in drone equipment.
We select the aircraft based on the task required, all aircraft have HD cameras installed to provide the highest quality images and video, our Inspire 2 aircraft, for example, can be equipped with a number of lenses and capable of 5K video production suitable for the film and TV industry.
We have Enterprise aircraft with specialist cameras for carrying out specialist roles such as thermal imaging or search and rescue operations.
Aircraft can be kitted out with lights, sound and drop systems, to drop essential survival equipment to stranded individuals or groups while ground or air based rescue is provided.
Our current fleet consists of:
- DJI Inspire 2 - Heavy lift, long flight time with upto 5K shooting
- Dual operator availability consisting of a pilot and a camera operator
- High performance for high speed tracking
- Big platform for stable operation in difficult weather
- SDI Output for direct live feeds for TV broadcast
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro
- 4K shooting in full HD - Hasselblad Camera
- Ultra portable for difficult to access locations
- Indoor flight capable for promotional work
- DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
- 4K shooting in full HD
- Zoom camera allows standing off from a subject while still getting a close up
- Ultra portable difficult to access locations
- Indoor flight capable for confined indoor shooting
- DJI Mavic Enterprise Dual
- Equipped with thermal imaging sensors for 'hot spot' identification
- Can be rigged with powerful lights and sound system for SAR operations
- Strobe lights for areas where enhanced visibility required
We can also hire in additional aircraft should the job require it.