- How much does it cost?
All jobs are quoted on an individual basis so there is no quick answer! We would be very happy to provide a definitive quotation once we know about your requirements and what kind of results you want. We also have introductory offers for new clients so please ask!
- Can you photograph any property?
Sadly No. The CAA require us to maintain minimum clearances from other properties, vehicles, people etc so aerial work may not be possible in some cases for reasons of public safety, privacy or access permission. Each case needs to be assessed on its own merits which we do prior to any quotation. You can always ask!
- Are you insured?
Yes. We carry Public Liability insurance as mandated by the CAA.
- How long does it take?
A straightforward job may take less than an hour on-site whilst more complex jobs could take considerably longer.
- What qualifications do you have ?
Our pilots are trained by CAA recognised training providers and meet all of their mandatory requirements for safety and competency.
- Do you use Drones?
We use small (under 7 kg take-off weight) camera-carrying multicopters having 4 or 6 rotors, sometimes referred to as quadcopters or hexacopters respectively. We do not use the word Drone as it's become synonymous with the weaponsied fixed wing variety used by the military! The preferred alternative acronym favoured by the CAA is SUA (Small Unmanned Aicraft), RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) and UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are terms also in common usage.
- Who or what is the CAA?
The CAA is the body which regulates Civil Aviation in the UK and is empowered by Acts of Parliament. They regulate all aspects of civilian airspace safety and ensure that best practice is adopted by all its users. It is expected that SUA operators adopt no lesser standards of safety that those applying to manned civilian aircraft.
- How far can you fly the SUA?
The maximum distances are set by the CAA at 500M horizontally from the Pilot and 400 feet above ground level (AGL) provided that the Pilot has direct line of sight to the SUA at all times. In practice, it's unusual for horizontal distances to exceed 100M whilst meeting all the other criteria.
- When do I get the results?
As soon as the aircraft has landed you will be able to view the raw results. Within a few days the images will be processed and uploaded to a secure website and will be available for you to download on payment of the fee.