I am a commercially qualified and licensed UAV (aka “Drone”) pilot with a Permission for Aerial Work issued by the CAA. I am fully insured for aerial operations and have £2 million of cover. These are the basic requirements for flying a UAV commercially.
My qualification is RUSTA RPC
(Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy, Remote Pilot Course) which is an approved Course by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)
I operate a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced remote controlled quadcopter and can take high quality photographs and full 1080p high definition video. The photo below is my actual device.
Prices start at £99 for aerial photos and are dependant on your location.
Please contact me directly if you have something in mind and would like to receive a specific quotation.
Will you bring it to a wedding?
Yes – it will be brought to all weddings but permission will be required from the Venue and yourselves in order to fly. I am required to carry my Operations Manual, Insurance Certificate and Certificate of Permission for Aerial Work (CAA) so these can be inspected if required. I can take photos and video if but it is weather dependant and can only be flown in daylight. There is no extra fee for any photos taken but if your videographer wants some aerial footage there will be a charge.
What is the quality of the photos?
The photos are 12mb raw files shot in Adobe DNG format which are edited by me in post production. The video is full 1080p HD video.
How long can you fly for?
Subject to weather and flight mode, each battery provides enough flight for around 18 minutes. I have two batteries.
Can I have a go?
As fascinating as it is, sorry no!
How high can it go?
My licence allows me to fly to 400 feet above the ground and 500 metres horizontally keeping the device in sight at all times.
How close can you get?
I can fly as close as I deem it safe to people or buildings under my control (ie with permission). Otherwise it is:
- 50 metres away from people/buildings
- not within or over 150 metres of a congested area (i.e. housing estate, city centre etc)
- not within 150 metres or over a crowd of more than 1000 people.
With appropriate notice, Special Permission can be obtained to cover such events from the CAA which will involve additional cost.
How will I get the photos/video?
The photos and video will be made available for download sent via an email link as soon as possible after the event but generally within a week.
What sort of things can you take photos/videos of?
The list is endless but could include checking roof gutters, roof inspections, chimney inspections, aerial photos of gardens, golf courses, photos of houses for estate agents, land surveys, outdoor parties, events, functions (subject to rules as above). The list in endless!