All licensed drone operators in the UK who are providing ‘commercial work’ are governed and regulated by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and should be able to show you their ‘Permission for Aerial Work’ and insurance documents. Qualified drone pilots are required to pass theory and practical flight exams before submitting a thorough ‘Operations Manual’ to the CAA for assessment, it is only then that ‘Permissions for Aerial Work’ will be granted.
Operators who cannot provide these details maybe working illegally and will most likely not have insurance. It is therefore vital when choosing a drone operator that they are qualified, have insurance to undertake the work and understand the safety and regulatory issues. The CAA’s restrictions are very detailed but we’ve provided a summary below.
- Permission from the landowner is required for take-off and landing.
- Urban environments are classified as ‘congested areas’ and as such special restrictions apply.
- We are not permitted to fly over people, buildings or roads that are not under our control.
- Local air traffic control must be informed of our flight plans if we are not flying in airspace G.
- Maximum flight height of 400ft, maximum distance of 500m.
- The aircraft must be in VLOS (visual line of site) at all times.
- A thorough pre-deployment and onsite survey must be undertaken together with a risk assessment.
All aircraft must be fitted with a fail safe ‘return to home’ function in case of an emergency.
These are elements of the job that our team deal with on a daily basis and not something you have to worry about. So as you can see there is more involved than just powering up and taking-off! We usually spend at least 1 day in preparation before travelling to the location.
Aerial Vision are fully insured & licenced with ‘Permissions for Aerial Work’ granted by the CAA.