For many tasks, an unmanned aerial system is the most cost effective, efficient and safe option. We can achieve the same, and often better, results to that of a manned aircraft at a fraction of the cost. In many cases, a drone is the most appropriate solution to your aerial data gathering needs.
Using a drone is often the safest option for a great number of tasks. Wherever it is dangerous or difficult to send personnel, it is far better to send the unmanned equivalent. Most notably, working at height, especially with equipment or tools, can be a risky undertaking, so using our system avoids this danger completely.
Of course! We have a live down-link of the imaging payload that is viewable by the pilot in command of the drone. This enables us to position the camera in the perfect position to capture the data you require.
We are currently operating under a standard CAA permission for aerial work which means we can fly up to 500m from the pilot horizontally and 400 feet (120m) vertically. It is possible to get exemptions to fly further and higher but it may incur extra cost and can take up to 3 weeks to organise. Generally the limits are more than sufficient for the majority of projects.
Flight times vary depending on the copter and camera payload but are typically around 15-30 minutes per battery set. These times may seem short, but with good planning, a lot can be achieved and we carry plenty of batteries.
For safety reasons we do not fly in wind speeds exceeding of 15Mph. Anything above will start to affect the smoothness of the shot. We are unfortunately unable fly in rain due to electronics and the camera lens.
Yes! As long as there is enough room then we can easily fly indoors. We are not subject to the rules and regulations placed upon us by the C.A.A. however a discussion needs to be had regarding insurance.
During take off and landing we have to be at least 30 meters clear of any person of vessel who is not under our direct control. During flight this distance increases to 50 meters. However if we are on a shoot where everyone is under our direct control, we would brief everyone beforehand, then we are able fly as close as you want! (depending on the pilot and subject being comfortable of course)