Flight Safety & Permission for Commercial Operations

Flight safety is my number one priority. I have passed the required CAA approved exams and flight assessments to be issued with a Permission for Commercial Operations, as such I follow all the regulations to operate small unmanned aircraft with a mass less than 7kg.

A brief outline of the most important points from my Permission for Commercial Operations are.

  • Not operate at a height exceeding 400 above ground level
  • Maintain unaided Visual Line of Sight (VLoS)
  • Maximum range of 500 meters
  • Not operate over or with 150 meters of an organised large open air assembly
  • Not operate within 50 meters of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure that is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft, except that during take-off and landing this distance may be reduced to 30 meters

The CAA approval regulations are very detailed but I’m able to help you through the process of making an aerial shoot both legal and safe.

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I do a detailed online pre-flight survey with location check that includes airspace restrictions, nearby airports, NOTAM’s and no fly zones to see if there are any flight restrictions I need to be aware of. Where practical I visit the site to check for any hazards.

Each aerial photography job is risk assessed on an individual basis in accordance with our CAA approved Operations Manual. We include cordons to clearly marked landing area and warn the public of drone operations in the area. All aircraft are fitted with “return to home” safety features.

An operations plan for each job is written and checked before any flights are undertaken.

On the day the pilot has final say when determining if flying conditions and the location are suitable for the safe operation of the flight.