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Five Tips & Laws

Here’s a quick run down of some of our tips and the rules that govern Drone flying in the UK

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYTop 5 Tips

  • 1 – Location  – The biggest issue with flying Drones is certain locations have restricted airspace.  Some of which I can get around. Use either of these website to see if your location comes up with an issue. – DJI Fly Zone or No-Fly Drone
  • 2 – Weather – This is next on the list, high winds and rain will put a stop to most filming. In the case of rain, even the lightest rain is an issue as the draft from the propellers blow the droplets onto the lens.
  • 3 – Permission – You will need permission from the person who owns the land to take-off and land. In some cases common land will also be acceptable, so no permission is needed, the law is very woolly on rights of way etc.  One tip I give to clients who get asked to pay a £250 + to fly from a Council run park/land,  is see if there is a house nearby with a reason size front garden,  knock on their door and see if they would mind taking off from there garden. You may have to part with £20, at least its a lot less than £250!
  • 4 – Drone PR  – Be prepared for members of the public to give you some stick! The media (Daily Mail) have got it in for drones, and stoke up any bit of negative press. I get more hassle from members of the public asking me to see my license, telling me I can’t fly here, being extremely aggressive…the list goes on. I always go on the charm offensive and ask if they would like me to take a photo of their house. Or let them watch my monitor so they can see what I’m doing.
  • 5 – Think 50m bubble! – In simple terms think of the drone surrounded by a bubble 50m across (25m diameter), anything that gets into that bubble needs to be under our control. i.e. Staff members, people we have organised, buildings we have access to or vehicles we have control.
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Certification – Day and Night Rating

As well as carrying CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approval, we are also ‘Night Flight’ approved, so if you need any night time video or photography get in touch.

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
Air Navigation Order 2016

PERMISSION – Small Unmanned Aircraft / Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft – Sub 7kg

1. The Civil Aviation Authority, in exercise of its powers under Article 94(5) and Article 95(1) of the Air Navigation Order 2016, as amended, hereby permits Wisteria Films Limited Trading As Webevision – Phil Broom Lighting Cameraman, (“the person in charge”) being the person in charge of a Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) / Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft (SUSA) (“the aircraft”) of the following class(es):

(a) SUA Multirotor / Helicopter with a Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) not exceeding 7kg  to conduct commercial operations with the aircraft.

Night Flight Approval

Flights at night shall only be conducted in accordance with the approved Ops Manual procedures. Prior to flying operations, a daylight reconnaissance and site safety assessment including aircraft flight-paths within the surrounding area, shall be undertaken to identify, address and record any hazards, restrictions and obstacles. The launch site shall be provided with adequate illumination and the aircraft shall be equipped with adequate conspicuity lighting. Flights shall only commence when the weather conditions are suitable for continuous VLOS operations.

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Insurance

Rest assured we carry full Public Liability Cover to a value of £3 million.

We use Tokio Marine Kiln as our insurance provider, who are world leaders in Aviation Insurance. We will send you a copy of our PL with our flight documents for your own records. One of the most important pieces of documentation required before you get issued with a Drone licenses is Public Liability cover. Click on the link on the right for details of Tokio Marine Kiln

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Experience

‘The only source of knowledge is experience’ – A Einstein

Experience is the only thing in business you can’t buy off the shelf. Phil Broom, our main pilot, has vast experience working as a Cameraman for over 20 years within the TV industry,  working on the ‘coal face’ of programme making on such programmes as Grand Designs, BBC Imagine, Gadget Show and Come Dine with Me! In that time he has seen and dealt with many weird and wonderful events, from wing walking to pooing snakes on a dinner table!

In most cases when filming,  decision making has to be made on the spot, deciding on how to deal with what’s in front of you. Drone flying dovetails into that mindset. Although off line research is paramount, until your feet are on the ground in that location you only then get a really full picture of what you have to deal with.

So, we are not only selling our services as Drone Pilot, we are also selling ‘Confidence’ and our vast experience of working across several business sectors and a working knowledge of what’s required to fly Drones in the UK.

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The Law!

As per CAA Air Navigation Order 2016

The basic law applied to flying drones is this

  • You can’t fly higher than 400 feet or 120 metres.
  • You can’t fly beyond visual line of site (VLOS), which means you have to be able to see your drone at all times.
  • You can’t fly further than 500 metres or 1600 feet distance
  • You can’t fly within 50 metres 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 metre
  • Over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons

I’ve attached a pdf download below of the CAA ‘The Drone Code’, which although applies to non-licensed flyers the rules are similar.

One thing to bear in mind, is although the law is clearly defined in Air Navigation Order 2016, the Drone industry is the new kid on the business blocks and until its been around a while there are legal areas of grey which haven’t been tackled yet, land ownership being a big one. It is often extremely difficult to find out who owns what and what bi-laws apply to that piece of land.

Not only that,  once Amazon/UPS/DHL start doing drone deliveries, the rule book for flying drones will need to be changed. For starters they will want to take off from the street, so who owns that? They will also need to fly beyond what they call VLOS (Visual Line of Site) in other words fly the drone into your back garden to deliver the parcel loosing site of the drone once it dips behind your house. They will want to fly multiple drones with one operator…so you can see there is going to be a steep learning curve all round!

It’s probably simpler if we chat through what’s required and I can give you a better idea of what you can do.

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Grey Area….

Not all law is clear

One thing to bear in mind, is although the law is clearly defined in Air Navigation Order 2016, the Drone industry is the new kid on the business blocks and until its been around a while there are legal areas of grey which haven’t been tackled yet, land ownership being a big one. It is often extremely difficult to find out who owns what and what bi-laws apply to that piece of land.

Not only that,  once Amazon/UPS/DHL start doing drone deliveries, the rule book for flying drones will need to be changed. For starters they will want to take off from the street, so who owns that? They will also need to fly beyond what they call VLOS (Visual Line of Site) in other words fly the drone into your back garden to deliver the parcel loosing site of the drone once it dips behind your house. They will want to fly multiple drones with one operator…so you can see there is going to be a steep learning curve all round!

It’s probably simpler if we chat through what’s required and I can give you a better idea of what you can do.

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