Drone footage seems to be everywhere right now. It appears on TV shows, in films all over YouTube and even corporate websites, and it's not hard to see why. Getting a literal birds-eye-view of a place or situation is often visually spectacular, and can really get a 'wow factor' that will enhance almost any video production! Take One owns and operates its own drones, and our fully qualified CAA drone pilot will help get those impressive aerial shots for your video production.
So, here's the top 5 questions we get asked about using drones:
1: "Do you need a license to operate a drone?"
No! This actually seems to surprise a lot of people, but there is currently no requirement to hold a license to operate remote aircraft in the UK.
2: "So does that mean you can fly anywhere and anytime completely freely?"
Also, no! You must have permission from whoever owns the land on which you are taking off and landing - this might be a private owner, or a local council or other organisational body. Depending on the weight class of a drone, there may also be restrictions in the type of airspace you are allowed to operate in. You also need the express consent of anyone you film, just the same as when using a normal video camera. On top of that, you also need express permission from the owner of any property you are flying within 50 meters of - this can be anything from a vehicle to a building or some other structure and even animals.
3: "Cool! So, can I buy a drone and start up a company to record aerial footage right now?"
Nope! As a general rule, if you receive any kind of remuneration for your flight then you also need permission from the Civil Aviation Authority in the form of a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) from the CAA, and there are stringent tests and requirements that must be met in order to receive one.
4: "What kind of requirements are there to get PfCO?"
Many, for example a drone pilot needs to have a working knowledge of air law and the health and safety regulations that come with it. They also need to know about how exactly a drone works, and they need to keep accurate up to date equipment service records and flight logs. They need to write a comprehensive operations manual which consists of multiple volumes covering operations intent, health & safety standards, along with a full list of emergency procedures, minimum safe distances and operational limits that must be maintained at all times during a flight. There are also special insurance requirements that must be met.
5: "That all sounds so complex and confusing... But I still really love the idea of having some aerial footage in my production. What can I do?"
Don't worry! If you aren't in a position to go through the PfCO process or if you don't fancy learning to fly for yourself, then Take One can do the flying for you!
If you're interested in getting some drone footage for your business, or even if you'd just like some more information then drop us a line! We'd love to talk to you.
(The above information was correct at the time of writing.)
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