UAV shots are now extremely common in TV programs, films and videos. There is no doubt that a well-executed shot can add hugely to the viewer experience and give a lift to the production values of the entire film, at a fraction of the cost of using helicopters. All commercial UAV operators in the UK must be licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and are bound by standard operating regulations. This allows them to fly up to 400 feet above ground, and 500 metres from the operator. Other restrictions exist on flying near large crowds and members of the public. All reputable operators carry third party liability insurance. More than 90% of the UK landmass is in uncontrolled airspace, meaning that flights can be made without any formality, apart from getting the permission of the land-owner, who may demand a fee. Public land, such as parks may be subject to restrictive bye-laws. The operation of the aircraft must not endanger anyone or anything. Safety is paramount and the UAV operator will carefully consider the issues and risks for each shot and flight. The operator will advise if a particular desired flight profile carries unacceptable risks beyond the scope of the craft - this is a legal requirement. Land owners do not own the airspace above them, we can overfly most land in the UK providing there is no exclusion zone in place, as around airports, prisons, GCHQ and other sensitive locations. We do however have to respect privacy.
Important Information We need land owners permission to launch a drone. Flying is weather dependent, we cannot fly in rain. We can fly in winds up to 20 mph. We cannot fly within 150 metres of any congested areas. We cannot fly over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1000 persons. We cannot fly within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the UAV. We can overfly buildings if we pre-warn the occupants that overhead filming is taking place. We cannot overfly roads or railways. The UAV must always be visible to the operator. If you have a UAV project you would like to discuss, please contact us on 01527 401383 or 07836 205050.
Cadbury, Bournville site, shot for employee and contractor induction programme.
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