Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the questions we get asked regarding aerial filming and aerial photography. If you can\’t find an answer to what you need to know then contact us.

What is a drone?

A drone is an aircraft, also known as Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) or Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft (SUSA) if it carries a camera or data acquisition device. Most drones built for aerial filming are known as multirotor aircraft as they have between four and eight rotors. These are respectively known as quadcopters, hexacopters or octocopters. More rotors generally equals greater stability and redundancy in case one motor should fail.

How high/far/fast can you fly?

The drone is technically capable of flying to much higher altitudes and greater distances than we are legally allowed to. The terms of of our PFAW is that we must not fly above 400ft and no more than 500m away from the pilot, providing the pilot can still see the aircraft and remain in control of the aircraft.

What's a PFAW?

In order to fly a drone commercially in the UK, the operator must have a Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW). These are issued by the CAA upon completion of a recognised training course. Our pilots have undertaken the BNUC-s course delivered by EuroUSC. The course teaches and tests each pilot to ensure they are aware of airspace, aviation legislation, meteorology, aircraft performance and culminates in a practical test to ensure pilot competency and carry out aerial work while managing risk to the public.