Is F22 Aerial Images licensed by the CAA?

Yes – We have hold the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “Permission for Commercial Operations” (PfCO) which means as a licensed commercial operator of UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) we are governed and regulated by the CAA. The Civil Aviation PfCO is mandatory for anyone flying drones for commercial use in the UK. We are happy to show you our approvals.

Is F22 Aerial Images Insured?

Yes – we are fully insured against injury and damage for each flight with up to £5million public liability to fly at altitudes of up to 400 feet.

Are F22 Aerial Images pilots approved by the CAA?

Yes – All of our pilots are very experienced and have passed the CAA-approved exams and flight assessments.  They all hold the established industry Remote Pilot Qualification (RPQ-s) for multi-rotor aircraft under 7kg.

How high can your drones UAV’s fly?

Under CAA regulations we are allowed to fly from ground level up to a maximum altitude of 400ft.

What flying weather is best?

We do not fly in high winds and rain but we can fly in winds gusting up to 22mph. We prefer to work in winds of less than 15 mph to ensure that our advanced camera gimbal system give you the very best shots. Our drones are capable of flying in light rain but rainwater on the camera lenses/sensors can affect the results.

What about flying in cold or freezing weather?

Our drones will fly in temperatures from around 0°c to 40°c.  In cold weather we make sure the battery packs are warmed and kept warm before flying.  The maximum drone flight times on one battery of around 20 minutes can be reduced by up to 50% in colder temperatures. We have several batteries to ensure we have sufficient duration to complete the work.

What if we have bad weather on the day?

We monitor the weather forecast 5 days in advance of any job. If the signs are not good we will talk to you at least 48 hours prior to the shoot. If we both decide to stay with the day and we have bad weather, our pilots will wait on site as long as possible in the hope of a break in the weather. If we have to re-schedule a date because of weather the booking deposit is transferred to the new date and we will be as flexible as possible to ensure that bookings can be rearranged as soon as possible.

How long can you fly?

The maximum flight time on a single battery in normal conditions is up to 20 minutes. On average we fly up to 15 minutes before landing and changing the battery. We carry spare pre-charged batteries on each shoot. It only takes a few minutes to change the battery and get back in air. So we are able to fly all day with very little disruption.

Can you fly indoors?

Yes – we can fly indoors provided there is sufficient space and we will confirm that once we have undertaken an on-site survey. The construction and materials in the building can affect how the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) flies and as safety is our number one priority we will conduct a short flight test to give us the final answer.

We install propeller guards for all indoor flights.

Our UAVs are battery powered with electric motors so there is no worry about polluting the environment.

Can I hire your UAV for my own use?

No – We only hire our UAV along with our own skilled and qualified pilot. Each of our UAV’s are registered with the CAA and each pilot needs to be certified and licensed by the CAA.

How many people do you send to operate the UAV?

This depends on the job. In most cases we send a single pilot to client sites. For a more complicated shoot we use two ground stations with a pilot and a separate camera operator. We may also have a number of Observers in place if the site/s requires additional safety considerations.

Can I see what is being filmed?

Yes – the aerial footage is sent to the pilot’s remote controller which allows you to see what the aerial camera is capturing. This lets us to adjust the composition and exposure and flight path as we fly to get the best results.

Do you work outside the East Midlands and the UK?

Yes we do. However UAV flying rules and regulations vary from country to country so please ring us to discuss you requirements.

What is the range and speed of your UAVs?

The maximum airspeed of our drones is up to 45 mph.   Our maximum range permitted by the CAA is 500m with the pilot maintaining a visible line of sight at all times to the UAV.  Our maximum permitted altitude by the CAA is 400ft.

Can you fly close to people and buildings?

Our CAA approval clearly defines where and how we can fly.

The main operational conditions for a small unmanned aircraft SUA are:
• Maintaining a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
• During take-off and landing maintain a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
• Permission of the landowner to take off and land.
• Directly overhead or within a minimum distance of 150m from an open air assembly of over 1000 people.
• Maximum height of 400ft above ground level.
• Maintain visual line of sight of the SUA to a maximum distance of 500m.
• During daylight hours, so that you can clearly see the SUA and take avoiding action from other air users if required.
• Outside of controlled airspace.
• Restrictions apply to certain areas of Central London and additional permissions to fly in these areas need to be sought from the CAA.
• Restrictions and rules apply to flying near an airport and aerodrome.

We can fly close to buildings and people when we have consent of the owner and the people in close proximity have been briefed and are under the control of the pilot.

This allows us to do close survey work such as structures, roofs, building sites, hotels and golf courses.

Can you fly automated flight patterns?

Yes – We have a range of autopilot software that we can use to fly very precise predetermined flight patterns for specific commercial applications.

For example for surveys, we can pre-set an area, then a horizontal pattern with a variable overlap on each pass, the best height and speed. Used with ground control points enable highly accurate mapping of areas and the production of high quality maps and data sets.

How much do your services cost?

You will find quick guide to our here.

Our prices may vary depending on the complexity, associated risks and location of the job. Please call or email us to discuss your plans and requirements.

Each job is unique and because all UAV flights are covered by CAA regulations we will work with you to establish your requirements and carry out a detailed online pre-flight survey before we send you a final quote.

Why should I use a UAV?

UAVs provide a unique, highly efficient and cost effective way of capturing high quality and dynamic video and stills images and data which until now have been impossible to achieve. Coupled with the UAVs safety systems access to high risk areas is now possible so removing the risk to individuals. Highly sophisticated dedicated software also means that capturing and manipulating a wide range of complex data can be done very quickly. 

There are lots of different acronyms for drones - what do they all mean?

Here are the most common ones:

SUA – small unmanned aircraft (used by the CAA)
SUSA – small unmanned surveillance aircraft (used by CAA)
UAV – unmanned aerial vehicle (used by the CAA)
RPA – remotely piloted aircraft
RPAS – remotely piloted aircraft system
UAS – unmanned aircraft systems
UA – unmanned aircraft

You often see them before or after the word drone – UAV drone or drone UAV.

Can we have a demonstration?

We are happy to offer a short demonstration flight in conjunction with a site visit for a nominal fee plus travel.

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