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When you are planning a wedding, there is a great deal of thought that goes into every aspect of the preparations. The dress, the flowers, the favours, the entertainment – the list goes on and on.  However, when the day is over, you’ll want to have really wonderful images and video that you can look at throughout your married life together so you can remember all those little details and enjoy them all over again.

So for this reason, you’re probably going to look at hiring a photographer and a videographer but you could also consider adding drone photography and filming to your day as well, to really capture it in all its glory. An aerial perspective of your wedding is a fresh and exciting way to see it, and offers both a documentary and creative opportunity to capture the day. A drone pilot can either work separately to create the photographs and video of your day that you would like or they can collaborate with the photographer and ground based videographer to create work within your finished image package. The finished images can give a real cinematic quality to your venue, especially if you are marrying somewhere with extensive grounds as it can reveal them in a way that you and your guests will never get to enjoy them on the big day itself.

Pricing and Staying Legal

Prices can vary according to the operator and your requirements but it is vital that you check right at the start of the process if you are hiring and working with a qualified, approved and legal pilot.  Unfortunately, illegal operators looking to make a quick income without investing in the right, training, qualifications and safety standards are rife within the drone industry and you don’t want to be dealing with them and taking the significant risk to your guests at your wedding.  If they are prepared to cut corners in terms of flying legally, they might well also skimp on safety and insurance, as drones can be extremely dangerous in careless hands.  All of our DSR network of drone pilots are guaranteed to be safe and legal. So if you use our instant quote system to hire a drone pilot in your area to find out what they have to offer you on your wedding day, then that is one less thing that you have to worry about. You’ll need to put your hired drone pilot in touch with your wedding venue coordinator on the day so they can take care of all the necessary planning and arrangements well in advance. Pilots will need the permission of the landowner for takeoff and landing and they’ll also need to understand about any airspace or location restrictions that might incur a little extra paperwork to receive the right permissions to fly.  You should also note that not every venue is suitable for a drone flight, by talking to one of our drone pilots for hire, they will tell you very quickly what is and isn't possible. Good planning is essential for a successful series of drone flights that create the imagery that you will love.  Weather will play a part as drones can’t be flown in rain or high winds but your pilot will be monitoring the predicted conditions on the run up to your wedding.  They’ll also be able to advise you on what works well in terms of locations and also the times of day that you’ll want to capture.  For example, drones are quite noisy by nature so they don’t work naturally in terms of filming while you are saying your vows but they can create some lovely video of your guests mingling and enjoying themselves at  your reception. Those couples with stunning outdoor venues will definitely improve the imagery captured from their amazing day with the hire of a DSR drone pilot. If you’re looking for a great article that explains pretty much everything you need to know if you’re considering hiring a drone for your wedding, then this piece on the Hitched website provides a really clear introduction. Then once you’ve decided to go ahead, look no further than Drone Safe Register to find the perfect qualified, insured and CAA approved drone pilot to make your wedding video dreams come true.

  • 03/11/2018

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DSR will be joining forces with Jessops at the drone industry’s biggest UK show.




The Drone & Technology Show is back in Birmingham NEC in December 2018 to showcase all things drone to both the professional and hobbyist market. Jessops, as the major UK and European supplier, will of course be represented and DSR are excited to be joining them – evidence of the increasingly close relationship of two of Peter Jones’ brands. ‘It’s a very natural fit between the two businesses” says DSR founder Mark Boyt, “and it’s one that we’re very excited about as it offers such brilliant benefits for everyone. It’s a great chance for new drone pilots to get to know DSR and how it can help them to achieve their goals whether those are starting to fly professionally or just to begin an exciting new hobby.’




Drone Safe Register will have pilots at the show demonstrating their skills in the ‘Jessops drone cage’ and also to meet and answer questions from the stand visitors, sharing tips, tricks and advice. Live demonstrations, the chance to learn from high qualified and experienced commercial pilots and the Jessops experts, plus the promise of show exclusive discounts means that this year’s Drone Show is an absolute must-visit event. 

  • 03/11/2018

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Whether you are flying your drone for fun or profit, the need to fly safely and legally is often discussed.  Height limits and airspace restrictions are set out in the Drone Code for all to follow and doing so will help to avoid conflict with manned aircraft and the risks that this poses.  Generally speaking, civilian manned aircraft will operate over the 400 foot ceiling applied to UAV flights and so you would think that observance of these limits would be sufficient to keep the airspace safe for all.

However, when carrying out essential training for operations, military aircraft have a need to fly beneath this 400ft limit, and sometimes as low as the ground in the case of helicopters taking off and landing.   Collision with drones at these low heights could have disastrous consequences.  These low flight exercises can take place any time of day or night, in any weather and in any location so it is something that all pilots need to be aware of, not just if you’re near an airfield or in a known low fly zone. DSR were invited to the RAF Safety Centre in High Wycombe to meet with Sqn Ldr Sam Hodgkinson – the man in charge of liaising with the drone world to minimise the risks associated with this shared airspace.  The RAF goal is to find ways in which we can work together to keep everyone safe.

Ask – Look – Listen

The strategy for making this a reality is really quite simple and applies to both commercial and hobbyist drone pilots equally.  Aside from always flying according to the drone code and obtaining the relevant NATS permissions where required, all pilots should consider the following...

Ask

For every flight that you prepare for, pilots can call the freephone number (between 7am to 11pm on Mon-Thursday and 7am – 5pm on Fridays) below or send an email to the following address.

0800 515 544

Swk-lfofdrones@mod.gov.uk


As far in advance as possible, you can give them the date and time of your flight, the maximum height you will be flying to and the location.  They don’t need to know about your craft or why you are flying and you can give them location in any way that is easy for you – so by postcode, latitude / longitude, proximity to local landmark etc  (The number is manned from 7am to 11pm on Mon-Thursday and 7am – 5pm on Fridays) Your flight details will be added to their database and they will inform you of any low flying activity that is likely to affect you. It might seem like overkill if you’re just planning a quick fun flight as part of your hobby but it’s really important that they be kept informed. The people at the other end of the phone number or email address are set up to deal with this issue specifically.

Look

When you’re on your flight (after you’ve logged it obviously!), keep an eye on the sky for low flying aircraft.  In a wide-open space, it can be tempting to simply focus on your screen activity, but it is important to monitor your aerial surroundings.

Listen

Military aircraft will often be heard before they are seen (especially in the case of helicopters) so keep an ear out for engine noise as warning that one may be close by.

What do you do if a Low Flying Aircraft is in your Area? Military aircraft often fly at high speed and the pilot’s field of vision can be limited so it is more likely that you will see them before the pilot can see either you or your drone. The first thing to do if you suspect a low flying aircraft is close is to immediately descend your craft and then land it safely as soon as possible.  Stay on the ground until the danger is clear. What else can you do to Help? By following all the steps above, you’re not only protecting your drone investment but also you are helping to safeguard the lives of the pilots and crew that are flying, not to mention those on the ground who could be affected should a collision occur.  There are two other really simple things that you can do to help them even further. Wear a high visibility jacket or vest.   Even if you are miles from civilisation in open space, high vis clothing will help alert a pilot to your presence.  Spotting a brightly coloured person in a field will mean that the pilot can keep an eye out for a drone in the sky.  It’s the same advice given to horse riders – the easier you are to spot, the more the pilot can alter their route to keep everyone safe. Use Drone Assist.  NATS offer a free drone safety app called Drone Assist (or there is a desktop version at dronesafetymap.com) .  It provides airspace information that you can use when planning your flights – for example flight restriction zones around airfields, as well as ground hazards where there may be safety, security or privacy concerns.   As well as providing you with this information to assist you with your planning, you can (and should) add in your flight detail.  It’s a simple case of tapping on your takeoff location and following the prompts to enter some basic information such as date and flight duration (it’s helpful to add your max altitude in the comments as well).   Your flight is then publicly listed and anyone looking at that area will be able to see it and plan accordingly.  It doesn’t replace the need for calling or emailing the RAF team but it’s great practice to get into for hobbyists and commercial pilots alike. Working Together Reporting drone flights will, over time, lead to a clearer map and understanding of UAV pilots’ requirements – in itself a valuable tool for the military in planning their essential low flight training exercises. By working together in this way to report and record flights and receive information of potential conflicts ahead of time, drone pilots will be working alongside the military to keep the airspace safer for everyone.

  • 01/11/2018

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Jessops have become Drone Safe Register’s preferred supplier for drone equipment and accessories with an exclusive discount deal for members.

Peter Jones has brought together Jessops Europe Limited (which he rescued from administration in 2013) with his more recent Dragons’ Den investment in DSR. A deal has been struck to offer both professional and hobbyist members an exclusive discount on the Jessops extensive range of drones and accessories both in store and online. Members will receive details of the discounts and how to claim it via email later today but Mark Boyt (DSR founder) says that it will offer his members substantial savings. ‘It’s just another area that we are working to provide benefit to our UK network of drone pilots, at both the professional and hobbyist levels. We’re thrilled to be extending our relationship with Peter and his talented team at Jessops and it just reinforces, for me, that he was the perfect Dragon to help DSR fulfil its potential’ Jessops is already a major player when it comes to bringing drone technology to the UK and European markets. With more than 50 stores across the UK and a huge online growing presence, they offer a full range of drones to suit all budgets and requirements at competitive prices. Mark will be working closely with Chris Higginson, the Jessops category manager and this new partnership looks to be one that will be very exciting for all the DSR members.

Industry Meeting and Workshop Series Begins - November 9th

The 9th of November sees the start of another exciting partnership between DSR and Jessops with the first in a series of workshops and meetings taking place in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.  Pro Members are invited to attend to hear from industry experts from Jessops, DSR, Coverdrone and Qlaims along with the RAF representative in charge of working with the drone industry to ensure safer skies for all of us.  There may even be a short visit from our invested Dragon, Peter Jones. After the morning's speaker programme, there will be a series of workshops and the chance to get your hands on some top of the range drone technology provided by Jessops along with the opportunity to learn more about some business and flying fundamentals.  This event is made available to all of our pro membership free of charge and, unsurprisingly, spaces are filling fast. In fact 50% of the available seats were taken up within 24 hours of notice going out to members!  We're looking forward to running a series of events around the country so all of our members can take advantage of this great free resource.

There is no better time to become a member of the Drone Safe Register


  • 01/11/2018

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Insurance companies can be one of the groups that can really benefit from embracing drone technology to streamline their business processes.  Of course UAVs are still relative newcomers to the UK and so much of their potential remains untapped but it seems such a natural fit between the drone pilot network and insurance loss adjusters, we are surprised that more are yet to take advance of the technology.

Insurance Assessment with Traditional Methods Let’s take an example of a storm, all too common in the UK with its unpredictable weather. A roof is damaged and an insurance claim is made.  Traditionally an insurance company representative would be dispatched with a ladder, a digital camera, a tape measure and other attendant safety gear to make an assessment of the damage before the claim can be processed.  There are all sorts of costs associated with this approach plus some serious safety risks to be considered.  In some cases, the inspection many not even be possible because of the position of the damage or the precariousness of the structure and so a third party may be required with an inspection platform or scaffolding, plus the relevant – more cost and more time. Add to this, the fact that the storm has probably caused damage to more than one property in the area, and a backlog can quickly develop. All the while, as well as the upset this is causing to the home or business owner, additional costs could be mounting for business interruption, water damage and alternative accommodation.  No one is really wining in this scenario. Insurance Assessment with Drone So let’s look at an alternative.  A simple drone flight or two is all it would take to obtain detailed photography, video or even thermal images of the damage.  A ground based pilot complete the flight with no equipment required for working at height, there’s no risk of causing further damage during the inspection process and a bird’s eye view can gather unprecedented levels of detail (including thermal imaging where required). All of this data can then be transmitted to a loss adjuster at a central location allowing them to process the claim faster without losing valuable time and expense to travel and inspection processes. 3D maps can be generated if necessary to give a comprehensive picture where required, offering complete digital accessibility to all areas without any compromise on safety. Drones = Efficiency Recent reports conducted in the USA have suggested that using UAV technology could improve workflow efficiency by 40-50%.  A huge saving and a reduction in insurance claim pain for all involved that would just as easily apply to the UK’s insurance businesses. Drones & Pre Insurance Surveys Loss adjustment is not the only area where insurance companies can leverage the befit of drone photography and videography. Pre Insurance surveys can be carried out, incorporating 2D and 3D mapping alongside thermal imagery to capture and reveal defects that would remain hidden to the even the most experienced inspector. Accurate quotes and risk mitigation measures can then be put in place. Drones & the UK Network Drones are non-invasive technology that can be deployed anywhere in the UK as DSR have qualified and legal pilots in all areas.  It seems only natural that insurance firms will soon start to utilise the time and costs saving power of this to streamline the insurance process for everyone.
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  • 28/10/2018

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