Drone hire costs have fallen in recent years as the price of the equipment has reduced. A drone capable of producing high resolution photographs and 4K video now costs around £1,000. New models are being released all the time, and this means you can pick up older models at great prices.
It’s important to note that commercial drone hire costs need to take account of more than just the equipment involved. As well as the aircraft itself, a pilot requires safety equipment, maintenance tools and spare batteries. The latter alone can be very expensive. Many commercial operators use high end equipment like the DJI Inspire 2, and these drones don’t have cameras built in. A camera and lenses can add another several thousand pounds to the investment in a drone hire business.
Perhaps the greatest cost for a drone operator to set up is obtaining approval from the Civil Aviation Authority. Contrary to what many people believe, there is no such thing as a drone licence in the UK, but commercial operators must have CAA approval to work. The Permission to Fly Commercial Operations (PFCO) from the CAA typically involves a two to three day course followed by a written exam and a practical flight test.
Insurance is another element of drone hire costs. As well as insuring the drone and equipment, a CAA drone pilot must have Public Liability insurance. This covers against a drone damaging third party property, such as a building, and injury to members of the public. Larger companies may also need Employers Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.
Drone hire costs vary depending on the type of work required. For example, aerial property photography in a rural location could be as little as £300. A day’s surveying on a construction site with a drone could cost more like £1000.
To obtain quotations for drone hire from CAA approved pilots, visit the Drone Safe Register search facility HERE