The demand for aerial photography is increasing rapidly whether it’s estate agents selling property, building inspectors checking an inaccessible roof or wedding planners looking for an original group photograph. Pilot controlled drones with mounted cameras offer this service but clients need to know that the pilot they commission is qualified, professional and operates in accordance with UK/ROI drone laws.
Drone Safe Register provides asearchable national database containing the contact details and profiles of CAA approved and insured drone pilots who are available for hire. Just enter your postcode and then select from a list of locally based pilots.
Our members Drone photography services include everything from shooting weddings and events to producing evidence of damage for insurance claims. There are increasing numbers of drone hire businesses starting up in the UK, and the industry is booming. But what should you look out for and what questions should you ask before hiring drone photography services?
The most important thing is to only hire a drone pilot who can operate legally in the UK. This means he must hold a current PFCO – or Permission For Commercial Operations. The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) grants a PFCO after the person has studied the technical and legal aspects of flying drones and passed an exam and practical test. Anyone offering drone photography services for payment is doing so illegally if he doesn’t hold a PFCO.
There are several ways to check if a drone company is operating legally. You can search on the CAAs database, ask to see evidence of their PFCO or hire a Drone Safe Register pilot.
Another thing to check when hiring drone photography services is that the company has the equipment and experience for the type of assignment you have. A pilot who offers drone wedding photography services may not be the best choice to carry out a roof inspection for example.
To search for legal pilots and obtain quotes for drone photography services, search the Drone Safe Register HERE