Need a local drone operator? Don't settle for less than the best. The UK drone industry has experienced a boom over the last couple of years with a surge in demand for aerial photography and inspection work. This has been great for the economy and has driven the launch of thousands of new businesses. But not all drone operators work to the same standard, and some have jumped on the bandwagon to make a fast buck. 

If you’re looking to hire a local drone operator consider the following points.

1 ) Check they are operating legally.

The regulations governing commercial drone operators have changed over recent years making it easier for people to enter the industry. However, there are still laws and rules which must be followed to ensure safety, and it’s important to check that a drone operator follows these before hiring them.

Contrary to what some people believe, there isn’t such a thing as a drone operator’s licence. There are several qualifications an operator can take, with the A2 Certificate of Competence being the base level. After study and training an operator must pass an exam covering things like operating in congested areas, risk assessment for drone flying and how to avoid collisions.

2) Ask if they have experience of the work you require.

Drones are being used for a wide range of services now, and not all operators have experience in each field. For example, a drone pilot may be highly skilled and have lots of experience in aerial photography for estate agents, but they may never have carried out a roof inspection. A local drone operator working in the insurance sector may not be the best person to hire for drone wedding photography.

3) Check they have appropriate insurance.

Modern drones are incredibly safe, but accidents can still happen. Don’t be afraid to ask to see evidence of insurance. Professional operators are required to have Public Liability insurance to cover against damage to third-party property and injuries. 

4) Check their website and ask to see examples of past work.

Most businesses have a website or social media presence nowadays. Ask for details of this where you can view evidence of the quality of their work. Some drone operators also have a presence on review sites like Trustpilot. If you’re booking an operator for a large project like a golf club promotional video, ask if you can contact previous customers they’ve carried out similar work for.

Drone Safe register has the UK’s largest database of safe and legal pilots. Click the link here to find a local drone operator and obtain a quote for the work you require


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