We're happy to answer any questions in person but a few common questions are answered below

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you fully insured and fully licensed??
Yes we are. We hold a current PFAW (Permission For Aerial Work) from the CAA.
The CAA has cleared our Operational Manual and it's outlined procedures for commercial aerial work.

Droneswork are fully insured and we have £2 million public liability cover.

Droneswork PFAW can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
Droneswork insurance documents can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
Droneswork Operations manual can be viewed on request.
What procedures and checks do you follow?
In order to qualify to undertake commercial aerial work it is a requirement to submit and have passed a complete operations manual to the CAA. This then becomes a legally binding outline of all procedures and how all operations will be conducted. Droneswork Operations Manual can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
What about weather? When can't you fly?
Weather is key to producing any sort of visually strong imagery. We can't fly in the rain or snow. With our state-of-the-art technology and gimbals we can produce silky smooth 4K footage in up to 25 mph winds. Gusts can however cause a few 'wobbles' in long video clips so the less wind the better. We offer a range of dates and recommend as much flexibity as possible to allow for weather conditions.
Can you fly indoors?
Yes we can. Our drones have 'Visual Positioning Systems' specifically designed to assist in indoor flights. It does need to be a reasonably sized space to make it worthwhile and we would be required to run a risk assessment to establish feasability. The beauty of indoor flights is that no legal airspace laws can prohibit conducting the flight.
How long can you fly for?
This can vary slightly due to conditions, flight speed and altitude but on average our drones fly for 14-18 mins / battery. We currently have 8 batteries. As long a a power supply is available we can set up a small 'charging station' on site. This enables us to stay airbourne all day long. If power is not available we can make 2 visits to site in a day and fly up to 3 hours. This is usually more than enough and we have friends who can loan us batteries when required. Flight time has never been an issue.
Can you do the 'Photoshop' post-production? What do we do with the stock footage?
We are a one-stop-shop for photography and film. We are experts at Photoshop, Final Cut etc. We include some post-production for free in most packages and are more than happy to make longer more elaborate film edits and provide addititonal post-production at a very competive rate.
How long will it take to edit and tweak the stills/ film after the flights?
We pride ourselves on a fast turnaround. A typical 1-2 minute edited film and 20-30 fully enhanced stills will usually be supplied within 48 hours of the shoot. More elaborate work like integrating into website pages or edits with special effects and overlays will take a little longer depending on the job. We will provide estimates of timings before undertaking any work.
How many people are needed? How big is your 'team'?
Numbers vary depending on the location and situation. We are required by the CAA to assess safety factors and to operate within certain guidelines. We will always look for the most cost effective solution of using a small team but in order to comply with good practice we will sometimes need to bring in a bigger team. This will be identified at the very start of any project as we run our legal checks and assess an operations feasibility.

A job where we are asked to film/ photograph a few fields and isolated farm buildings can be done by a single operator.

A job going onto a College campus, that has 'uncontrolled' people on site, might require temporary blocking a road and involving a number of people in the shots... will require more planning and usually a bigger team. In this example, at least a qualified pilot, a dedicated photographer and one or two 'spotters' (whos job it is to stop interested parties from distracting the flight team, to be extra eyes and ears warning of ground and air incursions and to help control 'uncontrolled' people.

Every job is different. We are always happy to discuss options and provide full (no obligation) quotes on request.

We are a small 'core' team but have partnerships with several fully qualified and experienced drone pilots who we bring in as and when they are required.
How high / far / fast can your drones go??
The legal operating restrictions enforced by the CAA and aviation law provide most of the constraints in terms of height and distance... our dronse could go very high and very far!

Current limitations are -

Altitude - up to 400ft (120m). If you need us to fly higher we are able to apply for a special permission but this will require some extra notice. 120m with a wide angle lens looks pretty high!

Range - 500m. This can be extended with a special permission from the CAA but will require some extra notice.

Speed - Up to 22m/s (50mph). Usually 'slow and steady' results in the most vesatile footage.
How long does it take to set up?
Our drones can be deployed in under 10 mins if we have been to a site before.

It is an operational requirement to conduct a range of feasibility and legal checks. Most of these are done before arriving at a location. If it is our first visit to a site, on arrival we will conduct an on-site risk assessment that takes an additional 10 minutes.
Can you 'livestram' and broadcast to a big screen?
Yes we can. Our drones have an HD download link. What we see live from the drone can be shared on any size screen or broadcast from a base station.
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