Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully the FAQ’s below will answer some of the more popular questions we get asked about our aerial filming services, but if we’ve not covered yours then give is a call on 0208 166 9712.
Do you hire out just the drone on its own?
Unfortunately not as its a registered aircraft and needs to be operated by a trained pilot.
Do your drones fly in rain?
No, as our drones are powered by batteries we don’t like to mix the two.
How does wind effect the drone?
Winds above 20mph makes it difficult to control the drone.
What is the maximum speed?
About 25/30 mph
How long do the batteries last for?
We fly with a series of batteries on board and depending on the payload (camera weight) and the weather we get between 6 and 10 minutes per set of batteries. We carry multiple sets with us and can recharge on site from our vehicle.
What Drones do you operate?
We currently have 6 drones in operation. All of which are capable of flying by GPS or by Manual control.
Is it safe to fly on top of actors / crowd?
Safety is our main priority and we NEVER fly over an audience or crowd who are not in our control and who are not briefed on the emergency procedures. Most of the time however we are able to fly next to actors/ audiences with a clear flight line and make it look like we are over them.
Can you fly inside?
Yes, providing the area inside is big enough. We also have extra insurance for indoor flying.
Is flying a drone safe?
Yes, we have very strict safety measures in place and every aircraft is flight tested by an inspector before it commences operation. We also have onboard safety measures and at the flick of a switch the drone will come “home” and land by its self. The same procedure is in place should the batteries run low or we loose communication with the craft.
What is the maximum operating distance for a drone?
By law we have to be able to see it in the sky, so there has to be always uninterrupted line of sight between pilot and the drone. The maximum radius we can fly away from us is 500m (although we can use a vehicle to fly from to extend the range). We are also limited to 400ft in height; however it is sometimes possible to get permission to fly higher.
Can we use our own camera on the drone?
Yes, we can fly with most small sized cameras up to 3.2kgs. A little prep work is needed to ensure the balance is right, but we have flown with C300’s, BMCC, 5D’s etc. (please note you will need to insure your own camera)
How do you know the shot is right?
We have a live stream down to a monitor which enables us to get the shot.
Can you control the camera from the ground?
Yes, we can remote control pan 360 and tilt.
Can the wireless video from the drone be used for live broadcast?
Some of our drones are equipped with a HD downlink and this can be used for Live Broadcast to an OB Truck/ Studio