Frequently asked questions about our professional drone camera services

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We get a lot of questions about our professional drone camera services, so we have tried to answer some of the most popular ones below. If we haven’t covered yours, please feel free to give us a call on 0208 166 9712 and hopefully we can get it cleared up for you.

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Do you hire out just the drone on its own?

Unfortunately not, as it is a registered aircraft and needs to be operated by a trained pilot.

Can your drones fly in rain?

No. As our drones are powered by batteries, we do not like to mix the two.

How does wind affect the drone?

Winds above 20mph make it more difficult to control the drone.

What is the maximum speed?

About 25/30mph.

How long do the batteries last?

We fly with a series of batteries on board. 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 them on-site from our vehicle.

Is it safe to fly above actors/crowds?

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.

Which drones do you operate?

We currently have 6 drones in operation. All of which are capable of flying by GPS or by Manual control.

How many drones do you have?

We currently have six drones in operation. All of them are capable of flying by GPS or by manual control.

Can you fly inside?

Yes, provided the area is large 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 commencing operation. We also have on-board safety measures, and at the flick of a switch the drone will come “home” and land by itself. The same procedure is in place should the batteries run low or we lose 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 3.2kg. A little prep work is needed to ensure the balance is right, but we have flown with C300s, BMCC, 5Ds and so on. 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 perfect 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?

Yes. Some of our drones are equipped with a HD downlink and this can be used for Live Broadcast to an OB Truck/ Studio.

Can you operate overseas?

We are based in London and Wiltshire, and we operate across the UK and overseas. Our equipment is fully optimised for overseas travel.

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If you want to find out more about our professional drone camera and videography services, just give us a shout on 0208 166 9712. We are based in London and Wiltshire but operate within the UK and overseas.