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Drone Photography FAQ’s

After a heavy lift drone?

Frequently Asked Questions!

WHAT DO WE GET FROM ROAVR?

We mostly work as a two person crew as the gimbal (with pan, tilt and lens control) is operated completely independently of the drone meaning we can create dynamic, exciting moves in the air for creative projects or close inspect of assets. Sometimes we need additional ground support depending on the tasking.

  • Skilled qualified pilot and gimbal operator who will liaise with the client to achieve your desired results
  • Aerial platform with direct drive camera stabilisation and built in safety redundancy
  • Live HD downlink which can be fed to multiple monitors
  • Ground safety management and control
  • 4×4 Production vehicle to access all terrain (Ford Ranger, Land Rover or Quad Bike / Mule)
  • Advance aviation checks, remote site assessment, location agreements, risk assessment / RAMS and weather updates

WHAT WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN YOU OPERATE IN?

For the best results we need winds of 10-12mph or less. Multi-rotors cannot fly in any kind of precipitation due to the electronic components so we recommend scheduling weather contingency dates for creative projects. For inspection work we usually have much more flexibility.

In the lead up to your project we will provide you with regular weather updates and the day before, or in advance of travel, we will confirm whether the conditions are good to go or not. If not, we will not charge you for that day and we set a contingency date.

However if conditions are changeable we will assess the chances of being able to make a flight and you can choose whether to take the risk and have us on standby. In this instance if we are unable to fly at all you will be liable for our costs plus a percentage of our fee to cover personnel on location.

  HOW LONG AND FAR CAN YOU FLY FOR?

Most flights average around 10 to 20 minutes. Flight times depend on the payload, conditions and speed so they will vary. We can fly for most of the day, as long as we have either access to power or our vehicle in close proximity so we can set up an ongoing charging station. We ask you to allow time for us to keep on top of our battery management and to carry out post flight checks between flights to keep everything running smoothly. We carry a generator power pack on all operations.

We operate within the regulations defined by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Navigation Order. The legal limits we can fly within are 400 feet up and 500 metres horizontal distance and we must always be within the pilot’s line of sight. However in reality we rarely need to go anywhere near those distances to get you the shots you desire and we find safe practice is to assess the conditions and risks of individual scenarios.

Our heavy lift octocopter is limited to 200 meters maximum for safety with cinema cameras and lenses.

SAFETY! WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW AS THE CLIENT?

We take safety seriously and by taking care of everything on the ground we can be really creative in the sky. We have a license to operate called a Permission For Commercial Operation issued by the CAA.

This and the pilot qualification are legal requirements to operate remote aerial platforms in the UK and are recognised qualifications in many countries abroad.

We are legally required to operate at a 50m radius from the general public and buildings/vehicles/vessels outside the control of tasking – so we have to make sure that the area is cordoned and we are not flying over roads or public spaces that are not secured from the general public.

We have experience finding ways to achieve aerial sequences safely so please feel free to consult with us in your pre-production tasking. Once you confirm a booking we will deliver you a pre-flight risk assessment and our Public Liability insurance certificate.

WHERE DO YOU OPERATE?

Our equipment can be broken down into component parts and packed into flight cases for travel worldwide. Once on location we require a full day to assemble and test our equipment before it’s ready for deployment.

SO WHAT ABOUT UTILITY & INDUSTRIAL CLIENTS?

ROAVR have years of experience working within construction and large industry. Our in-house NEBOSH qualified consultant will work with your H&S experts to get our team on to site.  We have a partnership with a charted surveyor for full reporting capability.

Comprehensive RAMS will be produced for every job and safe systems of work will be agreed pre-flight. ROAVR is CHAS and SafeContractor accredited.