Safety first and foremost
CSCS Qualified for Construction Site work
As professional drone operators we take safety very seriously - It is our main priority above all other considerations.
We complete our own CAA approved Risk Assessment before each assignment to ensure safe productive flights.
We do not require you to undertake any Risk Assessments on our behalf but we can of course comply with and assist in any Risk Assessment requirements that you may have.
Safety Management System
Our CAA permissions allow us to fly our drones in urban areas and within 50 meters of the public so our safety procedures (which we are tested on) are required to be stringent and consistent.
Our Safety management system ensures that risk is managed carefully. This includes aircraft maintenance regimes, battery management, risk assessment, flight path planning to avoid hazards in the air and on the ground, landing / take off area management and so on.
Planning for safe flight
Each flight is planned for maximum safety according to the area of operation. Strategies include:-
- flying straight up and down to avoid crowds at an event or if adequate separation from the public cannot be achieved for horizontal flight
- flying out of hours or on a limited flight path on a construction site or business park
- flying from alternative nearby locations and using a zoom lens to get the required stills or footage.
We undertake all drone related safety checks and maintain responsibility for safe flights throughout the assignment.
We are experienced in flying within complex airspace environments, including busy airport training circuits and flight paths. We liaise directly with NATS and airport operations when flying near Heathow.
We are also experienced in large construction site flights in close proximity to infrastructure such as motorways and railways.
All drone flights, irrespective of complexity require us to do a pre-site survey which involves checking official aviation resources, air navigation charts, weather, local events, proximity to the public etc. usually carried out at our offices prior to the flight date.
The pre-site survey may also show the need to notify the air traffic control service for the area we are flying in - particularly if we are near an airport or manned aircraft low level flight path.
In some cases we may issue a notice to pilots of all aircraft types that we will be flying in the location on the specified date/time.
This is followed up by an on-site risk assessment on the day of the assignment before flying commences.
These checks are included in the quoted fee.
Occasionally, for flights in particularly hazardous or challenging locations (as may be identified in the pre site survey) or for one time events which 'must be captured as they happen' we may carry out an on-site assessment before the flight date to avoid any unexpected safety issues on the day.
For night flights we carry out a risk assessment during daylight hours to ensure we are familiar with any obstacles along the proposed flight path and the ground area we will be flying over. In addition to other operational enhancements we also utilise extra lighting on our drones and ensure that the take-off & landing area is suitably lighted.
If this all sounds a bit daunting, don't worry, you tell us where to fly, we take care of the rest ...