Here are some frequently asked questions relating to our use of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) or drones to survey at height.
How high can you fly?
We are fully trained and insured to operate up to a maximum altitude of 400 feet (120 metres).
What training have you had?
All Sky Revolutions pilots are required to complete CAA approved training (BNUC-S) through EuroUSC which includes a ground exam and flight test.
Are there any weather conditions you are unable to fly in?
We cannot fly in the rain or in particularly strong winds. If a shoot is postponed due to poor weather conditions you will not be charged.
How do you compose a shot?
Our drones feature a video downlink which allows the pilot and the customer to see through the eyes of the drone in real time so that we can capture the perfect shot.
How long can you fly for?
Our teams carry enough batteries to be able to fly all day.
Can you fly the drone inside?
We can fly inside, providing the area is big enough and meets our safety regulations.
What are the risks?
There are certain risks associated with flying a drone, however safety is our number one priority and we have very strict measures in place. We carry out an initial desktop survey using Google earth followed by an onsite risk assessment. We always ensure that we are up to date with all CAA regulations to mitigate any risks.
What are the benefits?
Using a UAS for a project is generally much cheaper than hiring a helicopter or erecting scaffolding. Our battery powered UASs are relatively quiet and can fly much closer to the action thus giving a more close up and personal view.The table below shows how we can save you time and money in comparison to traditional methods:
Can you fly at night?
A separate permit is required for flying at night. We have received special permission from the CAA to fly our drones at night time.
Are there any restrictions where you can fly?
There are certain restrictions in place to where we can fly; generally a pre-assessment of the site is carried out beforehand to assess the suitability and ensure there are no difficulties. In most situations where we do not fly within 50m of individuals or any property not under our control, no special permissions are required. However, under certain circumstances we may need to apply for additional permissions. Flying in or around airports is strictly prohibited.
What is the video and image quality like?
We shoot in ultra high definition 4K and can provide 1080p HD footage. The images we produce are from either a Sony A7R 36MP full frame sensor camera or a Canon 24MP DSLR.
What are the rules regarding privacy?
UAVs are covered by the Data Protection Act and as such, all privacy laws can be applied to their use. For more information visit https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/drones/. In addition, commercial drone use is governed by the ICO's Data Protection Code of Practice for Surveillance Cameras. This code provides detail on the Privacy Impact Assessments and other measures we take prior to undertaking drone surveillance work. We comply fully with both codes and encourage everyone to review both pieces of guidance.
How quickly can I have the footage shot?
Most footage is delivered within 72 hours of the shoot.
Do I have to notify anyone that the UAV will be flying over their area?
You will need to ask permission from anyone who is going to be included in the film.
Do you edit the footage?
We provide a comprehensive editing service which you can take advantage of, or we can provide raw footage where required.
How much does it cost?
There are many different factors that can affect the final cost. We recommend contacting us to discuss your requirements.
What area do you cover?
We are based in East Anglia but can cover most locations. Travel charges may apply under certain circumstances.
Is the UAV noisy?
Our specially designed aircraft operate at low noise levels so you will hardly notice when the UAV is about.
What are the regulations for using my own drone?
Each country has its own regulations, however these are general guidelines:
- Only fly small UAVs
- Do not fly above 400 feet (122m)
- Do not fly beyond visual line of sight
- Maintain a "pilot in control", which is to say that you must always be able to take manual control and fly the aircraft out of danger
- Stay away from built-up areas
For more information, take a look at this quick video from the CAA