As a drone pilot I get asked a lot of questions about my drone, and what I can and cannot do. Here are the most frequently asked questions:
Q: How high are you (as a PfCO qualified pilot) able to fly from actual ground level?
A: I can legally fly 400 feet above actual ground level.
Q: Are you able to fly and film at night?
A: Well, it depends in which country I am flying. However, in the UK, I am qualified to fly at night, as long as I have access to the area during daylight hours so that I can pre-plan my flight route.
Q: Can you film over a town or city?
A: In general, and without special permission, the answer is no. However, if permission is granted by the necessary decision makers and I deem it safe to do so, then yes, in theory I can.
Q: If I employ you to carry out a photo shoot and it’s raining on the day, are you able to proceed with the shoot?
A: Absolutely not, even if it is not raining at the time but is on its way, the answer is no.
Q: Are you able to film a moving object over water, say the sea?
A: Yes, I can, this does not present a problem for me.
Q: Are you able to shoot film in 1080P?
A: Yes, I am able to shoot film in 720,1080 and 4K.
Q: What if I want you to film from a hill that is 1000 feet high?
A: This will be fine as I am able to fly at a height of 400 feet above actual ground level (see diagram)
Q: Can you take off and land on a moving object.
A: Yes this is perfectly legal and something I have done many times.
A little bit about me, Alan Roche CAA, PfCO Chief Remote Pilot for Clear Flight Drones.
After running my own businesses for 25 years, I decide to have a change in career in 2017.
We have an extensive portfolio so we have put together a small sample of our work for you to take a look at below.
At Clear Flight Drones we understand the the technological advances within the drone industry are a challenge to keep up with, so we have listed the services that we currently offer our clients, but if you have a project that you think a drone could help you with, please let us know.