When I quote for any jobs – I always hand out a “Drone Code” and discuss where I can and cannot fly and what restrictions and risk assessments I need to adhere to. Whilst the Gatwick airport debacle has made this more high profile it is still apparent that many businesses do not understand why drone operators can’t just put their drones up in the sky immediately.
The law, as laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires all drone operators whether commercial or hobbyist to abide by the rules and follow the drone code. For commercial operators we are bound by the conditions of our operating manual and the CAA’s “permission for commercial operations”.
There is a need for pre-flight inspections which include an on-site Risk Assessment Method Statement (RAMS) documentation and assess any local risk with preventative measures to be carried out preventing any public encroachment or conflict etc. Pre-flight assessment of the drone is then necessary giving the drone pilot the confidence to be able to fly knowing that there are no problems with the aircraft and surrounding area. Safety in the air and safety on the ground is paramount – and all of this is time-consuming and part of the guidelines as laid out by the CAA. It is all part of job at Sherlock Drones Photography.