CAA Permission/Safety

CAA Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Permission

Ian Chapman Photography holds the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “Permission for Commercial Operations” (PfCO) which means that as a licensed commercial operator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), we are governed and regulated by the CAA.

The PfCO and possession of public liability insurance is mandatory for anyone flying drones for commercial use in the UK. It is the basis of the drone photography laws in the UK.

Ian Chapman Photography is fully insured against injury and damage with public liability to fly at altitudes of up to 400 feet.

Ian with Drone
Flight Safety

Safety for aerial drone flights is our number one priority. I have passed the CAA-approved exams, flight assessments, and hold the established industry qualification for multi-rotor aircraft up to 20kg.

The CAA approval regulations are very detailed but we are able to help you through the process of making an aerial shoot both legal and safe.

We carry out a detailed pre-flight survey with a location check that includes airspace restrictions, nearby airports and no-fly zones to see if there are any flight restrictions we need to be aware of.

Each aerial photography job is risk assessed on an individual basis in accordance with our CAA approved operations manual. We include cordons if required, a clearly marked take-off and landing area and provide ground safety personnel as required. All aircraft are fitted with automatic “return to home” safety features.

A Site Survey form for each job is written and checked before any flights are undertaken.

On the day, the pilot has the final say when determining if flying conditions and the location can be "deemed safe”.


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