Many people see drones as toys that hobbyists use during the weekend. They are it’s a fact, very popular and can be seen in parks and on beaches all over the UK. They are used a lot by people who attach cameras or videos to them to take aerial photographs. They are also used by people who enjoy flying their drones for recreation.
In the past drones were only heard of being used for military operations, but now they are becoming more commonplace in the commercial world. It is predicted that drones will be part of everyday life within the next 20 years.
Just look at Amazon, who have already said they want to roll out their drone delivery service (Prime Air) in the UK, at some point in the not too distance future. Prison’s too are now facing a battle to prevent drugs being delivered by drone.
The popularity of drones hasn’t come without problems. These are mainly caused by people buying and operating drones when they have no idea about health and safety. Or, they choose to ignore any safety rules when they want to put their drones into the sky.
In 2018 new laws were brought in to try and reduce the risk that drones can cause when they are operated by amateurs. In 2017 there were 92 near misses with aircraft reported.
Some of the incidents took place at Heathrow, London City, Gatwick and Manchester airports. There were also incidents in Liverpool and Bristol. These airports have planes carrying millions of passengers every day. Lives are at risk due to drone use by people without any respect for safety.
The Civil Aviation Authority view drones as unmanned aircraft. They should not be treated as toys. As a result, drone pilots of all types need to be aware of the new safety rules which have now been put in place.
If you have a drone that weighs less than 20 kilos which is not used commercially you cannot:
- Fly within 50 metres of a person, vessel, or structure
- Fly within 150 metres of a congested area
- Fly your drone out of sight. This means you can’t fly higher than 400 metres or go more than 500 metres horizontally
Dronesafe, which is managed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority have produced the drone code, which you can see online here.
If you want to use drone photography for commercial purposes, it is important to contract the services of a professional company. Rising View are specialists in drone video and photography.
Rising View have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly drones for commercial purposes. This allows us to use our drones at distances at heights which are prohibited by the drone code.
As a business, Rising View also have public liability insurance. This means our business is covered against any legal action or compensation claims. Should someone suffer an injury caused by one of their drones they can be safe in the knowledge that the company is adequately insured.
Rising View offer a wide range of drone photography and video services including:
- Insurance Inspections
- Property sales Advertising
- Construction Projects
- Holiday home and golf course marketing
- Aerial photography and video
If you would like to talk to Rising View about a drone photography project. Get in touch by filling in the form online or by contacting one of our four offices.
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