It’s unfortunate, but drones don’t have a good reputation among the public. A lot of it is down to negative reporting in the newspapers and the illegal use of drones by irresponsible drone pilots.
The public are right to be nervous if they read about drones being used too close to railways or airports because it is dangerous. The good news is that the police are to be given new powers to deal with illegal drone use this coming year. Police will be able to confiscate drones used by illegal drone pilots and they will also face fines of up to £2,500.
There is also talk of introducing a national register of drone pilots and of a safety awareness test which all drone pilots will need to sit.
However, the public have nothing to fear from responsible drone pilots who are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority. The drones the pilot use are a useful tool for a variety of commercial and residential work that is here to stay.
For example, drones with a camera or video attached to them are making inspections at height much safer. Take roof inspections. Without a drone scaffolding needs to be erected and an individual must then climb up through the scaffolding. They must then get as close as they can to the damaged area to take photographs or capture video images. It’s dangerous as there is a risk of falling.
Using a drone for roof inspections not only allows images to be taken at all angles but eliminates the risk of injury caused by a fall.
Drones are also being used more and more in the property sector. Estate agents who want to market properties for sale can use drone photography inside and outside the property. The images capture the space and light available on the inside and the state of repairs on the outside. The drone can also help to show the surrounding area. This is a great help to potential buyers who are searching for a property on the internet.
You might also have seen drones flying around an event. They are used to take videos and photographs of the occasion for publicity purposes or to live stream the action for people watching online.
If you live near a wedding reception location, you might have seen or heard a drone being used. It gives a different perspective to a couple’s wedding photographs and adds an element of fun.
When Rising View are going to use a drone close to where a person is living, our pilot, as a matter courtesy will always let you know beforehand. Our professional pilots are authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority. We have strict safety procedures and public liability insurance.
Before a drone is put into the air we will have made checks to ensure that the airspace we’re using is clear and that the weather conditions are favourable.
Therefore, if you see our van parked in your area, you can be assured that a fully authorised, experienced, professional drone pilot is operating the drone.
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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