Essential 5 tips on how to get a UAV (drone) operator:
- Do they have Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permission For Aerial Work (PFAW) and are their pilots BNUC-S (Basic National UAS Certificate – Small UAV) certified?
Commercial Drone operators by law must be certified and approved by the CAA.
- Do they have insurance to operate safely?
Drone operations required special cover, not just any liability insurance.
- How experienced are the pilots?
Piloting a drone safely requires hours of flying and constant maintenance of the equipment. Make sure to check out their Operation Manual with all previous flying jobs with dates and flying hours log book.
- What equipment should you expect?
For film/TV work ensure high-end 4K camera is on board the UAV, with an understanding of cinematography. This is undertaken by two man crew, one fly, one frame the shots with director over looking via live video link on monitors.
- Public safety must be respected at all time.
Aerial operation should always be undertaken with all Air Laws distance and restrictions at all times. Safety brief, Risk assessment and site survey should always be required.
Remember, the CAA will prosecute any Air Laws infringements, which can include prison sentence in some case (flying near power station, airports), if not fines can reach up to £3500 in some cases.
Demand the right pilot for the job, there is currently 950 certified UAV pilot in the UK, so plenty to choose from. But really of course I’m your man 🙂
Thanks for reading.