Skyfly Video’s team of pilots, cameras operators, filming equipment and UAS have been assessed by the European Unmanned Systems Centre (EuroUSC™) – Europe’s leading Light UAS Accreditation Specialist for assessing ‘Airworthiness and Pilot Qualifications’.
All of our crew members have undertaken extensive training to achieve a BNUC-S qualification verified by the EuroUSC™ and approved by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).
We are insured up to a £10,000,000 public liability damage cover through Hiscox's Insurance
All cover includes:
Breach of Data Protection Act
Multi pilot cover
Flights over higher risk premises
Storm and flood
Invasion of Privacy
Worldwide coverage excluding USA and Canada
Complies with Regulation (EC) 785/2004 as required by the CAA
We are well vetted on the rules and risks involved in flying UAV's - you can trust our knowledge to ensure your job goes to plan.
We carry out on site risk assessments prior to flying at every job we work on.
We can fly up to 400ft in height (120m)
Fly within 500m radius of take off point whilst remaining visual line of sight of the aircraft at all times.
We cannot fly directly over buildings, roads or people that are not under our control.
Not to fly within 150m of a crowd of people not within our control.
Not to fly within 50m of any vehicles or buildings not within our control.
Robinson R44 Helicopter
With our aviation background and operating our own Robinson R44 helicopter, you know you are in the hands of the experts
Are you fully insured and licensed?
Yes we are. We have set permissions and guidelines set out by the CAA that we must adhere to. Skyfly Video are fully insured and we have £5 million public liability cover. All of our pilots and camera operators are BNUC-S qualified.
Do you hire your equipment out to 3rd parties?
We are afraid not. This is because each pilot needs to be certified and licensed by the CAA, with each Aerial System registered to and used by a specific designated pilot. Any job which is required, is flown by us and not outsourced.
How much do you charge for a project?
We price each job on an individual basis as no two jobs are the same. For example flying over an oilrig brings some extra considerations than flying down a beach or farm. Please contact us for a quote and we will be happy to advise.
What sort of weather are you able to fly in?
Unfortunately we cannot fly in rain, however it is rare anyone wants to film in a downpour. Winds over 25 Knots can cause an issue, especially if we are flying close to obstructions such as trees or buildings. That said our camera gimbals are state of the art the stabilisation can cope with moderate winds and can achieve smooth footage. Please get into contact with us with regards to our terms and conditions for weather and potential cancellations.
How many people are needed to operate the UAV?
Skyfly Video operates always with a two man crew; a qualified BNUC-S pilot to fly the UAV and a camera operator to man the camera. Also quite regularly we will have a third member known as the ‘observer’ whose role is to help with setting up the equipment, managing crowd control and observing for any other air users sharing the same airspace as us. Our UAV attracts quite a lot of attention so the observer’s role is vital to preventing any distractions whilst flying.
What is the height, range and speed of your UAV?
Our permission for aerial work provided by the CAA states that a UAV is only permitted to fly up to 400ft (120m). If you require to fly higher we are able to apply for extended permission. This just requires notice. However at 400ft up you can see quite a lot. Regarding range, we are permitted to fly 500m away from us giving a 1KM radius and can fly up to approx. 50mph. Please note during fly we must keep visual line of the site between the ground crew and the UAV at all times.
How long does it take to set up?
We always allow for at least 30 minutes from arriving at the location to setup and be ready to fly the aircraft. Each flight takes a lot of planning and preparation, with 90% of the work done prior to actually filming. Each job we will require us to conduct a pre-site survey. We feel it is not wise for anyone to arrive and film without any previous planning!
Can you fly indoors?
Yes we can, however we do require quite a bit of space. Operating indoors we are not subject to any rules or regulations but we will need to recce the site to determine factors that may affect insurance. We have a number of systems which are ideal for flying indoors however flying too close to objects can cause issues that need to be considered.
How long can you fly for?
Our UAV systems vary in flight times from around 8 to 20 minutes. However with careful planning you can achieve quite a few shots in this time. We currently have over 30 batteries and with access to power, once batteries are changed over we can fly throughout a day.