About Us

Our Mission

We use the latest drone technology to provide clients with highly detailed images and videos of properties and projects.

Our mission is to deliver an unbeatable service that is professional, safe and cost effective with every take off and landing. Our approach is simple; be dynamic and deliver clear results.

Drone surveys will often form part of a wider and existing scope of services and as such we are happy to work collaboratively with you and determine how we can optimize our flights to fit in with wider commitments, delivering the best results for both you and your own clients. 

Operating up to 400ft from the ground, we can visualise properties and construction sites from heights or angles which would previously be impossible to achieve.

Background

Oliver Hilder - Director | Drone Operator
Oliver Hilder

Director | Drone Operator

My experience and professional approach to work ensures that you aren't commissioning just a drone pilot, but an industry professional who fundamentally understands the context of each project.

Throughout my life I have been immersed in the construction industry. As well as a commercial drone pilot, I am also a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS for short). The result of my career is that I have developed a keen eye for boosting productivity and driving in value - this is where drones make a very positive impact. 

Thank you for visiting and please feel free to contact me for more information.

Recent Clients

The Fleet

There are a range of payloads and drones available to us but these are the day to day drones you will often see us using.

Phantom 4 Pro
Phantom 4 Pro

The industry workhorse. Perfect for large surveys, 3D modelling and generally more demanding projects. 

  • Approx. 30min flight time
  • 1.4kg
  • 45mph top speed
  • 7km max range
  • 1" CMOS 20MP 4K Camera 
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Livestream capable
Mavic Air 2
Mavic Air 2

Nimble and extremely capable. Used for smaller surveys and well suited to roof inspections, progress reports and general photography. 

  • Approx. 30min flight time
  • 507g
  • 42.5mph top speed
  • 10km max range
  • 1/2" CMOS 20MP 4K Camera (48MP capable)
  • Rolling Shutter


Mini 2
Mini 2

This drone can be used in tightly congested areas with minimal separation distances due to its ultra light and subtle design. 

  • Approx. 31min flight time
  • <249g 
  • 35.7mph top speed
  • 10km max range
  • 1/2.3 CMOS 14MP 4K Camera 
  • Rolling Shutter


Updates

Regulation Changes - 31 Dec 2020*

The rules which govern commercial drone flying have changed significantly as UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) moves to align regulations with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as of 31/12/20.

There is no longer a regulatory distinction between recreational and commercial drone flying as any operation is now assessed on any particular drones specifications and the operation being carried out. Whilst this is a fantastic opportunity for pilots, it can leave clients exposed to poor practice which is explained briefly below.

Before 31 Dec 2020

In order to fly commercially, drone pilots must obtain Permissions for Commercial Operation (PfCO) which is only acquired through the CAA after completing in-depth training, completion of operation manuals and other regulatory requirements. 

After 31 Dec 2020

As a minimum, drone pilots can operate commercially with limited training provided that they take out £750k worth of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) 3rd Party Insurance, registered with the CAA and pass an online 'drone code' test. 

The operations which a pilot can legally carry out is determined by 1) the drone and 2) the activity. There are three new categories that pilots adhere to:

  • Open - Low risk. Does not require any authorisation but standard operational limitations apply e.g. minimum distances from uninvolved people.
  • Specified - Medium risk. Requires Operational Authorisation (replaces the PfCO) from the CAA. 
  • Certified - High Risk.  Aviation rules apply. 

Each category contains progressive sets of restrictions which are unlocked through greater training. 

How does this affect you? 

The majority of drone surveys and inspections fall under the 'Open' low risk category but the standard, knowledge and skill of drone pilots and the companies conducting operations may be varied. 

London Aerial Surveys 

Our operators are permitted to fly in the Open and Specific category, having obtained the A2 Certificate of Competency, General Visual Line of Sight (GVC) certification and Operational Authorisation issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. 

We have demonstrated the highest standards in safety, operation and an understanding of UK airspace laws and general professional practice in the following areas:

  • Practical flight skills
  • Pre-site and on-site safety assessments
  • Operating principles and air laws
  • Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) general knowledge
  • Categories of operation
  • Authorisation
  • Airspace, airmanship and aviation safety 
  • Aerodrome restrictions
  • UAS incident reporting 

For added peace of mind, our commercial operations carry £2m PL insurance.

*Our explanation of the new regulations serves as guidance only. If you are interested in reading in greater detail please follow this link to a helpful article: https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2...

 

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