Questions answered about aerial filming with drones

IS SKYVANTAGE LICENSED & QUALIFIED TO OPERATE COMMERCIALLY?
Yes. Skyvantage has “permissions for aerial work” granted by the C.A.A. Skyvantage pilots have the BNUC-S Qualification for flying unmanned aerial vehicles.

IS SKYVANTAGE FULLY INSURED?
Yes
. As long as Skyvantage Ltd. adhered to operating guidelines and rules laid out by the C.A.A. the company is fully insured and we also have £5 million public liability cover.

WHAT WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN’T YOU FLY IN?
Unfortunately, we cannot fly in the rain! Strong winds can also be a problem (especially if we are flying near to trees or other objects) however, we use the world’s smoothest camera gimbal which will secure very sturdy shots, however, safety of flying the rig is paramount. Please see our RATES & TERMS page for details on WEATHER AND CANCELLATIONS.

CAN YOU FLY INDOORS?
Yes we can though naturally we require a fairly spacious room to fly in. When we operate indoors we are not subject to the rules and regulations placed upon us by the C.A.A. however a discussion needs to be had regarding insurance.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT?
Our rig requires two operators. A qualified UAV pilot to fly the the rig and a secondary camera operator who frames the shots. 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FLY FOR?
Our aerial system can fly for up to around 10-12 minutes on a single battery (however we prefer to fly shorter runs as we don’t like to push batteries to their extremes), after which we need to land the system to change the power supply. Currently we have TEN batteries which we bring to a job pre-charged.

WILL SKYVANTAGE TRAVEL TO WORK OUTSIDE THE UK?
Yes. 

WHAT IS THE HEIGHT, RANGE & SPEED OF THE UAV?
Due to the conditions placed on unmanned aerial systems by the CAA, we are only permitted to fly up to 400ft high, however we can apply for extended heights on a job-by-job basis if flying higher is required. We can also fly out to 500m giving us a 1km radius and can if required fly at up to approximately 50km/ph and need line of sight with the UAV at all times.

HOW MUCH DOES THE SERVICE COST?
We price each job on an individual basis. Factors including the location, risk, amount of pre-shoot work required (such as site visits or obtaining special flying permissions, if required) will play a part.

DOES SKYVANTAGE HIRE OUT ITS EQUIPMENT TO THIRD PARTIES?
No. 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!

ARE UAV’s BETTER THAN HELICOPTERS & TRACKING RAILS?
They get different result, however they are certainly much cheaper! Helicopters are loud and intrusive and cannot fly below 500ft. Our battery powered drones are relatively quiet and can fly much closer to the action giving a far more intimate view point. We can also get our multi-rotor up in the air quickly when action may be sporadic. Therefore you have access to aerial filming throughout the day rather than a specified small window of time with a helicopter.

Dolly rails are limited in their direction and also take time to set up. We can have an aerial platform in the air with a few minutes notice and can fly in any direction with full 360° panning capabilities – over water, snow, mud and other ground conditions not possible with dolly rails. However dolly rails are relatively silent so much better for shooting acting with dialogue for example.

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If you want a quotation it would be great if you could provide us with as much detail as possible about your shoot including:

• Proposed location - urban, rural etc?
• Approximate shooting date?
• Subject - people, cars, property etc?
• Video or stills photography??

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