You also need the following: • Safety Equipment (see images)
for Aerial Work (PfAW) as it was then known, now it is called a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). For this process, you have to detail all your flying experience, the exams you have passed, and supply your Operation Manual to support your application for permission to fly commercially. One month later I finally got my PfAW and could start to fly commercially. The whole process took eighteen months, and with the Quadcopter, I have spent well over £10,000 to get everything required legally to operate as a business. As a Commerical Operator, you need to have commercial insurance which specifically covers the type of commercial work you do. The insurance costs our company £700 per year, but this also includes Insurance for all our other photographic work. Each year you have to renew your PfCO with the Civil Aviation Authority, and this is £56. You also have to resubmit your updated Operations Manual and proof of flying hours (Log Book), Insurance Certificate and your original Pilot’s Qualification Document.
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• High visibility vests • Hard hats • Safety Signs • Fire extinguisher • Fire blanket • First Aid Kit • Cones • High visibility tape for cordons • Take off/landing area high visibility mat • Ground lighting for night flying (we have been granted extra permission for this) • Handheld lighting • Two-way Radios
Risk assessments are vital Everyone within fifty meters of the pilot we get under the control of the pilot (Crew Briefing). We will never fly over anyone! This link give good sound advice on the safe use of drones http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/ How to fly and where not to fly your drone. Q: Where next? Bigger Quadcopter to get my Canon 5D Mk IV in the sky, to get the image quality required. It just isn’t quite there with my DJI X5 which I have to say is a 16mp micro 4/3 4k videos with a frame rate of 30fps at 1.7 Gbps and 12 stops of dynamic range. It is good but not as good as the Canon. This project is going to cost me in the region of £4,000-£6,000. Aerial Photography inspired me to get back into landscape work especially after many years as a
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