How does it work?

The first step is for you to provide us with a completed ‘Mission Brief’ form. The information we’ll ask from you will be as follows.

Location

The most important detail we need from you is the location. Where possible, we require a grid reference accurate to at least 10m. If this is not possoble, then an address and postcode may suffice.

Preferred Date

Being flexible with your intended date can be beneficial for best results. With weather forecasts typically only accurate to around three days, providing a flexible ‘window’ will ensure we can capture everything you require by selecting a date within this period with the most suitable conditions.

Mission Type

Provide us with specific details about the intended mission. Is it a roof inspection? Do you need motion pictures for a promotional film? Be as detailed as possible and we can be sure to deploy most appropriate equipment.

Permissions

We require prior written permission from the landowner (or approved representative) for any take-off and landing site. If it’s public or council land, then let us know and we can contact the appropriate authorities on your behalf.

What's next?

From here, we’ll conduct a ‘Site Safety Assessment’ to determine the feasibility of the mission. This is done remotely, and we’ll look at things such as:

Airspace

NOTAMS are used to notify airspace users of unusual activity. We’ll also check if the airspace is restricted or has certain limitations in place, for example in close proximity to prisons, airports and military bases.

Congested Areas

We’ll check your location for it’s proximity to main roads, railway lines and built-up areas. Anyone not involved in the operations are required to be at a minimum of 30m away during critical phases of flight, such as take-off and landing.

Radio Transmissions

Areas of high-intensity radio transmissions can interfere with critical on-board flight modules. We’ll make sure these are taken into consideration, along with any high voltage overhead power lines.

Weather

Using TAFs and METARs, we’ll make sure the weather is within our operating criteria for your intended date(s). In addition to observable weather, we also look at ‘space weather’, as solar flares and magnetic interference can disturb GPS modules on our aircraft.

So, can we fly?

If any of the above factors may impact on safe operations of the task, then an alternative operating site should be discussed and assessed. If the mission is determined ‘feasible’ by the Pilot in Command, then we can take to the sky!

Once arriving at the operating site on the selected day, we’ll carry out a comprehensive Risk Management and an On Site Survey. The take-off and landing site(s) will be selected based on the below criteria:

  • Full visual coverage of the operating site.
  • Position in relation to the sun to avoid visual impairment.
  • Physical obstacles such as overhanging trees, rocks, buildings, power lines etc.
  • Terrain topography, avoiding steep slopes or uneven ground

Let's go!

Once all the above has been completed, the Pilot in Command will brief the crew and anyone else involved with the operations. Once the brief is complete, we’ll cover our pre-flight checklist and prepare for take-off!

Once all operations are completed, the Pilot in Command will conduct a de-brief and finally, make immediate back-ups of captured data.

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