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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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