C.A.A. RULES & REGULATIONS FOR UAV OPERATORS
As a licensed operator of UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) Whoosh Creative is governed and regulated by the C.A.A. It is essential for us to adhere to these regulations for our insurance and public liability cover to be valid. Although the restrictions are extremely detailed, we can outline a few basic pointers here (however, each job will be risk assessed on an individual basis).
We require the permission of the landowner to take off and land
We cannot fly directly over people, roads & buildings which are not under the control of the film crew and require a minimum of 50 meters distance from these objects.
Certain restrictions apply to certain areas of Central London and other towns and cities and additional permissions to fly need to be sought from the C.A.A.
If we are flying near to an airport or aerodrome, we may need to contact Air traffic Control to check with them that it is safe to operate at a certain height on a specified date and time.
Sometimes it may be necessary to do a pre-flight visit to a location to ascertain if it will be possible to fly. However, usually just a post code or location of where and what we are filming will be enough for us to do a pre-flight survey online to see if there are any flight restrictions which we need to be aware of.
The Pilot always has final say if flying conditions and locations can be ‘deemed safe”.
DO NOT HIRE UNLICENSED PILOTS!
CAA-qualifiedAs the growth of awareness in UAV filming and photography is realised, more suppliers will be offering their services. Anyone flying drones for commercial use is required to be licensed by the C.A.A. and if they are not they will not be insured or have public liability cover.
Please be careful to select a licensed operator for the safety of those being filmed and the protection of the aerial filming industry! Thank you.
Whoosh Creative and its aerial filming equipment has been assessed by The European Unmanned Systems Centre (EuroUSC™) – Europe’s leading independent Light UAS Accreditation Specialist for assessing ‘Airworthiness & Pilot Qualifications’.
Our flying rigs are fitted with 'Failsafe' return-to-home frequencies if the pilot is incapacitated or radio signal is lost with the UAV, though we are pleased to report that these functions have never been required!