FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What range can Perception Drones fly?
At Perceptions Drones we adhere to the CAA rules and regulations. We could go deep into the legislation but that might take for ever, so to make things clearer, our maximum height is 400 ft. (121m) and a maximum distance from the operator is 500m. The drones will remain in Visual Line of Sight (VLoS) of the operator at all times.
Are there any restrictions on where you can fly? How do you know it’s safe?
There are some restrictions on where we can fly, set out by the CAA, such as close to an airport. There are also a number of considerations we take into account ahead of any flight, such as proximity to roads and power lines. So to guarantee safe and efficient flight undertake a site/location inspection allowing us to complete a full risk assessment and method statement. This process also gives us the opportunity to understand the site so we can capture the best footage, images and/or data on the day of flight.
Do you fly over water?
Yes we can and yes we will. We live by the sea and really enjoy the thrill of filming over and around water.
What are the maximum flying times?
Generally, if the conditions are perfect we can safely fly up to 15 minutes per battery. Our collection of batteries is continuously growing so more flights can be carried out. Also, if power is provided on the job then we can fly all day.
Can Perception Drones fly in any weather?
At present, we are not able to undertake any flights in high winds (over 20 mph) and if it’s raining. As with most electrical items, they do not like getting wet and neither do our operators.
What Insurance does Perception Drones have?
We are insured by a highly reputable drone specific insurance company that offers £5 million pounds public liability cover which also insures all of our equipment.
What qualifications do Perception Drones hold?
In July 2016 we successfully completed our BNUC-s qualification and the CAA granted Perception Drones permission for aerial work (PfAW) now know as Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).
Can Perception Drones fly inside?
Yes we can yes we will. We would need to discuss the proposed location to ensure that the area is big enough for us to operate safely.
Can Perception Drones fly at night?
Yes we can, we have carried out additional training to allow Perception Drones to carry out night flights. CAA has granted us with permissions for night flights so we can now fly 24 hours a day.
Can I watch what is being filmed?
Yes, we have a dedicated controller with a screen so you can see exactly what is being captured. If a certain shot is required and you feel confident in controlling the camera, you can use our second controller you have full control of camera operations.
This list is only a few of the questions we are typically asked. If there is anything you would like to know, please contact us and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have.