- The most important factor of any flight is that the operator (remote pilot) of the SUA (small unmanned aircraft) must be satisfied that the flight can be conducted safely.
- The operation of the aircraft must not endanger anyone or anything.
- A hobbyist flyer cannot take any form of media from a SUA for any profit or gain to themselves or anybody else to gain profit in anyway or form, this includes in kind (such as a crate of beer or a free concert ticket for example). A commercial permissions must be obtained from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to sell or have any form of profit from any media taken from a SUA. Pegasus Drone Media have taken the ground school theory exam and flight exam and have gained these permissions from the CAA (PfCO).
- To operate a PfCO a minimum of £750,000 of public Liability Insurance must be obtained. Pegasus Drone Media have more than covered that amount as we have obtained a £2,000,000 policy for your reassurance to cover public liability.
- SUA's are governed by minimum distances with proximities to people or properties that are not under the remote pilot's control. If you wish to fly within these minimums a special case permission is required from the CAA before operations can commence. Special case permissions are expensive to obtain and are decided on each individual case.
- The remote pilot must stay in visual line of sight (unless a spotter is used to help with the flight and is in radio contact with the pilot at all times) this means that the aircraft must never be more than 500 metres (1640ft) away from the remote pilot and no more than 120 metres (400ft) in height from take off position (AMSL).
- The aircraft must never be flown:
- Over or within 150 metres of any congested area (unless the aircraft is sub 7kg category, which ours are. This is then reduced to 50m).
- Over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons
- Within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft
- Within 50 metres of any person not in the control of the remote pilot. Take off and landing is an exception to this rule and can be reduced to 30 metres if needed.
- Restricted airspace such as airports and airfields except with clearance form the local air traffic control under special conditions.
- RAF practice areas are deemed as NEVER FLY IN THEM AND ARE HEAVILY RESTRICTED and therefore we cannot operate in these areas.
Drones and Data Protection
Data Protection Act 1998 will be applicable to fly a drone with a surveillance camera mounted on it and collecting images of individuals who can be identified from them, even if it was unintentional. Requirements regarding how such images should be collected, stored and used can be found in this Act.