In the past few years drone photography and videography has become more and more common. This is due to the technology being more readily available and for a very reasonable cost. This has increased the sightings of drones at holiday hotspots. However, a lot of these operators will not have the appropriate permissions from the CAA to fly on a commercial basis. In fact, most drone operators you see will be hobbyists.
In March 2018 I bought a Mavic Pro Platinum and set about shooting everything I could. Over the course of the summer I learned how to fly and shoot using this drone. There was only one thing missing; my permissions. I contacted FlyBy and booked myself onto their next course which was held in the Cringlettie House Hotel. The course consisted of 2 days of theory and one day of practical. From this course I received my permission to fly for commercial purposes. What does that mean exactly? Well, I can now use my drone for filming one of our many video projects. Without this, I can’t use any photos or footage from my drone.
For the past year I have been flying our drone for commercial purposes but we’ve not been advertising it as a service. The reason for this is because when we do something, we want to do it right. We now have the experience necessary to fly for commercial purposes.
One of the most challenging aspects of flying a drone is the risk assessment. It adds on time and cost to any project but we now have a system in place that keeps this to a minimum but to the same high standards the CAA require.
You can see one of our drone projects here
Having access to a drone increases the available services that we can now offer which includes aerial photography and cinematography, aerial 360 photography, and aerial mapping and surveying.
We cover Scotland in its entirety and take care of everything from landowner permission to delivery.
If you’re looking for a drone operator in Scotland (or in particular the Highlands of Scotland) please do get in touch and see what we can do for you.