Listed below are the most frequently asked questions:

Are your company and pilots qualified to operate UAVs?

Yes. Skylark is approved for commercial aerial work by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and pilots have passed the required ground school and flying tests to operate any UAV up to 20kg in weight.

Is your company insured for commercial operations?

Yes we are fully insured for commercial work including public indemnity cover.

How far and high can you fly?

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority limits operations to 500 metres from the pilot and 400 feet above ground level. If the pilot is mobile (eg. travelling on the back of a vehicle) then the flight can be extended to a significant distance from take-off.

What are the costs?

Each assignment is different so please contact us for a quotation. Some of the factors affecting costs are the number of crew required, location, risk and amount of up-front work.

Please remember that flying the UAV is only a small percentage of the total time spent on a project. We undertake off-site checks, surveys and risk assessments, and investigate local airspace and bylaws. We also have to prepare the aircraft and equipment, as well as file any pre-notifications with nearby airfields, air traffic control and local police.

Can you record sound?

Not normally, as with most forms of aerial filming the sound of propellers drowns-out speech and other ambient noise. However, some production companies do recover good-quality ground audio through careful application of filters in post-production.

How stable is the aerial video?

Our cameras are mounted on world-leading, vibration absorbing gimbals with ultra-smooth operation. Their giro-stabilised controllers and brushless motors automatically compensate for small aircraft movements. The result is stable, smooth footage that requires minimum post-production.

However, please note that, as with most forms of aerial filming, high winds or gusty conditions can have an impact on results.

What weather can you fly in?

We can fly in winds of up to 18mph but, for aerial filming, speeds below 10mph provide the best footage. Due to exposed electronics we cannot fly in rain or snow, and poor visibility may also limit flying as there is a legal requirement for the aircraft to remain in sight at all times.

How long does each flight last?

Flight-time depends on the weight of equipment being carried but each battery will normally support 8-12 minutes of flying. However we can land, replace the battery and be airborne again within just a few minutes.

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