What are the benefits in using Multi-Rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for aerial imaging work?

Current technology now allows the capture of a variety of subjects which are normally difficult to obtain by traditional means such as a helicopter or shots that are beyond the limitations of fixed platforms such as cranes or masts.  It is, by far, a cost-effective and safe way to capture various subjects in versitile ways.

How much does it cost to hire?

This is dependant on the service task.  Not only is ARC Aerial Imaging a specialst spatial and consulting service it can provide aerial imaging for many other supportive commissions with each being unique and with that comes numerous variables that are required to be factored.  Therefore, ARC Aerial Imaging would prefer that the client initially details their requirements using the online enquiry form on the Contact page.

How high can you fly?

CAA regulations stipulate that the maximum altitude above ground level that a UAV is permitted to fly is 400 feet (122 metres); however, it is rare for ARC Aerial Imaging to have the need to fly at this altitude on most tasks.

How far away can you fly?

The platforms are flown as far as it can be seen whilst always maintaining visual and system commandline-of-sight with the pilot/operator.  Typically this is no greater than 500 metres.  Due to the conditions placed on the use of UAVs by the CAA, flight is restricted to a maximum horizontal range of 500 metres for those with line-of-sight (LOS) operation permissions only, thus enabling an aerial imaging diameter coverage of 1 km.

How long can the platforms fly for?

This is dependant on the platform type being flown and sensors fitted onboard.  With light cameras/sensors attached, ARC Aerial Imaging's platforms can fly for approximately 15 minutes; however, 10-12 minutes is typical as several minutes flight is reserved for before task flight handling checks and enough time allocated for the platform to return to its pre-registered location and land safely.  ARC Aerial Imaging have additional battery packs for longer location shoots and can be inter-changed insitu in short time, thus extending total flying time and imagery/video collection if required.

What weather conditions can you fly in?

For optimum quality and service, ARC Aerial Imaging operate in dry, calm conditions with winds speeds not gusting to and exceeding 20 mph.  The platforms cannot fly in the rain, in strong winds and/or in low visibility conditions (mist, fog, low lying cloud, etc).  Therefore, safety of flying, the pilot/operator, buildings and the public is paramount.

Are there areas where services/flying are prohibited?

Yes.  Although not exhaustive, overflights over or near areas of a sensitive nature (airports, aerodromes, military establishments, designated military low-flying areas (LFAs), temporary airspace restrictions (NOTAMs), sensitive industrial facilities (nuclear power stations, etc) are all prohibited and enquiries about aerial imaging work within or near these areas will likely be declined.  Aeronautical charting and online sources are continually consulted.

Can anyone fly ARC Aerial Imaging's platforms?

No.  ARC Aerial Imaging adheres to national laws and guidelines enforced by the CAA for the safety of the public, buildings and other airspace users.  Its pilot/operator underwent a programme of training (RPAS ground school) before completing a flight assessment and the preparation of key documentation for the CAA.  For this reason, ARC Aerial Imaging only hire out its platforms with the pilot/operator as a package and equipment is not hired to non-qualified individuals.  Clients are also not permitted control of ARC Aerial Imaging's small UAVs at any time.

Are you insured?

Yes.  ARC Aerial Imaging has Public Liability Insurance from a UAV industry provider, John Heath LLP/Coverdrone to the value of £5 million.  Copies of this, along with our NQE training, CAA certification and other documentation, will always accompany the pilot/operator and can be presented on request.

Why don’t you list any prices?

We want to make sure you’re never paying more than you should be.  Each commission is unique in its requirements and as such we price each commission individually which is based on its merits, however, if you intend to commission us for an ongoing project(s) we are able to agree fixed fee rates in most cases.

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