Answers to frequently answered questions regarding the use of drones and the services offered by Swoop Media. If you have a question not covered here, please get in touch to find out more.
Can you fly drones safely?
We are licensed to operate drones commercially by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In order to gain this license, all pilots must pass a theory test to demonstrate an understanding of the rules governing the use of small unmanned aircraft (drones), as well as an awareness of the health and safety procedures which need to be observed. In addition, each pilot must pass a flight competency test to prove to the CAA that they have sufficient skill to fly their aircraft safely.
Are you insured?
All of our equipment is insured and we hold public liability insurance for our UK flight operations.
Are you allowed to fly wherever you want?
No. The CAA place strict controls over where drones are allowed to fly. Drones must stay below 400ft and there are many areas where their use is restricted or banned, such as close to airfields and nuclear power stations. In public spaces, drones must stay 50 meters away from people during flight, but on private property, with the landowner’s permission, a trained drone pilot can operate safely and legally around buildings and people.
Are you grounded by bad weather?
Yes. Our drones can fly safely in moderate winds, but if the wind speed exceeds 24mph it is no longer safe to fly. Rain (or snow) also prevents our drones from being used.
How far can your drones fly?
Modern drones are capable of flying several miles away from the pilot, however, legislation requires them to stay within 500m and the pilot must always be able to see his aircraft with the naked eye. It is possible to get special permission to fly further than 500m and beyond the pilot’s line of sight. This can be done safely with the use of “spotters” who remain in contact with the pilot to ensure the aircraft avoids contact with obstacles.
Can you fly indoors?
Yes, drones can be an excellent way to photograph the interior of large, commercial properties. Smaller drones can easily be used even in ordinary domestic properties subject to a few safety precautions.
Why use a drone to take photographs?
By offering an unusual point of view, drones can shoot images and video that really capture the imagination of the viewer. Cinematic video and panoramic images can be excellent promotional tools. Additionally, drones can access hard to reach places which would be expensive or dangerous for a human to reach. Once there, the drone can capture incredibly detailed images, ideal for assessing the need for repair of a roof or chimney for example.
How quickly can you deliver the footage?
Unedited, the footage can be supplied to our clients within a few hours, however, we pride ourselves on being able to edit and enhance our photography and video footage. To provide edited footage, we usually aim for a 48-hour turnaround, although we can offer an express service if this is required by the client.