As always, the most important aspect of any operation is safety.
Current legislation in the United Kingdom states in order for any commercial aerial work to be carried out or any work offering valuable consideration to be done, the company needs to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and has to have obtained permission for commercial operation.
Here at Bexcopter we take this very seriously, which is why we are fully licensed with a BNUC-S certificate.
The rules and regulations for aerial work can be found in the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO 2016), to summarise;
- The operator must hold an appropriate recommendation issued by a UK National Qualified Entity for remote pilot competency.
- Insurance cover that meets the requirements of EC Regulation No. 785/2004.
- Operation is maintained with direct, unaided Visual Line of Sight (VLOS), to a maximum range of 500m.
- At a height not exceeding 400 feet above the surface, unless permitted under article 94B.
- Within a flight restricted zone, unless in compliance with article 94B.
- Over or within 150 metres of an organised open air assembly of more than 1000 persons.
- Within 50 metres of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure that is not under the control of the SUA operator or remote pilot, except during take-off and landing this distance may be reduced to 30m.
- Unless it is equipped with a mechanism that will cause the small unmanned aircraft to land in the event of disruption to or a failure of any of its control systems, including the radio link, and the remote pilot has ensured that such mechanism is in working order before the aircraft commences its flight;
- Unless the remote pilot is reasonably satisfied that any load carried by the small unmanned aircraft is properly secured, that the aircraft is in a safe condition for the specific flight, and that the flight can safely be made taking into account the wind and other significant weather conditions; and
- Unless the flights are conducted in accordance with the current operations manual of the SUA operator, to include a site safety assessment, as well as records of each flight undertaken. The SUA operator must maintain records of each flight made pursuant to this permission, and must make such records available to the Civil Aviation Authority on request.
If this sounds confusing don’t worry, we are fully trained and qualified to handle your request and will make sure our customers get the service they require in the safest way possible.