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Joshua Paul Gardner®  Copyright 2018
 

LEGAL

Qualification

​ I hold the latest Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “Permission for Commercial Operations " (PfCO) which means, as a licensed commercial operator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)), I am regulated by the CAA. The PfCO is mandatory for anyone operating a commercial aerial drone and is your assurance that all flights are properly planned and operated safely.

I also hold the industry standard Remote Pilot Qualification (RPQ) for multi rotor aircraft under 7kg. 

Insurance

I hold full liability insurance up to £1,000,000 cover. This is sufficient for most aerial work although higher cover can be arranged if required.

Technical

​I operate DJI drones, probably the best and most reliable commercially drones that film in full 4k video. The cameras are fully stabilised to ensure high quality images. I carry a comprehensive range of accessories for each drone such as spare batteries and chargers as well as filters and other specialist equipment. This means I can film in all circumstances when it is safe to fly including poor light or extended operations caused by poor weather.

Regulation and Operating Procedures

As a fully licensed drone pilot I am obliged to comply with CAP393: Air Navigation Order unless otherwise approved by the CAA. All flights therefore are conducted in accordance with my Operations Manual, the main features of which are as follows: ​

  • To maintain a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot.

  • During take off and landing maintain a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot.

  • To obtain the landowners permission to take off and land.

  • Not to fly directly overhead or within a minimum distance of 150m from an open-air assembly of over 1000 people.

  • To fly to a maximum height of 400ft above ground level.

  • Maintain visual line of sight of the SUA to a maximum distance of 500m.

  • To fly during daylight hours, so that you can clearly see the SUA and take avoiding action from other air users if required.

  • To fly outside of controlled airspace.

  • Restrictions apply to certain areas of Central London and additional permissions to fly in these areas need to be sought from the CAA.

  • To obey restrictions and rules that apply to flying near an airport and aerodrome.

My Operations Manual and Procedures for each aircraft has been examined and approved for commercial use by the CAA.

​Today, the CAA's focus is increasingly on identifying the key risks facing consumers and the wider public, then acting alongside the professional drones' industry to minimise the threat of harm.  They combine rule-making, enforcement action and influencing into a flexible and pro-active approach to ensure that industry is focused on addressing these risks.