Visual Air are a licensed operator with the CAA and there are certain regulations required before any flight can take place otherwise insurance and public liability will be invalid.

Each job is assessed on an individual basis but a basic rundown of what is required is listed below.


  • A site survey is required to check whether the flight required will be in controlled air space as well as assessing potiential hazards that can cause harm to people or structures within the flight plan.
  • Permission from the land owner is required for the take off and landing area.
  • A visual line of site of the UAV and a maximum of 400ft is allowed as well as 500meters distance. Usually this is way more than is required.
  • We are unable to fly over and person or structure that are not in our control, for example not having someones consent and/or owners permission.


A pre-flight visit may be required, but usually a postcode would be sufficient for checks online to be made to see if there are any flight restrictions that we need to be made aware of.

It is illegal for companies or persons to offer Aerial work without permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Without this permission they will NOT be insured or have public liabliity, and both parties would be held liable in court in the event of something going wrong. We are glad to say there have never been any incidents with Visual Air as we abide to all safety requirements before any flights are taken place. 

There are strict rules in place as safety and privacy is a primary concern before any flight is taken which is why accredated companies go through this qualification process to gain their PFAW (permission for aerial work), also means certain measures have to be adhered to before a flight can actually be confirmed as viable.

Are we qualified to operate commercially

Visual Air have been granted Permission for Aerial Work “PFAW” or Permission for Commercial Operations “PFCO” from the CAA and hold a BNUC-S qualification.

Are we insured

Visual Air are fully insured and have £5,000,000 public liability.

Does weather affect operations

Weather can have a big affect on operations, rain is a definite no no due to the electronics involved as well as getting water on the lens of the camera which would ruin the shot.

We can fly in winds of up to 25mph but this would be more limited to open areas, as close proximity to trees and buildings could have adverse affects

How long can you fly for

10 – 13mins for each flight. 6 batteries are carried fully charged which allows for about 1hour 15mins of actual flight time, but we also carry an inverter generator for on site charging if no power is available.

Can you fly at night

Yes, Visual Air have been granted permission for night operations.

Any restrictions with flying a drone

We adhere to restrictions made by the CAA which allows us to fly up to a height of 400ft, and a distance of 500meters from the pilot.

We can fly up to 50mph, but obviously wind will have an affect on this.

Filming in Congested Areas (Urban or busy areas)

Being that we use a sub 7kg UAV, flying in congested areas is permitted as long as consent/permission is given if flying within 50meters of any person or building.

Exceptions are London restricted airspaces where a minimum of 21 days is required to get permission from the CAA, although permission is not guaranteed