We hate to ‘drone on’ about it (please excuse the pun), but we are extremely excited about adding drone photography and film to our range of services. John is is just in the final stages of completing his CAA approved PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation) Drone Licence. It’s been a ‘long haul’, but with just the flight test to go, he is almost there and should be ‘fully operational’ by the end of September. Meanwhile, he has been out practising in a number of ‘not too shabby’ locations, we think, with rather spectacular results!
In order to fly a drone for commercial operation, stringent laws and risk assessments of course apply. A PfCO Licence is required and to achieve that, John has undertaken a 4 day ground school course culminating in a rigorous examination which had to be passed prior to advancing to the next stage. The production and approval by the CAA of a 70 page Operations Manual makes up the second stage of the process. With stages 1 and 2 approved you are then allowed to move on to the third and final stage, the flight test. Only once all stages are completed, along with proof of approved insurance, can you then obtain your licence from the CAA.
Says John Clayton ‘Working towards my PfCO Licence has been extremely challenging, but also incredibly interesting and great fun. I have obviously come from a background in film and photography, but there was a diverse mix of people on my course, from a whole range of industry sectors, particularly in construction and engineering. It immediately became very clear to me that drone photography and film has almost limitless applications, both practical and aesthetic, and I can’t wait to get started!’