Booking a drone and frequently asked questions
We like to keep it simple and flexible – you talk about what you need from our drones, tell us when you would like this and where. We will listen and ask a few questions. We then discuss and agree a brief. This will, of course, include timings and any editing and processing requirements.
As part of the process, we will have to do some research of the flight area – either using Google Earth, land maps, or a site visit or any combination of these – this enables us to establish a safe take-off/landing point as required by the Civil Aviation Authority and to identify potential hazards – power lines, airfields, public rights of ways etc. Landowner permission to use the take-off/landing point may be required.
The price will cover both the CAA approved drone pilot costs and that of the CAA-required observer cost. In some cases Spotters may need to be employed in the interest of public safety – these are passed on to the client. As a guide, prices can start at around £300, and we usually charge £450 for a half day for still photography. For video work we employ a camera operator and the half day charge becomes £550.
Where relevant travel and accommodation costs will be agreed in advance.
Once the brief and prices are agreed, we can ensure we meet your requirements to your timetable. It’s simple.
Drones and frequently asked questions.
What is a UAV?
UAV or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is a technical word for drone; the CAA sometimes uses SUA (Small Unmanned Aircraft). The USA prefers UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). It is an aircraft which does not have a pilot on board and is operated remotely.
What does an drone (UAV) offer that a helicopter does not?
As well as being significantly cheaper and flexible, drones can provide close-up aerial shots, whereas a helicopter is restricted from flying below 500 feet. At LUNAR Aerial Imaging we can fly the drone through a tunnel or a line of trees and even inside buildings.
What quality images can your camera and drone equipment produce?
At LUNAR Aerial Imaging we use exactly the same camera equipment as any professional ground photographers or videographers. For example we use the Canon 5D SLR, and can shoot 4K RAW image sequence. We can transcode to ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 or ProRes 4444. Please check in with us though as we are regularly updating and improving our equipment.
What do you need to fly drones for commercial purposes?
For commercial purposes you need to have completed training, created a hefty safety manual, and proved yourself with knowledge and safe flying skills. From this you need your permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This permission is renewed annually.
What about insurance?
LUNAR Aerial Imaging has full public liability insurance of £10 million.
Can you fly the drone indoors? What about at night?
Yes to both. Flying indoors is one of the unique benefits of drone filming. You do need special CAA permission to fly at night, LUNAR has this.
How high and how far can the drones operate?
Under CAA law the maximum legal height for a drone is 120m (400 feet) with a maximum distance of 500m from the pilot.
What about privacy, confidentiality and data protection?
Our policy - we aim at all times to comply with the regulations laid down by the Data Protection Act and the guidelines suggested by the Information Commissioner’s Office. Plus we use common sense.
Why use Lunar Aerial Imaging's drone services?
We have experience of working with a wide range of demanding clients in a wide range of industries - the images and videos on our website can testify to this. We are happy to provide references upon request.
What's your Plan B?
If permissions are not forthcoming or if there are serious public safety or privacy reasons why we can't fly the drone, we can use our 17 metre telescopic camera pole or elevated mast to get some amazing stills or video. We carry it in our van at all times, just in case.