The misuse of drones is unfortunately in the news on a regular basis. However, within the official UAV industry, accidents are rare because so much emphasis is placed on safety. I have an unblemished track record of maintaining high safety standards, during well over 300 flights. It is essential you employ a professional approved by the CAA to remain safe and legal.
My name is Colin Aldred and Aerial Artwork is my business.
An enjoyable career in Art & Design education included 24 years within a sixth form college as a head of department. My degree was in Fine Art and included photography, which has remained part of my own art practice and featured throughout my 28 years of teaching.
I have always had a fascination for different viewpoints and particularly the view directly downward, which first featured in my mixed media artwork over 25 years ago.
In addition to commercial work for clients, I am creating, exhibiting and selling my aerial photographs as archive quality prints. I post updates about my artwork in the news section of this website.
To operate a drone commercially, Aerial Artwork gained a Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in August 2015. Anyone operating a drone commercially without this permission is not safe or legal.
To achieve my “Remote Pilot Qualification-small ” (RPQs), I completed and passed a three day “Ground School”, culminating in a written exam, followed by a flight test conducted by an external examiner.
This qualification, along with a Flight Logbook, detailed Operations Manual and specialist drone insurance, was submitted to the CAA. Their approval of this documentation led to the PFAW that allowed me to start my business. This permission has to be renewed annually, with minimum levels of flying set for each month.
Aerial Artwork complies with the CAA rules not to fly the DJI Inspire above 120 metres, or beyond line of sight up to a maximum of 500 metres. It cannot be flown within 150 metres of large gatherings or within 50 metres of people, property or vehicles not under the pilot’s control, and never directly overhead at any height. Aerial Artwork also has to comply with the Data Protection Act regarding the distribution of images.
Aerial Artwork carries extensive safety and first aid equipment, and has £1m public liability insurance which can be increased if necessary for specific operations.
A risk assessment is undertaken for every flight operation to ensure it is conducted as safely as possible. Extensive research of the site and your requirements is an essential part of the process.