Inspection of wind turbine with a drone

Inspections

Drones take away or at least reduce the need for expensive scaffolding or climbing. They open up an easy way to access areas that would usually be unsafe for humans to visit. Below is a small sample of what is possible with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Contact me to discuss any building or object you need inspected.

Building / Roof Inspections

Roof and building inspections by drone is an incredibly fast and cost-effective way to assess damage, assist insurance claims or confirm a job has been completed.

High-resolution pictures of a chimney or roof, for example, can be taken safely, easily and quickly and reviewed from the comfort of your office! A zoom camera can be attached to the drone to get an even closer level of detail. It is easy to detect loose tiles or brickwork or other issues such as broken lightening conductors.

Once an inspection is booked, I take care of the risk assessment, the flight planning and liaising with the relevant authorities to ensure a safe and legal flight. Once on-site, I can get airborne very quickly, minimising disruption to residents, staff or members of the public.

Construction Monitoring

Schedule regular flights to have an aerial overview of a construction site to show progress and identify any issues before they become larger problems. Using the latest technology in unmanned aerial vehicles, I can even save a location or ‘shot’ and repeat it weeks or months later giving a selection of images at different stages of the construction.

Or get us involved from the planning stage to assist with a planning application.

Of course, booking a number of flights together reduces the cost significantly as much of the risk-assessment and flight planning paperwork will be simplified for repeat flights.

Industrial Inspections

Wind turbines, power lines, piping. The list of things that need regular inspecting is endless! Using a drone to conduct an aerial inspection can significantly reduce costs and speed up the process.


Without a CAA approved drone operator, it would be impossible to legally fly in many locations. My training and insurance opens up many more possibilities. I am based in the north-west of England but often travel nationwide depending on the location of the project. Let’s have a chat and see how we can use a drone to reduce the costs of your inspections.




FAQ

  • What is aerial photography?

    Any photo or video shot from the air! In the past, most aerial photography was done from helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft. Now our drones can achieve similar or better results at a much cheaper cost!

  • I only want one photo, is it cheaper?

    It can be, yes, but keep in mind that most of the work involved in a drone operation is in the planning and permissions phase – hours of planning could go into a 5-minute flight.

    If the one picture you wanted to get required no extra permissions but a shot from the rear of the property would – then it would certainly be cheaper to just go for shots from the “easier” angle. Generally though, if we have put the work into planning the flight for one photo, we would certainly take a variety of shots that you can use too at no extra charge while we are at it.

    One good aerial photograph of a house for sale can have such a massive impact on it’s visibility and engagement on property websites, so the value returned nearly always outweighs the cost.

  • What is a drone?

    The term drone is widely used to describe unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Many drones have cameras, which allow you to see things from the drone’s perspective. 

  • Are you a trained drone pilot?

    Yes! I am proud to be a member of the Flyby Family after completing my Combined PfCO / GVC / A2 CofC course.

  • Do you have a drone licence?
    CAA Approved Drone Pilot

    There’s no such thing as a “drone licence” in the UK – instead, permission is granted by the Civil Aviation Authority for flight operations. I hold a current Operational Authorisation (OA) / Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA.

    I also have my GVC and A2 CofC.

  • How much is an aerial photo of a house?

    Prices start from £199.

    However, it does depend on the location of the property – airspace restrictions and uninvolved persons in the flight area affects the price. The best bet is to contact me with the address of the property and I will give you an exact quote.

  • How much does a roof inspection by drone cost?

    Most likely cheaper than erecting scaffolding!

    Most of the cost of a drone flight is in the planning rather than the actual time the UAV is in the air. The price will depend on the location of the roof that needs to be inspected. Days of planning and permission gathering may go into what looks like a simple operation. Or it may be a very simple planning job – for example, a roof outside of a congested area and outside of any flight restriction zones.

    No matter how complicated the planning required, a roof inspection by drone is still most likely going to be cheaper and faster than erecting scaffolding and sending people climbing!

    The best bet is to contact me for a quote and I will do an initial feasibility study and determine a price.

  • Can you fly a drone near an airport?

    I can – yes!

    I am trained and have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority. I fly in accordance with the Air Navigation Order (CAP393). Manned aviation pilots need to request permission to enter airspace near an airport and I am entitled to do the same. Getting that permission takes time and a lot of communication with the relevant parties, but it is possible.

    There has been so much bad press about drones and airports – for example, the Gatwick incident – but that’s only because that pilot did not have permission to be in the airspace. A trained and approved drone pilot can apply for these permissions.

  • Can you fly at night?

    Yes! I have special procedures in my Operations Manual allowing flight at night. I have battery operated lighting to illuminate the landing zones.

  • How far away can you fly?

    By law we must fly within Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) which means that the aircraft must be able to be clearly seen by the person flying it at all times when it is airborne. The maximum distance from the pilot is 500m – although a vehicle can be used to move the pilot with the aircraft.

    In simple terms, the aircraft must not be flown out of sight of a human eye.

    We are also limited to 400ft above the ground, however, it is sometimes possible to get permission to fly higher. Let me know what you are planning and I can have a chat with the CAA to see if it’s possible.

  • What happens if the weather is bad?

    Drones are powered by electricity. Electricity and water do not mix! Unfortunately, we can not fly in wet conditions or high winds. The safety of everyone is my highest priority, so we either wait out the weather or postpone the operation.

    Exact details of weather clauses will be outlined before we sign a contract, but it’s all very fair stuff – we all accept that the weather in the UK is unpredictable!

  • Can you fly inside?

    Yes! And there are no aviation regulations to contend with so planning is much easier! And I have insurance in place for indoor flying.

    Whether for inspecting hard to reach areas or a promo video, I can help you out. Check out this post for a sneak peek inside a theatre.

  • Where are you based?

    I am based in Manchester, UK but often travel all over the world with work.

    I don’t add silly per-mile charges for travel – I just charge my expenses and time travelling at a very fair rate.

    I can often be found flying a drone in Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Chesterfield, Huddersfield, Lake District, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, The Peak District, Preston, Sheffield, Warrington and the Yorkshire Dales.

    If you need a trained drone pilot anywhere in the UK, please get in contact.

  • How much do you cost?

    That very much depends. Every project is very different and will involve different equipment and time. Projects even differ in what permissions we need to get from the Civil Aviation Authority – some being relatively simple and others requiring mountains of paperwork!

    Just get in touch, let me know your requirements and I can work out an estimated price.

  • I have an idea but it’s not listed on your site…

    The website is just a brief outline of what is possible with a drone. There is no way I could list everything – weddings, erosion monitoring, building site progress etc.! Just get in touch.

  • Are you insured?

    Yes! I have a £1million Public Liability Insurance policy covering aerial operations.

  • I’m a drone pilot. Can I work with you?

    Absolutely! I would love to hear from you. I often am either booked out or too far away to take a certain contract. I will keep your details on file in case a customer requests something I cannot do and will pass them on to you. Send me an email and say hello!

    Check out the White Label page if you require an experienced drone pilot for one of your operations.

  • I have a drone, why should I pay you?

    If you have the equipment and are legally permitted to fly the mission, then, by all means, do it yourself. It’s fun and rewarding! Just be aware of the local regulations and fly responsibly.

    However, currently in the UK, you need clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority and insurance if you fly a drone for commercial gain. If you don’t want to pay for all the CAA requirements, then book me instead! I have insurance and all the necessary training and certificates. Simple as that!