Inspection of wind turbine with a drone


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Are you insured?

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