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Rules & Regulations

Safety must come first .... always

CAA Regulations

Here is part of the CAA regulations regarding Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA)

Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 393 - Air Navigation

Articles of key relevance to RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) operations



When you contact us with an enquiry, there are several things we will ask to enable us to set up an initial pre-deployment assessment.  Each site or location is different and we will need as much information as possible from you so that we can

provide you with an answer and estimate quickly and effIciently.

SAFETY COMES FIRST in every case and it is imperative that all parties understand that regulations make it clear that the the remote pilot always has the final say on whether or not it is SAFE TO FLY


so -  before we can accept a booking, we have to make sure that we can fly safely at your location.


and .... please remember that even though actual flying time may be short, there will have been several hours of planning, checking and form filling before we get there.


You will see the word SAFETY appearing many times in the information we provide about Ibex Films Aerials.

This is because it has to be at the forefront of any operation we undertake.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)  regulations for flying a Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) are detailed and provide the framework for where (and sometimes when) a drone can be flown. 


Anyone operating a drone commercfially must have completed a formal course with a Nationally Qualified Entity and have passed written theory examination and a flight assessment.

Inspire 2 Drone

Ibex Films Aerial carries Public Liability Insurance

 as required by the client (up to £10 million)

meeting the requirements of EC Regulation No 785/2004

The CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) has now been superceded to fall in line with European regulations (EASA)

The new General Visual Line of Sight Certifcate (GVC) replaces it.

There is now also the additonal pilot competancy certicication A2CofC  Please go to FAQ for full info

CAA Regs

As you can see, there are various regulations controlling commercial drone operations. to ensure the safety of people and property.


Fortunately, we find that in most situations, with advanced planning, we can solve any potential problems that may arise.



Here is a brief summary of what we can and can't do - if you want to read more

go to FAQ for the full CAA Articles

  • we cannot operate more than 120 metres above ground level

  • the drone must remain within 500 metres of the pilot

  • we must maintain unaided Visual Line of Sight (VLoS)

  • we must not operate over or within 150 metres of an large oranised open air assembly

  • and we cannot operate with 50 metres of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure that is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft except during take-off and landing

For drone enquiries

and bookings

call 07766 217159


To see photographs and watch video taken from the drone go to

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