Rules & Regulations

Safety must come first .... always

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 CAA 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.

Ibex Films Aerial carries Public Liability Insurance

up to £5,000,000 meeting the requirements of EC

Regulation No 785/2004

The CAA  issues a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) and the remote pilot must abide by the rules regarding the operation of drones set out in the Air Navigation Order published by the CAA.   

The person holding a PfCO must assume the same responsibility as the pilot of a conventional aircraft as regards the safety of the flight.

Part of the permission states that an Operations Manual must be produced and approved by the CAA.    This sets out how Ibex Films Aerials will operate and specifies what we can and cannot do.


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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Ibex Films

LL22 8DR
North Wales


Ibex Films Aerials carries Public

Liability Insurance  up to £5,000,000

meeting the EC Regulation 785/2004






01745 827561

07887 778922

07766 217159

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