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    I just tripped over this while doing some research. Anybody contemplating buying even one of the cheap UAV's / drones, had better start doing some homework !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visioneer View Post
    I just tripped over this while doing some research. Anybody contemplating buying even one of the cheap UAV's / drones, had better start doing some homework !

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    That's only half the story I'm afraid. You mustn't confuse FPV flying with UAS (UAV as was) use.

    FPV flying is a form of radio control model flying. Rather than standing in a field (wearing an Anorak), looking up at our models we fly them from the cockpit view. That's kept very separate of commercial use;

    Commercial use of unmanned aircraft (defined by the CAA as "Aerial Work" - any action for which you are given "valuable consideration") is subject to much more strict regulation and licensing. You must have a licence to operate (BNUC-S) which involves training, producing your operation manuals, risk assessments, etc. If you then want to operate within 150m of any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or structure or 50m of any person not under your direct control you need special permission from the CAA.

    That's the general gist but I would encourage you to contact the CAA and EURO-USC (the BNUC-S training provider) for more information before any airborne endeavours or investment.

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    Don't I know it !

    UAV's of one sort or another, crop up quite frequently, as either a potentially useful professional tool, or an area worth exploring. Will be glad to have your input.

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    Visioneer,
    I recently looked into this for a client, it is not as easy as thought. The license required is quite costly alongside the process of establishing a UAV service could be very costly. After my investigations it was decided to knock the project on the head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resusruss View Post
    Visioneer,
    I recently looked into this for a client, it is not as easy as thought. The license required is quite costly alongside the process of establishing a UAV service could be very costly. After my investigations it was decided to knock the project on the head.

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    Likewise. A friend of mine is wanting to throw LOTS of money at one, and despite any recommendations to the contrary, is determined to actually buy one, as an alternative to hiring a Robinson every time he wants an aerial shot.
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    We looked at a few for one of our clients - didn't have a cat in Hell's chance if you had a 15knot wind!

    That outrules the UK on 364 days of the year then...

    Maybe they've improved in the very recent past.

    Peter

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