A Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot goes through rigorous training before applying for approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The approval is also given on an Operator Manual drawn up by the UAV operator from guide lines set by the CAA.
The Operations Manual describes the organisation, aircraft systems, personnel, flight operations and procedures by which organisation carries out its operations.
It is the goal of the Operators Manual to operate the UAV without harm, injury or damage to any persons or property.
When we take on a job we have to determine that the task is feasible by carrying out a survey to determine risk etc at the given location. Sometimes we need to pre-notify and get permission from the CAA/NATS when flying in restricted areas. Site permission from the owner of the land is a mandatory requirement and must be given in writing before flying. Weather conditions need to be checked in advance as the UAV must operate within its parameters and good weather on the day is essential to the success of great videos or stills. All this has to be done before the day of flight.
On the day we have to inspect and prepare the equipment, carry out an on -site assessment, select a safe operating area, do final check on the weather and make sure there are no conflicts with other aircraft by checking the notices to airmen. Then there is the crew briefing, cordon procedures, checking aircraft communications and Pre-Flight and Post-Flight Checks.
Finally, of course , is the processing and editing of the videos and stills.
When you think about value for money, a wedding Photographer usually will charge a minimum of £500 for the day and processing the images. Most Commercial Pilots charge a less.