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Drone FAQs

Without a doubt, everyone has questions when it comes to drones. Even if you've used one in your productions, or taken control of your own drone, there are still questions which will come to mind.

These are some of the common drone questions we receive. If there's anything you need answering, please get in contact.

How High & How Far?
The ceiling altitude of most drones is actually around 14,000 - 18,000ft, with a range of a few miles! There are however laws which we all must abide by. 400ft is our maximum altitude and 500 metres from the pilot are the limits set by the CAA.
Are you insured?
CloudVisual holds drone specific insurance with an industry leading cover of £10m Public Liability and indemnity. These can be vastly increased on specific projects, should clients require greater Public Liability cover and protection.
How long can you fly for?
Depending on the payload, the flight times can range from ten minutes to half an hour. Typically the larger drones will have a shorter flight time, of ten to fifteen minutes. The weather, altitude and type of flying will affect this number substantially.
What can your drones carry?
The S900 Class drone can carry a payload of up to 12kgs, so most camera systems can be lifted. Other surveying equipment and scanners can also be attached.
Can you fly your drones in London?
With the right planning, preparation and site assessments we can fly drones in Central London. Extra clearances are often needed, but a lot of Greater London is drone friendly with very few restrictions.
Why use CloudVisual?
We have been established for over eight years and bring a wealth of experience along with us. We're a team of filmakers and photographers who understand that it takes so much more than flying a drone to capture that amazing aerial shot.
Which cameras do your drones carry?
The Inspire 2 drone carries a DJI X5s an industry leading drone camera, capable of filming up to 5.2K RAW and is comparable to the Arri Alexa. Our smaller drones each carry 4K stabilised cameras.
Why do you fly the Inspire 2 drone?
The DJI Inspire 2 might not compare in size to an S1000 drone, but it packs more technology and the best camera available on the market combined with unrivalled performance and reliability.
What are your Rates?
Our day rate is £1100+VAT per day. Although most projects are achievable under our half day rate of £650+VAT. We also cater for smaller projects, which have fixed prices starting from £249+VAT.
What's a Drone Camera Operator?
A lot of people don't realise that it actually takes two people to correctly operate a drone. The drone pilot controls exactly where the drone flies and the camera operator controls the camera gimbal. This makes sure the shot is steady and smooth by letting each team member focus on their specific aerial task. Need a camera operator for your business? Use one of ours.
Can you fly drones indoors?
Yes! Flying drones indoors is not a problem. In fact, flying indoors means that a number of laws do not apply, as the drone may no longer be flying within controlled airspace. Our drones carry sophisticated obstacle detection and avoidance systems when GPS isn't available, ensuring a steady and reliable shot.
What's involved prior to drone filming?
To ensure we maintain our 100% safety record, thorough planning and preparation takes place before each and every project. Risk assessments, method statements, drone maintenance and airspace checks all ensure that we are operating as safely as possible.