What you need to know

(Or – The Boring Bit)

Drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Remote Piloted Air System (RPAS), Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) or whatever you may know them as, have the ability to efficiently, safely and effectively photograph and/or video things from the air on a stable platform delivering the high quality professionally produced images.

Only in the past few years has this been possible without the use of specialist equipment, which carried an exorbitantly high price tag and was only operable by very few individuals.

Drone use has spread rapidly across a huge number of business applications and it is now possible to greatly reduce the risk of working at height often eliminating the need for the use of high ladders, lifts, scaffolding, and rope secured inspections and so on.

With the increase in the range and reduction in cost of drones available for professional use it is now affordable for even the smallest businesses to show off a stunning location or a busy event, add vibrant aerial images to marketing materials or web content and impress and engage potential customers by employing the skills of a qualified and insured drone pilot.

In the UK, it is the law that all images and video that is taken using a drone for any form of commercial benefit, must be carried out by a pilot who has passed the relevant CAA approved qualification, holds a valid Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) certificate and is adequately insured.

A PfCO drone pilot will be fully versed in the current law surrounding drone use (which is likely to become more complex and restrictive in the future), will work to a clearly defined Operations Manual that has been approved by the CAA, guide you through the processes and collaborate with you to get those stunning shots that you desire.

Oliver Webb Media (OWM) fulfils all the criteria above and will:

  • Take a full brief from you on the type of work that is required, provide guidance on whether the work can be carried out safely and advise on how this might be best achieved.
  • Research any restrictions or potential hazards that may exist in the airspace where the work is to take place, inform and gain approval from relevant organisations that own or border the area in question.
  • Carry out a full risk assessment for the job both before and on site.
  • Give instruction to any relevant personnel on site who may be affected by the use of the drone.
  • Carry out the work and debrief the client at the end of the process…

No Small undertaking!

OWM will always take every opportunity to deliver what you need, but sadly there are some circumstances when a drone cannot be flown.

Weather plays a big part in this and right now there are very few drones that can be flown in anything other than dry conditions.

Wind can be a factor too and although the latest drones including those used by OWM can be flown in quite gusty conditions all have their limits and exceeding those limits can compromise the safety of people or property that are in the in the proximity of the drone flight path.

Airspace in the UK is incredibly busy (particularly in the South East) and although drones are by law kept to a restricted height above ground level and separated from private and commercial aircraft there are still some places where flying will be prohibited.

Built-up areas can also be very tricky for drone operations. No one wants an uninvited drone to be hovering over their garden or poking a camera through their window, so rules are in place to protect the privacy of anyone who is not directly involved in the shoot.

Only a qualified pilot with knowledge of how to access and apply this information will be able to inform you if it is safe and legal to take images of the location you have in mind. In the briefing and planning stages, OWM will keep you informed of any restrictions and hazards that may affect the outcome of the desired work to be carried out.

This should not prevent anyone from considering drone imaging, but it is worth being aware that only your pilot will be able to give you a clear understanding of whether your idea can be legally and safely achieved.

For a basic understanding of the rules surrounding drone flights see:



It is no understatement to say that the use of drones, has exploded over the past few years.

The recent and rapidly evolving developments in technology means that is it now possible to efficiently, safely and effectively photograph and/or video anything from the air and produce professional high-quality images affordably for both companies and individuals.

As well as being able to capture stunning aerial views of landscapes and property the use of drones has also greatly reduced the need for dangerous ‘working at height’ inspections and surveys.

Trained by the UK’s leading CAA approved drone instructors Flyby Technology, who employ only ex-military and commercial aircraft pilots, OWM Drone Services offers a wide variety of services and will consult with you to ensure that all work is carried out safely and within the regulations governing drone use in the UK.

Whether you need a simple roof inspection or some breathtaking views to help market your business OWM Drone Services will work seamlessly with you as part of your team to deliver precisely the images you need.

Applications include but are not limited to the list of services listed below.


  • Projects in Film, TV, Social Media, Websites, Corporate Marketing/Advertising
  • Real Estate
  • Roof & Building Inspection – Residential & Commercial
  • Agriculture
  • Industrial Inspection – Mining, Power & Utilities etc
  • Construction
  • Aerial Imaging – Landscape, Environmental & Archaeological Projects
  • Live Events & Sports
  • Insurance/Legal
  • Indoor/Outdoor

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