DRONE DIRECTORY WARNING
If you searching for aerial photography or a drone operator in Cumbria then, beware of ‘drone directories’ that don’t do their checks…..
Almost each month we see a new drone directory pop up. Hovershotz are listed in most drone directories but we are concerned that some are listing illegal pilots.
Sadly, it has become evident that many drone directory websites are not doing their commercial drone pilot checks thoroughly.
On closer inspection, it is evident that many drone directories have pilots listed with out of date, invalid paperwork or non-existent paperwork checks.
Why is this important? When it comes to aviation safety – cutting corners is unsafe and unacceptable. The UK’s aviation safety standards are set high to avoid accidents.
Hovershotz are aware of a ‘drone hire directory’ that doesn’t even ask for CAA certification from their pilots listed. That means that anybody who wishes can ‘say’ they are CAA approved (even though they are not) and then be promoted as a legal drone operator.
Here’s what one drone directory said when asked whether they check for CAA Approval (PFCO) :
If you require aerial drone photography video or surveys in Cumbria Lancashire or the Lake District, don’t get caught out by hiring an illegal operator. If things go wrong you’ll find that your drone operator is not insured. A drone in the hands of an illegal operator is an accident waiting to happen.
Ensuring your drone pilot is legal
By law anybody operating their drone commercially i.e. charging for the service MUST have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and hold valid commercial insurance.
When hiring a drone operator always ask for a copy of the pilots CAA approval (PFCO) and commercial drone insurance. If in doubt, Hovershotz would recommend that you find an operator listed on Drone Safe Register, where all operators are checked to ensure they are legal and hold a current PFCO and valid insurance https://dronesaferegister.org.uk
Hovershotz aerial drone photography video and inspections listing can be found here https://dronesaferegister.org.uk/company/hovershotz-aerial-drone-photography-video-inspections-cumbria/