Upon instruction of the works, we undertake pre-deployment checks. These checks help us assess whether the works can be carried out safely, legally and effectively. Importantly, we check the weather conditions, including the proposed wind-speed on the planned day of survey in order to ensure that it is safe to fly. By using a combination of flight charts and regulatory body websites, we can understand whether there are any potential air hazards, such as gliders and helicopters, in advance of the site visit.
On site checks
Prior to the commencement of flight, we ensure that it is safe to fly. We re-assess the weather conditions including the temperature, wind speed and cloud cover. Furthermore, we identify any potential on site risks, for instance people and electricity wires. Safety is paramount; both the drone pilot, along with their assistant wear the relevant PPE ( Personal Protective equipment).
We use Drone Assist, an app created by NATS (the UK's main air traffic control provider) whilst on site. The interactive map illustrates the airspace used by commercial air traffic so we can see areas to avoid or in which extreme caution should be exercised, as well as ground hazards that may pose safety, security or privacy risks when we are flying the drone.
Prior to every flight, we inspect the aircraft in order to identify any potential faults. The drone is always kept in sight of the operator in order to ensure that they can see and avoid any obstacles whilst flying.
When back in the office, we compile a detailed report in order to present to the client in order to meet their brief. Depending on the urgency of the works, the report can be back with the client within days of instruction.