Drone Frequently Asked Questions

We are frequently asked questions surrounding the general use of drone technology and what can be achieved. The general public belief surrounding drones when we mention them in meetings etc are that they are a great tool capable of producing aesthetic imagery and promotional video. 

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We decided to put together a “drone FAQ” that will hopefully shed some light on the industry and how the use of drone technology can help to reduce costs and improve safety within the workplace.

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Drones for commercial use is absolutely committed to a safety management system equivalent to that used by operators or helicopters and light aircraft. This means we operate under strict safety conditions and we carry out both a safety assessment and a risk management plan for every flight.

We follow strict safety procedures and checklists to ensure our equipment and systems are operating normally and that our procedures minimise any risk of accidents or incidents.

When flying near, around or above people we must maintain a safe distance. This safe distance is currently 30 metres from people who are not associated with the project. 15 metres with written consent from the person for ReOC holders only.

If you are flying drones for recreational purposes you don’t need to have a licence. But the moment you fly them for any kind of commercial gain (including for non-cash rewards or even to promote your own business) you must hold a licence.

Yes remote pilots operators certificate ARN:1058349 ReOC.6952 which can take drone operator offering to undertake work for you, not licenced and insured you could end up being held responsible if people are injured, if property is damaged, or if the operator breaches air safety regulations.

Drone licencing and regulation is managed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Yes insured to operate drones. Otherwise you could be left with a very expensive bill if something goes wrong.

Droneable carries a $20 million public liability insurance cover.

Yes all our drones are registered. If you fly a drone, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), for business or use one as part of your job, you must register it before you fly.

This applies to all drones that you fly to provide any type of service – no matter how much it weighs. This may include activities such as:

  • selling photos or videos taken from a drone
  • inspecting industrial equipment, construction sites or infrastructure
  • monitoring, surveillance or security services
  • research and development
  • any drone activities on behalf of your employer or business.

You must be 16 or older to register a drone.

Aside from the 30 metre rule around people, CASA regulations require that we do not carry out operations without permission:

  • Fly over crowds or traffic on roads
  • Fly more than 400 feet (120 metres) above the ground
  • Fly within 5.5 km of any towered airport without specific permission
  • Fly in the landing or take-off zones of any airport without permission
  • Fly beyond visual line of sight (varies according to size of UAV and weather)
  • Fly after sunset or before sunrise
  • Fly in any way which may cause danger or risk to manned aircraft without notice to airmen.
We have to submit for approval for the above requirements as a commercial done pilot if required. Will advise you of this fee (if it applies) and any other conditions.

Our drones handle the wind better, but we usually bring those down if winds exceed 35 km/hour.

We cannot fly in rain or moist conditions. Drones contain sensitive electronic equipment which can be damaged by water.

We can fly indoors in larger buildings like auditoriums and arenas.

Aerial Camera

We use the very best cameras in the industry, Apple ProRes 422 HQ Codec industry standards, and the Canon R5c up to 8k with numerous codec formats.

Grounds Camera

A True Hybrid System 8K Video Support. The EOS R5 C is the first Cinema EOS System camera to provide an internal 8K 60p recording. Enhanced Video Performance as well as stunning photos.

Again a very broad question and unfortunately not an easy one to answer as if operation differs entirely from the next and depends on the end product and what is required.

The best and easiest way for us to assess your project in terms of pricing is to contact us on a free no obligation quote.

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