Frequently asked questions

All our quotations are are discussed in detail so as to be competitive on pricing, whilst giving you the highest level of technical expertise and equipment.

Please email us or pick up the phone so we can talk through the project requirements and offer the right solution. We’ll need to know exact details of the location via a postcode or map co-ordinates, allowing us to check airspace restrictions and gain the necessary permissions to fly.

We provide a two person crew for most assignments, one to pilot the drone, the other to control the gimbal mounted camera. Pan, tilt and lens focus is operated separately allowing for a perfect combination of flying and camera work. If you require a few photos or a brief video clip of your subject matter only, we can offer our single pilot package to include:

  • Skilled CAA approved pilot and a Director with camera expertise who will liaise with you to achieve the shots you need.
  • A drone fitted with super smooth gimbal requiring no software correction in post production.
  • Live SD or HD streaming to ground or Facebook.
  • Operation Manual led safety management.
  • We can access most locations in the UK with our 4×4 support vehicle.
  • We work closely with the CAA and local airports, land owners and councils to discuss risk assessment and weather updates.

We often recommend a site visit so we can check the possible obstacles to the flight mission, however this is not always necessary. We look for safe areas for take off and landing, sight lines, obstacles, type of ground surface for low flying etc. Much can be assessed from photographs and conversations with relevant information sources, and we can send up a short drone flight to check for more from the air. 

For the best results we need winds of 20mph or less. We will require dry conditions for flight and we use the most up to date forecasting systems to achieve the optimum conditions including position of the sun to cast light in the most positive way.

Most flights average around 10 to 20 minutes. We have portable generator charging systems so can fly multiple flights all day at any location.

Most work is carried out close to the take off location within line of site of the pilot or observer. De Havilland Films operate within the Civil Aviation Authority regulations. The regulations state a drone must fly within a height of 400 feet above ground and 500 meters horizontal distance and within the pilot’s line of sight. Applications can be made to the CAA for special permissions outside of these rules.

We can provide live streaming in HD to a ground station and live over Facebook. We can film and deliver video in all formats, including RAW 4k and Cinema 5.2k ENG .

We also provide ground based filming to compliment the aerial imagery created by our drones. Our editing and post production facilities provide finished films in all formats.