Commonly Asked Questions

How high can you fly?
The CAA restricts a UAV flights height to 120 m. However in rural or remote spaces, we can achieve higher altitudes if certain safety precautions are observed. In special circumstances, we might be able to obtain a permit from CAA to fly above the flight ceiling, even in built-up areas.
It depends, we use drones and camera equipment most suited to the nature of a job and the situation. Certain weather conditions and location could demand a use of a specialized equipment. The most appropriate equipment will be discussed with a client during our initial meeting and following a pre-flight site survey.
Flights cannot be made overhead of members of the public without their prior knowledge and agreement. Between the UAV and people or property not under our control, a horizontal separation zone must be maintained of 30m while taking off and landing, and 50m during flight. This separation zone does not apply to anyone involved in the shoot – they will be briefed on precautions to take when near the aircraft. Within the UK, if flying within 150 metres of built-up areas or near large crowds, PB Motion must make an application to the Civil Aviation Authority for clearance. The application can take up to 14 days, so shoot locations and dates must be given to PB Motion with enough time for this process to be carried out. The same applies for buildings and other property – as long as we have consent from the owner, we can fly close.
We can fly at mild wind speeds up to 20 mph, but in order to achieve a stable footage we recommend to limit flying in a wind of up to 15 mph. Temperature ranges of -10°C to 40°C. We cannot fly in a rain.
When you book a date with us, we automatically include 1 day either side for weather contingency. As the date approaches, we use weather forecast to monitor the weather on the date. Up to 48 hours before the shoot, either PB MOTION or the Client can make the call that the weather will be unsuitable in which circumstances we can re-book the shoot at no extra cost.
A typical length of a single flight is usually 8-15 minutes per battery. We carry multiple batteries on a shoot so we can replace batteries between flights.
We have a video feed back / live images to our pilot’s smart phone.
Yes, provided a suitable maneuvering area is available which is usually OK in warehouses, concert halls and large venue halls.
It depends on the strength of a wind. If there is low or no wind, the footage will be smoother. As an alternative we can use a crane when conditions are not favorable.
We can only fly a route which is safe and within a line of sight. However we could fly manually without a GPS assistance when the aircraft is operated solely by a pilot.
Please get in touch with us through our Contact form or call us to discuss your requirements in detail. We would love to answer all your questions.