We take safety seriously at Flight1 and fly within the parameters set by the CAA.

Before every flight we carry out a Pre-site survey, an on-site survey and risk assessment. These are comprehensive surveys to ensure we know the location, emergency landing areas plus any airspace restrictions (no fly zones)



The Civil Aviation Authority parameters:
  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don’t fly higher than 400 feet
  • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don’t.





Hire a Licensed Drone Operator!

As the growth of drones continues to increase there are more and more operators in the UK. Anyone flying drones for commercial purposes must hold permission from the Civil Aviation Authority and if they are not they will not be insured or have public liability cover.

Before choosing the cheapest, remember an unlicensed drone operator can put lives at risk. If in doubt, ask to see their Permission and Insurance


Flight1’s Frequently Asked Questions


How much will it cost!

Due to the nature of our work, we don’t publish our rates. However, we can tell you that prices start from £550. Our prices are fully inclusive of all our pre-planning, on site surveys, risk assessments and safety checks.

What is this 'permission' you have?

Anyone flying a drone for commercial purposes is required to have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) who govern the UK airspace. In order to obtain this, the pilot needs to demonstrate competency through a training provider who tests you on a series of exams. Evidence of this, along with an Operations Manual needs to be submitted before permission is given. Its a long process, but it’s another measure of a drone pilot being as safe as possible and minimising risks 

Where can you fly?

We can fly anywhere, subject to safety checks and other aspects we have to take consideration before embarking on a flight. These include Airspace, Emergency landing areas, Landowner permissions and many other factors. But to cut a long story short, we can fly pretty much anywhere.

Can you fly in London?

If you require aerial footage in the London area, please contact us as early as possible as we have to request special permission from the Aviation Authority due to the restrictions in the Airspace. London is a busy place not only on the ground but in the air, and for this reason we have to obtain the necessary permissions before flying

Are there any height/range restrictions?

Yes, we cannot fly higher than 400ft (120m) or 500m in any direction of the Pilot. The aircraft must be in VLOS (visual line of sight) at all times. We must also be 50m from anything not directly in our control.

How long before I receive the aerial footage?

Following the flight you will be asked if you require any editing. If not, the footage will be sent to you via Special Delivery on a USB drive within a few days.

What weather conditions can't you fly in?

We cannot fly in rain, no matter the volume, it’s a no. Likewise, high winds or speeds above 15knots are also a no. The weather plays a big part in safety, and it is ultimately the decision of Flight1 whether a planned flight can take place or not. We will en-devour to reschedule another suitable date and time convenient for you

Can I hire your drones?

No, we do not hire any of our equipment out. Each pilot must be licensed, qualified and insured. We pride ourselves on the safety and planning we put into our work therefore will not compromise by hiring out this kind of equipment.

Can I see the footage after the flight?

Yes, after each flight we can review the footage. If anything else is needed a further flight can be planned, subject to timescales and other factors

Got a question that’s not been answered? Contact us!