QUALIFIED & INSURED

Wolfhound Media have been issued a Permission For Commercial Operations (PFCO). We are qualified. This is a legal requirement for any Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operator who engages in commercial activity. It is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on a yearly rolling basis. This approach is encouraged as it requires all operators to keep an up to date Operations Manual which is reviewed yearly to provide evidence of a mature approach to aerial filming and activity, along with the obvious flight records and data recording.


IMPACT

Cinematic aerial filming and photography is one of our specialities. We love what we do and it shows. Not everyone can make aerial imagery engaging and dramatic, but through many years of experience as stills photographers and camera operators, we can do just that. Our images create impact for our clients.

 

CAPABILITY

We use a DJI Inspire 2 Aircraft with X5S Camera for all of our aerial work. It outputs up to 5k resolution in RAW, PRORES and h264, with a variety of slow motion options and 20 megapixel RAW stills, providing maximum flexibility in post production. Flight times are 25 minutes per battery and we can provide a second HDMI feed to a director as well as live YouTube and Facebook streaming.

DJI Inspire 2 with X5S Camera

DJI Inspire 2 with X5S Camera

The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58mph (94kph) and has a max descent speed of 9m/sfor unheard of speed and agility in an aircraft this size. A dual battery system provides redundancy, while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures. FlightAutonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • OPERATING IN BELFAST AND OTHER CONGESTED AREAS

The CAA definition of a congested area reads: "In relation to a city, town or settlement, means any area which is substantially used for residential, industrial, commercial or recreational purposes."

To operate a drone freely inside the limits of a city, town of any other congested area, there is a separate permission required called a "Congested Areas Operating Safety Case" (CAOSC). These are not handed out lightly and in fact are nearly impossible to obtain, given the associated risks.

Without this special permission it is illegal to fly a drone in a congested area within 50 metres of any object or person not under the pilot's control. This severely restricts the options when flying over a city, limiting flights to very specific areas and conditions that must be met.

Belfast is Class D Airspace. This means that permission must be sought from Air Traffic Control before any flights can take place.

If you have requirements for work over a congested area, please get in touch to discuss the options.

  • FLYING AT NIGHT

As standard with the Permission for Commercial Operations, the CAA allow drone flight half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset. Beyond this there is a special permission required.

  • CAN YOU FLY IN THE RAIN?

Flying in the rain is not possible. The drone can fly in wind speeds of up to 30mph, but performance will start to suffer a little.

  • SAFETY AND CROWDS

Safety is the primary concern. We will not fly over dense crowds. For more complex jobs where a smaller number of people are involved we use a second observer to provide an additional level of safety.

  • CAN YOU FLY INDOORS?

Yes we can. Operating indoors is not subject to any rules or regulations, but we will need to recce the site to determine factors that may affect insurance.


DRONES AND THE LAW

  • THE LAW AS DEFINED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

The law as set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) states that as a drone operator you cannot operate a drone and receive any form of payment in return without a Permission for Commercial Operations (PFCO). This also affects the companies etc that employ drone operators and breaking this law will result in fines for both the operator and the company who hired them.

The following excerpt from the Air Navigation Order sets out the basic guidelines for drone operators and must be STRICTLY adhered to at all times. Please read through them if you have any questions about whether or not we can undertake work for you.

Drones fall under “Small Unmanned Aircraft” (SUA) and in some cases “Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft” (SUSA) and as such are exempt from the vast majority of the Air Navigation Order. The articles which are relevant to drones are 138, 166 and 167.
 

  • 138 ENDANGERING SAFETY OF ANY PERSON OR PROPERTY

A person must not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.
 

  • 166 SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT (SUA)

(1) A person must not cause or permit any article or animal (whether or not attached to a parachute) to be dropped from a small unmanned aircraft so as to endanger persons or property.

(2) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made.

(3) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.

(4) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft which has a mass of more than 7kg excluding its fuel but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft at the commencement of its flight, must not fly the aircraft:

(a) In Class A, C, D or E airspace unless the permission of the appropriate air traffic control unit has been obtained.

(b) Within an aerodrome traffic zone during the notified hours of watch of the air traffic control unit (if any) at that aerodrome unless the permission of any such air traffic control unit has been obtained; or

(c) At a height of more than 400 feet above the surface unless it is flying in airspace described in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) and in accordance with the requirements for that airspace.

(5) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must not fly the aircraft for the purposes of aerial work except in accordance with a permission granted by the CAA.
 

  • 167 SMALL UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT (SUSA)

(1) The person in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly the aircraft in any of the circumstances described in paragraph (2) except in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA.

(2) The circumstances referred to in paragraph (1) are:

(a) Over or within 150 metres of any congested area.

(b) Over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons.

(c) Within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft, or

(d) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), within 50 metres of any person.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), during take-off or landing, a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not be flown within 30 metres of any person.

(4) Paragraphs (2)(d) and (3) do not apply to the person in charge of the small unmanned surveillance aircraft or a person under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.

(5) In this article ‘a small unmanned surveillance aircraft’ means a small unmanned aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition.

The Air Navigation Order is 569 pages long. Here is the direct link to the full document - http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?appid=11&mode=detail&id=226