We will not fly over main roads or anywhere the pilot deems to be unsafe, or a risk. Our systems are very safe, but there is always a small chance of failure and we will never risk injury to people, animals or property.
Do you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We carry appropriate PPE, including hard hats, Hi Vis clothing and safety boots for work on construction sites.
Do you provide Risk Assessment & Method Statements (RAMS)?
We provide full RAMS for clients, if required.
Do you offer full production services?
All our fixed rate packages include professional editing and post production. For bespoke options, contact us to discuss the services you need.
How much do you charge?
We offer some fixed rate video and aerial imaging packages, which offer excellent value with no hidden extras. Our bespoke services are priced on an individual basis and depend upon location fees, travel time, filming time, pre-shoot preparation (scripting/storyboard, obtaining special flying permission, site visits etc.) and post production costs such as editing, graphics, music and voice over. Bespoke aerial filming rates vary. We offer discounts for multi-day shoots and weekly engagements. Please contact us for more information.
How long can you fly for?
We can fly for between 12 and 15 minutes per battery depending upon the drone and weather conditions. The drone then lands for a couple of minutes for a battery change. For a half day booking, we would normally expect to fly for between 45 and 60 minutes. Crews carry more than enough fully charged batteries for your project.
Where do you work?
We are based in north west Hampshire and travel throughout the UK. We also work abroad, subject to local drone regulations.
Do you fly over water?
Yes. We can fly from boats. There is an additional charge when flying over water due to the additional risk to the equipment.
Are drones safe?
Yes, small unmanned aircraft (drones) are very safe, providing regulations are followed and equipment is maintained. At Zoipa, we take safety seriously. We undertake weekly and monthly maintenance checks on each drone as well as pre-flight checks prior to flying at any site. We keep pilot, battery and maintenance logs to help us maintain the highest standards of safety. We undertake a pre-site survey and risk assessment to check that your location is a safe for us to fly around before accepting your job. Our crews then carry out an on site survey and risk assessment upon arrival at your site and our pilots undertake an on site briefing for everyone involved prior to any flight. Your pilot has the final word about safe flying at your location. Please respect your pilot's decision.
All our drones are fitted with a fail safe, return-to-home switch which means that if the pilot is incapacitated, batteries run low, or radio signal is lost, the drone returns and lands.
Our FAQs answer some of the more common questions about aerial filming services. If you have any questions, please phone us on 0800 690 6887.
What is drone aerial filming?
Drone filming is aerial filming using a small unmanned aircraft, also known as a UAV, or unmanned aerial vehicle. Drones achieve different results to helicopters, which cannot fly below 500ft. A drone is far more cost effective than a helicopter; they can be in the air within a few minutes, so you have access to aerial filming only when required.
Can you fly in all weather conditions?
We can fly in most temperatures, but unfortunately, we cannot fly in the rain. Our brushless camera gimbal provides good footage even in windy conditions, although the stability of the video images starts to suffer even with stabilization in winds over 20 miles per hour. There can be issues such as turbulence near to buildings and structures, so that is taken into account when looking at the suitability of a site. Safety is key, so your pilot has the final word about weather and location. Please respect your pilot's decision. You'll find more information under Weather & Cancellations.
What is the maximum height and range for your drone?
Drones are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK. By law, a drone operator needs an uninterrupted line of sight with the drone at all times. We are permitted to fly up to 400ft in height and 500m distance (although we can use a vehicle to fly from to extend this range). We can apply for special permission to fly outside these ranges for specific jobs, but please allow a minimum 28 days for any special permission.
Are you qualified?
To undertake aerial work for commercial purposes in the UK, operators must have 'permission for aerial work' (PFAW) which is granted by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority). Zoipa Limited as the operator, has 'permission for aerial work'.
Individual pilots need to undertake either a BNUC-S™ or other RPAS qualification before CAA permission is granted. Zoipa pilots have the BNUC-S™ qualification. Each drone is registered to, and used by, a specific pilot. All Zoipa pilots carry their current photo licence with them. This BNUC-S™ qualification is valid for shoots in many other countries, we will confirm permissions for any overseas shoots as required.
Are you insured?
Yes. Zoipa is fully insured and holds £5 million Public Liability insurance cover for all productions.
Can you fly indoors?
Yes. As long as your pilot thinks there is sufficient space to fly safely, we can fly indoors. When we fly inside, the location needs to be relatively open and unobstructed. Ideal locations include cathedrals and churches, sound stages, warehouses, entertainment venues, sports facilities and auditoriums. We are not subject to the rules and regulations placed upon us by the CAA when flying indoors, but will still not risk public safety.
Will you fly over the public at my event?
Safety is our main priority, so we NEVER fly over a large audience or crowd. We are able to fly next to people/crowds/audiences with a clear flight line and make it look like we are over them, so there is usually a way to obtain the shots needed. Alternatively, everyone must be briefed on emergency procedures and be under our control.
How large is your crew?
Our crews work in pairs – a BNUC-S™ qualified pilot to fly the drone and a camera operator/observer who can also direct the shots.
How do you know the shot is right?
We have a live downlink to a monitor which enables you to see the video images to ensure framing is correct and to direct the filming, if desired. The remotely operated camera can be precisely controlled from the ground. All our aerial platforms are able to tilt and fly in any direction with full 360° panning capabilities. The UAV is electronically stabilised and hovers in position via GPS.
Where can you fly?
We can fly in most locations, including London, as long as the correct safety precautions and permissions are met. Our standard Permission for Aerial Work from the CAA limits us to the following:
Flights during daylight hours
At a maximum altitude of 400ft (121m)
A maximum of 500 metres from the operator
Outside of 150 metres of an organized open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons
Outside of 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under our direct control
With permissions from any landowner whose land will be used for take off and landing
We have a good relationship with the CAA & NATS and can apply for special permission / exemptions on a job-by-job basis in certain locations such as flying at night or having the 50m and 150m restrictions lowered.
Call us now on 0800 690 6887 to discuss your aerial and property video requirements