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Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - kevin wooldridge - 2nd October 2014

I have seen a couple of newspaper articles in recent weeks suggesting that users of photography drones should be in possession of a CAA licence (rough cost £1000). Does anyone know the practical details of a licence for archaeological use? Do we need a licence at all? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/drones-open-up-uk-skies-but-the-small-versions-are-a-long-way-from-hunter-killers-9674594.html


Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - Sith - 3rd October 2014

This is something we were looking at last week. I don't know the answer but I suspect this may depend on how it is being used and where.


Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - P Prentice - 3rd October 2014

in short yes. you have to log your flight just like a pilot and you have to show competency. brilliant fun and particularly good at flying around buildings and showing the landscape of your site.


Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - VGC - 3rd October 2014

kevin wooldridge Wrote:I have seen a couple of newspaper articles in recent weeks suggesting that users of photography drones should be in possession of a CAA licence (rough cost £1000). Does anyone know the practical details of a licence for archaeological use? Do we need a licence at all? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/drones-open-up-uk-skies-but-the-small-versions-are-a-long-way-from-hunter-killers-9674594.html

My understanding was that if you're flying them for commercial gain i.e. you're charging folk for the imagery created you need a CAA licence. If you're doing it as a hobbyist then you don't.

Maximum altitiude 400ft and must be within 500m of operator with clear line of sight


Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - kevin wooldridge - 3rd October 2014

VGC Wrote:My understanding was that if you're flying them for commercial gain i.e. you're charging folk for the imagery created you need a CAA licence. If you're doing it as a hobbyist then you don't.

Obvious follow up question then....does any archaeologist using a drone have the appropriate licence?


Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - P Prentice - 6th October 2014

kevin wooldridge Wrote:Obvious follow up question then....does any archaeologist using a drone have the appropriate licence?

i do not know the answer but i do know that some archaeologists employ those with a licence


Drone Photography - Do you need a CAA licence? - beamo - 6th October 2014

We do all, of our drone work (photography, multispectral etc) via an agency. They look at your requirements and location and then match you up with the most appropriate and cost-effective operator who has all the appropriate licences etc - takes away lots of internal management hassle. Contact is Liza Butterworth <liza@thedroneagency.com>

Beamo