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Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading, the image or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 

Posts tagged “Regulations”

A recent news story has highlighted the need for any and every drone operator to 'think before they fly' as a drone pilot from Manchester gets handed a £1800 fine (and £600 in costs) and a two-year ban on 'purchasing, owning or using' a drone. 
Drone aerial photograph of part of the Sompting Estate near Worthing, West Sussex.
After another recent near-miss between a drone and an airliner at Heathrow airport (and a similar incident at Warsaw airport a few days earlier), the UK's Civil Aviation Authority have issued a strict reminder to all drone users that they have to obey the rules of the airspace they are flying in.  
Drone aerial photograph of part of the Sompting Estate near Worthing, West Sussex.
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take an aerial photograph of a patch of woodland in Bracknell, Berkshire, for the local council as it is home to a unique population of rhododendron plants. Taking off from a neighbouring rugby pitch, our drone was flown up to 400 feet (its maximum permissible altitude) and captured a range of different overview photographs of the woodland, one of which is shown on the right. As well as providing an interesting viewpoint of the woodland, this image will primarily be used on an information board in the visitor's car park – overlaid with boundaries, footpaths and areas of interest. 
Drone aerial photograph
We often get requests from clients to use our versatile drone aerial photography platform for taking aerial photographs in built-up areas. Unfortunately, this is fraught with difficulties – both practical and legal. This post aims to clarify the rules and regulations that surround the use of drones in built-up areas like towns and cities. 
Drone aerial photograph
After recently becoming a member of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Horizon Imaging wrote the following short article for their Chamber magazine alerting fellow members to the need to be vigilant when hiring a drone service provider for the first time. 
Horizon Imaging was recently interviewed as an industry expert by Sky News following the release of a report by the UK Civil Aviation Authority detailing a near-miss between a drone and a passenger airliner in July 2014. The report is particularly concerning in the run up to Christmas where drones are tipped to be one of the most popular presents. 
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take a set of aerial photographs to support a planning application covering the refurbishment of a charming set of farm buildings near the beautiful town of Petworth in West Sussex. 
 
Due to the size and nature of the site, our aerial photography drone was used to capture a range of different photographs of the collection of buildings, from a wide variety of heights and positions. 
I think it's fair to say that almost everyone has heard of "drones" these days. Whether people think of the military versions used for dropping ordnance on enemy positions, or the seemingly harmless quadcopters that are becoming more and more affordable and can be flown by anyone without any prior training – drones are here to stay. 
As the number of people looking to offer commercial aerial photography services using drones (or "small unmanned surveillance aircraft" to give them their official CAA title) continues to rise, I often get asked what regulations operators have to follow. 
 
All the regulations governing commercial "aerial work" (any work involving unmanned aerial platforms for commercial gain) are contained within the CAA document 'CAP 393 – Air Navigation: The Order and the Regulations'. 
Aerial Photography using unmanned model helicopters or 'drones' is becoming the next big differentiator in marketing campaigns, and with a growing number of companies offering these low-altitude Aerial Photography services, how do you know who to choose?