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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 or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 

Posts tagged “Regulations”

Last week we had the opportunity of giving a short talk on drones to a gathered audience of over 100 property professionals at the Penningtons Manches Property Professionals Lunch at the West Surrey Golf Club near Godalming, Surrey. 
 
The talk was intended to provide a general introduction to the applications of drone technology and some of the regulations which govern their use in the UK. The talk was followed by a brief demonstration of the drone flying outside, culminating in taking an aerial group photograph of all the attendees! 
Screenshot from talk on drones at West Surrey Golf Club
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
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. 
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'. 
With the proliferation of ready-to-fly aerial photography platforms coming onto the market these days, it is easy to think that taking aerial photographs is just a question of buying an aerial photography platform and sending it up into the sky. Whilst owning an aerial photography platform is certainly a necessary step, it is merely a small part of a much larger process. 
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