Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have provided answers to the most commonly asked questions. However,  if there's something you'd like to now that isn't mentioned please drop us a line.

What is a 'UAV'?

UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is just another word for a drone.  The two terms are interchangeable.

Are Bowman Productions pilots licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority(CAA)?

Yes, we hold a CAA Pfco (Permission to Fly Commercially) and therefore we are fully qualified to undertake commercial drone operations.

Is Bowman Productions insured?

Yes, we are fully insured against damage and injury and hold up to £5m public liability insurance cover.

What are the distances your drones/UAVs can fly?

Although the capability of our UAVs is considerable (a ceiling height of 16,400ft and a maximum distance of 4.3 miles), the CAA imposes restrictions on these as follows:

  • Maximum height: 400ft
  • Maximum distance: 500 meters
  • Aerial distance from people and objects outwith the pilot’s control: 50 meters
  • Take-off distance from people and buildings outwith the pilot’s control: 30 meters
  • Line of sight must be maintained by either the pilot or a designated spotter at all times.

What about flying in adverse weather conditions?

Drones/UAVs are not weatherproof, therefore they cannot be flown in wind, snow, fog or extremely windy conditions.

What if the weather is bad on the day?

We try to account for the weather as much as possible by monitoring it a few days in advance of any shoot. If conditions are sporadic we will try and film around them and wait for any break. If we do need to reschedule we will arrange another date with you and carry forward any deposit paid.

The weather in the UK is always a risk factor, particularly in Scotland, and we try to be as flexible as possible to ensure bookings aren’t affected.

How long can you fly for?

Our drones/UAVs can stay airborne for approx. 25 minutes at a time. This is determined by battery capacity. At which point we land the drone and replace with a new set of batteries to continue flying. We come to each shoot with enough batteries to last for the entire day.

Can you fly indoors?

Yes we can, providing there is enough space to safely do so. Drone flight is less stable indoors due to the lack of GPS reception. We use propeller guards on our more compact drones to ensure indoor flight is risk free.

Can I see footage as it is being filmed?

Yes, you will be able to see what is being filmed on the pilot’s monitor and direct accordingly on anything specific you would like covered.

Can you fly close to people and buildings?

Only when the people and buildings are under the control of the pilot and, in the case of individuals, have agreed that they are comfortable with being close to a drone. Outside of this the standard CAA limitations for people and buildings is no less than 30 meters during take-off and no less than 50 meters during flight.

Can you fly complicated flight patterns?

Our drones/UAVs can be pre-programmed to fly at a specific speed and height over a designated area. They can also be programmed to take photos and videos at specific intervals. Furthermore, these flight patterns can be saved and repeated at later dates, providing  consistency for data comparison.

What is 'Record' footage?

Record footage is captured video and stills that does not receive any post-production work. It is merely used to record data (i.e. site surveys, damage assessment, reference images, etc.) As such it is supplied straight from the camera and, because no additional production work is required, it is more cost-effective.

What are 'Marketing' videos / stills?

Marketing video and stills are used to promote a service or business. As such they are shot and post-processed to a pre-agreed style. Both video and stills are carefully edited; colour balanced to generate a specific look, mixed with audio/music and graphics added to produce a professionally finished product to make your business shine. Because of the extra time and effort involved in producing this material marketing work is priced accordingly.

How much do your services cost?

This very much depends on the job and our client needs. We offer guideline prices on our Pricing page. Prices vary depending on complexity, any associated risk and the location of filming.

Every job is different and all require a comprehensive pre-flight evaluation based on CAA guidelines. Once this is conducted we will provide a final quote.

What are the benefits of a drone/UAV over a helicopter?

Drones are considerably lighter and therefore much more manoeuvrable than a helicopter. They’re also capable of getting much closer and operating in tighter spaces. Hiring a drone and a pilot is also considerably cheaper than it would be to hire a helicopter, pilot and camera operator.