Drone FAQ’s

Drone FAQ’s

As with all professional Unmanned Aerial Units the following applies:                                                          Ikopta-CAA-logo-Presentation
Ikopta are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and our insurance is only valid when we comply with their regulations and guidance. Here are a  summary of the key points that we have to adhere to:
– We cannot fly directly over people, roads or buildings that are not under control of the crew.
– We need the landowners permission for take off and landing.
– There are flight restrictions around airports.
– We fly upto 400 feet above the Ground level (What ever that may be) and no more than 500 metres from the operator.
– We need a line of sight with the UAV at all times.
– Each job requires a site assessment and risk assessment.
– Ikopta can fly 30mins before sunrise & 30mins after sunset.
Are there Drone Legal requirements?
Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 393 – Air Navigation and of key relevance are Articles 166 and 167 which cover Small Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) and Small Unmanned Surveilance Aircraft (SUSA). You can read more on the CAA website.
Can you rent the Drone?
Yes, as long as the user is a qualified UAV pilot, authorised by the CAA , full insured and has paid the damage deposit. Please contact Ikopta for FULL terms & conditions.
Can you fly in rain?
No. Ik don’t like the rain or strong wind. But then what camera does??
How does wind affect the drone?
No one likes a strong one, unless your a kite surfer. Wind above 10mph makes it difficult to set up the shot and shoot in a cost effective manner.
What camera do you use?
At the moment we use the X3 FC350 12.4Mp with a 94% field of veiw, iso range of100-3200 (video),100-1600 (photo). It will shootUHD (4K): 4096x2160p24/25, 3840x2160p24/25/30, FHD: 1920x1080p24/25/30/48/50/60, HD: 1280x720p24/25/30/48/50/60
Can you see what you are shooting?
Yes, there is a wireless video transmission from the UAV to the pilot and to the camera operator, this can then be feed to a directors monitor via HMDI.
How Long is a Flight?
With a smart battery, Ikopta can be in the air for 10-20 minutes depending on camera use, environment and weather. Ikopta’s safety manual does restricts the flight time UAV pilots can work in a 3 hours period. Its all about the safety.
Can you fly over people?
Safety goes first. We never fly over an audience or crowd who are not safety briefed and under Ikopta’s control. There is also a legal restriction on flying over a gathering of more than 1000 people. As any 2nd A.D will tell you, its easier to heard cats, than control a large group of people. However it is possible to achieve the desired shot in a safe way, contact us, and would be happy to discuss your project.
How Safe are Drones or UAV?
In General, Yes, but In the wrong hands, drones can be lethally dangerous. THEY ARE NOT TOYS. Ikopta have a strict operating procedures which have been audited and approved by the CAA. We follow strict safety protocol to ensure maximum safety on your project, how ever, there is always the small chance of electrical/mechanical failure. As long as all safety protocol has been followed, the chance of this is remote, and chance of injury would be minimal. The final decision to fly will be the pilots.
How will I get my Footage?
All stills are shot on RAW & JPEG. You will receive you chosen shots electronically unedited. Video footage will be shot at clients requested settings and delivered unedited via storage device. Ikopta have their own editing service, if required.
Can you fly inside?
Yes Ikopta can fly inside, subject to enough space.
How close can you get with a Drone?
This is based on a case by case risk assessment. We can operate safely about 10 feet of an actor or a subject in an optimal location and wind conditions. This distance will vary, and the pilot will operate only in a safe manner.
What is the maximum operating distance for the Drone?
The pilot has to keep line of sight of the UAV at all times. The maximum allowable distance by the CAA is 500m from the pilot. Ikopta can operate from a moving vehicle which will increase the range of shot, however the transmitter can control a UAV 3km away.
Can we use our own camera?
Yes, we can fly with most small sized cameras; however it just takes preparation and will depend on weight. The camera that Ikopta use is the best for this kind of UAV. We find that footage can be matched with existing stock in post production.
Can you control the camera from the ground?
Yes, the pilot can control the camera on simple operations, or a separate camera operator can control the pan/tilt/focus while the pilot flies on more technical shots.
Can the wireless video from the helicopter be used for live broadcast?
Yes, with the use of Light-bridge, live stream and other technologies.

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