How do Professional Drone Operators work?

To use Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS) commercially in the UK, you must obtain a Permission for Commercial Operation (PFCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Each pilot must also be qualified to take part in aerial operations that is obtained and regulated through various associations who have been certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Topdrone Pilots have been trained by “Euro USC™” and hold the BNUC-S License. Euro USC™” is one of the leading providers in Unmanned Aircraft Aviation Training.

Prior to flight operations, there are a number of documents that need to be completed, which are adapted specifically for each flight. Below will sum up the process that occurs between client and Topdrone for a successful flight and final product:


Initial Enquiry

This will give us a brief outline of the nature of the job, work environment so that we are able to give an accurate cost for your requirements.


Brief meeting/call

Speaking to you, we can then cover the finer details and gather any remaining information we need for the work required and answer any questions that you may have.


Site Survey & Permissions

Having collected all of the information we need, we will then assess and survey the flight location. This enables us to check for any potential hazards surrounding the site and ultimately allows us to determine if the site is safe to fly. We require the landowner’s permission to conduct flights and we may also need to contact local authorities and residents in certain locations. After completing the survey, we will get back to you and let you know as to whether flight operations are possible.


Flight Planning

Once all the processes above have been completed, the documents will be checked and cleared for flight operation. At this point a deposit may be required, and we will liaise and confirm dates for flying. Topdrone™ pilots will plan the flights and complete a thorough risk assessment, in accordance with Company and CAA procedures and regulations.


Flight Operations

We will contact you 24 hours before any scheduled flight to confirm flight operations. However, this may not always be possible due to the nature of the weather in the UK! We are unable to fly in rain or snow and in conditions of wind speeds above 20knots (23mph). If the weather is forecasted as unsuitable for flight, we will postpone and re-schedule operations to suit your needs.

For any further information, please refer to our FAQ page. Alternatively, please contact us and we will to get back to you as soon as possible.