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Aerial Filming / Drone pilot / Aerial Stills Photography

I am a qualified drone pilot, having undertaken formal training and a practical test by a CAA approved training centre. CAA permission known as 'Operation Authorisation' (formerly PfCO) allows me to fly over congested areas. This level of authorisation from the CAA reassures you and your clients that any drone operations during your productions are safe, approved and fully insured for commercial work.

“But my mate has a drone….”

I have been in many situations when during discussions about drone filming, the client has said: “I have a mate/the sales director/farmer [etc] has a drone and that they can do the job for beer/£10/free publicity”! In response to that, here are some things to consider:

  • Other drone operators can get basic qualifications and permissions, but these may be restrictive as to where they can fly. Such qualifications may only allow the use of cheap, lightweight drones with sub-standard picture quality.
  • Even if the picture quality is good, the untrained drone operator will not have the skills to properly frame shots and create usable sequences.
  • The 'mate' may not have even passed the appropriate hobbyist test from the CAA , or bothered with proper insurance - how would you know?

My offering as a qualified drone pilot

  • Passed formal drone operator training to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) standards.
  • CAA approved operator with 'Operation Authorisation' (formerly PfCO). This allows me to fly over and within congested areas (minimum 50 metres)
  • Mavic Pro 2 Drone with 4K Hasselblad camera shooting video and stills.
  • Compact, quick setup - ideal to compliment ground-based shoots.
  • Specialist commercial drone insurance, with £1M Public Liability.
  • Support package including batteries for 100 minutes flying time, landing pad, hi-vis cones, signage and PPE.

Managing your expectations

  • Drones cannot fly in high wind, drizzle, fog or rain.
  • I can't fly within 50m of a building, person or vessel which is not under control of myself or the production team.
  • All jobs will have my own risk assessment and the decision to fly on the day will rest with me.

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Confirm my details with the CAA

You can check my credentials (or any other operator) with the Civil Aviation Authority website.

  1. Visit
  2. Enter my ID: OP-WWHSWRL
  3. Enter my name: STEVEN LORD

Drone hi-res stills photography

The stunning 20 megapixel Hasselblad camera on the Mavic Pro 2 can take still images 5472 × 3648.

Click the images below, but note these have been reduced in size and compressed.