There are strict regulations regarding the commercial use of unmanned aircraft for aerial photography. We have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to carry out commercial aerial work in the UK.

Our CAA reference number is 2789.

Drone photography - PfCO

CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO)

A PfCO allows flights within the UK subject to the conditions and limitations specified by the CAA. A permission from the CAA is required to be held if you conduct commercial operations with your aircraft, or if you wish to fly your aircraft:

  • within 150m of either a congested area or an organised open air crowd or more than 1000 persons
  • within 50m of people or properties/objects that are not under your control (iaw ANO2018)

In both cases the CAA must be suitably satisfied that the operation can be conducted safely. The PfCO enables a person to conduct commercial operations with a small unmanned aircraft (drone) and also permits drones weighing 7kg or less to be operated within a congested area. Potential operators are required to provide evidence of pilot competence and an Operations Manual which details how the flights will be conducted.

PfCO document


Coverdrone provide us with insurance. The Policy number is:  CDA22065393GBP 

More information

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