Ross Yeates, Senior Videographer at Clicksmith
In recent years, drones have become increasingly popular and are being utilised in various industries locally, especially for events, and why not – we have incredible scenery, from clifftops to west coast sunsets! These unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (AKA drones… easier to remember!) offer unique perspectives and creative possibilities for capturing stunning aerial footage. However, before having drones flying around your event, it is important to consider several factors to ensure safety, legality, and overall success. In this blog, we will explore the five crucial things to think about.
- Legal and Regulatory Requirements
It is vital to understand, and be sure to comply with, the legal and regulatory requirements here in Guernsey. Laws regarding drone usage can vary between different jurisdictions. This may include obtaining permits or licenses, adhering to flight restrictions, and maintaining a safe distance from people and property. Do not sweat, your certified drone pilot will hold the necessary permits to fly commercially in Guernsey, and will be on hand to explain it all.
- Safety Precautions
Safety should always be a top priority when operating a drone. Risk assessments will be completed by your drone pilot of the venue and the surrounding area, to identify potential hazards or obstacles that may interfere with the drone’s flight path.
- Consideration of Privacy
Naturally you want the drone to capture the action of your event, which is of course going to include your attendees (A.I. is good but cannot remove everyone!). To respect privacy rights, it is essential to inform attendees in advance about the drone’s presence and its purpose. It can help to have signs on site and announcements which will manage expectations and provide an opportunity for individuals to voice any concerns.
- Weather Conditions
Guernsey is indeed beautiful, with incredible scenery and views. But the weather is totally unpredictable! This can significantly impact the safe operation of a drone, especially strong winds and rain which can compromise its stability and control. It is important to monitor weather forecasts leading up to your event, and have contingency plans in place if adverse weather conditions arise. Assessing the weather conditions on the day of the event and making real-time decisions regarding drone usage is essential for the safety of both the drone and event attendees. Again, talk to your pilot, they will ensure the right decision is made.
- Communication and Collaboration
Using a drone at an event requires effective communication and collaboration between the event organiser, drone operator, and any relevant stakeholders. Establishing clear lines of communication and coordination will ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the drone’s flight plan, designated areas for operation, and emergency protocols. Regular communication and collaboration will help alleviate any potential conflicts or misunderstandings, and contribute to a smooth and successful drone experience at the event.
As a qualified and certified drone pilot, you can have the comfort that I am here to discuss any concerns and all of the matters above with you. Rest assured, I will always do my utmost to factor in any issues which may arise for your event.
If you would like to hear more about what we can offer, please do not hesitate to contact us: [email protected].