5 considerations for capturing epic aerial footage at an event with a drone

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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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].

Nick Graham MIRP, CertRP

Nick is the owner of OSA Recruitment in Guernsey, a successful recruitment business, with close to 30 years' experience of guiding people through their career choices. OSA's excellent team are experts in finding the perfect candidate for jobs at all levels, from graduates and temporary placements to senior executive positions and non-executive directors.

Nick says: 'I § that an integral part of our success is attributed to our unrivalled reputation for professionalism, honesty and integrity, and for building trusting relationships with clients and candidates.' Nick's background includes a public relations degree and several jobs in stockbroking and financial services.

Over the course of his career and through his involvement with the administration of local sport, he has built a wide range of contacts in Guernsey's business community. He has a solid understanding of how the island works and how beneficial close networks are, regardless of the career you are immersed in.

He is interested in continuing to build his network of senior business leaders for mutual benefits.