Being a drone service in Lancashire comes with many different challenges. There are various different airspace restrictions, which can often be difficult to solve, and lots of built up, or congested areas. Probably the biggest challenge we face is Mother Nature and the great British weather. As I write this we have been unable to fly our aerial photography platforms for a few days due to high winds and rain.
We mainly operate our drone service in Lancashire and the wider regions. This includes where to be always raining, Manchester.
We are limited each year by the amount of flyable days which is why we provide a weather guarantee with our drone work without time sensitivities. We offer a weather report prior to commencement of deployment on site to offer the client a chance to rebook their drones services for a day where weather would be more suitable for flying drones.
Film directors and architects can often require aerial videography at absolute certain time and weather conditions, so we have to be flexible in our approach without compromising safety.
I recently read a report of an incident involving a DJI Matrice series drone, which is IP43 rated, meaning that it offers some protection from the elements. In this case, a well maintained unit had managed water ingress into the drone which had subsequently forced one of the motors to suffer from catastrophic failure. Luckily in this case, the operator was extremely experienced and was exercising caution at the time. In fact, they were returning their drone to the take off and landing position at the time of failure.
We value safety over every other aspect because we are aiming to use our drone service to demonstrate that it is the safer option.
Why would you want to put a human life in a potentially life threatening situation ahead of using aerial photography?
Let’s take an infrastructure inspection as an example. You could get a technician to climb a huge tower and suffer a rope failure just in the process of diagnosis. Or you could use our aerial photography platforms, get a detailed look and diagnose problems from the ground, and then make an informed decision around whether it is appropriate for a technician to go up. The technician could be at ground level with the highest risk to themselves being whether or not they spill their coffee.