Safety Information

A lot of people ask us are drones safe?  If used correctly then the answer is yes.

What you need to know, how we stay safe!

To be legally able to offer any aerial work you have to be registered with the CAA and have to have obtained a PFAW (Permissions for Aerial Work).  Off The Sticks takes aerial work very seriously and we put systems in place to make sure the operations is as safe as possible for everyone involved.  If you have any questions we are more than happy to answer them and explain in as much detail how this affects you.  

To be able to offer the services we do.  We are fully licensed with a BNUS-s certificate, which means we are fully qualified pilots.  The current rules and regulations can be found under the Air Navigation Order (CAP 393).

Currently this sates:

  1. The person in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly the aircraft in any of the circumstances described below except in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA.
  2. Over or within 150 metres of a congested area.
  3. Over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1000 persons.
  4. Within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under control of the pilot in command.
  5. Within 50 metres of any person (not under control of the pilot in command).
  6. Within 30 metres of any person during take off or landing (not under control of the pilot in command).

Don't worry if you find any of this confusing.  We are fully qualified and more than happy to discuss any of these points with you.

So rest assured your in safe hands and we hope we can help you get the aerial footage you want.

CAA Approval

The CAA have granted Off The Sticks with Permissions For Aerial work. This means we have to obey strict guidelines in the UK airspace. We check all safety restrictions and gain the relevant permissions regarding airspace, land owners permissions and the asses the full feasibility of the project.

Upto date operations manual

To become a safe and approved operator you need to keep an unto date operations manual.
This document is a very important document about how we operator, aircraft details and limitations.
Along with the most important part about how we aim to fly safely.
It breaks down how we go about planing or work and undertaking work. If you want to see a copy of this document we are happy to send these out on request.

Health & safety

Off The Sticks has to abide by our companies operation manual, a document which has to be approved by the CAA before they can issue permissions.
This has strict health and safety procedures to prevent any incidents and also helps to minimise any issues if they do arise.
We take safety very seriously and we will stop a flight if we feel you or the public are at any risk.


Full public liability insurance

Each Machine Flight Tested

Every RPAS System (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) that Off The Sticks uses for Aerial work has been through a flight test with EUROUSC.
It is also added to our operations manual, where you can see the limitations etc of the aircraft.
This is then checked and signed off by the CAA as a part of our PFAW.