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CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)

As a commercial aerial photography company Helipix is required to obtain a permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to operate our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAVs) in the UK.  We have permission under Article 94 and Article 95 of the Air Navigation Order 2016 to carry out aerial work with our UAVs.


This permission is granted subject to the UAV not being flown:


  • Greater than 400 feet (120m) above ground level (except with CAA permission).

  • At a maximum range of 500m or out of visual range

  • Over or within 150m of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1000 people.

  • Over or within 50m of any vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the pilot ie, not having been given permission from the owner or agent to fly within 50m.

  • Over or within 50m of any person not having knowledge or warned of the UAV flight. This is reduced to 30m for take off and landing.


Pilots must not fly the UAV unless:


  • The UAV is fitted with a fail-safe system to land in the event of a failure of the radio link or it’s control systems.

  • The UAV is in an airworthy condition and any payload is securely attached.

  • A flight and maintenance log is made available to the CAA on request.

  • The pilot is satisfied that the flight can be safely made given the prevailing weather conditions.

  • Permission to take off and land the UAV from the landowner or agent has first been obtained.

  • A safety risk assessment has been carried out.

  • The flight is carried out in accordance with Helipix’ procedures submitted to the CAA.

  • The flight is carried out during daylight hours.


For further details on UAV regulations and procedures please visit the CAA website.


CAA Unmanned Aircraft