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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
DRONES / UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Q: What type of drones do you fly?

  • the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K, quadcopter (4 rotors)

 

Q: How long can your drone stay in the air?

  • Typhoon Q500 – around 15 to 20 min per battery load

 

Q: How far & high can you fly – class 1 pilot?

  • The question should should be: how far & high are you allowed to fly?

 

This is for ALL Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) flying drones the same:

  • 400 feet / 120m high (altitude)
  • 500m far (horizontal distance)

 

Q: In what types of weather conditions can you fly?

  • we can fly in temperatures between -5C to 80C
  • The Typhoon flies in dry weather conditions

 

Q: Why does a pilot (drone operator) have to be certified?

  • The same reason why you have to have a driver’s licence before you are allowed to drive a car: you must know the practical and theoretical rules of the (air) road before you are allowed to participate, by law.
  • Yes, a drone/unmanned aerial vehicle, is seen as exactly that: a vehicle, not a toy!
  • The rules of the air are the same for everyone (just like the rules on the road are the same for everyone who wants to drive). So, knowing how to fly the drone/unmanned aerial vehicle, is only a small part of the equation.
  • Exactly the same as on the road, in the air, safety comes first.

 

Q: What does a “payload operator” do?

  • A payload operator is the person operating the camera attached underneath the drone. The camera operator has his/her own ground station from which to direct the camera.
  • Not all drones have the capability of having a camera operator with their own ground station.
  • The advantages of a separate camera operator is that the pilot can stay 100% focussed on flying, which is important because the drone operator (pilot in command) has to have his/her eyes on the drone (Visual Line of Sight) at all times.
  • Another advantage is that the camera operator (payload operator) can focus 100% on capturing the angles and footage that you want!
  • A camera operator has to be trained, however, not certified. Training is up to the company he/she works for and has to comply to the company’s Operations Manual.

 

Q: What does an “observer” do?

  • An observer, also known as a safety manager, is a person trained according to the drone company’s Operations Manual, to ensure safety on the ground and in the air.
  • On the ground, means: near the take-off and landing area of the drone within close proximity of the Pilot on Command (drone operator).
  • In the air, means: the airspace surrounding the drone
  • The observer ensures the public or client stays a safe distance from the pilot. Should there be a change, he/she will warn the Pilot in Command.
  • The observer ensures to warn the Pilot in Command, should there be planes or helicopters on the same path as the drone.
  • An observer is, by law, a mandatory part of a flight operation. So, on a project, you will always see at least two people (the pilot and the observer).

 

Q: What steps are required to start a flying mission class 1, by law?

The following components are required and need to be completed for a class 1 flight, by law:

  • Operational flight plan to be submitted to IlenT
  • Customer inquiry form
  • Pre-site survey
  • Risk assessment
  • On-site survey
  • Pre-flight survey
  • Post-flight survey
  • Battery charge logbook
  • Maintenance logbook
  • Pilot & aircraft logbook
  • Incident logbook, when applicable
  • Landowner signed permission
  • Check weather conditions/24 weather conditions
  • Pre-notifications, where necessary (NOTAM – Notice to Airmen, local/regional/military air traffic control,  coordination low flying area)
  • Contact numbers local authorities (nearest to site) such as hospital, police
  • Clearly, this is not something done in 10 minutes, however, a last-minute request to fly…well, is not gonna fly. If you want aerial work to be done, plan ahead to ensure you get exactly what you want when you want it!

 

Q: When can you come fly for a class 1 flight?

  • When we know the location, we can establish the possibilities pretty fast.
  • From there, we go through the steps of what is required to start a flying mission, by law.
  • Once permission is received from IlenT (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport), the mission can go ahead.
  • Approval time for class 1 flight: count on two weeks

 

Q: Where can you fly?

  • In the Netherlands, much is of limits (about 50% of the country). However, that does leave 50%!
  • Looking at where you may not fly: flying over crowds/people, residential areas, roads with speeds over 80km/hr, harbours, breeding habitats, airports/low-flying zones, industrial areas, highways, the rest is open.
  • Exemptions may also be had, in order to still fly in certain areas.
  • See more details in the “what is NOT allowed” section.

 

Q: Do you fly indoors?

  • Flying indoors is allowed and is something that we do, space dependent

 

Q: What type of cameras do you use?

  • Typhoon Q500 4K – CGO3 4K 3-axis gimbal camera with Ultra high-definition (UHD) resolution, four times higher than HD, the camera delivers high quality images with the ability to capture slow motion 1080p 120fps, 12 megapixel photos.

 

Q: What are drones also called / known as?

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • A: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
  • Multi rotor
  • Quadcopter, Hexacopter, Octocopter
  • Microdrones
TYPE OF WORK

Q: What type of flying do you do?

  • We do flying to capture footage for promotional films, reportages and documentaries.

 

Examples Promotional Films (in combination with filming at ground level)

  • If you believe in what you have to share with the world, we can help you stand out, be seen and remembered!
  • Eg. farms, golf courses, amusement parks, attracting tourists to your town, campgrounds, vacation parks, public swimming pools, grand architectural works, craftsmen/women at work,  and much more!
  • Promotional films are short, sweet and captivating! Adding an aerial view component to ground-level shot footage sure helps create the added wow-factor.

 

Examples Reportage / Documentaries

 

  • Compiling the footage and bringing it dynamically to life in a reportage or mini documentary, here you have a powerful message to share with your audience!
  • Eg. nature reserves, landscape- or architectural work
  • Eg. farms, golf courses, amusement parks, attracting tourists to your town, campgrounds, vacation parks, public swimming pools, grand architectural works, craftsmen/women at work,  and much more!

 

Examples Aerial Photography:

  • We want to help you entice your customers with the great products or services you have to offer. Sometimes, having the capability to fly like a bird, just allows you access you would otherwise never have.
  • Aerial photography may be done anywhere, as long as it’s done 50 meters away from vehicles, railways, bridges, vessels, industrial areas. And we’re not flying over open-air assemblies of persons/crowds and congested areas, of course. A safe distance of 150 meters is required.
  • What’s left, you ask?! Fortunately, a whole lot. And additional exemptions may be acquired to get closer access.

 

Examples: Environmental Surveying: Nature

Sometimes the air is the best way to explore what’s going on on the ground. We do this, when necessary, with the aid of thermal heat sensing cameras. Hawk Lady focuses on the following possible applications:

  • surveying of nature reserves (forestry, heathland, lakes, rivers, etc)
RULES

Q: Are you allowed to do paid projects?

  • Yes. ONLY if you have a ROC (RPAS Operator Certificate) or an ROC Light designation.
  • Yes, as a fully certified pilot hired by a company with an ROC designation. If you are flying with your own drones over 4kg, your company will have to have the ROC certificate.

 

Hawk Lady has all the required licences and certificates, namely:

 

Licences

  • BNUC-S™ qualified pilot class 1 (Basic National UAS Certificate – Small Unmanned Systems) –  NL

 

Certificates

  • Remote Pilot Licence RPA-L CAA -NL ILenT
  • Proof of Registration / Bewijs van inschrijving (BvI) CAA -NL ILenT
  • RPAS Operator Certificate Light (ROC-Light) CAA -NL ILenT
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) liability insurance – worldwide coverage
  • Medical certificate: LAPL (EASA)

 

Q: Where are you allowed to fly?

  • At least 50 meters away from vehicles, railways, bridges, vessels, industrial areas. And we’re not flying over open-air assemblies of persons/crowds and congested areas, of course. A safe distance of 150 meters is required.

 

Now a little more technical: Class 1 missions must fly:

  • Within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the pilot and observer at all times
  • In uncontrolled airspace – airspace G, for drones (controlled airspace is occupied by manned aircraft and may only be entered unless a special exemption has been issued).
  • No higher than 400 feet / 120 meters above ground level (AGL)
  • No further than 500 meters from pilot & observer, as long as it still is within VLOS
  • At least 150 meters (horizontally) from crowds and congested areas
  • Depending on the risk analysis, the distance to crowds and buildings may be decreased
  • Taking visual flight rules (VFR) into consideration, meaning, only fly during daytime hours – 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes past sunrise.    

 

Q: How high are you allowed to fly doing a class 1 mission?

  • No higher than 400 feet / 120 meters above ground level (AGL)

 

Q: How far are you allowed to fly doing a class 1 mission?

  • No further than 500 meters from pilot & observer, as long as it still is within VLOS

 

Q: I have a small project. Can you come fly alone?

  • When we know the location, we can establish the possibilities pretty fast.
  • From there, we go through the steps of what is required to start a flying mission, by law.
  • Once permission is received from IlenT (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport), the mission can go ahead.
  • Approval time: count on two weeks
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED

Q: When/what times are you not allowed to fly?

  • We are not allowed to fly at night. This means from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunset.

 

Q: Where are you NOT allowed to fly:

  • In controlled airspace (CTR) – only with additional permission
  • In prohibited airspace (EHP) – only with additional permission
  • In reserved airspace (TSA and EHR) – only with additional permission
  • In dangerous airspace (EHD) – only with additional permission
  • Within 3NM from military low-flying area/route – only with additional permission
  • In Natura-2000 and certain nature reserves (Ecologische Hoofdstructuur – EHS – gebieden) – only with additional permission
    • All these regions are indicated on the aeronautical chart
  • Higher than 400 feet / 120 meters above ground level (AGL)
  • Further than 500 meters from pilot & observer, as long as it still is within VLOS
  • Within 150 meters (horizontally) of crowds and congested areas
    • depending on the risk analysis, the distance to crowds and buildings may be decreased
  • Within 150 meters of highways

 

Q: Flying over people/crowds?

  • Not within 150 meters (horizontally) of crowds
    • depending on the risk analysis, the distance to crowds may be decreased

 

Q: Flying over residential areas?

  • Not within 150 meters (horizontally) of congested areas
    • depending on the risk analysis, the distance to buildings may be decreased

 

Q: Flying over highways?

  • Not within 150 meters of highways

 

Q: Flying over airports and low-flying zones?

  • No!

 

Q: Flying over breeding habitats?

  • Not during breeding season. See Natura-2000 maps.  – only with additional permission

 

Q: Flying over harbours/ports?

  • No! Stay at least 50 meters away.

 

Q: Flying over industrial areas?

  • No! Stay at least 50 meters away.
7 reasons why you should get aerial work done by drones
  • Aerial views provide scope and unique perspectives.
  • It’s a great way to differentiate your business from your competitors.
  • It’s more affordable than ever, and way less costly than chartering a plane/helicopter. No need for manned aircraft anymore. How amazing is that?!
  • Integrating aerial photography and videography allows you to showcase a different perspective/view on your work.
  • Time to coordinate is relatively short
  • Ummm, yes, you will stand out!
  • You will attract more attention, and yes, very possibly more customers!
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