At Sky Cam East we take safety very seriously.

Whilst our aircraft our relatively small they can pose a risk in the event of an emergency – as with any aircraft.

As part of our licencing we have proved that our organisation has the well-being of the public, wildlife and our crew at the forefront of our flight operations.

We operate to a painstakingly created, forty page ‘Operations Manual’. Our clients should know that this is not flexible. We will always seek to overcome a particular hurdle where possible but we will not compromise safety or the established regulations laid down by law and our CAA Permission For Aerial Work accreditation.

As a consequence a client is able to engage Sky Cam East in the knowledge that we always operate with the maximum of risk reduction management and techniques.

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A number of factors determine the safety elements of a flight operation. We carry out a series of pre-flight and during-flight checks to maintain the highest reduction in risk potential…

Pre Flight Survey

When you first make contact with Sky Cam East we will discuss the nature of your project, the results required and the location of your requirements.

From this conversation we consult with various resources to ascertain any flying restrictions, hazards or areas of concern and carry out a risk assessment.

These areas can range from proximity to a nature reserve to other users of the sky that have a planned event – such as hot air balloons.

If required we will contact the relevant authorities to discuss the flight operation and seek any permissions that maybe required.


Weather conditions are the single biggest area of concern due to their unpredictability.

The factors that would prevent us from undertaking a flight operation include;

  • Winds over 15 knots
  • Rain / Sleet / Snow
  • Lightning
  • Extreme heat or cold
  • Poor Visibility such as mist or fog

This of-course may lead to the unfortunate late cancelation of a flight – something we can do very little about.

We constantly monitor weather conditions up to and during a flight to maintain our high degree of safety.

Site Arrival

When we arrive at site we carry out a full survey and check list.

This is to establish a take-off/landing area, an emergency landing area, communications and visual obstructions.

We often cordon off a small area that prevents members of the public standing where we are trying to land!

The public are often fascinated with what’s going on. We have ‘observers’ in the crew that are trained to engage with the public and prevent them from interfering with the pilot’s concentration.

Pre Flight

As with any professional aircraft operator we carry out a full pre flight check.

This is designed to rule out any aircraft problems prior to flight and to maximise the safety element of the flight operation.

During Flight

Whilst the aircraft is airborne we monitor a range of parameter’s to maintain a high level of safety.

These include weather, other users of the sky and aircraft telemetry.

Our trained observers oversee this using a range of equipment and are in constant contact with the pilot to advise if a concern arises.