Zoipa Limited is insured through specialist insurers with Public Liability insurance of
£5 million for all video productions, including aerial filming.
All Zoipa's crews are background checked and hold DBS certificates (formerly CRB checks) issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service, so you can be certain your property is in safe hands. Although DBS checks have no official expiry date, Zoipa requires DBS certificates to be renewed every five years.
To undertake aerial work using Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA), aka drones, for commercial purposes in the United Kingdom, operators must hold a current Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW) which is granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Zoipa can be identified as 'Zoipa Limited' on the CAA register of SUA Operators here.
Pilots also need to hold either a BNUC-S™ or similar qualification before CAA permission is given. Zoipa pilots have the BNUC-S™ qualification and always carry their photo ID licenses.
In general, commercial SUAs must only be flown:
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Within direct unaided visual line of sight (VLOS) of the pilot.
No higher than 400 feet above the surface and no further than 500 metres from the SUA operator.
150 metres away from congested areas (unless SUA weight does not exceed 7kg) and not within 150 metres of an open-air assembly of 1,000 persons or more.
Not directly overhead (at any height) or within 50 metres of persons, vehicles, vessels and property, unless those persons are 'under the control' of the person in charge of the SUA.