The Whirlyrig and the Law

There are lots of legal requirements for commercial drone operators, but in summary we are licensed, insured, experienced, approved, safe, and equipped with the best aerial platforms that the industry has to offer.


Our pilots have been trained, and tested, and are all CPL-sU (Commercial Pilots License for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) holders, which is recognised worldwide. This, alongside strict currency standards, regular training, and frequent field practice, means our pilots get the shots you want, every time.


We carry commercial insurances, including £5 million public liability cover. So, you can rest assured that in the unlikely event that anything does go wrong, we’ve got you covered.


With a background in fixed-wing manned aviation, and years of flying UAVs, both recreationally and professionally, we have extensive experience in the field. We are also proud members of ARPAS, the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.


Not only do we abide by the conditions of our CAA permissions, but we maintain our equipment, prepare for projects, and train in accordance with our own high safety standards, all of which are documented, and standardised by our extensive operations manual. So, you can rest easy that you, and your aerial footage, are in safe hands.


Whirlyrig has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority for Commercial Operations (PfCO). This means that we are governed and regulated the CAA, as well as acting in accordance with our own protocols and procedures, as laid out in our operations manual.


Unperpinned by world leading DJI technology, including Lightbridge, GPS, and a myriad of failsafe functions, our equipment is the best, and safest on the market. Our UAVs include automatic return to home functions in case of emergency, obstacle avoidance, and GPS, and vision positioning systems, to name a few.

Whether you are thinking about hiring us, or any other drone operator, here are a few basic restrictions imposed by the CAA:

  • Landowner permission in required for landing and take-off.
  • Flying directly over people, public access areas, or buildings is prohibited unless relevant permissions are in place.
  • Certain restrictions or exclusions may apply in urban, or designated airspace.
  • In the interests of public safety, and the aerial filming industry, always use a CAA approved UAV operator.

If we do not suit your needs, or are not available for your shoot, we are happy to recommend reliable operators.



Whilryrig can do the job of a helicopter, jib, dolly, and elevated platform, saving time, money and resources.

We can save tens of thousands of pounds compared to hiring a helicopter.



Whirlyrig can operate so efficiently and flexibly, that we capture more footage in a day than any of the more traditional methods, such as dollys. expensive helicopters, jibs, or elevated platforms.

We can have our system set-up and ready to shoot within minutes.


Whirlyrig mitigates requirement for people to be placed in potentially dangerous situations, such as at height, or in hazardous spaces.

Risk assessments, analysis of location airspace and pre-site and on-site surveys are completed before every operation.

GPS technology and in-built fail-safes in every UAV.


We offer multiple shoot packages to suit you, as well as incorporating standard ground footage where required.

We have highly portable UAV options, meaning that nowhere is too far, remote, or inaccessible for us to fly.

With fully programmable flights we can repeat the exact path of a shot at a later date.

“We offer more versatility than traditional filming methods. We can operate in tight indoor spaces, or outdoors from a couple of feet to 400ft above ground level, as well as replacing jib, crane, and cable cameras.”



Zero carbon emissions, and environmentally friendly compared to most traditional methods.



Our pilots are trained and experienced. We carry worldwide public liability insurance of £5 million, professional indemnity, and more. Most importantly we are licensed and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, a legal requirement for any commercial UAV activities.

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Whirlyrig provide professional aerial filming, photography, and inspection services, using ‘drones’. Fully insured, licensed, and certified by the CAA. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe, and Worldwide.





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