CC Aerial Solutions officially started in January 2017 after flying drones for the past couple of years as a hobby. During the early years we would get asked if the pictures we take were for sale or if we could film an event. At that point it wasn’t possible as you need permission from the CAA (PfCO Permission for Commercial Operations) which was costly and time consuming.
Always had a passion for photography on land so the natural progression seemed to be drones, love technology and seeing what it can do.
In late 2016 we decided that was the right time to start the process, this involved a 3 day ground school with 2 exams and then on the third day a flight exam. Success all passed and on our way….the next step was probably the hardest thing we had to do, this came in the form of writing our Operations Manual from scratch. In here we have everything in relation to how we will operate on a commercial level and also all health and safety aspects that we must adhere to for each and every flight in the future. (even goes as far as how much rest the main pilot in command needs before each flight/job)
80 pages later and it’s complete, this along with insurance (PL) and certificate from the training school gets sent off to the CAA and the wait starts….28 days later your PfCO comes through…this was when our journey started and the hard work.
We already had jobs lined up for when our permission came through so got to work organising them, during this time the organisers of BMAD on Paignton Green made contact asking if we could fly on the day to capture the event. After about 2 months of planning the day came, various risk assessments, method statements and contact with the council. All permissions granted and good to go. (video coming shortly)
We only fly DJI drones and started with a Phantom 3 Professional, progressing to an Inspire 1 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro+. These allow us to capture increidble footage and photos from the air. Many of our photos have been featured in the local news apers.
We get numerous enquiries each week asking for our services, didn’t expect it to really “take off” as it did, there are various avenues where Drones can help and promote business not just in Torbay but the UK and we are ready to make that happen.
This week we had confirmation from the RNLI that we are an accredited Drone Operator for when they need us, this was a big boost as they have a very strict policy with who they give this to. Such a great service they provide so honored to be a part of it as we were recently during their staged simulation in conjunction with the We Ferry service in Paignton. (pics on our facebook and instagram pages)
You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter aswell as our Youtube channel where all videos are posted.