Safety is a critical part of planning any aerial photography mission and something we take very seriously. All of our aerial photographers have been trained to operate within a strict safety policy to ensure the safety of the crew, the aircraft and the public we fly over.
Our flight crew training includes Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) training together with safety harness operation and camera security. As new equipment is introduced we liaise with the aircraft/helicopter operators to establish the correct and safe way to secure both the equipment and operator within CAA guidelines.
Our flight training also includes airport airside and aircraft/helicopter awareness/emergency training.
Since we navigate and direct the aircraft, a full understanding of CAA charts and UK airspace is also required both to plan the flight in the most economical way and to conduct the flight legally.
On occasions we are asked to undertake work that is outside the ‘norm’. An example is photography of oil rigs in the North Sea. For such work additional survival and aircraft ditching and evacuation training is also provided.