Drone Safety Compliance

What Happens Before a Commercial Drone Flight?

We take all of the necessary steps, and more, to ensure that the data collected by our drones is completed in a way that is 100 per cent safe and compliant.

We consistently pride ourselves on making the drone flight process safe, thorough and simple for our clients; from your very first contact with IDS to the finished result. We take any concerns that you may have and provide solutions. Taking away the stress and worry from your workload.

Quite rightly, the drone industry has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years. As it grows and evolves, industry legislation is bringing much needed professionalism and regulation to this business. Drones are potentially highly dangerous and disruptive in the wrong hands and therefore law-makers have formalised the training and flight processes required for commercial drone operation.

Our Principle Drone Pilot, Paul Harrison says, “Safety is the key element of flying a drone because it can be lethal. So we have to be very very careful about informing, watching, making sure no one is wandering around, making sure everyone is aware of what’s going on.”

Read on to find out the steps we take when planning a commercial drone flight to ensure we meet and exceed these standards.

The Preflight Survey

So,  you’ve first made contact and let us know the location you’d like to consider for a drone flight. First things first, we need proo enable the flight to go ahead.

The next step is for us do an initial pre-site survey. This is usually done remotely and aims to identify the feasibility of the survey and any potential problems or issues we need to take into consideration.

All we will need from you is a postcode or co-ordinates. We will then set about mapping that location and, primarily, investigating possible problems. These might be ownership of the surrounding airspace, restricted airspace or restrictions on filming – due to sensitivities such as land ownership – or the location’s proximity to aerodromes.

We will fully advise you based on our findings and provide solutions as to how we can achieve your drone flight whilst observing and working around these issues.


At the time we will also look for and assess: 

Obstructions: For example, are there surrounding trees, domestic dwellings, sky scrapers or unusually tall buildings, electric pylons or wires.

People: How busy will the area be on the actual filming date.

Livestock: Is the surrounding area free from livestock and could we land in any adjacent fields if we encountered problems.

Access: How easy is it for the public to get access to our specific filming location on that day. 

Next we will take a look at the long range weather forecast, which we will need to keep an eye on as we approach filming day. Our drones are built to withstand many conditions, but there are still a lot of instances in which it is unsafe to fly. High wind speeds, freezing temperatures and heavy rain are the most problematic. If we believe we are going to be hampered by poor weather then we will make alternative arrangements with you. 

Safety Briefing

Lastly, ahead of filming day, we will ensure all safety procedures have been considered and discussed with you.  These include emergency procedures, i.e. what our plan will be should we encounter flight malfunctions including communication, mechanical or battery failures.

We will identify an Alternative Landing or Crash Area – a point nearby where no harm could come to people, livestock or wildlife. For example, a crop field.