Flying Operations for Aerial Photography

All flying operations in the UK MUST operate under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) procedures and regulations, and it is particularly important that anyone instructing aerial photography, or aerial survey work should take account of these, as the consequences of not adhering to the appropriate CAA or EASA procedures can be very severe for all concerned.

To ensure that we comply with the above:

  • Aerial Photography Solutions are a CAA Recognised aircraft operator.
  • Our aircraft (fixed-wing and helicopters) are fully licensed and insured to carry out commercial air-to-ground photography and survey work.
  • Our aircraft are meticulously inspected and rigidly maintained to CAA Public Transport Category
  • We have our own flight crew, including fully qualified and experienced commercial pilots, with additional training in the particular skills required for aerial photography and survey work.
  • Aerial Photography Solutions hold a National Air Traffic Service (NATS) Non-Standard Flight Notification Certificate, which is essential for operations in and around controlled airspace.
  • We meticulously file all necessary flight plans by AVPEX the required one-hour before each flight, and carry out all necessary pre-flight telephone and in-flight radio liaison with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and other appropriate bodies.
  • We have our home base at a licensed airfield, which has all the facilities we need for safe and efficient operation, although we can temporarily reposition to any suitable airfield for more distant operations.


Please Note that all photographs, not just ours, are automatically copyright to the photographer who takes them, or in some circumstances to the photography company they are working for if it is a commercial photography operation. This is true in every case, unless the photographer has signed away the copyright as part of a separate agreement.

Copyright, in the case of photographs, means that the photographer owns and has full control over the rights to protect the use of the image he or she has created, and it is a significant offence under Copyright Law for anyone else to copy, or reproduce the image without:

  • Obtaining the written permission of the photographer.
  • Agreeing to pay any reproduction fee the photographer may ask.
  • Accepting any other conditions the photographer may apply to the use of the image.

Under copyright law in the UK, the copyright on photographs lasts for 70 years after the death of the photographer, and the penalties for any Breach of Copyright can be very severe, especially in the case of photographs, which have a genuine commercial value.

All photographs on this site are copyright to Ken Whitcombe at Aerial Photography Solutions and this fact is electronically embedded in all our photographic image files.