To fly commercially within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland you must carry a PfCO (Permission to fly commercial operations) granted by the CAA. Obsidian carry this permission which allows us to fly our drones in built up areas. We ensure all our procedures abide by the Dronecode and up to date CAA CAP 722 regulations. Prior to each operation, rigorous site risk assessments are undertaken to ensure the job is undertaken as safely as possible. In this industry, all jobs are bespoke with dangers and risks differing from day to day. We at Obsidian ensure planning ahead & safety and are main priorities. While working with us we can guarantee that safety will not be compromised.
Obsidian is fully compliant with EU Regulation EC 785/2004. 1
Key Drone Regulations
Please refer to the Air Navigation Order on the CAA site for specific details.
- At all times the ‘remote pilot’ has the responsibility of deciding that the flight can be conducted safely.
- When a drone is in operation it must not endanger anyone or anything.
- The aircraft must be kept within the visual line of sight (normally taken to be within 500 m horizontally and 400 ft vertically) of its remote pilot (i.e. the ‘person in charge’ of it). Operations beyond these distances must be approved by the CAA (the basic premise being for the operator to prove that he/she can do this safely).
The aircraft must not be flown:
- over or within 150 metres of any congested area
- over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
- within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft
- within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing, the aircraft must not be flown within 30 metres of any person except for the person in charge of the aircraft.
1. Regulation (EC) No 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 is all about the minimum insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Commission Regulation (EU) No 285/2010 of 6 April 2010 amended Regulation (EC) No 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators.