Aircraft Operating Limitations

The remotely piloted aircraft or drone used by MoraySky are subject to various aircraft operating limitations. Our aircraft are highly capable and relatively easy to fly. However, the flying element is minor compared to delivering the imagery required by our clients. Our pilots require constant practise to retain the flying skills and situation awareness to ensure the highest quality of the deliverables to meet your requirements.

There are limitations imposed on when operations can be safely carried out both in terms of the aircraft and to those ground.

Flying is not possible when it is raining, snowing or there is a high probability of rain or in fog. This is because the propeller motors and the camera are air cooled and moisture can damage them.

The greatest limitation of flight operations is the wind. The aircraft used can fly in winds up to 10 m/s (22 mph) but for great imagery wind speeds under 5 m/s (11 mph) are better.  Calmer conditions are preferred for close inspection work of buildings and structures where turbulence would be a big issue.

While the radio controller and video control are designed to work with a range of over 2 km, we are all other UK drone operators, are legally limited to a maximum range of 500 m or visual line of sight (VLOS) whichever is the least. The VLOS limit is dependent of the pilot’s eyesight, the lighting conditions and general visibility in the case of haze and mist.

The batteries used are highly efficient and powerful allowing flights times between 9 and 15 minutes.