We are fully licensed Creative Aerial Filming and Photography specialists.

Our qualified and fully insured pilots and crew operate the latest UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) or (Drones) and camera technology to bring you the highest quality and best value aerial video and photography services in the UK. Our UASs can be quickly deployed, operate at low noise levels and are capable of capturing high quality images and HD video from altitudes of 400ft (122 meters) at a fraction of the cost of manned fixed wing and helicopter aerial film and photography services.

High resolution cameras are connected to the (UAS) by a fully controllable gimbal and a live video link provides a real time view of what the camera is recording. This enables Sky Hotshots to capture smooth and crisp high quality images and have full real time control of filming angles and framing even at high speeds and strong winds.

Sky Hotshots Pilot’s are all fully trained and have been granted permission for aerial work for filming and photography as a service from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to conduct aerial work with our registered and insured Unmanned Aerial Systems as required, under articles (CAP) 166 and 167 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.

All equipment is fully maintained, looked after and frequently monitored. All kit is checked before and after, logged as respectively conforming to the considerations and conditions of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) as legitimate (UAS) or (Drone) Operators.


Being a licensed operator of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) or UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) Sky Hotshots is a body governed and regulated organisation for “Permission for Aerial Work” by the C.A.A. (Civil Aviation Authority).

It is essential for us to respect and adhere to these regulations for our insurance purposes and public liability cover to be perfectly valid. In addition, the restrictions are very particular with certain guidelines and specific details, we can outline some basic principles of these details under the following: (however, please bare in mind each job/brief is individually unique and will be risk assessed prior too and during your shoot on site for all safety reasons).

We require permission of the landowner to take off from, and for landing on the premises.
Certain restrictions apply to certain areas of Central London (congested or built-up areas and adhering to air-traffic rules, regulations and considerations with additional permissions in order to fly which needs to be approved by the C.A.A. In these circumstances, pre-planned and organised operations well in advance before thinking about booking your flight(s)
We cannot fly over roads, building and directly over-head of people which are not under the control of the film crew.

If we fly near close to an aerodrome or airport, we will need to contact Air Traffic Control; to best communicate with them that it is safe for the flight operations checking that certain heights on a specific time and date.

In most cases, we are able to retrieve the client’s location address and or post-code to where Sky Hotshots is taking the aerial footage, so we can organise ourselves proficiently beforehand prior to completing our pre-site survey, without being on site but online.

However, in some circumstances, we will need to visit in order to plan throughly our main objectives so that safety and communications runs smoothly and we are completely aware of what is around us before commencing the flight for damage and safety reasons of others.

Sky Hotshots Pilots holds the rights as to having final say if flying conditions/weather and the locations can be, or not, fit for flight to operate.


As the industry is expanding so quickly growth of awareness in UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) filming and photography is realised more suppliers will be offering their services. Anyone flying ‘UAS, UAV’s or drones for commercial use is required to be licensed by the C.A.A. for safety implications of themselves and others and if they are not, they will not be insured or have public liability cover.

Please be careful to select a licensed operator who has those accreditations for the safety of those being filmed and the protection of the aerial filming industry! Many Thanks.

Any company or individual who is on the ‘C.A.A. list’ has carried out the following and been issued a permission for aerial work from the CAA:

  • Demonstrated competent flight skills either through the RPQ-s, BNUC-S, or pre-existing arrangements for early registrants.

  • Carried out a flight examination to demonstrate both their own skills and the failsafe features of their aircraft.

  • Carried out a theory examination demonstrating a working knowledge including meteorology, UK airspace legislation and operational safety.

  • Submitted, and had approved, an Operations Manual showing their own operational, safety and risk assessment procedures.

  • Submitted proof of public liability insurance.

  • Agreed to maintain operational and equipment logs allowing pilot experience to be shown and encouraging good maintenance of equipment, motors and batteries.


Sky Hotshots and its UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) has been rigorously assessed by The European Unmanned Systems Centre (EuroUSC™) – Europe’s leading independent Light UAS Accreditation Specialist for assessing ‘Airworthiness & Pilot Qualifications’.

All our UAS are fitted with fail safe return-to-home devices, if the pilot is incapacitated or radio signal is lost with the UAS, however, we are pleased to say that these functions have not been a situation on site of any clients projects.