The Frequently asked Questions page

 

Is it safe?

What can it carry?

If I hire you, can I have a go?

You seem expensive

OK, so what are the alternatives?

How far can you fly?

Can I buy one?

Who are you?

Where can you fly?

Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

 

Is it safe?

Overshoot's drone has a number of built-in safety functions. It can fly on only 5 of its 6 rotors. If its battery is getting low, it will persistently remind the pilot of this and, if persistently ignored, will shut out the pilot and execute a controlled landing before its batteries run out. The motors are brushless. If you put your hand in the way of the blade, it might hurt, but it is unlikely to cause serious injury. Once the drone is linked to a transmitter, it locks out any other transmitter from accidentally or maliciously taking it over. If the connection breaks the drone will go into fail safe mode and return home.

 Having said that, pilot error can still get the drone to where it should not be as with any Remote Controlled craft so should only be used by an experienced, trained pilot.

We always carry out a Risk Assessment on site and for each flight a pre- and post-flight check.

What can it carry?

It can carry payloads of up to 2kg. This allows it to carry digital SLRs for instance. Overshoot operates with a variety of its own cameras - Nikon D5100, Panasonic GH4 and FLIR Tau Thermal Imaging camera.

If I hire you, can I have a go?

No. The craft will be insured for our trained pilots and allowing others to use it may well invalidate the insurance.

You seem expensive

Not really, especally when compared to the cost and deployment time of the alternatives (such as erecting scaffolding or hiring a full-size helicopter). Our costs are a fraction of theirs. We can be in, set up, safety checked and deployed before most of the competition can find a parking space. Yes, you may get a fixed mast operative more cheaply, but can they go as high as us and get all the angles that we can? How long does it take to line up more than one shot? We charge a Commercial Rate for a Professional Service. If we can save you time and stress, then you may well find it works out cheaper than the palaver and time that other platforms will generate.

As mentioned, we also only use high end cameras. A lot of low cost Operators only use a Go Pro as that is all their drone from Maplin can carry. A fun camera, but hardly the choice of Professionals. Imagine seeing your Wedding Photographer rock up with a Go Pro?

OK, so what are the alternatives?

Plenty. Full-size craft, masts, kites, blimps and so on. A drone is not the be-all and the end-all. If you are unsure, call us and we will give you an honest recommendation tailored to your needs.

How far can you fly?

We always get asked this and it always is puzzling as why should we fly it too far. We always fly 'line of sight' and the best shots are taken within a few tens of metres of the subject. Further away and the picture loses its impact. We are allowed by the CAA to fly vertically up to 400 feet (approx 125metres) if necessary - windspeed permitting, but this is rarely required or useful. We can fly over water.

Can I buy one?

Yes, of course. However, if you want to use one for a commercial project for a client you will need CAA certification - even if you are not charging explicitly. If only a one-off or infrequent use, it is probably cheaper and better to hire in the skills.

Who are you?

Overshoot-Photos is a trading name of Pulse Corporation Ltd. Pulse was set up in 1997 as a management buyout from a Company that was being subsumed into what is now the IT Company Sita. Part of the original Company did not fit the business plan so Pulse was spun off to mutual benefit. Pulse found its niche in Travel IT and can name all the top players as its clients - Thomson, Airtours, Kuoni, Holiday Extras, National Express, Telewest, Ntl, Chauntry, Thomas Cook and so on. As the niche was killed off by the Internet, Pulse has morphed into Overshoot-Photos, taking aerial stills and video photography for PR and Emergency Services purposes. Pulse has been profitable every year since inception apart from a slight blip in 2008 (we were not alone, there), has never had any borrowings and its Annual Accounts are filed at Companies House for examination.

Pulse is registered with the Information Commissioner for Data Protection purposes. Andy, the pilot is DBS (was CRB) checked to Enhanced level, carries a CSCS card and full PPE for working on Building Sites. Want to know more? email us.

Where can you fly?

We are governed and licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It states where we can fly and our licence and our insurance is dependent upon us complying. Some requests, therefore will be turned down as the location is not compatible with safe flying. This list may help you decide whether a shoot is possible. What it boils down to is common sense and Risk. If the helicoptor fails and performs an uncontrolled landing, will it pose a risk to people or property? We fly where that risk is eliminated or, if this is not possible, all possible alternatives have been considered and rejected and we have made a case that satisfies the CAA to make the flight.

The rules changed on January 1st 2010 and their interpretations are still ongoing. This is our understanding of the rules, but may change without notice and you should not rely on them.

Common sense and Company ethos.

Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes, of course.It's an ideal present for all sorts of occasions - New Home, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas and more besides. Click here for more information.