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CAA Permission for Commercial Operation - Operator ID: OP-6TLPDWM

Reality Scout has the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “Permission for Commercial Operation” PfCO which means as a licensed commercial operator of UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles), we are governed and regulated by the CAA.

The PfCO is mandatory for anyone flying drones for commercial use in the UK along with drone public liability insurance.  It is the basis of the drone operation laws in the U.K.


Reality Scout Ltd will only operate fully insured against injury and damage with public liability insurance (we will normally have £1m, but can easily adjust it if required for your premises).

Flight Safety

The organisation adopts best industry practice to ensure that all its flight operations using SUAS are carried out as safely as possible. It operates an open and honest reporting culture such that all individuals understand the value of reporting all incidents, or potential incidents, throughout the organisation and wider SUAS community. A robust procedure to determine how the incident occurred and how to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future will be enacted. Those incidents (or potential incidents) that do not merit a formal Mandatory Occurrence Report (MOR) but would be of benefit to other organisations will be reported if possible, via the various forums that the organisation is aware of.


The key principles we apply to our safety culture are:


  • The Remote Pilot (AKA SUA Operator) of the SUAS takes overall responsibility for the safe operation of the platform at all times.

  • Everyone has a contribution towards safety and all staff are expected to report any occurrence that they believe did, or could have, compromised safety.

  • All incidents will be reported to the Accountable Manager including those of a minor nature.

  • The Accountable Manager will be responsible for ensuring that the correct reporting procedures are adhered to.

  • Good safety practices are an integral part of the continued success and wellbeing of the Organisation.

How we will work with you

Flight safety is our number one priority. All of our pilots have passed the CAA approved exams, flight assessments, with the established ICARUS Sub 20Kg Commercial SUAS course and have CAA PfCO

We will work with you to ensure we work within the CAA approval regulations to make an aerial shoot both legal and safe.

We do a detailed pre-flight survey with location check that includes airspace restrictions, nearby airports and no fly zones to see if there are any flight restrictions we need to be aware of.

Each aerial photography job is risk assessed on an individual basis in accordance with our CAA approved operations manual.  We include cordons, clearly marked landing area, and ground safety personnel (these may be from your staff too).  All aircraft are fitted with “return to home” safety features.

An operations plan for each job is written and checked before any flights are undertaken.

On the day the pilot in command has final say when determining if flying conditions and the location can be "deemed safe”.