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In March 2020 I purchased my first done - a Mavic Mini - and signed up for an A2 Certificate of Competence course due to be introduced with new regulations in June 2020 This date was put back twice and they were finally introduced on 31 December 2021 by which time I had passed the examinations and satisfied the flight requirements.


Now qualified I was able to start offering aerial photography to clients. DJI introduced an updated version of the Mini offering 4k video and adding RAW [DNG] format for photographs along with the ability to zoom. In early 2021 I added one to my fleet and then in May a larger Mavic 2 Pro.


Drones are a useful tool for a number of jobs where photographs or video are required at height and can save time and money when compared to traditional methods. Compare the cost of a drone operator for a couple of hours against the cost of erecting then removing scaffolding for a roof inspection or the risks of using ladders or even the cost of hiring a helicopter. Selling a property - a photograph from the air can show both the property and the surrounding area. Would an aerial photograph or video of your business, vehicles, or even a group of staff enhance your web site?
When employing a drone operator ensure that they have insurance and qualifications appropriate for the job. Colin Edwards has a Flyer ID and Operator ID through the CAA and an A2 Certificate of Competence (A2CofC). The Operator ID should be clearly displayed on the drone.
  • is the pilot qualified to do the job and do they have a Flyer ID from the CAA?
  • is the drone suitable and legal for the job?
  • is the Operator ID displayed on the drone?
  • does the operator have adequate insurance which is fully compliant with EU regulation EC785/2004?

CAA identifiers can be checked on their site here

Colin Edwards has:
Flyer ID:
Operator ID:
A2 CofC:
EASA A1 / A3:
5m Public Liability Insurance:

Expires: 10 February 2023
Expires: 10 February 2023
Expires: 13 December 2025
Expires: 1 February 2026
Expires: 30 December 2022
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Please get in touch for a free no obligation quote if you have a job that would benefit from the use of a drone


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