Aerial Drone Photography& Videography


Safety : Defend : Protect

Drone Incursion Detection

There has been an uprise in "Drone Incursions" this is where a Drone, UAV or other remotely controlled flying machine is deliberately and illegally flown to cause disruption, disturbance or to spy on events.

Any sensitive location, such as military installations, scientific research, chemical plants, oil refineries, power stations, stately homes, concerts, theme parks and festivals should have an incursion plan in place.

Incursion plans should include how to detect an incursion, what to do if an incursion happens and how to minimise incursions.

We can't "shoot down" air incursions, but we can deploy specialist, undetectable equipment which, in most cases tracks the location of the UAV operator / pilot, which could be many kilometers away from the site of the incursion. Without their knowledge we can send the police to within a few meters of their remote controller. Clear notification of this technology and demonstrating its use is a powerful deterrent.

We know that not all incursions are intentional, they could be complete innocent inquisitiveness, but what happens if that inquisitive drone fails and falls on your land, damaging property or injuring someone?

We can provide mobile, temporary or permanent installation of Drone/UAV detection. We can detect UAV activity up to 50 kilometers from the base station.

Talk to us NOW and learn how we can help protect you.

Legal : Safe : Professional

The Professional Difference

New regulations for people who fly or are responsible for small unmanned aircraft, including drones and model aircraft, come into force on 30 November 2019. The new regulations apply to drones and model aircraft from 250g to 20kg.

There are three main requirements:

  • Hobby flyers need to pass an online test if they want to fly outdoors. The test will need to be taken every three years.
  • Hobby flyers also need to register as an operator if they're responsible for a drone or model aircraft. You must be aged 18 or over to be an operator.
  • Hobby flyers must fly at a minimum distance of 50m from people and property and 150m from built up areas and crowds.
  • All drones and model aircraft will need to be labelled with the operator’s unique ID number

A professional PfCO registered service provider and Pilot is not restricted by the same regulations as a hobby flyer. We can legally fly closer to the subject and in some cases, within restricted areas such as airports, lighthouses and other public or government installations.

As an extra level of security, safety and professionalism, our UAV pilots all have the minimum of a Private Pilots License too, issued by either the CAA/EASA or the FAA (USA).

Operating Area

We currently operate across the south of England, but we're happy to travel almost anywhere. our PfCO allows us to fly anywhere in the UK.

Our Team

Who We Are

With hundreds of hours in flight, our unique approach is solidly rooted in decades of professional experience.

Safety comes first, then cinematography. Whether its an epic adventure, or technical mapping, we ensure that the results are perfect. We can provide completed films, with music and voice overs, sound effects, colourisation and more… or we can just give you the raw footage.

How about a live feed to your social media for production launches?

Why choose Useful Drone?

Anyone can fly a drone, but not everyone can do so safely and legally. If you, like us, believe that safety is paramount then capturing footage and data in the proper way is your number one priority.

We are PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) registered with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), we’re fully insured by FLOCK (Allianz) and we have the correct level of public liability insurance. As an additional level of assurance to our customers, we only use Pilots/Operators that have a full Pilots license too. We feel that this gives our team a much deeper understanding of their responsibilities, and the airspace around them while flying the drones/UAV’s.

We begin every project with a full risk assessment and site survey. We pay attention to the details, we liaise with the authorities and we plan for contingencies.

Our attention to detail is strict. Our hundreds of hours flying experience helps us to inherently know what each customer wants, we use this experience to plan every flight and brief everyone before we take-off.

Grant Francis

Managing Director & Senior UAV Operator/Pilot

Grant Francis is our MD and Senior UAV Operator/Pilot. (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). With hundreds of flying hours experience, you’re in good hands.

Grant fly’s not only our UAV’s but real aircraft too, from Piper PA28’s and Cesena C172’s to the hugely nimble Icarus C42.

Steve Ancsell

Senior UAV Operator/Pilot

Steve is our go-to-guy for live television. He has many years experience of producing live TV for sporting events and now provides aerial footage using state of the art, broadcast quality drones.

Flying for live TV is extremely specialist, it requires finesse and accuracy to ensure safety and quality. He’s also a talented director, using his skills to guide other operators (often multiple) to produce utterly stunning aerial shots.

Perry Webber

Creative Editor

Perry takes the footage or date we create using our state of the art drones or UAV and makes it even more spectacular. Whether you’ve booked post production for a film, or require the data to be collated into a 3D map or 360 degree VR render, Perry makes the magic happen.

We Love our Clients, And They Love Us

“Grant and the team at Useful Drone really do live up to their name.. USEFUL – they were so professional, so thorough and so brilliant to work with, we won’t use anyone else now.”

Richard Martin

“We were astonished at the results, the Love Andover brand uses a lot of media and we’re so pleased with the service.”

David Harber

“As a property developer, I need great footage to show buyers how wonderful their new home is… Useful Drone deliver every time.”

Marc Phillips