Homes England Aerial Survey Request Form

Welcome to Helicam Services Ltd. We are on hand to deliver a quicksafe and cost effective solution to aerial imagery nationwide.

Our Services:

Promotional Imagery

High resolution branded promotional photography and videography.

360 Virtual Tours

A great way to view the plot and the surrounding area.

Terrain Mapping

Available in both survey and non survey grades as well as 3D Mapping.

Asset Inspections

Quick, safe and cost effective roof and bulding inspections.


Please fill out as much of this form as possible.  It will be used to arrange and plan the site survey, and also to help collate the relevant information to form the RAMs.  On completion of this form we will contact you to confirm a date to carry out the survey.

If a redline boundary is available at this point please forward it to  If you have any questions or technical issues please don’t hesitate in calling us on 01257 431127 or emailing


We understand that UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or drones as most people know them are a relatively new concept and if you haven’t worked with them before you will no-doubt have questions about their capabilities and the laws and legislation surrounding them.

These FAQs will hopefully answer some of your questions, if not please don’t hesitate in calling us on 01257 431127 or contacting us at

Who are Helicam Services?

Based out of our offices in the North West of England we provide quick, safe, secure and cost effective solutions to aerial imagery across the UK and Ireland.

We have commercial UAV operators in most major cities across Britain which allows us to offer our clients a fully integrated national services with quick turn around times, a single point of contact and above all a consistent high quality product.

Due to the wide variety of locations and industries we shoot, all our operators carry CSCS cards are First Aid trained and are DBS checked.

What are commercial UAV operators?

A commercial UAV operator is an individual who is insured and licensed by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to fly UAV’s aka drones commercially in the UK.  This license is called a PfCO (Permissions for Commercial Operations) and is renewed each year.

In order to obtain a PfCO the operator needs to undertake a certified course to learn about the law and legislation regarding UAV’s and needs to pass both a written and practical a competency test.

On passing the course they will need to write an operations manual to show their safe operating practices and procedures, and have the manual passed by the CAA.

What height and distance can you fly?

As a general rule, legally in the UK you can fly a maximum height of 400ft (122m) above the ground (take off point) and 500m away from the operator (1km radius).  These distances can vary depending on the location but line of sight must be kept at all times.

Can you fly near airports and built up areas?

Operating near airports and built up areas is possible with the correct permissions and planning.  Helicam Services are well versed in gaining these permissions but they can sometimes affect how quickly we can carry out the job and can sometimes come with some restrictions. 

Each flight comes with its own unique challenges but these can normally be ironed out during the pre-flight planning stage and will be discussed with you prior to us proceeding with the job. 

Does rain and wind affect your work?

Technically no.  The majority of our UAV’s can fly in winds of up to 22mph with some also being water resistant, although these conditions aren’t ideal for producing crisp / clear images. 

Where possible our jobs are planned around the weather conditions which we monitor on the run up to each shoot. 

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