Frequently Asked Questions

Aerial Mann Multimedia

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Aerial Mann Multimedia licensed by the CAA?

Yes – Aerial Mann Multimedia has the Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration “Permission for Aerial Work” PFAW which means as a licensed commercial operator of UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) we are governed and regulated by the IOM CAA.

You’ve probably heard or read a lot in the press about unlicensed, unapproved drone operators that work without insurance or due care and attention. Employing one of these companies is dangerous and potentially illegal. All drone pilots must have IOM CAA Permission for Aerial Work and Public Liability insurance. Protect yourself and ask the operator if you are unsure, any approved operator should be happy to show you his/her approval documentation. I am.

Is Aerial Mann Multimedia Insured?

Yes – Aerial Mann Multimedia is fully insured against injury and damage for each flight with £1 million public liability to fly at altitudes of up to 400 feet.

How high can you fly your drones?

Under CAA regulations I am allowed to fly from ground level up to a maximum altitude of 400ft.  The airspace for manned aircraft is over 500ft so this leaves a separation zone of 100 feet.

Can you fly in wind and rain?

I don’t not fly in high winds and rain. The advanced camera gimbal system gives very smooth footage in light to moderate winds

What happens if I have booked AMM and the weather is bad?

I monitor the weather forecast 5 days in advance of all flight. If the forecast is unsuitable I talk to my client 24 hours prior to take off.

If we agree on the date and time and when we meet the weather is unsuitable, I will wait on site as long as possible in the hope of a break in the weather.

Weather can be very changeable in the Isle of Man so I will be as flexible as possible

How long can you fly?

Maximum flight time on a single battery in normal conditions is 22 minutes. Normally I fly for 18 minutes before landing for a battery change.

I carry spare pre-charged batteries which only take a couple of minutes to change.

Can I see what is being filmed?

Yes – I stream the aerial footage in real time to my remote controller which allows my client with me on the ground to see what is being filmed.

What is the range and speed of the drone?

The maximum speed of my drone is 35 mph. My maximum range permitted by the CAA is 500m with the pilot maintaining a visible line of sight at all times to the UAV.  The maximum permitted altitude is 400ft.

Can you fly close to people and buildings?

My CAA approval clearly defines where and how I can fly.

The main operational conditions for a small unmanned aircraft SUA are:
• Maintaining a distance of 50m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
• During take off and landing maintain a distance of 30m from people and property not in control of the pilot.
• Permission of the landowner to take off and land.
• Directly overhead or within a minimum distance of 150m from an open air assembly of over 1000 people.
• Maximum height of 400ft above ground level.
• Maintain visual line of sight of the SUA to a maximum distance of 500m

I can fly close to buildings and people when I have consent of the owner and the people in close proximity have been briefed and are under the control of the pilot.

Can you Live Stream from your drone?

Yes – My Drone allows live streaming with Facebook Live & YouTube Live

Any other questions?


If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch