FAQ

HOW HIGH CAN HOVER UAVS (DRONES) FLY?

120 metres or 400 feet in controlled airspace. Approvals will be required for heights above this.

HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST?

The battery life depends on how the drone will be utilised during the project.

If the project is requiring many movements and much travelling around site it will not last as long as a project where the platform is stationary taking still images.

Typically a UAV taking aerial video and photos will last for 14 -16 minutes.

For mapping applications battery life can be anything from 30 – 130 minutes depending on the set up.

We carry a spare set of batteries to cater to cater for all needs.

WHERE DOES HOVER UAV OPERATE?

We operate Australia wide.

HOW MUCH NOTICE DO I NEED TO GIVE YOU BEFORE WORK CAN COMMENCE ON MY PROJECT?

Planning a project is critical to ensure operations will be safe to others using the airspace as well as to personnel on the ground.

We also need to seek the appropriate regulatory approvals to conduct such operations.

Contact us as soon as you know specific dates of your upcoming aerial project.

DOES THE WEATHER AFFECT OPERATIONS?

The weather does affect operations.

Best results are obtained during light winds and sunny conditions.

Rain and high winds are not desirable for aerial operations.

In the days prior to your project we will make observations and reschedule if the weather looks unsuitable.

WHAT SIZE PROJECTS DOES HOVER UAV UNDERTAKE?

With multiple offices and staff across Australia, jobs large or small we have you covered. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

CERTIFICATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS OBTAINED BY HOVER UAV?

We hold a current (C.A.S.A Approved) UAV Operators Certificate Cert no/. CASA.UOC.286.

We can operate within 3 Nautical Miles of registered (non-controlled) aerodromes and helipads.

We also hold a current letter of agreement with Williamtown R.A.A.F base.

We have the ability to obtain further exemptions should the need arise for your upcoming project or operation.

Hover UAV has night operations exemption allowing for operations to be conducted at night.

Hover UAV is permitted to operate as close as 15m from persons not directly involved with the operation.

WHAT IS A OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE?

A UAV Operators Certificate or ReOC , is a mandated regulatory requirement for companies that wish to apply commercial operations using UAVs.

  • There must be a company structure in place
  • A safety management system that states all procedures the company is to adhere to
  • An extensive catalogue of manuals and only when the above is fulfilled a practical/oral exam is conducted displaying flight skills.

We have conducted all of the above and been issued a ReOC.

DOES HOVER UAV HAVE CURRENT INSURANCE?

Yes.

We have current insurance in place to operate Australia wide.

This includes public liability insurance of $20,000,000.

If required amendments to insurance arrangements can be altered depending on your project.

CAN A SUB 2KG EXCLUDED CATEGORY OPERATOR CONDUCT OPERATIONS THE SAME AS HOVER UAV?

No.

Hover UAV is fully commercial operating under a ReOC (Operators Certificate). Therefore Hover UAV can gain exemptions and approvals to conduct operations that sub 2kg excluded operators can not obtain. Such exclusions include but are not limited to night operations, flying closer to people, flying closer to Helicopter landing zones and can get approvals to operate in sensitive areas closer to major airports or sensitive areas such as Sydney harbour.

It is very difficult for Excluded RPA operators to get public liability insurance, leaving them extremely vulnerable to financial ruin should an accident occur. The industry standard is $20 million. Many clients also tend to stay away from RPA operators who don’t have (adequate) insurance.