Commercial Drone Usage

By accessing hard to reach places, our state of the art UAV drones can provide visual assessments much faster than traditional methods - leading to a reduction in time and cost - while dramatically improving health and safety.

Commercial Usage

Longstaff Media Routine Condition Survey - Our drone roof survey service comprises of:

Geo-referenced photography organised in Google Earth for performing roof condition surveys and inspections. The survey can be guided by the client on-site where appropriate, allowing them to take detailed imagery of areas of specific interest.
 3D modelling of industrial buildings can be used for maintenance planning, health and safety assessments and to help with the scheduling of works.

Aerial Surveys

Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAV's) provide the perfect platform for carrying out aerial surveys of commercial and industrial sites. Our drones have been used for a large range of tasks including maintenance checks, damage assessments and environmental inspections.

Industrial Inspections

Industrial inspections of large building, machinery and areas can be supported by our team of drone operators to allow for easy access of hard to reach and often dangerous places.

Aerial Inspection Showreel

Experience what our qualified pilots are capable of when in control of our drones. Our work has been featured on broadcasts nation wide.

Aerial Turbine Inspections

Wind Turbine Inspections

Aerial Turbine Inspections
Commercial Drone Usage

Roof & Chimney Inspections

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Aerial Surveying & Mapping

Monthly Site Visits

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Previous Work

Tasks our drones have completed

Drone Civil Engineering Works

Aerial Council Planning

Drone Structural Surveys

UAV Building Surveys

Drone Roof Surveys

Aerial Perimeter & Fencing Surveys

UAV Pipeline/Grid Inspection

Drone Structural Surveys

Drone Security Patrols

Benefits Of Drones For Commercial Uses

Why Use Longstaff Media's UAV Drones

Greater Accessibility

Quite simply, UAV drones can reach areas that other methods either cannot reach or that are only accessible with difficulty or may be hazardous. UAV drones can also be sent on repeatable flight paths to ensure a consistent pattern if repeatability is required.


Geo-referenced photography organised in Google Earth. The survey can be guided by the client on-site where appropriate, allowing them to take detailed imagery of areas of specific interest.

Real-time Inspections

Regular building or roof inspection from UAV drones mean that issues are flagged more quickly and priorities can be more easily identified. Regular inspection work allows for prompt attention to issues reducing the need for down-time.

Lower Cost

Industrial inspections are not only a tool for repair and maintenance but they can also provide information to drive efficiency - for example our thermal images can highlight energy wastage. A UAV mounted camera can quickly identify issues enabling ground based staff to focus on resolving problems rather than searching them out. 

Alleviating Working At Height

According to Health and Safety Executives (HSE) Hierarchy of Control Measures, the use of UAV drones avoid work at height and its attendant risk; it is the safest method of delivering high-level roof and building surveys.

Thermal Imaging

Our UAV drones also carry the latest FLIR thermographic cameras to undertake thermal imaging, which can pinpoint with a high degree of accuracy moisture entrapment, delamination, water ingress points and insulation failures and concealed defects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know

1. Are you BNUC-S qualified?

Yes we are qualified through the BNUC-s. We have a CAA permission for aerial work to operate our multi-rotor UAV drones. Whenever we work with other operators, we always make sure they are appropriately qualified and insured as well.

4. Is it safe to fly above actors / crowds?

Safety is our main priority and we never fly over an audience or crowd who are not in our control and who are not briefed on the emergency procedures. Most of the time, however, we are able to fly next to actors / audiences with a clear flight line and make it look like we are above them.

2. How high can you fly?

Flying under a standard CAA permission for aerial work which means we can fly up to 500 metres from the pilot horizontally and 400 feet (120m) vertically. It is possible to get exemptions to fly further and higher but it may incur extra cost and can take up to 3 weeks to organise. Generally the limits are more than sufficient for the majority of projects.

5. What are your flight times?

Flight times vary depending on the size of the UAV drone and camera payload but are typically around 15-25 minutes per battery set. Larger cameras may have flight times down to around 8 minutes and some lightweight cameras can be flown for over 30 minutes. These times may seem short, but with good planning, a lot can be achieved and we carry plenty of batteries.

3. Can you fly in London?

There are two issues with flying our UAV drone in London. The first is most of the City of London is a resricted area (EGR 160). There are also two additional restricted areas (EGR 157 and EGR 158) in the City and another two nearby. Any aircraft, no matter how small, has to submit a non-standard flight application to fly in these areas. This can take up to 28 days and permission is not guaranteed. London is also a congested area which can limit the size of aircraft that can fly. As a result, working in London is possible, but you should allow around a month to organise the project. It may incur extra administration costs and we cannot guarantee permissions will be obtained.

6. What cameras are used?

Longstaff Media have a variety of drones suitable for aerial filming and photography. Our Octocopter carries a Sony A7S MK2 / Cannon 5D MK3. DJI Inspire Pro with X5 camera and prime lenses. DJI Mavic Pro, all our drones are capable fo shooting in HD and 4k resolution.