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CAA approved drone/UAV operator hire in Newcastle and the North East

Drones are everywhere. But to legally use footage or stills taken from a drone or ‘UAV’ (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) commercially, you need to make sure the person who shot the material has a Civil Aviation Authority Permission for Commercial Operations(PFCO) and is appropriately insured. That’s where we come in.

Before flying, NVC will assess the airspace – contacting air traffic control where necessary, carry out a full risk assessment and make sure all safety precautions are in place. Only then can we get airborne to grab those killer drone shots.

So whether you’re an estate agent in County Durham, structural engineer in Middlesbrough, a property developer Sunderland, hotelier in Northumberland or broadcaster covering the North East, you’re in qualified hands with Newcastle Video Company.

We’ll also travel further, offering drone hire and aerial photography and videography in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Scotland and anywhere in the UK. Get in touch for prices.


Day rate (4K drone hire + operator): £450
Ideal for video and TV production companies, news agencies and broadcasters.

Single flight of up to 25 minutes (4K drone hire + operator): £175
Ideal for building surveyors, structural engineers, roof inspections, solar panel inspections.

Extra mileage (first 20 miles of round-trip included): 40p per mile

Where can you fly?

There are restrictions on where – and when – drones can fly. Generally, the public can’t fly within what the CAA define as a ‘congested area’ – but our CAA permission gives us the authority to do so. However, we still need to abide by a set of rules that are designed with public safety in mind.

Broadly, we can’t take off or land within 30 metres of people, structures or vehicles that aren’t ‘under our control’. And once we’ve taken off, we must maintain a distance of least 50 metres from those people, structures and vehicles – unless we have gained permission, in which case we can get as close as is safe. Assessing whether or not a flight can proceed in a congested area can be a relatively complex task – and each case is different.

The weather is also a factor; we can’t fly if it’s raining, too cold or too windy. We’re also restricted to flying our drones within the hours of daylight – no earlier than 30 minutes before sunrise and no later than 30 minutes after sunset. The weather can be challenging in the North East and Cumbria, meaning it’s best to book your drone + operator hire as early as possible to allow us to to take advantage of better weather conditions.

We’ve worked for organisations including the National Trust, Greggs, Tarmac, the NHS and many more.

So, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

“High places have gravity. They pull us up. We build skyscrapers and visit their observation decks; we ask for an upper floor in a hotel; ponder photographs taken from high above our homes, our towns, our planet with a mix of love and bewildered recognition.” – Mark Vanhoenacker in Skyfaring.