Here you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about drone recordings made by Aerials by AERO.

With over 11 years of experience on large film and commercial sets as well as in live broadcast environments, our team always knows how to deliver. Because we write our legal procedures in-house we know what is possible with drones across Europe and America. With Aerials by AERO you know that your drone footage will be shot with the highest possible quality and professionalism.

The Netherlands has several good drone companies. Aerials by AERO can rank among the top cinematic drone companies in the Netherlands because of our high-end drones, skilled pilots and best drone gimbal operators. Because we write our legal procedures internally, we know better than anyone what is possible with drones throughout Europe and America.

We can use all drones depending on the requirements, from Inspire 3, Mavic 3 Cine (Pro) to all classes of FPV drones. We have multiple drones of each type that we bring on set as backup.

When it rains, the drone can still take to the air with light precipitation (1mm / 2mm). When it gets heavier, you will mainly suffer from drops on the lens, which in many situations makes the material you shot unusable.

In wind, a drone can now handle quite a bit, up to wind force 6: 47km/h. However, wind gusts above that limit can throw a spanner in the works; the camera gimbal will then show ticks in the image due to the violent movements. Good to keep in mind: close to buildings there can be treacherous winds that can make the drone behave more unstable when the wind speeds are higher. We only work with highly experienced pilots trained on high wind situations.

Setup takes about 15 minutes per location. When ready, we can fly constantly.

We can fly about 15 to 20 minutes on 1 battery pair. For FPV 5 minutes per battery. We constantly charge the batteries so there are no interruptions in flights.

We always fly according to the current laws and regulations. We also write our own safety procedures so we know better than anyone else what is possible within the local rules.

The Netherlands has a crowded airspace, resulting in several restrictions for drone pilots. Because Aerials by AERO has an EU Specific license and nightflight exemption we can fly anywhere in Europe where legally possible.

For America we also have all the necessary licenses and permits.

For this, we draw up an operational flight plan together with a risk analysis. Depending on the airspace, we maintain two-way radio communication with air traffic control. With special lighting on the workplace and drone we can also fly at night.

The use of drones is subject to strict European regulations and cannot be carried out arbitrarily. These regulations are in effect in all European Union member states and are determined by factors such as the weight of the drone and the Cx label, among others. Pilots must pass a knowledge exam and obtain a drone license before they are allowed to fly. In addition, they are required to register with the RDW.

For more information on these rules and regulations, visit the central government website.

There is a distinction between the open category and the specific category for drone operations.

Open category This category is for the use of drones whose risk to the environment is generally considered low. Herein are general rules applicable to most recreational and some commercial drone flights. Rules in the open category include such things as the maximum weight and size of the drone, flight altitudes and distances from crowds of people, avoiding no-fly zones, and maintaining visual contact with the drone in flight. Generally, no specific license is required in the open category, but it is necessary to register yourself as a drone pilot.

Specific category This category is intended for drones whose risk to the environment is considered higher, and requires more detailed preparations and permissions. Before a flight can take place, a specific operation must be approved by the appropriate aviation authority. Rules in the specific category include a detailed risk analysis and assessment for each flight, obtaining permission or license from the competent authorities, ability to fly in controlled airspace, required technical features for the drone such as detection and avoidance systems, and the ability to fly over buildings, near crowds of people or other sensitive locations. In the specific category, drone users must obtain a specific operational authorization or waiver from the appropriate aviation authority before flying.

For more information on what category you can fly a drone in where, please visit the designated resources.

We apply a deadline of at least 48 hours for requesting a drone operation in CTR. For Amsterdam Schiphol this is a minimum of 72 hours due to the rule that a maximum of 1 commercial drone may operate in this specific CTR at a time.