Saffron Walden

Based in Saffron Walden, our drone hire service covers Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk, providing aerial photography and videos for a wide range of applications. We are not just limited to the counties around Saffron Walden: we can provide drone hire / aerial photography and filming throughout the UK.

Chesterford Ltd was set up in 2007 to supply safety services and products from our base in Saffron Walden throughout the UK. Our services include drone safety inspections and aerial surveys of buildings. We can also take aerial photographs of properties for sale, provide aerial filming at weddings and many other drone hire services.

CAA-approved Drone Pilots

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued us with the required permit to undertake commercial aerial photography by drone. We will only use drone pilots who have been trained to the requirements of the CAA.

If you need some aerial photography please give us a call and speak with a drone pilot about your requirements. We can then help you understand how a drone can help achieve what you need.

Once a quote is accepted we undertake the necessary pre-flight planning and preparations and liaise with you to achieve the best possible result on the shooting day(s).

Our Drones

We provide a drone hire service in the Saffron Walden area and the drone comes complete with a trained, CAA-approved operator (we do not hire drones without an operator).  We carry several spare batteries so our drones can remain airborne for about 80 minutes of flight in a day, longer if we recharge on site. That is a lot of aerial photos or filming.

We can take still drone aerial photos at 5472 x 3078 pixels and video at 4k ultra-high resolution.

Drone safety

Thorough preparation and safety procedures are the key to drone safety and we have a 100% safety record.

Before the day of the shoot we spend time doing a risk assessment for the site/job. If the location is near Saffron Walden we can often come out and check it out before providing a quote for drone hire.

On the day of the shoot, before flying we will typically spend at least half an hour on site to check over the drone and do a range of pre-flight checks.

We have £1million public liability and employer’s liability cover for drone aerial work. This can be increased if necessary.

Our drone pilots have had the training required by the CAA, who have issued us with a Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW). The PfAW is a legal requirement for anyone who is paid to do drone aerial photography or other aerial work. It covers us to do aerial photography and filming throughout the UK with the exception of a few areas where further permission would need to be obtained for a particular shoot (we will check this out before quoting).

Our permit allows us to fly drones up to 400 feet above ground level. The drone must remain within line of sight of the pilot and not further than 500 metres (1600 feet) away.

Rates for drone aerial photography

There is such a range of applications for drone aerial photography and each job it unique so we don’t have a standard price list for drone hire. We quote on each drone hire project after a discussion with the client to ensure we are fully briefed on the requirements for aerial photography.

There are a many variables which will affect the cost of an aerial photography / drone hire project. Commercial drone aerial photography is governed by numerous regulations which we have to take into account before quoting for drone hire.  The drone filming location can have heavy restrictions on drone flying which will require time and cost for obtaining the necessary CAA drone approvals for aerial photography. We check all these issues before quoting.

Once we have enough information about your requirements we can give a quote for the drone aerial photography including any travel costs. We aim to provide a drone hire quote which is fair, reasonable and without any hidden costs.


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