WE'VE WORKED tirelessly to ensure our work speaks for itself. we've also ticked all of the LEGAL qualification boxes.


First we trained with EURO USC ground school - the best and most recognised professional qualification body. Then we took our flight tests and gained their BNUC-S qualification, which is recognised worldwide.

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Then we applied to the CAA for a permission for aerial work (PfAW). Because of our comprehensive safety documentation we were allowed to fly all categories of drones, from <7kg all the way up to 20kg (think bigger cameras!).


Finally we invested in the best aerial image platforms, underpinned by DJI technology. DJI back the most established, most flown and most developed drones in the world. They are unrivalled.




Long before we operated drones we were professional photographers and filmmakers, working across the UK with commercial clients. We understand film and photography and use those skills to make our drones work extra hard. Our professional qualifications include BA (Hons) Photography, FD Lens Based Media, and numerous skills specific workshops. We're continually developing our skills and capabilities.


There are lots of legal requirements for drone operators to meet. in summary: We're fully qualified, legal and insured. 

In the UK, aerial film and photography is subject to certain legal requirements. Bakehouse Aerial is committed to operating safely and within the constraints of the law. The benefit of our approach is immediately obvious to our clients: people and property are kept safe, and our clients can be confident that they are also operating within the law.


Bakehouse have special permission from the CAA to fly our drones at night.

We're not subject to the same day time only flight rules that limit many other operators. We can fly any time, day or night (bring coffee if it's late).

To take full advantage of this we use large sensor cameras which work well in low light conditions. Get in touch if you have a night time aerial filming project or if you need some stunning aerial photography.


In order to fly for any commercial purpose A PILOT must hold a VALID Permission for Commercial Operation.

This is granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Flying without the permission is classed as a criminal offence, as is any breach of the Air Navigation Order. Holding a current Permission for Aerial Work is the only way to get specialist insurance for commercial aerial work.

Bakehouse Aerial hold valid Permissions for Aerial Work, one covering congested areas and the other covering non-congested areas.

Never consider using a pilot that doesn't hold this permission. They're uninsured and working illegally. By hiring them you are putting yourself in an untenable legal position.


Safety is A top priority. We won't put the public or our clients at risk.

The law is very clear about where we can fly, how high we can fly and how far away we can operate our 'Unmanned Aerial Vehicle' (UAV) or drone.

We risk assess all of our work, we're used to writing method statements for demanding environments and we keep flight logs and maintenance logs. We also conduct surveys and pre-flight and post-flight checks for each operation. During flight we work as a two man team, utilising a nominated observer to maintain ground safety.

Bakehouse Aerial provide UAV Aerial Safety consultancy services if you're thinking of introducing an aerial capability in to your own business.


Don't fall foul of the law by using uninsured drone operators!

Because we have a valid Permission for Aerial work we are also insured for commercial operations. We carry £5m public liability insurance, which is provided by John Heath, a specialist insurer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles / Drones. We also have general film and photography insurance.


SHORT VERSION. We're experienced, creative and safe aerial filmmakers.

Bakehouse Aerial are based in Kingston Upon Hull, in East Yorkshire. We work throughout the UK and are happy to travel. We work with businesses to create films and images that help to create compelling stories. We also work with other production companies, allowing them to offer aerial capabilities without the need to invest the thousands of pounds required to operate safely and legally in the UK.

If you've got an aerial project on the horizon we'd love to be involved - give us a call for a chat on 01482 420788.


Bakehouse Aerial is part of Bakehouse Studio, leading commercial filmmakers and photographers based in East Yorkshire.

Aerial Filming & Aerial Photography requires exactly the same skills as any other type of professional photography. At Bakehouse Aerial we have years of photography experience, we're highly trained and fully qualified.

We know what it takes to create compelling images, and we know how to capture them, regardless of environmental challenges!

Alongside our aerial filming and photography work we have extensive experience filming and editing productions for corporate clients, the hospitality sector and delivering to all kinds of visual briefs from agencies and partners.

Hiring us is legal.

We're qualified and legal operators, that means we're insured - keeping you and Bakehouse safe in the eyes of the law. You'll benefit immediately from this because we're better, safer pilots - able to concentrate on getting you the shot that you need. We're also members of ARPAS and the DroneSafe Register, underlining our commitment to safety and the development of our industry.

Commercial flying without a Permission for Aerial Work (PfAW) from the Civil Aviation Authority is against the law. Bakehouse Aerial hold a current valid PfAW, you can ask to see ours for your peace of mind.

Holding a PfAW means that Cairn (the Bakehouse pilot) has passed a ground school exam, a flight exam, and that our helicam has been inspected and deemed safe for flight. We qualified via the EuroUSC BNUC-S route.

In order to take a flight assessment, or receive a PfAW we had to write a flight operations manual, every flight is logged, just like we were using a real helicopter. You can see our flight manual, risk assessments and method statements for yourself, just ask.

Taking these steps mean that we run an extremely safe operation, that we are fully insured and that we always return home safely, with the exact footage or images that our client requires. Our aerial filming services offer a great way to capture unique angles, or add motion to your next production. Get in touch to find out how we can help.

Full Service Film & Photography.

To complement our aerial work we also shoot on terra firma! We use Canon for stills photography, and shoot films on our Sony FS7 and FS5. This breadth of capability makes us a one stop shop for film and photography assignments. We can hand off unedited footage to production companies, or edit, colour and grade our own work. We also have a network of film and photography specialists that we can reach out to if anything unusual comes along!

Professional Equipment.

From the outset we decided that our aerial filming work needed to offer the same level of quality that our photography clients have come to expect...

  • Engaging, beautiful images and film footage
  • High resolution, high quality photography
  • Broadcast quality 1080HD and 4K video
  • Reliable and resilient equipment

A pro drone will carry a professional gimbal (the device that stabilises the camera), lower quality gimbals are responsible for the shaking and juddering that you often see on home made films. Flight times are longer, and flights are steadier - professional drone platforms help to ensure that we get the necessary shots, with the minimum of problems.

Photography from the air is exactly the same as photography from the ground, the only thing that matters about the final image is that it meets the client brief in terms of quality and content.

4K, Leica lenses, skilled two man team - it all adds up to quality output. It's as simple as that.