See some of our frequently asked questions

Is Sanbi licensed & qualified to operate commercially? QA
Yes. We have ‘permissions for aerial work’ granted by the C.A.A. Sanbi’s pilots have the BNUC-S Qualification for flying unmanned aerial vehicles.

Is Sanbi fully insured?
Yes.The company is fully insured and we also have £5 million public liability cover.

What weather conditions can’t you fly in?
Unfortunately, we cannot fly in the rain! Strong winds can also be a problem especially flying near other objects.

How many people are required to operate the equipment?
Our rig requires two operators. A qualified UAV pilot to fly the rig & a secondary camera operator who frames the shots.

How long can you fly for?
Our aerial system can fly for up to around 12-15 minutes on a single battery (however we prefer to fly shorter runs as we don’t like to push batteries to their extremes), after which we need to land the system to change the power supply.

Will Sanbi travel to work outside the uk?

What is the height, range & speed of the uav?
Due to the conditions placed on unmanned aerial systems by the caa, we are only permitted to fly up to 400ft high, however we can apply for extended heights on a job-by-job basis if flying higher is required. We can also fly out to 500m giving us a 1km radius and can if required fly at up to approximately 50km/ph and need line of sight with the uav at all times.

How much does the service cost?
We price each job on an individual basis. Factors including the location, risk, amount of pre-shoot work required (such as site visits or obtaining special flying permissions, if required) will play a part. Aerial photography prices start from £495 + vat, with aerial filming from £895 + vat.

We also offer full editing and film creation packages too with prices starting at £595.

Terms and Conditions

Benefits of using drones for aerial videography and photography


We can typically have our system ready to film or take photos in under 15 minutes.


The average traditional manned helicopter consumes roughly 129 litres of fuel per hour. With our electrically powered helicopters we have Zero Carbon Exhaust Emissions!


We utilise GPS technology which has built in safety eg. If the radio signal is lost the drone will return to home.


Many of our clients would have paid 5 times as much to achieve the same shots with full-scale alternatives.