We were one of the earliest companies in the UK to obtain a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Permission for Commercial Operation – a legal requirement for any kind of commercial UAV flying - and have been operating UAVs commercially since 2013.

Our pilot was trained and assessed by EuroUSC, the UK’s first CAA-approved training and certification body for civilian UAV pilots. Our earliest flying work was in the field of aerial photography (AP) and video for property promotions.

In addition to our extensive experience in UAV flight operations, we also have expertise in photogrammetry and orthophotography. Our pilot has trained at the Survey Association’s Survey School to help us take advantage of the latest UAV aerial surveying and photogrammetry techniques.

We currently operate six UAVs - this gives us the flexibility to ensure we have the right UAV to suit your project. We hold specialist insurance for UAV operations, including public liability insurance up to £10m. Our staff hold CSCS Visitor’s Cards to simplify access to working construction sites.

Since starting our business, we have kept pace with advances in technology that can offer a commercial advantage to our clients. We are excited to work with those who share our passion for applying new technologies to keep their businesses at the cutting edge.

Our aim today is to share our innovation journey with you to keep your business ahead of the field.


UAV Aerial Photograph and Video

We also undertake UAV Aerial Photography and Video projects; for more information please see our Aerial Photography and Video website.

CAA certified operator
since 2013. CAA ID: 0175
Blades Aerial Survey
staff all hold CSCS cards
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Company Information

Blades Aerial Survey is a trading name of Avellana Systems Ltd, a company registered in Scotland.
Company No: SC195743
VAT Number: 743 3845 23
Operating address: 2 Chapel View, Cadney Lane, Bettisfield, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 2LU
Registered address: 12 Carden Place, Aberdeen AB10 1UR