CAA Approved Northumberland Drone Operator Services

Introducing Dropzone Images, your trusted Northumberland based drone operator. As a leading aerial media company serving Northumberland and Newcastle, we specialise in delivering top tier aerial photography services and aerial video productions throughout Northumberland and beyond.

With a wealth of experience exceeding eight years in the field of drone operations, we have established ourselves as a prominent name among Northumberland’s drone operators. Our expertise has been leveraged by a diverse clientele, including Production Companies, Broadcasters, Estate Agents, Investors, Developers, Construction professionals, Farmers, homeowners, and commercial enterprises. No matter the scale or specifics of your project, we offer affordable services tailored to your unique needs, encompassing Aerial Video, Aerial Photography, 360 virtual tours, Time-lapse captures, Inspection, Survey, and Mapping services. Dropzone Images is your partner for capturing the perfect aerial perspective.

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Drone filming and photography in our great North East

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North East Castles

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Northumberland Coastline

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Great Newcastle city centre locations

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Our many valued clients

Just some of our great clients that have hired our Northumberland drone operators.

CAA issued Operational Authorisation - Previously PfCO 5240
CAA Operational Authorisation 5240
A2CofC - Certificate of Competence
GVC - General Visual Line of Sight
Public Liability Insurance £5 million
DBS checked
CSCS card holder for construction site working
CSCS Construction site card holder
Drone Safe Register Member - Gold certified lifetime member
Drone Safe Register Gold Member

Some images from around Northumberland

We will keep refreshing these images highlighting the work we have been doing and the locations that we have been filming and photographing in.  Keep checking in to see what aerial photography we have been up to.  You can also follow us on our social media channels.  Drone North East, Drone Northumberland, Drone Newcastle, Drone Nationwide.

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Drone Roof Inspection

Residential roof inspection
From £ 145
  • High quality aerial photographs detailing the whole area of the property roof
  • High quality images showing all tiles, gutters, ridges, chimney stacks
  • Video footage covering the whole area of the property roof.

Drone Photography Services

Land / property drone images
From £ 185
  • Stunning images from the air to showcase properties from an alternative angle
  • Images delivered in Raw and Jpg formats
  • Images professionally edited in Lightroom and Photoshop

Aerial Filming / Videography

Half day hire
From £ 350
  • Ideal for TV, Film & commercials. Footage recorded up to 4K resolution H265 / H264
  • Inspire 2, Mavic 3 CINE, Mavic 2 Pro, Phantom 4 Pro and Mini 2
  • Fast delivery of media, with optional editing service also available

Drone filming and aerial photography services.  We have provided drone filming and aerial photography in Northumberland and the North East for some great clients such as ITN, Sky News, BT Sports,, BBC, and Channel 5.  

Utilizing drones is a fantastic means of capturing the beauty of our remarkable cities, charming towns, and picturesque coastlines in the vibrant Great North East. If you’re interested in learning more about our drone filming and aerial photography services, simply click the link below for additional information.

In addition to our specialised drone services, we also provide traditional filming and photography solutions. Our team utilises the full-frame Sony A7iii to offer high-quality traditional filming and photography services throughout Northumberland and the broader North East region.

We have completed some stunning work for Astley Signs, Briggs Marine, English Heritage and many more great clients.  Click the button below for more info on our filming and photography services.

Roof inspections using drones in Northumberland and the North East have recently seen a surge in demand. This rise in requests is attributed to the increasing frequency of storms in the UK and the growing use of drones to detect storm-related damages.

Consequently, we have conducted a higher number of inspections than ever before, serving insurance companies, property managers, and homeowners. To learn more about our drone roof inspection services, click the link below.

Drone Mapping Services Covering Northumberland, Newcastle, the North East, and Nationwide. Drones have evolved into powerful tools for mapping and photogrammetry, offering a wide range of solutions.

From orthomosaic images to 3D models, digital surface models, and digital elevation models, our drones process multiple images to create diverse mapping products. For detailed insights into our drone mapping services, simply click on the button below.


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DJI Mini 3 Pro

The brand new DJI Mavic 3 Cine.  Highest quality meets portability so that we can achieve incredible 5.1K Prores footage up to 60fps straight to the inbuilt 1TB SSD drive.

The additional telephoto camera delivers an incredible x7 optical zoom so that we can get the shot at an even safer distance.  This drone is the perfect all rounder with the added zoom bonus for drone roof inspections.

The awesome DJI Inspire 2 fitted with X5S camera.  Perfect drone for high speed action for film and TV.

This drone has interchangeable lenses which enables a huge range of flexibility with 4K up to 60fps and amazing still photographs.

Ultra dependable DJI Phantom 4 Pro.  This drone is the industry workhorse.  Tried and trusted on many projects with great results. 

With its 1″ sensor it can produce outstanding images at 20mp and footage at 4K up to 60fps this reason we utilise this equipment for mapping missions, inspections and general aerial photography.  

Ready to go…DJI Mavic 2 Pro.  Extremely portable, and quick to deploy.  This drone is perfect for getting in close for property inspections, or trekking to locations perfect to showcase beauty spots to tourism.  20mp still and 4K up to 30fps. 

 The Hasselblad camera delivers excellent images every time and for this reason as well as its portability, it is one of our preferred drones to fly.

The baby.  The DJI Mini 3 Pro weighing only 249g, which means that it can be flown in the A1 sub category (can be flown over people, but not crowds).  

Therefore, we have more opportunities to get close in otherwise limited areas.  

This results in improved safety for inspection work or congested areas.


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Pre Site Assessment

In the initial phase, our primary focus is to collect comprehensive details regarding the drone photography project. This includes information about the project’s location, subjects, as well as key dates and timings. An initial assessment of the subject site will be carried out remotely to ensure an accurate project quotation. Any potential concerns, such as flight restriction zones near airports (FRZ), will be identified and discussed with our client for a well-informed decision-making process.

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Flight Planning

Dates and times will be agreed, and the planning process will begin.  A comprehensive risk assessment is produced and updated once our operator is on site. Consideration of the weather, terrain, airspace, proximity of building, people and vehicles is given and relevant control measures implemented before any flight takes place.  All of our flights are planned using Dronedesk’s risk management software.

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Take Flight

With all the necessary checks completed and confirmed, the flight is set to begin. Our skilled drone remote pilot will capture high-quality images, mapping data, and video footage, all the while maintaining vigilant safety monitoring of the skies. To enhance client involvement, we offer a live feed of the footage, allowing our clients to direct the remote pilot for precise footage capture. Furthermore, during the flight, we possess the capability to provide direct live streaming solutions via HDMI from the controller, including options such as LiveU.

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Media Delivery

We take pride in our quick delivery service to ensure that urgent media can be worked on promptly.  Images and video footage will be edited as agreed with our clients and delivered digitally via our data transfer system.  We can use Dropbox, WeTransfer or our own dedicated transfer system to transfer your files.  We also hold backup copies of all data to give customer peace of mind.



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Dropzone Images, your local drone operator company in Newcastle.  We provide drone services, photography, filming, inspections, mapping and surveys in Newcastle Upon Tyne and across the North East, Cumbria and Scottish Borders.

Whether its for a Golf Course in Northumberland, a hotel in Durham, construction site in Sunderland, a real estate property in Hexham or a special event requiring a drone operator in Newcastle, Dropzone Images can certainly provide the perfect solution for your aerial media needs.

View our aerial drone photography gallery to see some of our favourite locations across the North East coast and beyond.


Approved by the CAA to carry out commercial drone operations (PfCO). Qualified in 2017 and held standard Permission for Commercial Operations continuously since. The PfCO is now converted to the CAA Operational Authorisation, complying with the EASA regulations.


We are legally required to hold insurance to cover damage and losses. This includes Public Liability Insurance which covers for £5 million, therefore you can confident that you are all covered when you hire our drone pilots. Please be aware that operational drone operators must have insurance that complies with EU785/2004. Unfortunately there are operators that do not hold this, so please be careful when appointing your drone operator.

CAA PFCO 5240 (now Operational Authorisation)



Above everything else, safety is always our number one priority. The use of drones can remove or minimise the need to work from height leading to an overall safer environment and reduce accidents. Our operators are CSCS card holders.

legally compliant

You can rest assured that when you hire Dropzone Images that you are hiring a legally compliant operator. We are governed by the CAA and must comply with our CAA approved operations manual at all times.

What our customers say...

"I found John to be pleasant, prompt and highly competent. the short film he shot of our house and garden is just what we wanted. New clients will find themselves in safe hands"
"We were delighted with the drone footage shot at South Shields. Thank you very much and looking forward to working with you again in the future."
"Our engineer has analysed the mapping data that you have provided for the production of the Ultimate Golf game and it is great. thank you."


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