Once a booking is received, we’ll go to the next step which is to conduct a full risk assessment of the chosen area.
We’ll make any arrangements needed with other nearby air users and we’ll ensure that we either have – or can obtain – any outstanding legal permissions necessary. Depending on the time of year, some locations can get very busy; during the summer months, for safety and to avoid disturbance to the general public, we try to arrange to launch very early in the morning. We will keep in touch with you throughout this process so we can be sure we will be flying exactly where you expect.
As the day approaches, we’ll be keeping a very careful eye on the weather. We occasionally have to reschedule an event if the weather is likely to be too wet or windy; in this case, we usually look to propose delaying by just a day or two which has worked very well.
On the day, we usually arrive an hour before the flight so we can set up our shelter, conduct checks on the drones and ensure we have a safe operating area. We will mark a nearby take-off and landing site that gives us an unobstructed view out to the area over which the ashes will be scattered… usually 50 to 200 metres from our shelter.
Friends and relatives who choose to be present are most welcome to join us by the shelter while we fly the drones; some like to help load the ashes before launch, some like to take photographs, and some like to be part of the scattering by operating the ashes release switch.
Ultimately, we are present to conduct the scattering on your behalf and we’ll try to accommodate whatever your wishes.