Join us as a remote pilot
Working with our industry first project management platform and in accordance with our aerial operations manual, we’re continually on the lookout for talented operators across the U.K to join our team.
Delivering projects assigned by our Central Operations Team, in every industry from broadcast media to construction surveys, your role will be to use your knowledge, training and experience to deliver a best in class experience for our clients from initial site survey sign off to efficiently transferring imaging data to our post production department.
Safety and integrity are paramount to everything we do, therefore working with us and our clients requires commitment. We expect our operators to engage with ongoing, logged training and professional development, but in return we offer some of the best remuneration rates in the industry.
How do I apply?
Our online application process will be available soon. In the meantime, please email [email protected] to speak to a member of our partner support team
Frequently asked questions
Who are Skyreel?
We are an aerial imaging company headquartered in Kent, operating across the U.K. and beyond. We provide commercial UAV services to a wide range of clients including direct to consumer, property and construction, worldwide events and highly specialist applications.
Do I have to be qualified?
To apply to become an operational partner pilot, you’ll need to include your theoretical and practical flight test NQE certification, current insurance certificate and PfCO with your application.
Do I have to be qualified?
If you don’t yet have this, from time to time and depending on location we may offer new recruit pilot roles that include training with our approved NQE partner. For more information please email [email protected] to speak to a member of our partner support team
What experience do I need?
As a partner pilot you’ll work closely with our dedicated post-production team to plan and execute the needs of our projects, with further support available if required. Our most important requirement is the safe and professional manner in which you operate for our clients.
Are you looking for pilots in my area?
Due to our rapid expansion strategy, we are currently looking to engage with accredited remote pilots across the U.K. Wherever you are in the country simply submit your application online and our central operations team will handle the rest.
Do I require my own UAV?As part of the application process we will require details of the UAV you tend to operate on Skyreel assignments. Whilst we do not prescribe which UAV you operate, we prefer to work partners with “prosumer” upwards equipment (for video projects, 1080 HD cameras are our minimum). Our partner support team will be happy to discuss typical requirements during the application process, or for more information, email [email protected].
Do I have to pay to work with you?
No! We have a partnership approach rather than a franchise one. There are no fees involved in becoming a Skyreel partner pilot, there are no fees to accept any project we have in your area and you are free to pause or cancel at any time, no hard feelings.
Do you offer support?
Absolutely. we work closely with our on-site and operational teams, we never just “set and forget” partner pilots.
Before your first project you’ll meet with a member of our senior operational team who will be able to answer any technical questions about our operations, you’ll be able to chat online with our network of pilots and you’ll have the direct contact details of our accountable manager who oversees our entire operation.
In addition to this we’re working hard to set up regular regional meet ups for Skyreel partners to get together socially with other pilots as well as members of our operational team.
What will I receive from you?
Once your application is approved you’ll receive our pilot welcome pack containing our operations manual, operational support contact details, login information for your partner account, your Skyreel pilot photo ID and Skyreel on-site equipment including ID lanyard, polo shirt and hooded top.
Where will I be based?
We select our project pilots based on a combination of availability, location and technical expertise and equipment.
If you are able to operate a good equipment level, you can expect to be offered assignments that are as close to your base as possible.
Will I work under my own operations manual?
Every project you undertake for us will be carried out under Skyreel’s operations manual. Once your application is approved, you’ll be sent our full operations manual in your welcome pack along with detailed operational processes and checklists.
What if I have to travel?
We operate a 20 mile “travel bubble” from our base locations. Should your assignment be located outside this bubble, we provide a competitive mileage allowance.
The safety of our operations is of paramount importance to us and so, where applicable, we will also provide pre-operation overnight accommodation.
What equipment will I require?
When leading our operations, we expect our pilots to demonstrate the level of commitment and professionalism that we have built our business around. Therefore, you will be expected to be able to provide everything that you’d expect to need on your own operation including cordon equipment, first aid and fire equipment as well as full personal protection equipment. All of which should be fully serviceable and in good condition.
If you don’t currently have all of the required equipment our partner team can help supply high quality Skyreel branded items for you.
Who completes site surveys?
Once you have accepted a project, it will be your responsibility to complete the pre-site survey and initial risk assessment right up to on-site surveys and pre-flight checklists.
Our commitment to safe operation in our industry means our pilots take responsibility for their operations and if a pilot does not feel comfortable operating for any reason we will step in to remedy or decline the project without prejudice to the pilot or any operational crew at any stage of the deployment.
Can I use my own observers / camera operators?
If a project requires a dedicated observer or camera operator, you are free to use your own team, however we do require they are registered with us as operational crew first.
Do I have to edit the footage I record?
Many of our clients opt for a fully edited package, but we partner with great pilots, not film directors! Your responsibility will be the safe and professional on-site operation. Once complete, you’ll upload your raw footage to our servers and our dedicated post-production team will take care of the rest.
What if I’m going on holiday?
Then we wish you bon voyage! If you’re unavailable for a period of time, simply log the dates in your online partner account and our central operations team will know to leave you to relax in peace.
Can I use your logo on my website etc?
Absolutely. We have a specific set of brand assets available to our partner pilots to use in their marketing. Whilst we would never claim to be an association, many pilots find the added credibility of showing they are a Skyreel approved partner to be beneficial in securing their own work.
You can find instructions on how to use or download these within your online partner account.
What if I want to stop working with you?
We hope the proposition we offer will never leave you asking this question, but in case you feel we’re not a good fit to supplement your business, you are free to stop working with us at any time.
What will I earn?
The amount you earn for each project will vary by complexity and location, however the pilot earnings will be provided with each job specification we send. On average our pilots receive between 65% and 85% of the project fee.
How will I be paid?
Payments are made by automated BACS payment to the pilots nominated business bank account. Project payments and expenses are usually settled within 14 days of the production date, you can track the status of each project payment within your online partner account.
Do I need to provide an invoice?
Our system will automatically generate invoices and remittance advice for each project you undertake and so we do not require a separate invoice from you, however you should continue to keep records of jobs completed and payments received for your own accounts.
How do I claim expenses?
Mileage expenses will automatically calculated and paid within your project fee.
If overnight accommodation is required, this will be arranged and paid for by our central operations team.
Any other expenses should be agreed by our central operations team in advance and logged through your partner account within 72 hours for payment with your project fee.
What about tax and national insurance?
As your project with us is effectively a per-project contract, you should account for your own tax and national insurance liabilities for payments received from us in the usual way.
Will I receive sick / holiday pay?
As we work with partner pilots on a per project contract basis, under their existing businesses, you will not be eligible for sickness or holiday payments from us.