About Us

Our extensive construction and property experience empowers us to deploy aerial tech with greater insight and precision

Multi-Sectoral Experience

Hovafly’s founders have been working within the construction and property sectors as project managers, surveyors, building contractors and property developers since 2005.

We adopted aerial technology as a means to solve an inspection challenge in 2017, whilst undertaking a major refurbishment project in Ilfracombe, North Devon that presented significant access challenges due to both the height and position of the structure.

We immediately realised the benefits aerial tech could bring, and started to build our knowledge and experience base. What we agreed from the outset was that it was critical that such a resource should co-exist with existing construction and surveying skill sets in order to deliver the most useful and cost-effective outcomes for us, and for our clients.

In 2021 we decided we had sufficient experience and, maybe more importantly, a clear vision of how we intended to operate – to create a company dedicated to supplying professional, cost-effective aerial surveying services with the right balance between surveying, drone operation and reporting skill sets.

We believe that having both our inspection and analysis teams in-house is crucial to being able to offer a high quality output while keeping costs low, and that a multi-asset inspection process is a significant key to unlocking material cost efficiencies. We also passionately believe in delivering an output to clients that is accessible, dynamic and above all, relevant to how people receive and understand information and media in the digital age.

Qualified, Safe, Insured

Hovafly Limited hold a full Operational Authorisation (OA) as granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This means we’ve been assessed for competency on every element of operating an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), which requires a detailed understanding of UK airspace law, flight planning and risk assessment, as well as many other documentary, safety and flying skill requirements.

We employ a CAA certified workflow process that covers everything from initial project briefing and client expectation through to final deliverables and ongoing support. Find out more about what is required of a CAA approved Commercial UAS supplier here.

It is a legal requirement for any drone service supplier operating commercially in the UK to hold adequate insurance as specified by the CAA and under UK law. Hovafly are insured by Coverdrone, the leading drone insurance specialist. We are able to adjust our insurance cover in order to accommodate any project requirements.

Hovafly Limited are Dwellant approved contractors, members of the RICS Tech Partner programme and ARPAS (The UK Drone Association). Our team are qualified surveyors and members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institute of Roofing.