Civil Aviation Authority

Sector Forensics provides a professional, discreet service that has performed digital examinations for Police forces, the Home Office, Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Trading Standards, National Health Service and Local Authorities for many years.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or as reported regularly by the press ‘drones’ are becoming a regular sight around the country and in news articles.

Sector Forensics can provide the CAA data pertaining to breaches of legislation concerning drones that have been misused. We will produce an evidential package suitable for legal proceedings if necessary.

The following services can be provided:

Production of an evidence package recording data from social media platforms such as ‘YouTube’, ‘Periscope’, ‘Vimeo’, ‘Dailymotion’, ‘Instagram’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘’ to name a few.

Examination of drones flight controllers for flight and mapping data to determine who owned the item or for additional evidence required for investigation or prosecution.

Our security cleared team of trained expert witnesses will provide testimony at court of law to support our investigations as and when required.

Sector Forensics works to quality standards and currently holds ISO 9001 and ISO 2700 certificates.

The key legislation is contained in:

CAP 393 Article 167 - Overview of key legislation

CAP 393 Article 167 covers the following restrictions pertaining to 'Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft'. Which is defined as a Small unmanned aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition.

167 (1) The person in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly the aircraft in any circumstances referred to in paragraph (2) except in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA

(2)a over or within 150 metres of any congested area;

(2)b over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;

(2)c within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft; or

(2)d within 50 metres of any person; or during take-off or landing within 30 metres of any person.

Sector Forensics advise and lead through the process and provision of full continuity of verified evidential data in a wide range of cases pertaining to UAV/UAS/DRONES.