About Us

Aerial Survey and Photographic Ltd (Aerial SP) is owned and operated by a couple of Forces veterans, who have known each other for a bit over 30 years. The company is relatively new, however the knowledge and experiences, that we have gained, has caused us to realise that together we can deliver something special.  

Based in both Bedfordshire and North Essex, we have set ourselves up to cover the East Midlands and East Anglia, providing surveys and inspections from an experienced engineering and delivery perspective, along with video and photography from both a technical and an artistic view point.

Chris De Vine
Ian Dockney (aged 3)

Our working backgrounds cover Defence, Farming, Project management, Construction, Photography, Animal conservation, Railway and Airport Engineering and Events management to say the least. During which time we have had reason to need and utilize drones as part of our planning and works.  

Our team are CAA qualified pilots, will attend site with complete and appropriate P.P.E, we have site vehicles that are ‘Chapter 8 compliant’. We can, when required complete editing on-site. We always carry a copy of our current CAA PfCO (Commercial license), insurance and maintenance records. We always carry spare drones/parts.

Aerial SP use the latest DJI airframes to carry out our work. We shoot all footage in ultrahigh definition 4K at broadcast quality, able to be uploaded to the popular social media platforms. We can also provide you with still images in High Resolution. Either can be provided u-edited or after our post-production.

We are also looking to invest in further technology to widen Aerial SPs capabilities. Along with currently looking to expand our team to ensure that our goal of delivering consistently high professional standards, whilst being prepared to be flexibility and understanding. And making the experience fun for our clients.


Chris, an Army veteran who, since leaving the forces, has sailed over 80,000 nautical miles, competing in the Whitbread cup, worked in animal protection in Zambia, managed concerts & events, been a motorcycle test rider & tour operator, worked in the film & photography industry & farmed in South Africa. 

After been photographer for around 15 years he decided to extend his lens into the sky, by becoming co-founder of this Aerial survey & photography company.

Chris has a degree in Fine art, specializing in photography and his work has been featured in several magazines & publications. Along with photography, he has also delivered & produced in video. Chris has been flying and navigating for many years, skills he utilises along with being a CAA qualified drone pilot.

Chris is well travelled and has a unique eye for aerial video & photography, with attention to detail, developed in photography, client studio & exhibition shows. Chris is our ‘go to’ person for the all our photographic needs, imaging and production.

In his spare time, Chris likes to ride and renovate motorcycles, paraglide, sails and gives time to the Sea cadets as sailing in. Along with a being a strong family man. He also possesses his CSCS and First Aid. 


Ian, also an Army veteran, has an extensive background from many working as a project manager in a number of high risk critical industries, including Telecommunications, Construction, Civil Engineering, Railways, Mobile phone, Air Traffic. Ian has been lucky enough to travel extensively, including 12 years in Australia. Ian brings the structure and process to the team, with his career in management. Some of Ian’s qualifications/ competencies are SMSTS, IOSH, CDM, CSCS, IOSH, First Aid and Risk management. As such he operates as the Accountable manager.

Ian has travelled to over 50 countries, mainly working, he has a very practical approach, with a detailed mind, loves solving problems and willingness to make the customer and those around him happy.

Ian loves his sport, riding motorcycles, playing rugby, hiking and cycling and is the single father of 2 grown sons. Ian also likes to think he is funny!! 

Why choose Aerial SP?

I would like to give you lots of reasons, because there are loads. I am not the World’s greatest salesman and, like most people not great about talking myself up. However, all I can say is that we will listen and do are best to deliver exactly what you, the client, wants. And we will do all that professionally and with a broad smile