About Us

Aerial Survey and Photographic Ltd (Aerial SP) is owned and operated by Ian Dockney, a Forces veteran who has managed and delivered many high-risk projects Globally and recognised how useful the ability to be able to access ‘hard to reach’ places from the planning to the completion of works’

The company is relatively new, however the knowledge and experience we have gained ensures we can deliver something special.  Based in both East Anglia covering the South East, we can provide surveys and inspections along with video and photography from a technical and artistic view point.

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.  

Aerial SP use latest DJI airframes to carry out our work. 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 unedited or after our post-production, as required.

We are CAA authorised, well versed in Safety/P.P.E, with Chapter 8 ‘compliant’ vehicles if required.


Ian, an Army veteran, has an extensive background from many working environments as a project manager in a number of high risk critical industries, including Telecommunications, Construction, Civil, Railways, Engineering, Mobile phone, Air Traffic. Ian has been lucky enough to travel extensively, including many years in Australia. Some of Ian’s qualifications/ competencies are SMSTS, IOSH, CDM, CSCS, IOSH, First Aid NRSWA and Risk management. Ian is the Accountable manager, with a practical approach, detailed mind, loves solving problems and willingness to make the customer 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