Dave Powell, Author at Aerial Photography Wales

Aerial Photography Wales

The Aston Martin DBS. Promotional Video

The Aston Martin DBS. Promotional Video

This month we were asked to create a short promo film for the chairman of the Aston Martin Owners Club UK. Yes, that’s right, chasing supercars with drones. We spent a few hours at the top of the Blorenge mountain in Pontypool. There are some incredible views and more importantly, very quiet...
Aerial Filming in Cardiff Castle – Aerial Photography Wales

Aerial Filming in Cardiff Castle – Aerial Photography Wales

We were asked to create a promotional film a few weeks ago for the the National Museum of Wales. They were holding an event by the Welsh National Opera in the museum and we were asked to create a short film showcasing the day. We covered the event with multiple cameras and created an interview based film that will be posed shortly. For the opening sequence of the film I suggested that we try and get come aerial filming done of the museum as this always gives the promo film that added production value. After liaising with Cardiff Council’s film unit they suggested that the best place to fly from that will allow us to adhere to the minimum distance rules would be the grounds of Cardiff Castle and Bute Park. We got to the Castle at sunrise so that it was still closed to the public and managed to grab some fantastic shots for the promotional film. While we were there we took the opportunity to grab some aerial photographs of the Cardiff and the castle. Here are some of the...
Aerial Photography within Controlled Airspace

Aerial Photography within Controlled Airspace

Today we are taking some photographs of the incredible Fonmon Castle, just outside Cardiff in South Wales. The bride and groom, Rebecca and Leigh asked us to capture some aerial images of the venue during their wedding day. Before any aerial photography commission, it is standard practice for us to carry out several safety checks before we are happy the flights can be made safely. The first of which is an ‘Offsite Survey’ which involves Google Earth, Ordinance Survey maps and a website called Skydemonlight.com. Sky Demon shows us in detail all of the controlled and restricted airspace in the UK and it will tell us if the location lies within either of them. For Fonmon Castle the initial Google Earth search showed us that there was probably no need to head over the Skydemonlight.com. It was clear that the venue was VERY close to the end of the runway at Cardiff Wales Airport and obviously within the Cardiff CTA (Controlled Airspace). Cardiff Air Traffic Control have written detailed procedures on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) within their controlled airspace and welcome phone calls to the tower requesting permission to fly within it. I called the tower and explained when I was intending to fly, the type of aircraft I was going to use and gave details of the location, distance and height that I’d like to fly at. Also I gave details of my CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Permission for Aerial Work. This is a legal requirement in order to operate UAVs professionally.It isn’t a legal requirement to have the CAA license to fly a drone...