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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...
An Early Bath – An incredible shoot in Bath City Centre.

An Early Bath – An incredible shoot in Bath City Centre.

It was a very early start for us this week as we were asked to do some aerial filming in Bath city centre. We knew it was going to be cold but we all underestimated just how cold it was going to be. Whilst we were unloading the equipment, the van gave the temperature of -5 degrees! If there had been any brass monkeys about, they would have been in trouble. Obviously because the aerial filming was going to be in the town centre, we had to work closely with Bath City Council whilst selecting the safest place to fly from. We found a small park called Parade Gardens. It was adjacent to the river and next to the (empty) Bath rugby stadium so we had plenty of room to fly. The main problem that can occur when flying in these temperatures is battery performance. When a Lipo battery gets cold, it’s discharge life is a lot quicker so we made sure we had a stack of them in order to get the footage we needed. We were mainly shooting aerial video in Bath but we managed to capture a couple of images whilst we were doing it. Here is one from just after sunrise....
Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme – Cardiff, South Wales

Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme – Cardiff, South Wales

Aerial photographs of the Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme. Dawnus Construction Limited. Cardiff, Wales We were asked to take photos of something a little different this week. Dawnus Construction Limited is a large civil engineering and construction company with their head office in Swansea, South Wales. They were commissioned by the Cardiff Council Energy Department to build the new Hydro-Electric power station at Radyr Weir, just on the outskirts of Cardiff. We had actually filmed at the site with the drones a few weeks earlier for a BBC documentary but we were concentrating on the River Taff and were unaware of the scale of the project that Dawnus were working on. The main focus of the day’s filming was the installation of the two colossal Archimedes Turbine Screws. We were asked to capture some aerial photographs of the screws as they were being lifted into place. I wasn’t aware what an Archimedes Screw was so a quick ‘Google’ was needed to research the job. The resulting figures are mind boggling. Each screw is capable of a throughput of 4000 litres of water per second and between them they will ultimately be providing Cardiff with 1.6GWh of renewable energy per year. The guys at Dawnus are working to a very tight schedule as the deadline for the screws to start producing power is the 18th December. The site has been running 24 hours, 7 days a week to get the job finished in time. Their professionalism and knowledge of the project was clear to see and it was a pleasure working with a company such as this. Once the project is finished, Cardiff Council Energy Department...
Busy times for Aerial Photography Wales.

Busy times for Aerial Photography Wales.

This time of year we are playing ‘cat and mouse’ with the weather but in between showers we have been able to capture some incredible aerial films of the trees in all their autumn colours. Last week we spent two days filming the entire length of the river Taff. From Pen y fan to Cardiff Bay for a series soon to be shown on the BBC. We found previously undiscovered (by us at least)  stretches of the river that truly show how beautiful parts of the UK can be. If you get a chance, try the walk that leads to the Upper Neuadd Reservoir, around 5 miles from Talybont-on-Usk. It really is spectacular. Myself and my camera operator made the trek this week and spend a few hours flying around the mouth of the Taff and filming the valley that forms at the source of the river. The footage was great and we’re looking forward to seeing it on the BBC soon. This was the second time this month that our crews were asked to film for a BBC series. The first being Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience for the Bafta award winning production company Zipline Creative. We spent a couple of days in the Ffos-y-fran open cast mine in Merthyr capturing some aerial footage for the episode to be shown in Feburary. It was a privilege to work with Rhys and Nathan of Zipline and we immensely enjoyed the shoot. Being able to film giant trucks, enormous diggers and even EXPLOSIONS in a colossal quarry is surely every 10 year old boy’s dream. Oh and did I mention the explosions!?...
Win your very own drone! The amazing Syma X6 Super Ship – Free Entry!

Win your very own drone! The amazing Syma X6 Super Ship – Free Entry!

Aerial Photography Wales are excited to announce our annual Christmas competition. We are giving away to one lucky customer the incredible Syma X6 Super Ship drone worth over £80! The X6 is the ultimate in personal UAV technology but with a 6 axis stabilisation is incredible easy to fly, no matter what your experience. For a closer look, see the video here and see the specs here All you need to do to enter is share a link to this post! You can share on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin or indeed any other social network that you care to mention. You can also enter by adding a link to this page on your website! Every time you share the link, you will be entered into the competition. If you put a link on your website, this counts as two entries. There is no limit to how many times you can enter the competition and you can enter for your friends and family too. To make it even easier for you, you can use the ‘share’ buttons at the bottom of this page! PLEASE INFORM US WHEN AND WHERE YOU SHARE THE LINK! We will then make sure you are entered into the draw! The X6 has an age restriction of 14 so please bare this in mind when entering. The winner will be announced on Friday the 18th of December and the drone will be delivered in time for Christmas. Best of luck and if anyone has any queries, please use the contact us form above. Aerial Photography Wales  ...
Drone Industrial Inspections with our new partner TEI

Drone Industrial Inspections with our new partner TEI

Drone Industrial Inspections Aerial Photography Wales are proud to announce our new partnership with one of the UK’s leading engineering construction organisations TEI (www.tei.co.uk). We are now helping them provide drone industrial inspections to their customers. TEI specialise in design, supply, repair, maintenance and site installation in the power generation and petrochemical industries. They are responsible for installation and maintenance projects in many of the largest industrial plants in the UK. Aerial Photography Wales have joined forces with TEI to offer aerial industrial inspections to their many clients. Using the latest drone technologies TEI can conduct industrial inspections and planned maintenance surveys quickly, safely and with little disruption to the client.Traditional industrial inspections were carried out by erecting scaffolding, using cherry pickers or for the highest areas hiring cranes. These methods are obviously time consuming and costly. Drone surveys allow us to carry out the same level of inspection from a safe ground level. Using 4K filming and high resolution photography we can offer drone industrial inspections in incredible detail. Allowing the engineers and surveyors the freedom to carry out their work from their office quickly and cost effectively. With every commission Aerial Photography Wales are diligent in their preparation and adhere to all UK laws when conducting a flight. When we are filming at a power plant or petrochemical site we work with TEI to ensure strict method statements and risk assessments are prepared before obtaining a Permit to Work. Only then to we deem it safe to operate. This way every step is taken to ensure the safety of our pilots & camera operators as well as the safety of TEI employees and their customers. Below is a video demonstrating one of the  drone...