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Abergavenny Property Photography

Abergavenny Property Photography

A nice short trip this afternoon for a commercial shoot. We were asked to capture aerial photography and aerial video of this property near Abergavenny. Being familiar with the area we knew that the location of the two iconic mountains, the Blorenge and the Sugarloaf would have to be featured in the images somewhere. We waited for the right day and weather for the shoot and here are the images of this incredible...
Penzance Commercial Aerial Photography

Penzance Commercial Aerial Photography

We are getting more and more work down on the South Coast lately and for this job, you can’t get much further South without getting wet. We photographed the cream coloured building in the centre of the first image and were asked to get some shots of Penzance to illustrate its position in the town. We weather was kind to us (clouds always give a photograph more depth and dimension) and these are the...
New pilot in training!

New pilot in training!

We had a break from the workload this morning to have some fun and train one of our new employees. He’s well on his way to becoming a fully qualified and once he’s up to the professional standard of our other RPAS pilots, he will be studying hard to obtain his ‘Permissions’ from the Civil Aviation Authority. We took one of the smaller drones out this morning. The amazing DJI Phantom 2. Already proficient in GPS flying the ‘student’ (secret for now) is now learning ATTI flying. While the Phantom is in GPS mode, it will use satellites, gyroscopes and an altimeter to hold it’s position in the air. It is incredibly stable and easy to fly in this mode but as per the CAA guidelines, the pilot has to have a backup method of flying just in case GPS signal is lost. This method is ATTI mode. In ATTI mode the Phantom will hold its height but not its horizontal position. If the wind blows, the Phantom will move and the pilot has to manually correct its position. It takes a bit of getting used to and it’s always advisable to practice this mode on a calm day. Today wasn’t a calm day but the ‘student’ is already able to safely control and land the Phantom in ATTI mode. Now all he has to do is learn meteorology, map reading, Newton’s laws of motion and the principles of flight and he’s ready for the Ground School training. Contact us for more...
Sunset in Pontypool on Christmas day. Aerial photography before dinner!

Sunset in Pontypool on Christmas day. Aerial photography before dinner!

Whilst spending time with the family in Pontypool on Christmas day, I was persuaded to get a drone out. It was only a short flight to show it off to everyone while we were waiting to eat. Luckily the sun was just setting as we sent it up and we managed to capture this image as it disappeared behind the mountain. I’m sure if you look carefully enough, you will be able to see Santa on his way home. Please click on the image to see it full size! Contact us if you would like to speak to us regarding Aerial Photography project....
Drone Technology and the future of Unmanned Aerial Photography

Drone Technology and the future of Unmanned Aerial Photography

I was sent this video the other day. Raffaello D’Andrea is a professor at the TEDGlobal Robot Lab (yes that is as cool as it sounds) and in this video he gives a short talk on the future of drone technology. You really have to see it to believe it. It is incredible. They talk about the algorithms are used to control the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. I’ve had 15 years experience in as a programmer and I can’t even begin to imagine the code that these guys have written in order to do some of the things you see in the video. It really does show where the technology is headed and the future of aerial photography systems....
UK Aerial Photography Law and CAA rules for drone use

UK Aerial Photography Law and CAA rules for drone use

Although the Rise of the Drones might sound like the next Terminator movie, the reality is in the next few years our skies will be filled with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs. They can be bought in high street electrical retailers from as little as £40. For a £1000 you can get a Quadcopter that can carry a 4K Ultra High Definition camera and has built in GPS. While it is possible to pop into your nearest Maplins and be flying the same day these drones are NOT toys. The users do need to be aware of certain rules (and laws) set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). There are basically two sets of rules and I’ll cover the ones that apply to recreational drone use in this blog post. The other set of rules govern the use of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Surveillance) equipment for commercial purposes. Rules for flying drones for recreational use You are responsible for each flight. This might seem obvious but with great power, comes great responsibility. Even with a governing set of laws and guidelines, ultimately each flight has to be planned, controlled and executed by the pilot. This means using your knowledge of the CAA rules combined with good old common sense to ensure your drone flies safely, each and every time you get it out of the box. Every flight will be different because of the weather, location and the ever unpredictable general public. You need to be aware at all times of any variable that could affect your take off, flight and landing. Keep your drone in clear sight. Some drones come...