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I decided to get up early this morning and travel to Bristol to capture some shots of the Clifton Suspension Bridge with our newly acquired Mini 2 drone...

Newly introduced regulations from the CAA has meant a sub 250gms drone can be flown outside the 50mtr rule that relates to larger aircraft. Providing they are flown safely, they can be flown a lot closer to uninvolved persons, whilst also being allowed to be flown in towns and residential areas without the usual regulations. This is a big bonus for many operators as it means we can undertake tasks such as property inspections in areas, where before these new rules, would have meant lots of 'leg work' to get permissions in place before proceeding with any flying. In the past we have had to turn down a number of jobs because they were simply too involved and would have added a disproportionate amount of time to a project. We have now purchased one of these mini drones and have to say, we are very impressed. The quality will never be as good as our Inspire aircraft, because the camera sensor is that much smaller, but, when used appropriately, the drone provides excellent results. Here is a photo taken during our first test flight of the Mendip Gate development, currently under construction by Newland Homes.

Back in August I found myself working with David Hart of Icebox Aerial Media, yes, the same David Hart that works with Rockliffe Media, and we were involved with shooting material for the latest EDF TV commercial. It was frought with anxiety, as we prayed the weather would turn out as it had been predicted by all the weather forecasts. Yes, it did, and we were blessed with a stunning sunset. Another happy client.
Last month found us in the Forest of Dean, filming a new project on behalf of Assura, who invest in and manage primary care medical centres across the UK. A one day shoot should have included some drone captures, but due to weather constraints we had to revisit the following day when the weather was a little kinder. The finished film has been well received and I hope we have an opportunity of producing more material for the company in the future.

Last week found us producing a corporate video at the pre-launch of Cinderford Medical Centre. With five interviews, an afternoon of B roll footage to shoot and also some drone flights to undertake, it was a 'full on' day!

Last month, regardless of Covid, was a very busy time. We had our usual drone progress reporting with Somerset County Council, down in Bridgwater, a number of other small projects and also the most interesting, a day at Hinkley Point C with David Hart, capturing sunset shots for a short documentary for EDF. It was a challenging task, but as always when aerial filming at HPC, safety throughout every task is always at the forefront of everything we do.

Of course this year will go down in most people's history books as a year they'd probably like to forget, including myself. As for drone work, we have had a few jobs come our way, but within the past three weeks, the phone seems to have remembered what it's purpose is! In addition to an increase in drone enquiries, I have been involved with Exmoor Character Cottages, producing a promotional video to help promote their four rental properties they have near Exmoor. It has been quite a lengthy process, and not the most straightforward of jobs, as in addition to producing a single main video, I have also been asked to produce four separate videos, each one highlighting the individual cottages. A lot of material was needed because of this, so I spent four days self isolating in Minehead and Dunster filming the properties, with a few scenics of Exmoor thrown in for good measure.
Article c/o The Guardian newspaper:
The UK is to withdraw from the European Union aviation safety regulator (EASA) after the Brexit transition period, Grant Shapps has confirmed.
The transport secretary said many of the most senior figures at the organisation headquartered in Cologne, Germany were British and that they would gradually return to the UK throughout this year as regulatory powers reverted to the Civil Aviation Authority.

“As you would expect from an independent nation, we can’t be subject to the rules and laws made by somebody else, so we can’t accept rules from the EU commission and we can’t accept rulings in terms of court cases from the European court of justice or anybody else, any more than the US would,” he told Aviation Week in Washington.

“A lot of the expertise [EASA has] is UK expertise, in fact … A lot of the key leading lights were Brits.”
The Tory MP added that the UK would seek to be “particularly forward-leaning” in the technology and automation sectors. “We’ll make sure our legislative framework is in a great place to enable those kinds of organisations to excel in the UK market,” he said.
The aerospace trade body ADS, which represents more than 1,100 UK businesses, said the decision could put high-skilled jobs at risk.
“We have been clear that continued participation in EASA is the best option to maintain the competitiveness of our £36bn aerospace industry and our access to global export markets,” the chief executive, Paul Everitt, said.