News & Blog

A busy day on Sunday as I was capturing aerial photographs of the mid Somerset Show, one of the county's largest agricultural shows. To say the breeze was a bit of a challenge would be an understatement!


It seems that Amazon's drone delivery service has got a little closer this week as the FAA in America, issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate to Amazon Prime Air allowing the company to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development and crew training in authorized flight areas. This follows a successful test flight in Cambridge in the UK, where a package was delivered in 13 minutes.

However, for anyone who undertsands the practical constraints of drone aviation, it still seems a long way off before this is rolled out a regular basis. Perhaps with new battery technology the service may arrive sooner than we think, but for the moment, I think it's just pie in the sky! (oops, sorry)

Last weekend found David and myself surfacing at 3.30am in preparation for some drone filming of the Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship. The ship was due to arrive at the Solent estuary in preparation for docking in Southampton at 5.30am. It was an interesting project and one which was not without it's challenges. However, we captured some great drone material and are now looking forward to our next maritime adventure!

This week found David and myself undertaking more aerial filming for a major construction company, over at Avonmouth, on our monthly progress reporting schedule. I am pleased to say the weather was exceedingly kind to us, which makes a nice change to the weather with strong winds we have been experiencing for the past couple of weeks. I still have to remember what it was David was trying to say to me when we took this pic...

A few weeks ago we were asked to produce a short promotional video for a family run business, down on the Bridgwater Levels. It just happened that the weather was perfect for us, which fitted quite nicely for undertaking the drone filming. The client was happy with the final result, I hope you agree!
For those who are unaware of the imminent changes relating to the flying of SUA (Small Unmanned Aircraft) in the UK, here is a link to the ANO Cap 1763 which will come into force on 13th March.

In addition, it's worth emphasising, those who operate a SUA for commercial purposes, without the correct CAA permissions, will be doing so illegally. If you are unsure whether the correct training and permissions are required, it is defined as:- “commercial operation” means any flight by a small unmanned aircraft that is performed under a contract between the SUA operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the operator, in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration. For example, this could include free advertising or some kind of barter arrangement, or even if the operator would benefit from monetising their work on YouTube. So it isn't just about receiving financial recompense.

I suggest this document is read by anyone involved in the procurement of SUA equipment or hiring of operators, as it will be a useful insight into the legalities of flying drones in the UK.
I was recently asked to film the Rally of the Tests which finished at the RAC building in Bradley Stoke, Bristol on 11th November. This three day event follows a 750-mile route from Harrogate through the East Midlands and South Wales. During this time the competitors undertake numerous driving skills challenges at different private estate throughout the course, eventually finishing in Bristol. Thanks to David for his camerawork on the day. I had a blast editing his footage. I did actually get a couple of drone shots into the film, but most of the time we were experiencing the excitement of the event on the ground!