Establishing your drone business – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Establishing your drone business – Skylark Aerial Photography Establishing  your drone business This is a follow up to the blog we wrote on how to start a drone business about two year ago. Again, if it helps anyone coming into the business then that’s what it’s all about. These are our key points to make your drone business work. I have placed text in red for crucial points:- It’s a business not a hobby Must be your full-time profession. You…

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Skylark Aerial Photography Promo – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Skylark Aerial Photography Promo – Skylark Aerial Photography HORIBA MIRA’s unique facilities allow manufacturers to understand the environments in which vehicles operate as much as they understand the vehicle itself. Consequently, the most advanced vehicles for electronic data capture will be developed within the most extensive and purpose-built testing facilities. Another drone shoot has been requested fir this December with another vehicle manufacture at another test facility. We have also just completed a shoot (one of a series) for Lakeside…

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The Drone Filming Shot List – Aerial Photography Article

The Drone Filming Shot List Aide Memoir or The Drone Filming Shot List. If you’re going to provide a professional service. Then not only do you need to look professional, have the correct equipment, know the techniques. You also need to know what you are going to shoot film wise. Having agreed with the client, researched the subject matter. Now you can list in order how the film material will be provided. Heights, angles, sunlight, subject matter, location, permissions all…

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Site Brief – RA – RAMS – Aerial Photography Article

Site Brief – RA – RAMS The Site Brief – RA – RAMS, does your drone operator carry one out before a drone deployment? It should be carried out prior to any flight and forms part of the operating practice as laid down in the Operation Manual. If you’re providing a service to a large project or a film set they may well ask for a RA (risk Assessment) and this will form part of your site brief as well.…

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Meet the Team at Skylark – Aerial Photography Article

Meet the Team at Skylark Meet the Team at Skylark. Jamie, John and Simon. As the business grows with Skylark so the need to use expert resources to provide more capability when required. Simon, owner, drone operator and editing. Skylark Aerial Photography – Lake District Drone Service is owned and operated by Simon Handley. A skilled operator with 12 years experience flying drones and over 400 hours logged flying drones. About   Jamie, ground based filming, stills and editing A…

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September 2019 Busiest of Months – Aerial Photography Article

September 2019 Busiest of Months. It’s been very much nonstop operations. Drone deployments have been the highest logged yet for Skylark Aerial Photography. It’s notable that operations are now extending well beyond Cumbria. This year a commission for filming of Flymo’s robot mower in a garden near Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Currently filming for the Coal Authority in Northumbria over the next 6 weeks. A request to film a large factory complex near Liverpool. This has meant that along with other…

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Above The Clouds Over Windermere – Aerial Photography Article

Above The Clouds Over Windermere. A recent shoot for Windermere Lake Cruises (WLC) for their Yellow Route, enabled us to capture some some stunning video and aerial stills. The footage shown here moving north up Windermere as the early morning cloud burnt away. At Lakeside on the Southern end of Windermere, WLC operate the Yellow Route to Bowness Piers using the traditional boats, Swan, Tern and the Teal. The September weather was on form, blue skies all day and still…

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40th Surprise Birthday Shoot – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Great to be working with Jamie from Harper Audio Visual Media on a 40th surprise birthday shoot  near Bolton Abbey North Yorkshire. The event organiser contacted us in June. They were looking for aerial filming and ground based filming of a surprise 007 black tie birthday surprise. Then produce a 10 minute edit of the event. Jamie and I have worked together on property shoots, training packages, hospitality and tourism. A shot list was prepared around the information requested from…

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Dales Museum Shoot – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Dales Museum Shoot. We recently completed another internal shoot for a stills photographers exhibition. The shoot took place at the Dales Country Museum in Hawes North Yorkshire. The exhibition in the round gallery, which is about the country life of a shepherdess in the Dales was finishing in September. A small internal video was required to showcase the exhibition. A video on a hand held camera had been shot but was found to be not of high enough quality. Having…

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True Cost of Flying a Drone – Aerial Photography Article

The true cost of flying a drone. What’s the question asked of a drone operator most of the time? You’re out on an operation; the drone is down safely and shut down. A voice pipes up behind. “Been watching you fly, looks great fun, what a great job”. Here comes the question. “How much is the drone?” I have lost count the number of times I have been asked this. My reply is on the face of it, “the drone…

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Aerial Work July 2019 – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Aerial work July 2019 for Skylark Aerial Photography has been very varied and busy. Aerial survey, roof inspection, TV filming, property shoots, commercial property shoots, boat cruises, holiday cottage shoots to property developments. Variety is what it is all about for Skylark Aerial Work July 2019. We are also pleased to see that the aerial survey work is now making up at least 50% of the workload, with another contract signed for more national water pipeline survey. Some of which…

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BAE Systems Generation Tempest – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

A few weeks ago we were invited to film over a 2 day period at BAE Systems Academy for Skills & Knowledge (ASK), for a feature about BAE Systems Generation Tempest. Drone filming took place both on the apron, in the hanger and workshop at BAE. In all over 6 hours of flying inside were completed around some very expensive aircraft. Drone used was the DJI Mavic Pro 2, and even with all the sensors on an observer was still…

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Operational Statistics First Half – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Operational Statistics First Half for Skylark Aerial Photography. A busy first 6 months for 2019 The half year numbers for commercial operations for 2019 have just been released by our admin staff. Commercial Operations (each time a flight is logged). 181 flights ranging from 4 minutes to 42 minutes. The latter being the fixed wing drone which has an endurance of 50 minutes. The 181 operational flights represent an average of 30 per month or a flight a day. First…

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Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories – Aerial Photography Article

Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories update aerial video was shot in July. Over the last 4 years we have been very pleased to have been asked back to film updates for the museum. Welcome Last weekend during a very nice sunny spell a further update was provided of the museum. This featured the museum, Steamboat Osprey, Windermere Lake Cruises dropping off and collecting passengers at a jetty at the museum. A lot has changed over the last…

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The Game Changer – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

The Game Changer The Mavic Pro 2 changed all this. Along comes a drone with an excellent camera and the airframe is bustling with obstacle avoidance technology. We all know how good the Mavic Pro 2 is for external filming. But there is little written out there which goes into a little detail about its capability for internal shoots. Well we are about to change that. Within 6 months here at Skylark we have already carried out over 15hrs of…

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CAP1789 EU UAS Regulations – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Updated regulations for implementation within the UK next year which will be a huge change to all drone operators.The first (Open Category) is roughly what we work to at the present.The last (Certified Category) will be in line with a commercial operation of an aircraft and require full pilot licence, pilot licence for radio, medical for pilot and drone registration/service record for drone. At Skylark we will look to hold this category and add a drone rating to our current…

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Filming Inside With A Drone – Aerial Photography Article

Filming inside with a drone the story begins. The use of drones for capturing unique perspectives and replacing what would normally be a Heli shoot territory is now really something that can be seen in most productions. The use of a drone is now becoming a standard requirement on any film or TV shoot. As drones become smaller and the camera systems, they use become better, drones are now starting to become used more for internal shoots. Three years ago,…

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Filming for LNER – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Filming for LNER. We have been asked to provide aerial footage for LNER of the new Azuma trains which have come into service on the North Eastern line of the UK. https://www.lner.co.uk/ In collaboration with DropZone Images of Newcastle, drones will provide aerial footage of the new trains.   Home Filming for LNER The new trains have been launched on the East Coast Main Line, five months later than planned. LNER unveiled the first of 65 new Azuma trains at…

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SUA – CAA Airspace Access Report Form – Aerial Photography Article

SUA:- Following the 2019 amendment of the Air Navigation Order (ANO). CAA have launched an online form to report instances where access to airspace has been denied to UAS, and where the request may not have been considered in line with the guidance set out in CAP1788 and with consideration of the interests described below. Users are reminded that the ANO, as amended, gives provision for aerodromes to grant or deny access to Flight Restriction Zones on the grounds of…

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Evening Buffet Cruise – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

Skylark Aerial Photography is filming a number of updates for Windermere Lake Cruises, such as the Summer Evening Buffet Cruise. The tourist attraction rated number 6 most visited in the UK. A number of cruises are being filmed such as the very popular Red Cruise, Green Cruise and Yellow Cruise. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6541577876938993664 As well as aerial footage, very high quality stills are being taken using the 45mm Olympus telephoto lens. The first edit to be completed was the Summer Evening Buffet…

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Use of Commercial Drones For Surveying – Aerial Photography Article

Use of Commercial Drones For Surveying. With Thanks to DJI for Use of video. Collecting land data using traditional surveying methods has been to date one of the most time-consuming elements for many projects.  The advancement of drone technology is changing the nature of a land and construction site surveyor’s role, effectively allowing them to accomplish more in less time. Today the use of commercial drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for land surveying has become common practice in some…

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