OS Maps in Google Earth

To speed up planning aerial shoots, there’s a helpful plugin for Google Earth that allows you to show OS Maps at any point with a layer you can turn on and off, created by Gavin Brock and available here: http://brock-family.org/gavin/google-earth/osmaps.html

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Aerial Filming at Britannia Sandersteads – Day 1

For our mixed ground and air shoot for Britannia Movers International, we decided to try something new. By combining DJI’s new Osmo with our existing S900 drone, we were able to shoot everything in motion.

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Recording Sound

Prompted by our delivery of the DJI Osmo, I thought I’d put together a brief post running through the importance of getting good sound, and running through my list of minimum viable kit.

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Using LiPo Batteries in Cold Weather

With my boiler playing up over the last week and a few freezing nights whilst parts have been on order, I’m reminded of two things. How annoying it is to be cold, and how quickly the body adapts and forgets that your house is about as warm as your fridge. Batteries on the other hand, do not forget, and as we know are very temperature sensitive. This is where I could insert a pun about my wife, but as the boiler is now working and we are speaking again I’ll resist the urge.

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Calling Freelance Drone Pilots & Gimbal Operators
Please note that this article was posted in January 2016. We are no longer looking for additional gimbal operators or pilots at this time. 

Drone Air is looking to increase its freelance roster. If you are an experienced aerial camera man or drone pilot with license, we want you!

We’ve been fortunate enough to work on some exciting ITV and Channel 5 productions in 2015 and just last month went to Iceland to film for a Hollywood feature film. If you are a hardworking professional and want to work on exciting projects we want to hear from you.

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Geysir erupting at Geysir Park
Drone Feature Film Shoot In Reykjavik, Iceland
The job was simple: get some stunning shots of Reykjavik in the early morning or early evening light, with snow-covered mountains in the background, for an upcoming Hollywood feature film. Iceland’s drone laws are pretty straightforward: anything over 5k requires a licence, anything under 5k there are no restrictions, provided you keep at least 1.5km clear of aerodromes.

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Drone Air performing the drone equivalent of a camera crane shot with Channel 5’s The Gadget Show
Cinematic Drone Shots For Film And Television Productions
UAVs or drones are becoming increasingly used for film and television projects in the place of more traditional and expensive technologies. Until recently, if you wanted to capture an aerial or high-angle shot, you would have fairly limited options available to you, but camera drones have changed the way in which film and TV production companies can now perform aerial cinematography.

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Drone Air Has Been Granted Drone Night Flying Permissions!
For commercial drone companies, receiving a Permission For Aerial Work is a necessary step towards becoming a licensed UAV operator. This is a legal requirement for any drone company that wishes to sell its aerial filming services and so any authorised UAV company operating today will have been granted this permission.

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Agricultural Drones – Using UAVs For Precision Farming
Modern agricultural techniques continue to evolve at a fast pace and perhaps one of the more surprising technologies to recently have emerged is that of drones for precision agriculture. Whether they are used for monitoring crops, soil, weeds, pest, pesticides, disease, or for prospecting for new developments, agricultural drones provide an unrivalled method of analysis and offer exceptional financial savings.

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Drone Air Experiments With Photogrammetry
At Drone Air, we are constantly evolving our services, and always learning and developing new methods of aerial filming and aerial photography. Over the past few months we have been experimenting with the science of photogrammetry.

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