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As a busy summer approaches- we are excited to announce some of the latest developments at Skyfly Video that we have been working on over the past few months. It includes recent hardware investments and new services that we have expanded into.
UAVs can also be known as drones but this name is more often used in conjunction with military use. A UAV is short for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which, as the name suggests, is an aerial vehicle operated by remote control.
Having a camera operated flying machine may seem futuristic, but UAVs are incredibly useful and very popular with many professions, from TV & Films to building & land surveying. The design will vary but it will normally have a few propellers like a helicopter and a camera that can face downwards or whichever direction you need.
In traditional survey methods you could be looking at a very time consuming process with a maximum of 5-10 hectors per day being covered. If the site conditions aren’t ideal, this can delay and even put a stop to the survey until conditions improve. If some surveys need to be taken place in unsafe locations, extra precautions need to be taken into account such as personal safety of the surveyor and team members. A UAV could cover up to 100 hectors in one day, which is quite a marked difference!
UAVs have been revolutionary for areas such as geology and archaeology. Thousands of potential historic sites have been found over the last few years thanks to the use of UAVs, especially as the UAV can fly closer or further away so every angle can be documented. Very often with archaeological surveys, old, out of date photographs can be used so this can lead to incarcerate results, whereas a UAV has been known to locate many other previously unknown historic places of interest.
Some pre planning is needed before conducting a UAV survey, you may need to take into accounts the following: weather, wind direction, suitable and safe take-off and landing places. When this has all been taken into account the aerial survey can take place. The UAV provides a live feed so you can decide to change direction or focus on a particular spot or angle so you can get the exact footage you need for your survey.
If your property is in need of inspection but you don’t want to waste the time erecting expensive scaffolding, a UAV can give you accurate imagery and videos to show where you might be having problems on your roof. If the roof is fragile condition then a drone survey will be ideal to have a close look without the risk of any roof tile breaking or becoming loose. It doesn’t take much to set up a survey of a building, mostly the land owner’s permission is needed and also to ensure that other airspace users have been notified of the UAV’s location. Other uses for drone surveying are power linen monitoring; this can be a safe way to ensure that no person is within touching distance of the power lines and therefore reduce health hazards.
Spending a fortune on scaffolding and expensive, time consuming survey companies will be a thing of the past with the use of UAVs.
If you’re planning a new project and need a cost effective, safe survey conducting then contact us today.
Why An Aerial View Reveals So Much More
The winter of 2013 will be remembered for the when Britain was underwater. The floods of 2013 brought widespread chaos across the country, halting public transport, destroying small coastal villages and leaving thousands without power of Christmas Day.
Luckily for us in our office our power remained on enabling us to charge our Drone, UAV and take it up to gain a unique perspective of the flooding across Kent. A few weeks before the main floods hit, we took a visit to the River Medway at Teston that sat just outside our office window. For the past year or so the Environmental Agency had been working on a new flood defence to stop the River Medway bursting it’s banks and flooding the local country park.
We were interested to get a unique perspective of this new defence so we flew our UAV over the Teston lock to see how the new development was holding up. On arrival it was clear that while the defence was working, it was struggling. Even from the ground where we began to setup our drone we had water lapping at our hills on the footpath. The water had breached the main sides of the local and began to engulf the footpath. You can see in the below image the railing that shows the edge of the original waterway.
Once airborne we were able to get a real sense of just how hard the new flood defences were working. From an aerial perspective you can see so much more. This for was an area we know very well having worked close by for many years, however from the air we were able to see things we had never seen before. As an aerial filming company we are able to capture places in a complete different light to how you may have seen them before.
This is the brief video we put together showing the floods threatening a few weeks before the Christmas 2013 disaster that hit this area. Shots from the video were used in the BBC 1 Inside Out Show, a special about the area. At the time, little did they know, more severe weather was on it’s way.
Moving forward a few weeks, we are now at Christmas Eve, having seen the water levels begin to rise drastically we decided that we could not afford to miss an importunity to capture this with our drone. In just a matter of hours the river level rose significantly and we couldn’t actually believe what we were seeing. Hovering about 50ft in the air above Teston Bridge, we were able to see just how far the river had bursts it’s banks. Railway lines were flooded, cars were stranded and floating in the water. Large tree branches ripped from their roots being carried down river towards Maidstone.
By using our point of view we have installed on the drone, we were able to hover just a few feet above the waterline, something a traditional helicopter cannot achieve. In addition to this we can also fly up to 400ft giving some real perspective of the surrounding areas. Our aerial photography and aerial surveying service gives our customers a unique way of capturing data, returns far better and accurate results and is more cost effective and causes little to know disruption at all. These aerial views of the flooding received a great response from the local media.
Here is some video we captured on Christmas Day 2013. Onlookers can be seen gathering at the roadside to see just how high the water level had risen over night and if you look closely you can see someone’s misfortune at judging the water level leaving their car stranded and floating in the middle of the bridge.
By using the very latest UAV equipment we are able to capture a unique perspective.
Contact us today for more information about our Aerial Filming, Aerial Photography & Aerial Surveying Services.
We were asked to take care of the Aerial Cinematography for a short documentary ‘The Three Eras of Ferrari’.
Working closely with our Director Charlie Rose, we spent a morning filming several Ferrari’s on a private estate. On arrival after setting up and conducting our site surveys we sat down with the crew to discuss the shots required. Our crew of camera operators, drivers and the pilot discussed how each shot would take place. Each driver was equipped with a radio linked directly to the Director who as able to direct the action.
Our setup is fully equipped with a live video feed that is streamed directly from the drone/UAV. This allows us to see exactly what we are filming at that moment and gives our clients the opportunity to provide direction based on the style and composition of the shots. With this live video feed, we can capture shots with ease and you can be sure we have captured what you want even before we bring the UAV back to land. As the pilot of a drone you have to be fully aware of your surroundings. In this situation we had many crew members on set, some very expensive cars and various others obstacles to negotiate. As an organisation we have been recognised for our safety procedures in our operations manual,fully approved and licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority. In order to conduct aerial work safely the crew, especially the pilot and camera operator must be on the same wave length at all times. This is essential if you want to be able to capture the shots required by our clients.
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