Blog 35 - Midlands Air Festival
This was a new event for the Midlands at Ragley Hall, featuring a varied type of aviation with classic WW1 & 2 fighters, aerobatics, classic jets, flying circus, helicopters, gyrocopter and there will also be a full hot air balloon festival with up to 50 balloons expected and some massive special shaped character balloons. They turned the front lawns of Ragley Hall Hall into a fully fledged runway.
Once dusk happened the Hot air balloons performed to music a glow from the burners great event and captured some interesting images, plenty of food and drink stalls or bring your picnic and chairs and fun evenings entertainment.
Talacre Lighthouse also known as the Point of Ayr Lighthouse is a grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales,it was built to warn ships entering between the Dee and the Mersey Estuary. It was eventually fell into disuse and was decommissioned in 1884. It is now a privately owned residential property.
Its a great area to explore and the beach is very open and during the summer very busy as its next to a holiday park.
Another early start hoping for a great sunrise but arrived to nothing but clear and boring and as the sun rose was just a very bright blue sky, and suddenly every one appeared walking their dogs so got a few aerial shots before it got busy then setting up in the dunes with a Lee 15 stop ND filter to make something of a shot of this lighthouse.
Great location and certainly go back, here are a few from the day:-
To do anything commercially within the UK with a Drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) you need to have a PFCO a permission for commercial operation, so after long time thinking and saving! I bit the bullet and after a lot research i found a company called UAV8 that deliver Drone Pilot Training they are a company approved by the CAA that consist of 13 Military Pilots and instructors that deliver first class training to a very high standard that have incredible experience in unmanned and manned aircraft.
The course is split into sections of Theory + Exam, Flight Assessment and comprehensive Operations Manual, This takes aprox three days of classroom work and serious amount of time after to put your manual together once you have done this you can apply to the CAA with your certificates, operations manual and comprehensive insurance + a fee they will vet and approve once satisfied all correct.
Know one owns the airspace in the UK but the CAA look after the safety of the airspace so there are rules for flying in this airspace and drones have been included as like any other powered aircraft that use share the sky.
Very simply you can fly a drone to height of 400ft from the surface, you must keep it in visual line of sight and you need to keep away from built up areas, people and properties.
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