Philip Morley organised a superb club evening which covered all you need to know about drones, he has made several films using footage from his drone and shared his experiences with the audience. Costs of operating a drone, the different types, safety issues and how to lawfully fly a drone were all discussed. Philip invited Allan Arthurs a retired broadcaster and private pilot who flies light aircraft and gliders to the club’s March meeting.
Allan runs a company, Media Techniche Ltd (www.mediatechniche.com) which provides professional aerial imaging where he works with a dedicated cameraman for most of his film shoots. Allan explained about the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) licence requirements to become a qualified drone pilot. Allan explained that a great deal of drone flying requirements are similar to manned flight as safety checks and also public safety are paramount, he also explained that using a drone could be cost effective in filmmaking as it replaces the use of expensive filming equipment such as cranes, dolly’s, steadicams and helicopters. Both Philip and Allan took their drones to the meeting and showed several of their films and before and during the break they answered the many interesting questions which came from the audience.