Registration mandatory from: 30 November 2019
The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme will go live on 5 November 2019 (please note that you cannot register before this date). There will be two elements to the online system. Anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to register as an operator. The cost for this will be £9 renewable annually. Anyone flying a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to take and pass an online education package, except if you are an approved commercial operator. This is free and renewable every three years. Both of these requirements become law on 30 November 2019. From 5 November 2019 the system will be available at Register-drones.caa.co.uk.

It's reported that John Lewis have stopped selling drones because of the chaos caused at airports. They took the flying devices off shelves in May because of growing concerns over their misuse. Drone sightings at Gatwick in December caused the cancellation of around 1000 flights or diverted over a 36 hour period, affecting more than 140,000 passengers. Other airports were also forced to suspend flights for several hours due to drone activity this year, including Heathrow. In my opinion this is agood move. I don't think drones should be available to buy in high street stores, they should only be sold in specialist retailers.

Our last visit to Hinkley Poiunt with David Hart was to capture multiple drone shots of the world's biggest crane, named Carl. The Sarens SGC-250 crane can reach higher than the tallest tower at London's Canary Wharf and carry 5000 tonnes in a single lift. In fact fully extended it reaches
250 metres! That height is really hard to comprehend, A good day's drone filming with the final shots making the news on ITV, BBC and Sky.


We've been extremely lucky this year, as David Hart and myself have had a regular progress reporting contract with Galliford Try, a major construction company responsible for building a motorway junction on the M49 at Avonmouth. It's been a fun project to be involved with, and David and I look forward to working with this great company again in the future.

I'm pleased to say that for the past two months we have been kept very busy. From chasing cruise liners arriving in the Solent and filming for Canon UK, through to shooting drone aerials of one of Somerset's biggest agricultural shows, the Mid Somerset Show, things have been exciting! Here are a few pics from our latest project...