It's been a long time coming, but in some respects it seems like only yesterday when videos were being shared on social media showing the future of flying cars. It's now officially with us, the first certified flying car. After 70 hours of test flights and more than 200 take offs and landings the aircraft has now recived the necessary certification.

Yes, I know, it's a little late, about two weeks late, but better late than never as they say! So yes, let's hope 2022 is a better year for all of us, and for those who pray for good weather for their work, let there be plenty of blue skies and light winds. We have a few drone jobs lined up for the first quarter of this year, the most interesting will find us chasing a large UAV around the skies of Somerset. This will be a challenge, but a project that both David and myself are looking forward to. Anyway, not a lot to write about to be honest, but only to say, keep well and stay safe.
This week found us up in scouse land, or should I say for the less informed, good old Liverpool. To be more precise, it was Seaforth docks. We were asked to capture some establishing drone shots of a series of warehouses for an existing client, and also some general views of the docks themselves. The day went well as we anticipated the arrival of rainy weather and managed to dodge the showers. Once the rain arrived, we moved inside to undertake some manual drone flying of the large warehouses. Both the production house and the end client were delighted with the results.
So, another box ticked as we settle in for the winter months. Roll on spring!

2021 has been a busy year for us at Vistaworx. The first quarter was pretty quiet for drone work, which we have come to acknowledge over the years, but then enquiries start to increase from spring onwards. Having several regular progress reports in our diary takes the pressure off things. We have flown around new developments in Avonmouth, captured material for a new Channel 5 TV gardening series, undertaken orthomosaic mapping inside Exeter flight restriction zone and launched from vessels in the Severn estuary capturing video material of the new Severn Crossing bridge. It's also been an exciting time for the launch of new drones. DJI are about to release the highly anticipated Mavic 3 (https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/dji-mavic-3-pro) which has some very interesting specifications, not least a 21Mp, micro four thirds sensor, plus many additional benefits over it's predecessors. With 2022 looming, it will be interesting to see what a new year brings to us all. Fingers crossed that it will be the start of something new and will be the start of a turning tide on covid. Stay safe.
This week we found ourselves at Avonmouh, filming B roll footage for Friday Film Productions, a Glasgow based video production company. We were capturing drone shots of maintenance work on the Prince of Wales Bridge, better knowm as the Second Severn Crossing.

Good day on Wednesday as we completed an Orthomosaic of development land in Clyst St Mary near Exeter. Once clearance was granted by Exeter ATC. as we were flying in their Flight Restrition Zone, we flew our Phantom 4pro drone to capture multiple images of this 21 hectare area which took the drone on a 10Km trip.

Last week found us flying around the biggest warehouse roof we have ever been asked to survey. Individual areas of the roof were each photographed from only 45 metrs, being annotated with a large aerial photo orthomosaic that we captured with precision mapping software. The roof area was covered by 125 hi-resolution photo files. It was a massive task and we succesfully completed the project and delivered the photo files within 72 hours.

Thank you to Clare Ellman for a five star review of Vistaworx after we produced our first corporate video for Assura... "We found Vistaworx very professional to work with. Their camera work, interviewing skills, and time management were impeccable. Their work has helped us create a corporate video that we can use for years to come."
We recently completed the fifth in our regular drone progress reporting films at Avonmouth near Bristol. While undertaking the tasks, our client asked if we'd also capture some imagery of some of the major retail warehouses that are now present in the area. Needless to say, the Amazon building is probably the most imposing.