Lake District's very own dedicated aerial photography/video service using the latest drone technology. We also will provide aerial photographs and video for:- Weddings Domestic Property Hotels/B&B Commercial Property Pets Special Events Mountain Climbing Hiking Farm animal/Farmland Management Sporting Events Aerial Inspection Light Aircraft
2018 will see the Windermere Boat Show expand on the huge success of previous years bringing an element of adventure for folks of all ages on and off the water.
The shores of England’s largest lake will come alive with local companies offering water sports such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, wake boarding and sailing, plus a huge collection of vessels, new and used, from small motor boats to large luxury yachts will be on display to view with local artisan food stalls offering a taste of Cumbria to keep you going for the day.
‘Entry is free and there is something to enjoy for the whole family’, says Joe Beaumont, Event Organiser.
Windermere Boat Show 18th – 19th – 20th May 2018
Skylark Aerial Photography will have a stand at the show displaying some of the equipment used. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and be able to book site visits should you require aerial video or stills. Final editing of material can also be organised in house should it be required.
During the show the a drone will be in action recording highlights of the boat show. A live aerial video feed to Skylark Aerial Photography FaceBook Page and YouTube channel will also allow people attending to see the show in real time from the air via their phones or tablets.
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This weekend Virgin Trains is giving Penrith station an orange twist, as the Cumbrian town hosts the Dalemain Marmalade Festival and Awards.
Virgin Trains will be supporting the Marmalade Awards, which take place at Dalemain Mansion, located a few miles from Penrith station.
Virgin Trains’ Guide to the MarmaLake District
1.Situated in the North of the MarmaLake District, Penrith is 280 miles from London Euston – the equivalent to over six million jars of marmalade lined up*
2.Journeying to the Lake District with Virgin Trains takes less time than making marmalade
3.It would take 7,824 jars of marmalade to reach the highest mountain in England – Scafell Pike**
4.Zesting up Lake Windermere, which holds 300 billion litres of water, would require 882 billion jars of marmalade***
5.Lake Windermere is England’s longest lake at 10.5 miles – the equivalent to 2,397 jars of marmalade*
*based on marmalade jar having a width of 7.5cm
**based on marmalade jar having a height of 12.5cm
***based on marmalade jar having a capacity of 340ml
On a typical weekday Virgin Trains operates 30 services from Oxenholme and Penrith to London Euston.
If you want to experience the full journey to the Lake District in real-time, you can log onto BEAM, Virgin Trains’ revolutionary on-board entertainment service, next time you’re on-board.
Dalemain Marmalade Festival & Awards
These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.
The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes.
Introducing Young People to The Commercial World of Drones. Its always great to share what you do work wise with young people, especially new technology which undoubtedly will be part of their future, whether it be designing, building, consultant or operating. They may even be flying in them to work in 15 years time.
What better way to share what you do and how the technology is used than at your local school or club. Skylark Aerial Filming has demonstrated and answered many questions at our local infants school where our children go. We have also participated in producing an aerial film at a centre providing outdoor activities for disabled young people as our charity gift towards the centres new accommodation block.
Be ready for the questions from children, some of which you may have to think about.
Introducing Young People to The Commercial World of Drones
I’m now starting to take our children out on work assignments with me, they maybe running Skylark Aerial Photography a few years down the line if that’s what they want to do. But at the present time they are very happy to act as spotters and warn curious folks to stay back when a drone is operating. Of cause earning pocket money for the work they do also helps from their point of view.
However our young daughter nearly 9 years old loves the film shoots and chatting with producers, directors and presenters if its TV work. So its not only experiencing the drone operational side but meeting and experiencing how other people work in their profession, two bites out of one cake. Also being out in the Lake District where we are based helps us advise crews on the locations. Its great to talk about the history and geography of this part of the country when we are filming.
Skylark Aerial Photography will be at the Windermere Boat Show this May.
We shall also be providing aerial photography and video of the show before and during. Some of this will be used to provide coverage on social media during the show. It is hoped that a down link from the drone will provide aerial views at certain times and fed straight into Skylark Aerial Photography Facebook and YouTube channel. Visitors will be able to access the feed via smart phones, iPhone and Android devices.
Come and talk to us at the show, we will have some drones and equipment on the stand.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the show contact Joe
What it takes to start a drone business. Founder of successful aerial filming company gives a detailed account of the costs, equipment and sheer hard work that it takes to launch a drone services company.
While on the surface, the barriers to entry in the commercial drone market might not be as high as some would expect, the reality is that a modest initial investment will only get you so far. Simon Handley is well-versed in the cost and time involved in establishing a drone business, having founded his company, Skylark Aerial Photography, three years ago. Here, he gives his account of what it is like to launch a drone venture from scratch, and the sort infrastructure and investment challenges a start-up can expect to encounter on their journey.
If you are thinking about starting a drone business then you have got to be realistic about the start-up costs involved. I would hate for anybody coming into the field to be misguided and think that with an investment of £2,000 they will make money and can quit their day job. That simply isn’t going to happen – and I believe the drop-out rate for CAA renewals underlines that.
I have flown drones for 11 years and I’m also a fixed wing pilot, but Skylark Aerial Photography was only started up two-and-a-half years ago. However, we are already the most widely used drone business in Cumbria. We are now just on our 60th filming operation in 10 months up here in the Lake District for the 2017-2018 period, and we fly 200 hours on average a year.
We now generate 70% of our business from referrals, but it certainly hasn’t been easy. Business has to be chased. You have to sell yourself – drones come second. It is not uncommon to spend seven hours a day on the phone contacting potential customers and answering emails. You’ve got to be prepared to cold call and offer free demonstrations. In the end, customers buy because they like you but do not over sell your ability – and be realistic about pricing.
Like any business you have to invest in not only drone hardware but all the ancillary gear such as batteries and lenses etc. You need a professional website, marketing, accountant. You also need to be full-time; there is no way you can run a business any business without putting all your time in seven days a week, often for 12 hours a day.
If you have a well-paid job already think very hard about moving across without a solid business plan and maybe a partner who has a steady job. You do not make any money in the first two years. As any business knows, it’s the third year when you see money coming back in.
I agree that you do not have to buy all the gizmos; you buy what you have to use. I use two Inspires, a Mavic, 15 batteries for drones, Olympus lenses, Osmo, high-end Apple Mac for editing, high-end editing software and two iPads. Also have access to a DJI Phantom 4 Pro when required.
I would estimate that when I started Skylark Aerial Photography it cost me in the region of £22,000 to set the business up. You cannot run a drone business on a Phantom 4 on its own. TV crews want X5 cameras. When on location I will have two Inspires and a Mavic and the Osmo, two Ipads, DJI Goggles, 15 high speed SD cards, ND filters and business licensed long range walkie-talkies. I always need a back-up drone – DJI firmware always fails, as do drones.
Because we started with good foundations and investment, we now have three estate agents on our books as drone operators. We normally have a confirmed job every week all throughout the year from property to TV filming. In the summer this will rise to maybe three confirmed jobs a week.
We also do charity work, presentations, school demonstrations and consultation. We also practice and practice coming up with bespoke drone filming techniques. Our drones are normally replaced every 2.5 years due to the high hours they fly, however we do not just go out and buy the next best thing – a lot of research goes into the purchasing decisions that we make. Do not buy for the sake of it as it comes out of your bottom line.
I do not want to spend good money on the latest DJI drone when they regularly update with the latest drone (too often), when an Inspire 1 with X3 or X5 does the job. That’s why we did not upgrade to DJI Inspire 2s. Unless you are at the very top of aerial filming, we still have a long way to go. Personally I think the smaller the drone, the better. The Mavic is superb, it just needs a better camera. For high light levels it is very good, but it is no good in low light levels, such as throughout the winter months.
Setting up a drone business is like anything – once you get started it’s a long road but do not give up if that’s what you want to do.
Simon Handley is founder and director of Skylark Aerial Photography, a specialist provider of aerial filming, photography, building inspections and surveys throughout the north of England and Scottish Borders. www.skylark-aerialphotography.co.uk
Article also published in Commercial Drone Professional
Locator drone is a project being developed by Skylark Aerial Photography using Radio Frequency tracking.
A VHF radio transmitter is an electronic tag that emits a very high radio frequency (RF) signal that can be used to locate the animal. The drone tracks the signal using a receiver and directional antennae, which must typically be within a kilometer or less of the animal or person to detect the signal.
The tracking signal is relayed to a ground station whereby the drone operator pilots the drone to the tag emitting the radio signal. The drones camera is then used to look at the subject. Unlike thermal imaging where you have to know roughly the area and carry out a grid search pattern, the radio tag will allow the drone to track its signal the subject is wearing.
Of course the animal or person has to wear a small RF tag in the first place.
It may also be possible to lock onto another RF source such as a mobile phone and then track this with a drone.
The project is at a very early stage, but so far using some pilot skill a drone with a suitable locator has managed to detect a tag and be directed to the area of the RF emission and identify the subject with a camera when suitably close.
Do not Upgrade Your iOS to 11.2.5 like I did and now cannot fly any Inspire 1’s. Not good when your at a customers site and still did all the checks the night before only to find you cannot deploy at a customers.
Don’t know if there are any other drone operators out there reading this page. Take note if you have not updated your Apple Ipad’s to latest iOS, DON’T. Its not compatible with the DJI Go App. After carrying out all the usual checks hardware and software and check flight the night before, I find I cannot deploy at the customers. (make sure your Ipads do not automatically update as mine did during the night).
I get to site in the morning nice and early only to find Inspire will not work, like a dead duck. Luckily I had my faithful small drone as backup which worked.
Do not Upgrade Your iOS. Typical of DJI who seem not to check their firmware with Apple, strange for a $2 billion company, who are more focused on what next to launch than resolving any technical issues or making sure their firmware and apps work after updates. Considering DJI are supposed to be safety aware or so they say they need to make sure all their software works not launch the next best drone, spend some money on getting things right. Would you go in a passenger drone built by DJI. Maybe they should think that way.
From DJI – Do not Upgrade Your iOS
Please note that there are some compatibility issues between the newly-released iOS 11.2.5 and our DJI GO 3.1.24, 3.1.26 or DJI GO 4 4.2.4 apps. The drone platforms potentially affected by this update are the Phantom 3 series, Phantom 4 series with HDMI module and the Inspire 1 series. The compatibility issue may disrupt the ability of the remote controllers of these platforms to connect to the DJI apps. Our developers are working on solving this issue as soon as possible and will notify you once we have released a fix.
To minimize impact to your user experience and flight stability, please refrain from updating your iOS to the 11.2.5 version until further notice. If you have already updated to the latest iOS 11.2.5 version and want to fly your drone as we work on resolving this issue, you can choose to roll back to the previous iOS 11.2.2.
We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and will keep you posted on our progress.
Holgates Holiday Parks, filmed over a period of weeks last summer.
Following a detailed brief Skylark Aerial Photography was commissioned to provide aerial filming and stills at various locations around Silverdale, Arnside, Arnside Knott (Lancashire), Grange-over-Sands, Windermere (Cumbria). The extensive footage was to be used for a new promotional video and stills for website and social media. Two drones were used the DJI Mavic and DJI Inspire. During this period when the footage taken the weather was exceptional with a minor heatwave.
The beaches around Silverdale and Arnside are truly fantastic, open sands. However please do watch the tides as the water does come in very quickly.
Holgates Holiday Parks & Caravan Parks In and Around the Lake District
The British holiday is one like no other, where the best memories are made with family and friends surrounded by lush landscapes and fresh country air. We believe that you don’t have to go abroad to have a great holiday, and here at Holgates Holiday Parks, Lake District breaks are just a booking away, welcoming you to campsites and touring caravan sites across Cumbria.
Our parks are located close to the Lake District – one of England’s most stunning areas of countryside landscape, the Morecambe Bay, Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland, all of which will really give you the breath of fresh air you need to escape the grind of daily life.
Enjoy a Relaxing Holiday Near the Picturesque Lake District
All our establishments are dotted just outside the Lake District along the picturesque Morecambe Bay, Arnside and Silverdale shorelines. With their unspoilt scenery, protected wildlife habitats and delightful coastal villages for you to roam and explore at your leisure, there’s sure to be something to keep you entertained. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a curious explorer of the coves or you love to collect knick knacks from local stores, any Holgates’ location offers a perfectly placed base for everyone to enjoy a holiday in and around the Lakes!
Of course you don’t even have to leave the comfort of the parks, as there are various facilities to suit all ages; play areas for the kids to spend their afternoons, spa pools where mums can chill-out, or a relaxing game of pitch and putt for the dads.