Early morning flight

Went down to the seafront at 7am on Thursday with Jerry and his quadcopter/gyro/drone machine.  We drank tea and waited for the sun to break through the cloud then down to the beach with a small backpack that opened to reveal a flying machine and underslung camera.  After a full flight check taking in wind speed and direction and level of charge in the battery pack (only about 15 minutes flight per full charge) Jerry sent it away, out to sea parallel to the pier to get his iconic Brighton shot and several seconds of footage for his new business website Brighton Skycam.

A single frame from the camera under the drone - three motors mean it can point in any direction, and the thing is stabilised to eliminate machine shudder.

A single frame from the camera under the drone – three motors mean it can point in any direction, and the thing is stabilised to eliminate machine shudder.

I was there to act as spotter, the Civil Aviation Authority require that the machine is in sight at all times, and Jerry is looking at the screen which shows what the camera can see, therefore a spotter is needed, no matter how incompetent he may be at keeping a tiny machine in view at when its hundreds of metres away, a white machine against white clouds.

Its easier to see when its heading home.  Look closely and you may spot just one of four green lights still shining on the battery pack.

Its easier to see when its heading home. Look closely and you may spot just one of four green lights still shining on the battery pack.

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