So Covid 19 has arrived with a vengeance and has closed down a large part of the world. Bill Gates gave a Ted Talk in 2015 saying that the next big crisis was not nuclear war, terrorism or conflict. It would be a virus and the result would remove three trillion dollars from personal wealth for the people that survive.
On the plus side I had the chance to take the drone out to one of my favourite churches and get a couple of new perspectives.
It was quite windy day but the skies were clear and dry. I hope to spend the next couple of weeks adding to my collection of views from above. If you are bored then check out that Ted talk by Mr Gates on Youtube.
A Field can be analysed in 12 minutes
Walking a field to determine areas for increased seed or nutrients used to take an hour or more and the results were sometimes as patchy as the field itself.
By deploying a drone a field can be photographed in as little as little as 12 minutes and then after processing the high resolution imagery the results can then be analysed to highlight areas of concern.
By flying at 400 feet over a controlled route plan images can be as detailed as five centimetres per pixel and once all imagery is stitched together to produce a detailed aerial view much clearer than satellite imagery.
I attended a Grow Agri event held at Pershore College sponsored by the European Union Development Fund with speakers including Drone Ag. The purpose of Grow Agri is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging growth and diversification into the Agri-Tech sector through a combination of seminars and grant funding.
Agri-Tech is strategically important for the growth of the UK economy and promotes the development of processes and services to allow the agriculture sector to transition into a modern technology enabled sector to meet future demands.
The best camera is the one you have with you.
In the good old days I used to carry so much kit that a day trip became almost a mini expedition. These days, I minimise my equipment to just what will be required on the day and in addition to the good old Iphone 11 I often sneak in my Fuji kit. Here is a video on what I take.
You can create quite a diverse range of images with a very simple camera set up. The video is a few years old now but the equipment still works fine and despite sensor and camera technology advancing fast these X100s beasts still produce awesome images.
I am often asked about Drone services and up to recently relied on a 10 metre carbon pole to get to places that ground based photography cannot reach.
This month I achieved my UAV pilot wings from a great Company called UAV8. The achievement involved a written examination and practical flight assessment and after producing a required Operations Manual was awarded a Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Once permission from the CAA was granted I also joined the Association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (ARPAS-UK)