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UK Drone Pilot Blog Aztechdrones carry out Roof Surveys and Roof Checks for building inspections in connection with developments, insurance, mortgage and other lending facilities and drone mapping for commercial clients. Using a fully qualified drone pilot UAV company provides you with peace of mind that all of the necessary pre flight checks and permissions will be carried out before the day of flying and filming. This is very important for flying commercial drones as in most cases they are larger and heavier than domestic drones.
Drone Pilot UK Blog
Welcome to Aztech Drones Website with new branding for 2022
Starting up a business during a pandemic did not seem possible business wise, but with determination and focus it ended up a busy 2019 and 2020 saw further progress gaining work in various sectors, producing content to build our portfolio up further.
Investment in new equipment for aerial filming early in 2021 then later in the year purchasing ground equipment, DSLR’S and gimbal’s which used up all our finances, these were quickly, replenished, as we turned our hand to the Wedding market.
With so many that had been cancelled due to the pandemic, suddenly coming on stream, and a large demand, completing eight in a very short period and we now have an affiliation with a large, branded Wedding company for 2022 working alongside Applydrone.
2023 Brings more investment with the addition to the fleet with the DJI Mavic 3 PRO
Improved image quality for photography and film, its already our go to DJI Drone and we are looking forward to more flight action for commercial and broadcast clients.
New Work for
adidas | Liam Gallagher
Blackburn & Darwen Council.
Drone Pilot for hire to carry out music video filming commercial filming, photography, roof surveys and mapping for land owners.
This video documents the installation of an adidas Spezial banner ahead of a Liam Gallagher gig in Blackburn.
The event is to promote a Spezial trainer partnership with adidas – and raise money for local homeless charity Nightsafe.
Liam will head to King George’s Hall on Wednesday, April 27 for the one-off gig ahead of his stadium tours and release of his third solo album on May 27th.
Supporting band, The ILLICITS will be releasing their new single “Play your part” on the very same day as the gig in Blackburn.
Blackburn with Darwen is recognised, as the birthplace of Spezial and the concert will be the first time Liam has ever performed there.
Aztech Drones are proud to also be covering the event on Wednesday evening with adidas
Check out Our Drone Work for Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher ‘Better Days’ New Video
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2023 | Video marketing value
Promoting your business or event with video
Promotional video content is an engaging way to sell something to your customers. It’s also a great way to show off your business. Companies that use video in their content marketing campaigns can see a 34% increase in conversion rates which in turn, leads to more sales.
We have recently completed another promotional event video for one our client’s Solidor,a part of the Masonite group, who certainly know how to market their business, being one of the UK’s leading composite door manufacturer’s, ensuring the UK market know who they are and what they do, via video.
Video marketing also improves SEO and boosts conversions and sales. 31% of marketers add video to improve SEO. Websites see a search engine boost when they add video because it increases page quality, and the time visitors spend on the page.
“Content is king”
Video marketing is the most effective way for you to get someone’s attention and engage them for a substantial period of time. Keeping someone engaged is the best and quickest way to gain their trust. Gaining trust is the only way to convert your audience into happy, long-term clients/customers/subscribers.”
That trust is the reason video is relied on by some of the largest brands in the world, with the chance to grow even more with the emergence of mobile and other technologies.
We have found over the last two years that the length of videos is critical to keep your audience engaged and now aim for 2 minutes or less on platforms such as Tik Tok and Instagram, with longer versions for in-house use on screens within the client’s premises or outlets.
Whether that value is educating your audience to your process or products you sell showcasing your company events displaying the human side to your business, videos add something to the life of the people watching.
We can create promotional videos of your manufacturing facility, highlighting your process, with immersive FPV (first person view) fly thru’s, ground and aerial videography, talking headshots introducing the company or event.
Our new Drone reel captures various work, that we have completed in 2022 to date, travelling everywhere in the UK, including Guernsey in the Channel Islands for a portfolio trip.
Mapping missions and coastal surveys for Blackpool Council and Bourne Leisure in North Wales supplying Orthomosaic maps and images, we also provide these for small landowners who wish to have aerial data of their assets.
We have also been providing Media companies with 4K aerial footage for promotional purposes, website content, music videos and more, recently working on commissions for Liam Gallagher in Manchester and Blackburn.
Our London Based client required film footage of Manchester and a total of 32-360 degree panoramas to showcase the area where developments were being built.
Working with a Birmingham based Film Studio, filming mosques and Synagogues in the Birmingham area including a Buddhist Vihara to complete a film for Birmingham Faith Visits.
Our recent commission at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket allowed full access to the stadium with permissions in place filming for one of our new client’s promotional videos and social media clips for Tik Tok and Instagram.
Roof surveys in Gateshead on a large quay side development with a complex roof layout for our surveyor clients.
Gathering the harvest in Wigan Lancashire capturing the process for silage production to feed cattle in the winter months
Chasing steam trains in Staffordshire for Churnett Valley & Foxfield Railway and over the Marple Aqueduct in Stockport
FPV flying indoors for one of our manufacturing clients to be part of a promotional video for the company website.
A wedding at a Church in Lymn Cheshire and St Asaph in North Wales and the beautiful Amlwch Port.
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The start of something Beautiful in Manchester
Manchester Evening Skyline
Beautiful Manchester skyline at night including Elizabeth Tower Beetham Tower and West Tower Deansgate.
Birds Eye 360 View of Liverpool & Blackpool
Liverpool City at Night 360
Night-time Aerial 360 photography showcasing some of Liverpool’s iconic buildings in the moonlight
The liver, Cunard, The Port of Liverpool and Albert dock, then looking across The River Mersey to Birkenhead and Wirral.
Mapping of The Blackpool 8 Mile Coast using 360 Photography to Assist
Capturing the Blackpool coastline over 2 days including 360 Panoramas at each take off and landing point, for the Blackpool Coastal team and stakeholders to assess whether further sea defences are required in the near future.
Coastal and land surveys by Drone are a cost effective and efficient way to get a bird’s eye view of your asset’s, using the data in presentations, clients can make qualified decisions from their desk- top.
High-Quality Drone Services at every Price Point with project-based pricing for drone photography, filming, mapping and 360 panoramas.
Aztech Drones Photography and Film Services produce high-resolution 360° interactive aerial panoramic photographs for all types of business and services.
360° virtual tours give you the feel of being there up high with a birds eye view where you can turn around 360° and look closely at ever detail.
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Drone Surveying & Mapping
Drone Land Mapping
Aztech Drones plan & program using specific software, enabling our Hi-res camera drones, to map large areas of land to bring together in one map (Orthomosaic), for ecologist field studies or construction site development over specific time periods, each image taken is also geo-referenced which enables the client to accurately pinpoint specific arears.
An Orthomosaic is a photogrammetrically ortho rectified image product, mosaicked from an image collection, where the geometric distortion has been corrected and the imagery has been colour balanced to produce a seamless dataset.
Put simply an Orthomosaic is like Google earth, but so much sharper, it is a large map-quality image with high detail and resolution made by combining many smaller images called orthophotos, other dataset information such as elevation can also be supplied.
No Need for Scaffold Structure
Two of the six flight paths of 40ha used to create Orthomosaic map
2 x Images of 984 taken
Below is a recent review from our ecologist client for a large coastal Drone mapping mission we completed in Pwllheli North Wales in May 2022
I am an ecologist and was asked to produce a detailed vegetation map of a c.40ha sand dune and heathland SSSI in North Wales. Since aerial coverage available from my usual sources was out of date, I commissioned Mark and Aztec Drones to fly a new survey. This is the first time I have organised a specific drone survey and I have been extremely pleased with the results, which enable me to pick out and delineate the main vegetation types during my field surveys. The resolution achieved was very impressive and allows me to pick out very small-scale features that help a great deal when navigating around the site.
Mark spent a lot of time preparing for the survey and was very patient in waiting for perfect weather conditions so we got the best results possible. The survey yielded over 984 individual photographs, taken on a grid pattern from four separate take-off points. Mark then processed the information and provided me with a single composite image that was fully georeferenced, and readily useable in my GIS software or Google Earth. I will certainly use this approach again for future projects, especially those involving such large and complex sites.
Peter Tattersfield- Ecologist on behalf of Bourne Leisure
Although the weather had been challenging for drone pilots during January, we travelled to Reading, Preston, and Lancaster, to complete the aerial roof inspections, supplying aerial photography of each roof for our clients to include in their general site survey reports.
One of our recent new clients in 2021, are a large UK food manufacturer, who approached Aztech Drones, after the Facilities and Engineering Manager had been investigating the use of Drones to reduce the risks of “working at height” for the inspection of “explosion vents” sited at the top of 15-meter-tall silos, they use these in their manufacturing process, and 12-weekly cycle inspections are required, should these become blocked it could cause the silos to explode.
After a successful visit in 2021 providing HD images of the safety vents, we completed our second visit in January 2022, and the use of drones has now been adopted by the company, removing the risk to Engineers who previously climbed a ladder up the side of the silo’s taking 2 employees some 45minutes to complete versus Drone 10 minutes, removing the need to “work at height “ and at a reduced cost.
During this visit we also completed a full Aerial drone roof Inspection/survey to further demonstrate how the use of drones can significantly reduce costs, risk and are more efficient, completing in hours, not a week as previous way, covering more than sixteen roofs on the factory site, this is a six-monthly requirement to ensure all factory roofs are in good order as per the company preventative maintenance plan. This has been previously costing the company £6,800 twice annually for a two- man team, with cherry pickers and scaffold to investigate the roofs for cracked asbestos sheets or delaminated steel ones, blocked gutters, and skylight condition, Drone cost is a significant saving per visit producing multiple images and a detailed map for the client.
A Great start to 2022 for Aztech Drones
With more companies adopting drone technology, we have had commissions to complete drone roof Inspections for our UK Surveying clients, the type of roofs differs. but a sizeable percentage, that we deal with are metal clad and these are on newer manufacturing facilities, older buildings have either membrane over plywood or asbestos the latter does not lend itself to any foot traffic, without significant costs of scaffolding, footboards and an experienced roofing company being involved. Drone Aerial surveys performed are for either dilapidation, purchase, or general maintenance purposes, safeguarding the clients against any unknown costs of remedial work if needed.
The company have now rolled out drone use to all their sites in the UK after proving Drones can save money and remove risks to the workforce, Aztech Drones will be supporting them during 2022 and beyond and are now an approved supplier.
Choosing the right drone for the job
Selecting the correct Drone for each job is of paramount importance, considering the client’s requirements, safe distances for take-off and landing, Airspace, and permissions
Our Mavic Pro 2 & Mavic Air 2 requires thirty meters separation from people, roads, and buildings not under our control, the Mini 2 would be our choice for proximity work but still considering the area where the flight is to take place.
Aztechdrones choose DJI Drones
We have currently three Drones we use on various jobs dependant on location, client requirements, and job type, all have similar flight characteristics, but the Mavic Pro 2 is our go to for quality images due to the Hasselblad camera with shutter and aperture control producing 20mp images
Our newly purchased Mavic Air 2 is equally as good with the facility to take 48mp images and is a pleasure to fly as are all DJI Drones once set-up to operators’ preference.
The Mini 2 weighing in at 250g is a god send for most commercial pilots opening new doors to enable flights in areas otherwise unsuitable for the larger heavier drones which require more space to operate i.e., 30 meters for take off and landing
The 3-axis stabilized gimbals offers exceptionally smooth footage and OcuSync 2 enables long range and HD live video streaming. All our Drones can achieve 4K footage, 2.7k 1080P HD with varying frame per second, using our DJI Smart controller we can also have HDMI to a second screen for client viewing
Filming Days for Drone Blog UK Pilot
We were issued with a full brief as to what we needed to be capture and where, no specific heights or angles, which we used our creativeness, all permissions were in place prior to the shoot authorised by Blackpool Council and Highways Department, no air traffic control permission required as we did not enter the FRZ,
Shooting took place over 2 days and we were blessed with some great weather, arriving on site at 4:30 am and set up ready to fly within 5 minutes to capture a beautiful sunrise behind the Tower, the sea breeze when flying out to sea was somewhat troublesome but the Mavic Pro 2 & Mini 2 handled it very well and provided some great extra footage which was unfortunately not included in the final cut
2021 Blackpool early start for media Co
A recent commission in Blackpool was completed working for Midtown Brothers Media, creating a documentary “Maintaining Blackpool’s Tram Network, with early morning starts and long days to capture the Tram’s at work in specific areas of Blackpool
Different roof and location
There are so many different roof types, at varying locations, the choice of Drone to be used is decided at the initial planning stage during the Pre-Site survey, mainly consulting Google maps and checking airspace, and surrounding area, all our Drones provide sufficient quality images for the purpose of assessing a roofs condition.
Roof Surveys Drone Blog UK Pilot
It is becoming increasingly popular for most mortgage lenders to insist that potential borrowers instruct an established experienced roofing contractor to inspect the roof of a property they are considering buying.
Arriving on site we assess the shape of the roof from ground level and surrounding area to ensure we have VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) during the flight whilst obtaining the images required, sometimes we have to move controller position to ensure this is maintained at all times, the Mavic Pro 2 and Air 2 can work at elevated heights from the roof due to being able to crop and zoom into the images without any quality loss, the Mini 2 with a zoom facility is a little workhorse that can get up close and personal to ensure all valleys and gutters are captured for the Surveyors or clients
Drone Blog UK Pilot further information about Aztechdrones
Aztechdrones UK Drone Pilots carry out Roof Surveys and Roof Checks for building inspections in connection with developments, insurance, mortgage and other lending facilities. Using a fully qualified drone pilot UAV company provides you with peace of mind that all of the necessary pre flight checks and permissions will be carried out before the day of flying and filming.
Aztechdrones fully white labelled roof inspections reports can be provided, creating maximum efficiencies on turnaround and quotations as part of our business to business support commitment. Our services can provide a comprehensive basis for an accurate estimate. For more information please contact Mark direct at Aztechdrones.
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