Planning to ensure legal compliance.
Flyby Photography was commissioned to capture Aerial Photography of a Construction site in Southall, West London to enable the client to use these to create CGI impressions of the site.
The clients brief was to capture a number of different angles and viewpoints of the site, at sunrise/sunset on a clear day.
The site is situated within class D airspace from Heathrow Airport, the UAV of choice for the job was sub 7kg, so legally we didn't need to notify Heathrow air traffic control of our intentions, but it is good airman-ship too, and shows due diligence which they always appreciate.
A number of days passed and the weather was not letting up, with high wind speeds and constant rain, we were hoping for a decent turn, to get these images captured for the client.
A week passed until we finally got a decent break in the weather, the client gave the date the ok, and we began to re-risk asses the job.
Due to Commonwealth Meetings, there was a tempory restricted airspace implemented over the majority of London, and indeed our site, so we had to complete a Non-Standard flight application to the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) with information of our flight, we were instructed to make contact with the National Police Air Service Operations Centre, and speak with the Met Police for approval.
A short anxious wait until we got an email response from the Inspector giving us permissions to fly the morning of the meetings as long as we were grounded by 0700. With sunrise at 0557, this gave us plenty of time to capture the images that the client requested.
We are not able to share any images of this job, but below is an image captured of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sikh Temple in Southall, which is the largest Sikh Temple in London today.