Welcome to The Drone Lass Blog – a bit about me
I come from a production background, I have done everything from Sound recording, camera assistant and camera operator, to self-shooting PD (producer director). I have worked on science and historical films explaining complicated science theories and I have worked on TV productions in the UK for over 16 years. As a camera operator my work includes News, Sport and documentaries. I am based in the North of West of England but travel anywhere, the world is a small place.
I love cameras and tech and want to get the best out of the equipment that I use, to be creative. So with that in mind, I had been thinking about drones for about 2 years when in March 2015, I saw some footage online that just made me realise to move forward with my visual story telling. I had to learn to fly a drone to up skill. I am loving every second. I like to research any purchases, extensively to ensure I am armed with all the facts.
This has lead me to start this blog. I should share my findings on everything I know, mainly because there was no one I could go to ask. You’ll find there are a few commercial drone operators or companies in your area and some will share their knowledge and some will not. There is probably not as much work about as you would be lead to believe by the sales departments of the training companies. The TV gigs few and far between but it is a growing industry and so I would never put anyone off. You need to be realistic this is not a golden egg laying goose. There are downsides to everything.
The people that will share their knowledge are very few and far between. I had no one to go to apart from the companies that sell the training and sell the equipment.
So that is why I will be telling you how the process works here in the UK to obtain you all important CAA permission for aerial work PFCO
The all important CAA PFCO– you are going to have to learn a lot of acronyms! I will be sharing all I know, and all I don’t as I make mistakes and share my learning process. I don’t confess to know everything there is about drones and cameras. I am presuming that you are already involved in photography, camera operation or TV production. In this area you may already be very established perhaps more than myself.
But please don’t think that this is the only area of drone industry, its vast and growing. Farming, Agriculture, Site surveying, Policing, Search and rescue alongside humanitarian to name just a few.
Thanks for flying by – sorry I could not resist
tweet me @thedrone_lass and I will try and answer your questions
I have my CAA PFCO and Operate Commercially as Kaiser Aerial Media