Flying a drone after dark can be great fun. It can also be a great challenge. Bad things tend to happen even more quickly when drone flying at night.
Join us at Iconic Locations on the Northumberland Coast, in Llandudno, in Bristol, and in Colchester, for a memorable 6 hour night-flying experience with one of our most experienced, expert, fully qualified Drone Pilots.
We’ll explain what to think about, and how to prepare, for a night-flight with your drone. Your instructor will demonstrate how to fly effectively at night, and how to capture arresting long-exposure images. You will then have the opportunity to take to the skies, with the support of your Instructor. Fly one of our DJI Mavic 2 Pro drones, or bring your own. And then the grand finale. Light painting the sky using one of our specially modified drones fitted with extra super-bright lights, to paint circles in the sky. See the photos in the gallery for examples.
At a Glance
Your tutor: One of our Expert Drone Pilots
Numbers: Maximum 6
Base Camp: Northumberland; Llandudno; Bristol, Colchester
Skill level: No previous night-flying experience required
Weather: In the event the forecast is bad for the evening of the event, we will contact you to arrange another suitable date, or offer you a full refund. The good news is, across 1,000s of lessons delivered over six years, fewer than 10% of lessons needed to be rearranged because of the weather. Who knew? The weather in the UK is not that bad, after all.
This one is really special. Flying a drone, at an Iconic Location, at night. In some ways, flying a drone at night is quite easy. The lights on a drone really stand out at night. So it is easy to see where your drone is. Unfortunately, trees become largely invisible. And collision avoidance doesn’t work in the dark. So you will need a system, that we will show you, that will enable you to safely navigate around the sky at night.
We’ll explain the CAA Rules around night-flying. We’ll get you working closely with a buddy from amongst the other drone enthusiasts joining us for this one. We definitely think night-flying is best done as a two-person operation.
We love the images we are able to capture at night. Cityscapes look completely different. The stability of the DJI gimbal is so good that exposures up to 3 seconds are possible. Which makes for creative opportunities with light-trails from car lights, for example.
The best bit, for us though, is Sky Painting. This takes a bit of planning and preparation. But when you get it right (see gallery images for examples) the results are incredible. We can’t guarantee results like these. But we can guarantee we will have a ton of fun trying.
Wrap up warm, and please bring a head-torch if you have one. We’ll supply the rest of the equipment required, including a specially adapted drone for Sky Painting, lighting for the landing area, a table for keeping the drones off the ground, and plenty of coffee.