Residential total immersion flying experiences
in sunny Andalucia, Spain
Following two sell-out trips to Villa Periana in 2016, we are returning to this beautiful 5* villa, in the hills about an hour inland from Malaga, for our 2017 Spanish drone flying holidays. We have expanded the programme to four trips in 2017. The firs trip in May, and the first trip in September, are aimed at people who are relatively new to drone flying. The second trip in May, and the trip in October, are for more experienced drone pilots.
Our 2017 holiday dates:
17 – 22 May ’17 SOLD OUT
22 – 27 May ’17 SOLD OUT
27 Sept – 02 Oct ‘17 3 places remaining
02 – 07 October ‘17 5 places remaining
The price for the trip is £1,125, which includes: return transfers from Malaga Airport to the Villa; single-occupancy en-suite accommodation; half-board (breakfast and dinner); all transport during the trip; group advice and support on flying from Alan Proto, and on photography and video editing from Steve Lowery
The trips are co-hosted by Alan Proto, PhantomFlightSchool Chief Pilot, and well-known British photographer Steve Lowery. Steve has been bringing clients to the villa for several years for photography holidays, knows the area well, speaks fluent Spanish, and is a keen drone pilot himself. We have a minibus and driver to get from flying site to flying site.
Set high on a hillside outside the village of Periana, our base is the 5* Villa Periana, with six en-suite bedrooms for guests, spacious grounds, a shady terrace, a swimming pool, good wi-fi and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Each morning and afternoon we will visit an outstanding area of natural beauty, in order to fly our drones. All have been carefully selected by Alan and Steve.
Some previous drone flying experience will be helpful, but not essential. Equally, there is plenty here to excite and interest the expert drone pilot. There is time at the villa between visits to flying sites to practice your flying and hone your skills.
During our 2016 trips, over the course a trip we flew a total of more than 100 batteries between us. Planning flights together, acting as observers for each other, learning to use Intelligent Flight Mode, figuring out which camera settings worked best. The learning curve for everyone was a steep and fulfilling one.
Itinerary for the trips in 2017:
Day One: Arrive at Malaga airport before 3pm, for transfer to villa in our own minibus. Early evening: first flying opportunity, around the villa. Dinner on the terrace at the villa.
Day Two Morning: Flying skills check-up; flying site safety briefing; flying technique tune-up. Afternoon: flying over a beautiful ruined farmhouse sitting in a saddle between two mountains covered in olive groves. Drinks and dinner in the neighbouring village of Periana
Day Three Morning: Working on flying skills at the villa, including DJI Go app tutorial, how to get your camera settings right for best results, and using Intelligent Flight Mode. Afternoon: Flying high in the mountains in the nearby National Park, with amazing views in every direction. Drinks and dinner in the neighbouring village of Periana
Day Four All day: Trip north to magnificent, deserted group of three lakes set in spectacular mountainous countryside. Drinks and a barbecue on the terrace at the Villa
Day Five Morning: Filming over a beautiful dry riverbed. Afternoon, flying alongside amazing orange-hued rock faces and over a deep gorge in the nearby National Park. Final Dinner at the best restaurant in the area, “El Charco” overlooking the beautiful Lake Vinuela.
Day Six: Return to Malaga airport for 11am for return flights to UK
Payment terms: £300 deposit with booking, balance payable 90 days before trip.