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[vlog] TRYING NOT TO DROWN MY DRONE



Last week I took a trip over to Scammonden Water to try and get some drone footage for a project I'm working on. However, things didn't quite go to plan.


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Video Transcript


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Good morning welcome to today's video

and welcome to Scammodden water


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if you've ever driven a car between

Manchester and Leeds on the m62 you


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probably have seen this place but

probably never been here and that's the


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same case for me but I've always wanted

to come here and get the drone out and


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see if I can get some nice nice shots of

the landscape and the water see it


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that's the plan but I've got here and

it's extremely windy so I'm not sure if


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I'm gonna be able to get the drone out

but yeah let's give it a go but yeah


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usually the first thing I like to do

before I even get the drone out is that


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I've got an app called drone assist and

essentially it's an app that kind of


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allows me to see is any reason why I

can't fly the drone in this area yeah so


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I'm just gonna open up the app at the

moment here we are over down here at


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Scammoden water and currently here

we've got off the ground hazards which


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is the motorways the m62 is actually

goes over the dam so I'll make sure that


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I stay away from that it looks like

there's no other aircrafts gonna be in


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the area or if a drone uses so I'm now

going to create my own flight report and


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then that's probably the area that I'm

gonna fly in and so duration probably


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for the next hour or so and and

then just go drone videography and then


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create flight report and then the other thing I

probably want to check is the weather to


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see how how strong the wind is whether

it's gonna be rain the next hour or so


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and so yeah one app I like to use is

called dark skies I think it's quite


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accurate so yeah it looks like this is

gonna be rain but at the moment I can't


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see any rain and so I just need to be

aware of that if I scroll down in look


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at the wind, so the wind is going to be

about 18 miles an hour


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now the Mavic air which is a drone that

I use


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be kind of used up to around about 22

miles per hour so the wind is looking


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strong

so what I'll probably do is get the


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drone out set it to a probably a height

of about 10 meters see what the drone


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and how its reacting and then yeah kind

of take play it by ear to make sure


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being safe obviously I don't want the

drone to come out of the air while it's


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over the water or anywhere else any

other people so now you get on the car


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and head down to the water's edge see

what the winds like down there and if


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it's favorable and I think it's okay

then I'll probably get the drone out and


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yeah try and get some footage


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I've made it down to the water's edge

and it's actually not too windy down


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here but you're already here there's

that absolute drone of the motorway in


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the background I'm gonna try and find

somewhere that's a little bit


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secluded away from everyone kind of them

yeah safe place to get the drone out as


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I said I'm gonna kind of test to see if

the wind isn't too bad and then yes


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everyone get some nice shots of the

reservoir


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unfortunately yeah although I found a really good location it looks amazing


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on this occasion he seems as though it's

little bit too windy to to get any


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decent shots the drone was this going

like this and even though on the


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camera it was keeping like the gimbal

was doing this job I just didn't feel


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confident having it above the water so

yeah I'm gonna start walking back and


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towards the car when I first got

down here the wind wasn't too bad but he


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seems to have picked up quite a bit and

the waters there now there is choppy and


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so yeah maybe if I walk back along the

water maybe the wind will die down and


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I'll be able to get the drone back up

again


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unfortunately the weather conditions on

the other side of the reservoir were


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exactly the same I managed to get the

drone in the air for a couple of minutes


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and capture a couple of shots got about

ten meters and it was just wobbling


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around all over the place so for it

wasn't worth the risk and yeah brought


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it back down to ground these things

happen I guess I'm in the process of


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getting my permission for commercial

operations so hopefully in the new year


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I will be able to use more drone footage

in my client work that's it for me today


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I'll see you in the next video




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