Drone filming in central London at Westminster Cathedral
Operating a drone in central London can be a tricky and daunting task, especially when operating space is minimal and the airspace restricted. Having been operating in and around London for the past few years we are accustomed to putting the required permissions in place and informing the relevant authorities of our flights.
Photography by Ben W Yates.
For this particular shoot we had to complete a non-standard flight application through NATS, issue a NOTAM (A Notice to Airmen) and inform the Parliamentary & Diplomatic Protection of our operation. Once the PaDP were satisfied they provided us with an authorisation code that we had to reference upon calling the local ATC (Air Traffic Control) for clearance.
The biggest restriction on this project was having to maintain our operating distances. As the cathedral and school grounds were reasonably large and the building/tower exceptionally high we were able to stick to our distances whilst ensuring the shots didn’t get repetitive. Utilising a range of lens options helped massively with keeping each shot varied, we made use of the 12, 25 & 45mm lenses that are available for the X5S. As the X5S has a micro 4/3 sensor the lenses are more like 25, 50 & 90mm.