As a 'hobbyist' drone flyer and video editor, the scale and shape of the site means I cannot fly near it. I need to engage a professional to fly the done and supply me with footage for me to edit and share with BFC fans
Following legal advice, it is debatable if my continued flying as a hobbyist is clearly within the law, particularly as the land of the new stadium now has "structures" upon it. Therefore I cannot, and will not, fly as a hobbyist drone as I have done to date.
Instead I wish to engage a professional drone company that is licensed by the CAA to capture footage from a safe and legal distance. I will still edit the footage into a video that I will, from time to time, publish on YouTube to keep BFC supporters updated on progress of our new stadium
At the same time I am engaging with the club and developer to see if I can obtain footage from their own drone flights which will be taken from closer to the stadium. Negotiations continue.
The above aside, the club/developer is unlikely to produce footage more than once per month in a difficult site surrounded by rail and other infrastructure that requires specialist and unique permissions. That is fully understandable.
This fundraising is to bring professional drone footage licensed from the CAA from a legal and safe distance away from the new stadium on weeks that the club/developer does not provide such footage, but I believe can still bring quality updates to all BFC fans, and will provide a long lasting legacy of the documentation of the new stadium build.
To date I have funded all the costs of the drone flights and this has been a significant outlay. In the very unlikely event that donations surpass the my direct costs on producing the drone videos then any surplus funds will go to the Brentford FC Community Trust.
Thank you all for your fantastic support of the drone so far, and here's to many, many more updates.
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