A short history of Aerial Scotland

Aaron Sneddon of Aerial Scotland initially captured aerial photographs using a 3 Metre sled kite and a KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) gimbal, the gimbal used FPV and could be panned/tilted from the ground, to this day people stop to look at this non powered wonder, capturing images with the slightest breeze.

The kite proved unreliable, when there was too much wind it was like a raging bull to handle, when there was no breeze, the kite wouldnt leave the ground, never mind lift the camera and gimbal. It was time to move on to the next "Solution", the Airplane. By protruding a telephoto lens out of a moving fixed wing small aircraft the tried and tested way of capturing aerial images was used, only it was impossible to stay in the same place, there was usually only one chance to capture the image if the weather was patchy, and fuel was an issue when travelling long distances to capture aerial images. Another minus of taking images from a fixed wing aircraft was that it was impossible to do stitched imaging from low down, in fact it wasnt possible to point the lens right down at all.

Later Aaron moved on to using the Helikite, which was a hybrid 5 Cubic Metre kite and Helium baloon combination, he still uses this on client requests.

With new technology emerging, Aaron purchased his first UAV, a DJI Phantom. With a small form factor, this became useful to create aerial images within a minute or two from launch. This was only an intermediate solution, as the sensor is too small and the video/image capture limited, photo and video quality were not to standard. The camera and gimbal were removed and on went the Sony RX100, a very small mirrorless camera that takes brilliant images, but on the Phantom that was about all it could do, the gimbal wouldnt hold it because of the weight, the Phantom was Gumtree'd.

Roll on to 2015 and the DJI Inspire with Zenmuse X5 was tested then brought in, Global Aerial Photography Ltd was born. Aaron completed the practical and theory tests, then applying for CAA PFAW (Permission for aerial work). Now insured and with a permission from the CAA to work commercially, the sky is literally the limit.