A local man has posted a video of “Bradley Stoke from the air“, filmed from a radio-controlled (R/C) glider, on YouTube.
Greg Willis, of Diana Gardens, launched the aircraft from the area known as “The Tump” in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve and the three-minute film shows views of Bradley Stoke Community School, the Leisure Centre, The Lakes and Savages Wood.
There are long-distance shots of housing areas in the centre of Bradley Stoke and some close up views of Champs Sur Marne.
Greg told The Journal:
“I’ve recently taken up the hobby of R/C gliding, thanks to a Christmas present from my girlfrield – a small plane, which grew into a large (2m wingspan) glider following a small investment ;).”
“I’ve joined a club, the South Cotswold Soaring Association, mainly to ensure I am covered with insurance and to familiarise myself with the FAA regulations.”
“The flight complied with FAA Rules for R/C aircraft and I have insurance via the British Model Flying Association (BMFA).”
He says he decided to make the Bradley Stoke video after seeing similar ones on YouTube. Other areas filmed by Greg so far include Clevedon and Thornbury and he is already looking to cover more areas of Bristol, with a plan to film the Clifton Suspension Bridge after launching his glider from The Downs.
For the technically-minded, the glider is a Parkzone Radian and it was fitted with a Toshiba S10 camera. Launched by hand, the aircraft has an electric motor to help it gain height.
The backing track on the Bradley Stoke video is by local band The Riverbrew, in which Greg plays saxophone. He explained:
“We play covers for weddings in the South West … I thought it was a good way of publicising tracks off our CD.”
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