On a very cold January morning, I found myself thinking whether it was too cold to fly the DJI Mini 2 over the Snowdown colliery in Kent. My outside temperature gauge on my car read 0 degrees. I have never flown any drone in freezing temperatures.
But as the stunning winters sun rise began to rise, the temperature gauge ticked over to 1 degree. I was ready for action. The Snowdown colliery is situated just outside Aylesham in the Kent countryside. It shutdown in 1987 and most of the main building still stand in a derelict condition.
I have flown the DJI Mavic Mini 2 and the DJI Phantom 2+ over this site before, but this was the first time I was going to be flying the Mini 2 with it’s 4K video record and RAW photo capabilities. With a train track running next to the site, I always had difficulty flying the Phantom and the Mini 2 at this site without getting electrical interference, but with the Mini 2 Ocusync system, connection problem were no longer a factor.
I had been given permission on several other occasions by the security guard. He gave me permission to fly over the site, but I was not allowed to actually take off or land within the premises. That was not a problem. Taking off and landing from just outside the main gates was the perfect position to maintain VLOS with the Mini 2.
My only concern was the amount of bird flying around the site. Pigeons and crows were starting to fly around the site, and they did make my a little nervous. I’ve never hit a bird before, but if it was to happen at this time, it would be difficult to retrieve. However, I need not of worried. I had a good 25 minute incident free flight over the Snowdown colliery. I was able to capture some great images with a January sun ride as a backdrop.
I now intend to go back to this derelict site once again for a sun set drone shoot in the very near future. At the moment the weather is not suitable for flying drones…too wet…too windy.