Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Kit's Buhel

What is most remarkable about this footage is that unless otherwise enlightened we nowadays take it for granted, as with every other aerial shot featured in films or on TV.

From the outset aerial video was seen as a 'killer app' for drones that might otherwise serve few purposes beyond entertaining RC modellers traditionally viewed as geeky ~ whereas nowadays dramas and documentaries are regarded as incomplete without a sequence shot from above interwoven with those from ground-level.

And in the way that this has snuck upon us largely unnoticed over the past ten years or so, drones large enough to carry people are likely to reiterate the same evolutionary path.

Or will do if I have my way.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


For some people it stands for Visa Facilitation Service but for cognoscenti it's for the Vertical Flight Society and their database of practically six hundred separate projects around the world connected to electrical means of vertical flight. Between us we've called this latest outline the Mark V if only because I don't see another any time soon, what with it having ticked all my boxes the hard way.

It is actually listed as the Mark V (scale) as I don't want a proliferation of marques that would only confuse the public, if they not already confused enough by a dazzling array of projects worldwide. Once scaled up to adult proportions it will therefore be called the Mark V (beta) and thereafter and in fully-fledged form, simply the Mark V.

On one hand it's a naming convention I wish I'd thought of sooner, but on the other the V and IV marques of Spitfire were supposedly the best... so who's complaining?


Monday, January 3, 2022

Gone Fishin'

As part of a crowdfunding campaign in 2022 set to enlarge the prototype to include an adult, the blog continues at medium.com where development to date is recounted, commencing here: