27 Oct 2014

Ten of the most beautiful drone videos of all time

As pilots urge tougher rules on drones, Channel 4 News finds some of the most memorable footage from around the web.

Airline pilots’ association Balpa wants drones, officially known as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), which share airspace with passenger and freight airliners, to meet the same safety standards as piloted aircraft. This includes only being flown by operators with pilot-equivalent training.

It is are also calling for tougher security measures at ground level to protect against control of these aircraft being seized by force or by hacking into their computer systems.

Here is some of the best drone footage on the web.

The burning man

Eddie Codel, from San Francisco, flew his drone over Burning Man in 2013, chronicling the life of the annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Bournemouth seafront

This stunning footage captures Bournemouth seafront. The footage filmed by engineer Rick Aisthorpe gives you an incredible view of the coastline.

Cambodia drone

While shooting a documentary in Cambodia earlier this year, filmmaker Roberto Serrini shot this beautiful aerial footage of the country.

Love Weymouth

This short video was a collaboration between Love Weymouth and Visit Dorset and a number of amateur drone users who gave permission for their footage to edited online.

Fireworks in Florida

This video – shot from a drone over West Palm Beach, Florida – takes you into the heart of a fireworks display.

Yacht in flames

A £10m luxury yacht in California is destroyed by a giant blaze – all filmed by a drone deployed by the captain of a nearby boat when he saw a plume of black smoke pouring into the sky.

East London

This drone is flown beautifully over Clissold Park, London Fields and Regents Canal in east London and shows people cycling, skateboarding and playing basketball.

Sunset in Cornwell

This video was shot on the north coast of Cornwall near Newquay using a remote controlled video drone.

Amateur drone

This beautiful short video was shot somewhere in the UK. Taking off from a church yard, the drone flies over a playground, an old train yard and a residential area.

Flooded Britain

Channel 4 News’ science unit wanted to look at the floods from a different angle earlier this year. So they hired a drone.