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Air Images 30th Anniversary in 2021!
2021 is a milestone for Air Images, as we celebrate 30 years in business!
Established in 1991, we purchased our own aircraft G-BEOE the following year. We still operate this wonderful aircraft, photographs can be seen on our Gallery pages.
We have a busy year ahead, both with new aerial survey flying and assisting clients who require old aerial photos for boundary disputes, planning issues etc. We have our own vast archive and are able to source and provide historical, date authenticated old aerial photographs of any site in the UK, from 1940's to present day.Please contact us to discuss your aerial view requirements.
Where is Air Images aircraft today?
Today our aircraft is safely in our hangar, waiting for Spring to arrive! View stunning air to air photography of our aircraft, in the Gallery pages.
Boundary / Planning / Land Disputes
In addition to our existing national archive of vertical and oblique old aerial photos dating back to the 1940's, we now have access to old aerial photographs from the 1920's!
If you would like to see how your property has changed over the years or require date certified visual proof of land use and boundaries from 1920's to present day, please contact us. We are currently helping to solve hundreds of boundary disputes village green applications and other land issues, without question, once and for all!
We have now launched a separate website, dedicated solely to old aerial photography, with an on-line search facility. Please take a look at www.oldaerialphoto.com
2008 True Vertical Aerial Photography, to scale
New for 2008, our aircraft has been modified with a certified door module which now enables us to provide True Vertical Photography, to scale.
Using state of the art professional digital photographic equipment, combined with extensive GPS position monitoring hardware, we can now provide Georeferenced & Orthorectified photography with huge cost savings compared to traditional methods using helicopters or twin engined aircraft.The quality of our vertical photography is second to none and is already being heavily used this season for town and pipeline surveys, along with quarries and development sites.
Samples and cost estimates will be provided free of charge; please contact us to discuss your requirements.
New Radical SR3 for 2008 - First Race Snetterton
Hexham Driver Bill Henderson enjoyed success in the opening round of the Radical Cup Championship, finishing third at the notoriously fast Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk; continuing from last years success with 10 podium finishes in the last 10 races.
New for 2008, Bill and Hexham company Air Images, are racing a two seater 1500cc Radical SR3 Supersport, which is powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa engine & has a top speed in excess of 160mph. This is the first season the Radical series has enjoyed Championship status, which has many benefits including larger entry numbers, significant national media coverage, and excellent corporate hospitality facilities for clients & sponsors to enjoy.
The Radical Championship comprises 12 races over six rounds at well known UK circuits, including Croft, Donington Park, Castle Combe, Rockingham & Brands Hatch. Bill will also be racing the SR3 overseas this year in the Radical European Masters Championship round at the world famous Le Mans Circuit in France, supporting the Le Mans Series endurance race in October, with a further round at Silverstone. In addition to the Radical race series, Bill will be racing in other selected events at circuits around the country Â– in the past month he has already competed in two rounds of the MSVR series, with races at Anglesey GP and Silverstone circuits, producing third and fourth place finishes respectively, from grids of over 30 cars.
The next round of the Radical Championship is a double header meeting at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire on 19th / 20th July, at the Dunlop Great and British Motorsport Festival event.
See pictures in Gallery Section.
Air Images currently have a part time pilot vacancy. If you are a keen, enthusiastic local pilot, please contact us to discuss. Minimum requirements: CPL 300 Hours.
In addition to Oblique and True Vertical Aerial Photography, Air Images can now offer the specialised service of Infrared Aerial Photography, perfect for crop management, insulation surveys etc. Please contact us to discuss available options.
Coastal Survey of the Entire British Isles!
Library images are available of almost every port, harbour, shipping lane, lighthouse & coastal landmark throughout the UK. Flown over a four year period, these exciting images are now available to purchase. Please contact us with your requirements. These images will be available to view online in the near future; look for the link from the Gallery page.
Unusual Gifts for all Occasions
An aerial photograph is a unique present to give for a Birthday,Anniversary or Retirement. From our vast Library, you can choose from an aerial view of your individual property or area, alternatively you may decide upon a site of special interest such as Hadrian's Wall, the City of London or any Premiership football stadium. Have a look at our Gallery pages for ideas or contact us with specific requests. Remember we can produce any size of print and offer a complete framing and mounting service.
Motorsport Trophy Pictures
Air Images have combined Motor Sport with Aerial Photography to develop the fantastic new product of ‘Circuit Trophies’.We have stunning photography of all circuits in the UK, which are produced as impressive framed, mounted pictures bearing series and sponsors or partners logos of your choice.
The response so far has been exceptional, with several series coordinators already choosing to award our individual Circuit Trophies in 2010. We have also developed a range of exceptional end of season Championship Winners prizes in the form of a stunning large framed picture containing a montage of aerial views of all the circuits a Championship has visited during the season. Please see the examples in our Gallery; follow the link to Motorsport Trophy Pictures. The pictures can be given as overall race position prizes or individual class prizes.
Air Images joins Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol!
Skywatch Civil Air patrol is a voluntary air observation & search service which currently operates a fleet of over 200 aircraft throughout the UK. During the course of our flying operations, our crew will be expected to 'Observe & Report'as required. Skywatch CAP works with all of the emergency services including HM Coastguard, and Mountain Rescue. For more information on Skywatch CAP, visit the website at www.skywatchcivilairpatrol.org.uk
Radical Race Report Donington October 06
Hexham driver Bill Henderson and the Air Images Radical Clubsport have completed their final race weekend of the season at the prestigious Great and British Motorsport Festival meeting at Donington Park. Bill was invited, by the Radical manufacturer, to race in the final round of the Dunlop Radical Biduro Championship, against the faster Radical SR4 race cars which run a 1200 Kawasaki engine and full aerodynamic wing package along with soft compound Dunlop tyres Â– compared to the Clubsport which is powered by an 1100 Kawasaki unit and runs with no down force wings and harder compound Matador tyres which are required for the Matador Powertec Championship which Bill has successfully raced in all season.
Friday testing was very wet, so it was a real plus that Bill had recently raced the Radical at Donington and the circuit and car set up were fresh in his mind.
On Saturday morning all Biduro cars enjoyed a dry 30 minute free practice session before the 20 minute afternoon qualifying session, which was to be wet and . With cars spinning off the circuit in all directions, Bill managed to wrestle the Clubsport to 4th on the grid in the invitation class, which included a number of SR4Â’s in the 19 car line up, with a fastest lap time of 1:21.595.
The weather improved and all cars left the pit garages for the first 20 minute race of the afternoon in dry set up; as they assembled in the pit lane, rain began to fall once again. With no time to change to wet tyres, the race began and chaos ensued in the slippery conditions. After a decent start, the Clubsport was one of a number of cars to spin on lap 1; Bill quickly regained control & rejoined the circuit with no damage & little delay. All drivers gingerly nursed their cars through the 20 minute race and Bill was to finish a 4th in class.
Conditions for the 2nd race of the afternoon can best be described as Â’monsoonÂ’. Torrential rain was falling with rivers flowing across the circuit and vast areas of standing water. Thankfully all cars were in full wet race configuration. Once again cars were spinning off the circuit in all directions; Bill managed to keep the Clubsport on the tarmac & finished the race once again 4th in class, conditions reflecting his fastest lap time of 1:38.121.
The race concluded a successful debut season for Bill in the Radical. Even after starting late in the season he has notched up 10 podium finishes, including two victories, from 13 races and third overall in the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge Â– failing to finish only one race at Brands Hatch. Plans for next season are well underway with Bill intending to race the in the Radical Powertec Cup championship and the 750 Motor Club Bike-Sports series, along with other invitational races throughout the country. Sponsorship opportunities are available for next season, interested parties are encouraged to contact Bill Henderson on 01434 673111.
Radical Race Report Donington / Snetterton Sept 06
The Air Images Radical Clubsport Race car and Hexham driver Bill Henderson have been back in action with back to back weekend racing at Donington Park, in the final round of the 750 Motor Club Bike-Sports Championship, and at Snetterton in the final round of the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge; it was to first visit to both circuits for Bill, so challenging races lay ahead.
After a full day testing at Donington on Thursday, the car was well prepared for the double header meeting on the Sunday. The weather was kind, with a dry track and sunny conditions for the 15 minute morning qualifying session. The fastest two laps determined BillÂ’s grid position for each race Â– he was placed 3rd in class on the grid for both races, with a fastest lap time of 1:18.12.
Conditions remained favourable for the first race of the day and after a good start Bill quickly gained position and was soon contending the lead. Spectators enjoyed a good battle throughout the 12 lap race, and Bill earned a solid second place finish with a fastest lap of 1:16.93 and an average speed of 91.59 MPH. The track remained dry but overcast for the start of the second race. Bill enjoyed a hard fought race for the entire 12 laps finishing 3rd in class.
The following Friday the team travelled the long journey to Snetterton in Norfolk for a Circuit Test day. Torrential rain kept the circuit clear of cars for much of the morning. When conditions improved slightly in the afternoon, the Radical made it onto the track in full wet setup. All was well until half way through the afternoon disaster struck as the radicalÂ’s gearbox failed. This catastrophic failure meant a complete engine change in time for qualifying at 9.00am the following morning; fortunately the team were experienced in the art of quick engine changes after full mechanical failure at Croft earlier this season. After working late into the night the car was pronounced ready and Bill was to qualify the Clubsport 3rd in Class for both races, in wet conditions, with a fastest lap of 1:32.987, whilst still learning the circuit and was pleased with a 3rd place finish in the first race of the day.Thankfully the sun appeared for the second afternoon race and the dry track promised a fast race. After lots of overtaking throughout and a very exciting race, Bill finished1st in class, with a fastest lap of 1:15.792.
So far Bill has enjoyed much success in his first season of Radical racing. Although starting late in the season he has completed 11 races and enjoyed 10 podium finishes including 2 race wins at Cadwell Park and now Snetterton. The final Air Images radical outing this season will be this weekend back at Donington Park, where Bill has been invited to compete in the prestigious Great & British Motorsport Festival, in the Dunlop Radical Biduro Championship which will be televised on Sky TV.
Radical Race Report, Brands Hatch / Mallory Park
(Press Report) The Air Images Radical Clubsport Race car and Hexham driver Bill Henderson were back in action last weekend with a busy race schedule at both the Brands Hatch circuit near London and Mallory Park, near Leicester. It was the first drive at both circuits for Bill; although his Radical still holds the Clubsport lap record at Brands Hatch Â– set in 2003 by previous owner Tony Freeman.
After a full day testing the car and set up at Brands Hatch on Friday 11th August, everything was prepared for the 750 Motor Club Bike Sports double header meeting the next day. Heavy rain arrived on Saturday morning; but, despite the wet conditions for the 15 minute qualifying session, Bill drove well and was placed 2nd in class on the grid for both races with a lap time of 55.16 seconds; out of a starting grid of 21 cars.
The track dried slightly leading up to the first race, although conditions remained damp. The Radical began the race in Â‘wetÂ’ set up, which unfortunately became a disadvantage as the circuit dried rapidly while the cars completed two Â‘green flag lapsÂ’ before the race. A few competitors elected to gamble with slick tyres, which ultimately proved the correct choice for the changeable conditions. After an excellent start, Bill was soon contending the lead with Richard Stables. After a good battle throughout the 21 lap race, Bill enjoyed a second place finish & the car was prepared for the second race in the afternoon. Conditions were atrocious for the start of the second race with driving rain and a very slippery circuit; wet tyres were definitely the only option and, after another good start, Bill was in second place, pushing Jon - Paul Ivey hard, until a spin on lap 11 denied Bill his 6th podium finish of the season so far.
The team travelled north to Mallory Park on Saturday evening, where the car was prepared for SundayÂ’s race in the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge. Once again rain was the order of the day with a torrential downpour at the start of the 15 minute morning qualifying session. New to the Mallory Park, Bill had to quickly learn the circuit during the wet qualifying to gain a respectable 3rd in class grid position with a best lap of 56.53 seconds. The rain cleared and the circuit dried in time for the afternoon race so the car was quickly changed to dry configuration. Once again, Bill was quick off the grid and enjoyed a hard battle with YorkshireÂ’s Richard Stables for the duration of the race, finishing in third place with a fastest lap of 51.70 seconds.
The next race meeting for the Radical is a double header in the 750 Bikesports series at Donington Park on 17th September then the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge meeting at Snetterton the following weekend.
2007 New Radical Prosport Race Car!
JANUARY 2007. After a hugely successful season in 2006 (13 races: 10 podium finishes, including two race wins), the Radical Clubsport has been upgraded to the Radical Prosport. With a larger Suzuki 1300 Hayabusa engine and plenty of downforce, the Prosport will be racing at circuits throughout the UK and Europe in 2007.
The car will be competing in the Radical Powertec Challenge, 750 Motor Club Bikesports Series and various invitational races throughout the season, many of which will be televised.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this highly visible car; if your company is interested, please contact us for information.
The car is currently being thououghly prepared ready for initial testing at Croft in March, before racing begins in April.
Regular race reports will appear during the season.
Radical Race Report, Cadwell Park June 2006
(Press Report) The Air Images Radical Clubsport was back in action last weekend, with HexhamÂ’s Bill Henderson racing in the 750 Motor ClubÂ’s Bike-Sports series double header meeting at Cadwell Park circuit, near Lincoln.
After trouble free testing all day on Friday, the car was prepared ready for a busy race day on Sunday 25th June. The 15 minute morning qualifying session was disjointed as it was halted twice by red flag incidents around the circuit. Although the session was curtailed, Bill managed a fastest lap of 1:38.23, which placed him eighth on the grid of sixteen starters for the first race at lunchtime. His second fastest lap time earned Bill fifth grid position for the second afternoon race.
With a good start in the first race, Bill was in second place, challenging Jon-Paul Ivey for the lead, with Richard Stables in third position. The race was briefly red flagged due to a collision between Swedish driver Ake Bornebusch and David Frankland; after the re-start, positions remained unchanged and Bill claimed second place with a fastest lap of 1:35.07.
All of the cars made the grid for the start of race two, Bill powered into the lead; once in front, he led for the duration of the exciting 7 lap race, followed by Jon Paul Ivey in second position. Bill set the fastest lap of the race at 1:33.87, with an average race speed of 83.34 MPH and was first past the chequered flag, winning the race, 0.24 seconds ahead of Ivey.
After two third places at Croft earlier this month, the race win and second place at Cadwell were encouraging results from four season starts by the Radical.
Radical Race Report, Croft June 2006
(Press Report) Hexham driver Bill Henderson had an eventful debut outing in his Air Images sponsored Radical Clubsport, at the third and fourth rounds of the Matador Powertec Radical Challenge at Croft circuit on 3rd / 4th of June. Bill acquired the car in March this year and after successful test sessions at Teesside Autodrome and Croft during May, all looked well for the double header meeting comprising a qualifying session and race on both Saturday and Sunday.
Three 20 minute test sessions were available to the Radicals on Friday afternoon. The first two sessions were successful, but 10 minutes into the third session disaster struck when the ClubsportÂ’s Kawasaki 1100 motorcycle engine blew catastrophically.
After working well into the night, the damaged engine was removed and the car prepared for the replacement engine, which would arrive at the circuit early Saturday. Despite all efforts, the car was not ready for the morning qualifying session but, with only an hour to spare, the car passed scrutineering and was ready to race. Circuit officials allowed Bill to complete three mandatory familiarisation laps between other races and permitted him to start the ten lap race from the back of the grid. The race went smoothly and the new engine performed well with Bill finishing third in class, with a fastest lap of 1:31.025.
Sunday morning qualifying saw Bill placed 9th on the grid for the afternoon race, with a time of 1:30.833. After a lightning quick start Bill led the Clubsport class for six laps before a spin at the Hawthorn Bend cost him 7 seconds. After a good recovery, Bill once again enjoyed a 3rd place finish with a best race lap of 1:29.930 and an average speed of 83.15 MPH.
The carÂ’s next race is in the 750 Bike - Sports series double header meeting at Cadwell on 24th / 25th June, followed by a Radical Challenge meeting at the Pembrey circuit, in Wales, at the end of July.
BBC Match of the Day
Air Images provided aerial photography of Newcastle upon Tyne which was broadcast on Saturday 18th February 2006. The sequence, titled 'North Eastenders' dispayed a high level vertical view of Newcastle, centered on the River Tyne, to introduce the Newcastle United FA Cup tie. The image was displayed in the style of the 'Eastenders' title sequence, accompanied by the show's theme music.
Case Study 2:
A private client was looking for any available aerial photography of his farm in Leicestershire, from 1985 to present day, to assist in a boundary dispute with a neighbouring land owner.
We were able to offer the Client previews of photography from 1987, 1991 and 1993. The 1991 image was most suitable for the case and a print of this photograph was supplied.
'Thank you so much for locating photography of our property. We received the print this morning and are absolutely delighted with the result. The photo shows exactly what we wanted to prove and we are confident that we will now have a successful outcome.'
Case Study 1:
This was an extremely 'date specific' request where our Client was looking for all available vertical photography to show an area of the River Thames embankment between January 1988 to September 1989. The photography would be used as evidence to in a long running and very costly legal dispute.
Air Images were delighted to provide two prints to this customer, one taken August 1988 and one taken May 1989.
'Just a quick note from us all to thank you very kindly for all of your help, both in discovering these photos and getting the best from them in order to suit our purpose. Hopefully they will make a big difference to our future.'
Archive Vertical Photography - Case Studies:
We are asked to provide historical aerial photographs for many different reasons, usually for a boudary or planning dispute of some type.
Below are some examples of some recent specific requests and details of photography we were able to provide, along with client feedback received.
Channel 5 - Ident Image photography
Air Images Ltd. are delighted to have provided vertical aerial photography which, will be on television screens for the next two years. The sequence, which promotes the Channel's identity between programmes, show a Skydiver's view of the British countryside below.
Air Images Radical SR3 Racing 2010
Hexham Driver Bill Henderson enjoyed success in the opening two rounds of the Quaife Radical Championship, with two class wins at the double header meeting at the notoriously fast Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. With an average speed of over 85 mph in torrential rain, Bill finished both races almost a lap ahead of his nearest rivals.
For the third season Bill and Hexham based Aerial Photography Company Air Images, are racing a two seater 1500cc Radical SR3, which is powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa engine & has a top speed in excess of 160mph. The Quaife Radical Cup enjoys Championship status, which has many benefits including full grids of over 30 cars per race, significant national TV and media coverage, and excellent corporate hospitality facilities for clients & sponsors to enjoy.
The second Championship round was held at Oulton Park, in Cheshire, on the Island circuit. After another wet test day on Friday, the circuit dried & conditions were perfect for race day. Mechanical issues in Qualifying meant that Bill had to start the race from the Pit Lane. After a steady start to warm tyres & brakes, he began to make his move and rapidly rose up the order to take the lead of the race on the penultimate lap, with an average speed of over 95mph. With half a lap to go before the chequered flag, the technical gremlins returned & the Radical was stuck in fourth gear. Bill managed to nurse the car over the line in a very respectable third place, unfortunately losing two places in the final moments of the race..
The Championship comprises races over eight rounds at well known UK circuits, including Donington Park, Castle Combe, Rockingham, Brands Hatch Thruxton & Pembrey. This year Bill will also be racing the SR3 in other selected events at circuits around the country, including the MSVR series and Open Sportscar Championship.
This page will be frequently updated with details of specific forthcoming flights.
Although we are constantly flying throughought the North of England and Central Scotland,
we do operate nationally. Flights to the far North of Scotland or the South Coast of
England, for example, are less frequent - we will therefore outline any major future
flights on this page. Major savings are available for Commissions in areas where we
will already be flying!
Periodically we have Special Offers available for Commissioned Photography; any current offers will be listed here.