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Skywriting & Skytyping.

HM The Queen - Pilots Mark & TomA picture speaks a 1000 words. Over the years I’ve been asked to skywrite messages. To do this successfully the weather conditions have to be perfect. No or little wind, blues skies and an inversion layer low enough to be able to climb over. Typically the heights used are 10,000 ft and higher. 

Turbulence caused by heat rising in the lower levels soon disperses the smoke, hence the need to get as high as possible, even 16,00 – 18,000 ft with oxygen. Higher the better basically but outside of class “A” airspace (airline routes). The next issue is the upper winds, these are nearly always a totally different direction and speed to those lower down making positioning the finish art difficult. When conditions are right the effect turns all eyes skywards 🙂 

In the UK it’s illegal to “skywrite” advertising/ marketing. So currently the industry can only write symbols, the love heart and kisses being very popular at weddings. The RAF Red Arrows team also do hearts. After flying a “love heart” for the Queen at the Kelpies opening ceremony we flew the St Andrews Cross/ Saltire. 

For weddings hearts can be done at low level right in front of the audience or at 10,000 feet visible for miles around. Hearts, kisses and smiles being the most popular. 

Presently all-party parliamentary group (APPG) a cross party group of MP’s, Chaired by the Right Honorable Grant Shapps a current pilot. The group is constantly pressuring the CAA to make rules changes and help general aviation in the UK. The General Aviation APPG is largest in parliament with approx 220 members. 

At the earliest opportunity having in mind that Brexit is so time-consuming pushing back legislation, a bill will be presented to legalise Skytyping enabling aerial advertising to take place. Soon it will be legal 🙂 

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