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  1. Palace - The representation rooms in the eastern wing of the palace – the Gilt Hall, the White Hall, and the Great Gallery – are open to the public. The central block accommodates the Duke's suite with reception parlours and private rooms, and the eastern block – a fully restored suite of Duchess's rooms. Park - The regular French style park with its rose garden, the Green Theatre, ornamental parterres and the fountain, are open for the public. In summers, the park becomes the venue for the Garden Festival. A Baroque palace cannot be imagined without the French garden, an elaborate architectural framework devised of green plantings that should manifest the triumph of art over nature. The park spreads out to the south of the palace, and Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed it together with the palace building. An artificial canal runs around the park, encircling also the palace and the stables. Although Rundāle's formal garden is but 10 ha large, Rastrelli has managed to fill it with an intricate maze of allées, cross paths, pergolas and bosquets.
  2. Viljandi (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈʋilʲˑjɑnʲˑdi]; German: Fellin) is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,407 in 2019. It is the capital of Viljandi County and is geographically located between two major Estonian cities, Pärnu and Tartu. The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Wilhelm von Endorpe. The town became a member of the Hanseatic League at the beginning of the 14th century, and is one of five Estonian towns and cities in the league. The once influential Estonian newspaper Sakala was founded in Viljandi in 1878.
  3. Complex of this manor developed at the Medieval castle that has not preserved. Ludvig Butlar got this estate as feud in 1506. This was his family heirloom for 190 years. Next proprietors were von Brincken house. As they were not so good managers, this estate was put on auction sale in 1722. Lieutenant Fridrich Kasimyr von Brucken became the proprietor of this estate in 1723. His daughter married for the third time on Jochan Fridrich von Medem in 1767. He was managing the manor complex after her decease in 1780. In 1799 he gained the title of count. In 1880 the manor was completely rebuilt so that the architectural style is now Neo-Renaissance. This was his family heirloom till the agrarian reform in 1920. After 1920 manor was separated in smaller estates and the manor-house was used for the needs of local school.
  4. Bauska Castle is situated on a picturesque spit of land where the Mūsa and Mēmele rivers converge into the Lielupe. The Bauska Castle ensemble consists of two sections. Livonian Order Castle, built in the middle of the 15th century, is the oldest one - with only ruins remaining. A more recent part of the ensemble, built in the late 16th century, is the residence of the Kettlers, the Dukes of Courland. The oldest part of Bauska Castle is the Livonian Order Fortress, built specially for the use of firearms. It is a characteristic example of Latvia’s 15th-17th century military construction. The residence-type castle, fortified with bastions, fortification walls and earthen ramparts, is a more recent structure.
  5. Estate known as Jaunmokas was first mentioned in documents in 1544. The Neo-Gothic style structure with Art Nouveau elements was designed by architect Wilhelm Ludwig Nicholas Bockslaff (1858-1945), and built in 1901 as a hunting lodge for Mayor of Riga George Armitstead (1847-1912). George Armitstead owned the manor until 1904 when it was sold to Brinken family. In 1910 it was again sold and became property of von Ungern-Sternberg family who owned manor until 1918. During Latvian agrarian reforms in the 1920s manor was nationalized and its lands partitioned. In 1926 children sanatorium was established in the manor building. During Second world war military hospital of the Wehrmacht was located in the building. During Latvian SSR there was several offices and flats located in the building. In 1976 building was taken over by Ministry of Forestry and Forest Industry and major restoration works started and as a result in 1989 manor building was turned to a museum.
  6. Likteņdārzs is a symbol created in nature. It indicates continuous recovery and growth of the nation — this is where both human and state history, the present and future meet. Likteņdārzs, not unlike the Monument of Freedom, is created thanks to donations. It has been planned as a gift from the nation for the centenary of the Latvian Republic.
  7. Heeeey everyone!!! Long time didn't post anything. Upgrading my hardware and learning Adobe Premier. Anyway here's a fresh one! Narrow Gauge Railway was built by german prisoners after the WW2. It was 28 km long some time. And yes. I smash the drone to bushes. Those tiny sticks is invisible with out leafs. Especially during the rainy day. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
  8. Monument to the Liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the German Fascist Invaders is a memorial complex in Victory Park, Riga, Latvia erected in 1985 to commemorate the Soviet Army's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. It was designed by sculptors Lev Bokovsky and Aivars Gulbis. The complex consists of a 79-meter tall obelisk and two groups of sculptures – Mother Motherland and a band of three soldiers.
  9. Venta Rapid (Latvian: Ventas rumba) is a waterfall on the Venta River in Kuldiga, Latvia. It is the widest waterfall in Europe at 249 metres (817 ft), and becomes as wide as 270 metres (886 ft) during spring floods. The height of the falls vary from 1.80 to 2.20 metres (5 ft 11 in to 7 ft 3 in) depending on the level of water in the river. 240 m from the waterfall is located the famous Kuldiga brick bridge. It was built in 1874 and is the longest operating brick bridge in Europe. Built to the building standards of the time it's wide enough for two carriages to pass. Its width is 8 m and its length is 164 m. It was modeled after the bridge on Moselle river in Germany that was erected at the time of Roman Empire. Kuldiga brick bridge was renovated in 2008 and is now in operation.
  10. Details: - City: Grobina - Commissioning: 2002 - 33 turbines: Enercon E40/600 (power 600 kW, diameter 40 m) - Hub height: 77 m - Total nominal power: 19,800 kW - Operational
  11. It was my worst flight at all times. ))) Flying around and near TV Tower, face the drone with strong signal interference and keep losing signal over and over. When I try to film ascending close to the tower it reminds me Don Quichotte story )))) Anyway I got enough footage to compile a small movie with tallest TV Tower in Europe! Enjoy!
  12. Was so blooody addicted! There're sooooo many planes, and you can visit cockpits of some of them! Alse there's is a huge collection of models! I saw some planes I even didn't knew about!
  13. One day trip to a Birzai city. City got an awesome castle with a rich history, a manor on an island and a wooden bridge thru the lake! Also there are two fantastic breweries! %-] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7vpdhz3PTA
  14. Have you flown your UAV overseas? Do you have any experiences in a foreign country? Have you looked at drone regs in other countries? Why not share some of that here with some facts for us.
  15. Shot this short video during a very windy morning at Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The cape is in the Portuguese municipality of Sintra, near Azóia, in the southwest of the district of Lisbon, forming the westernmost extent of the Serra de Sintra.This was one of the most windy flights I have ever flown and had engine power issues due to overheating as the drone had to fight it's way back from the beach, about 600meters away from the coast, facing some strong cross winds. This was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Standard and edited in Final Cut Pro X.
  16. Hi all, received the below email from Ren out of Manchester. With his permission, I'm posting. Hope this is helpful to those of you in the UK considering getting your PFAW. -- Hi Alan, Ren here in the UK. I have just undergone the process to become a professional UAV pilot here in the UK. To do this you need a permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (the UK equivalent of your FAA) and have to undergo training with a CAA accredited organisation to achieve this. There are a number of organisations that offer this service and it’s up to the individual involved which one you go with. Often this will come down to the one which offers to run the course nearest to where you live but they all offer more or less the same thing. The goal is obtain a permission to fly for payment or valuable consideration from the CAA. The process is set out below. Firstly sign up with a accredited organisation. It’s fairly expensive! Expect to pay around £1,600 (About $2,400) but you do get a comprehensive package. Part one: Attend (usually) a 3 day classroom based training course. The courses are usually taken by air professionals, either ex pilots or ex RAF (Royal Air Force) personnel. So they know what they’re talking about! This part of the course covers the basics. The theory of flight, weather, navigation, air law, flight planning, lipo batteries and how to go about writing your operations manual. Part of the course involves a flight planning scenario, here you are given a fictitious flight operation and you have to plan it according to all the air laws and regulations and brief your flight to the instructor and the rest of the class. It all seems a bit daunting at first but they make it as humorous as possible whilst sticking to the seriousness of the subject. It is actually quite good fun. I enjoyed it and obviously you get to meet other people that want to get into the professional flying sector. At the end of the 3 day course you have to take a theory of flight examination, the pass mark is 75%, so if you can get above this, you’re in! The examination is 90 minutes long and you must answer every question. I passed! Before the 3 day course (at least with the company that I signed up with) there was an e-earning element, so you cover most of the first day of the course online before you even reach the classroom. I found this really useful and it really gives you a head start and a taste of what to expect. Part two: You have to write an operations manual. This is a document that sets out how you are going to conduct your UAV business. Mostly it is to do with safety but it is quite a substantial document and will run into around 50 pages of A4 size text! It is perhaps the hardest part of the process. It took me one month to write my operations manual. Once completed you have to submit your operations manual for acceptance. Your manual will be reviewed by flight professionals. My first submission was rejected but they point out the areas that they want you to change and all you need do is amend these areas, you don’t have to re-write the entire manual! At the very beginning, they emphasise that it has to be your operations manual and relates to the type of UAV that you are going to use in your business. If you try copying someone else’s manual, they will know and it could get you kicked off the course if you try this and you don’t get your money back! After having your operations manual accepted, you move onto the final stage. Part three: Operations and flight practical test. In this you have to demonstrate that you can actually fly a UAV! You are assigned an instructor (mine was an army helicopter pilot) and they give you a mission to fly. Your job is to plan the mission according to what you have written in your operations manual and stick to the air law element of the theory element of the course. So on the day, you have to plan the mission, look out for the weather (TAF or METAR), know the type of airspace that you are flying in (controlled – uncontrolled) erect a take off and landing cordon and choose an emergency landing site. Obviously the best bit of this part of the course is that you actually get to fly your UAV. You have to demonstrate that you can fly and have good control, I had to demonstrate that I could fly in full manual mode as I had written this in my operations manual. They give you 3 emergencies to deal with on the test and you have to deal with these immediately and without hesitation or you will fail. I passed. Part of your operations manual will have to include an emergency procedures section. You have to write it as challenge and response. So for instance: Loss of GPS Signal: 1. Fight mode.................................................................................................................Change 2. GPS.............................................................................................................................Regained 3. Land............................................................................................................................ASAP Public Encroachment: 1. Safe Configuration.....................................................................................................Select If the matter cannot be resolved 2. Landing site...............................................................................................................Select 3. Land...........................................................................................................................As soon as it is safe to do so Air Incursion: If another aircraft manned or unmanned were to enter the AOO 1. Landing site...............................................................................................................Select 2.Land.............................................................................................................................ASAP The PIC would be responsible for the reporting of any incident post flight. Anyway, you get my my drift! The emergency procedures that I was given were 1. Pilot incapacitation 2. A bird strike 3. Air incursion. So basically for incapacitation you just hit the home button or turn of the transmitter, they want to see that your UAV can return on its own to the home point. Most of it is land as soon as possible. It’s all fairly straight forward but you have to remember what YOU have written in YOUR operations manual. You have then completed all the elements required. They pass you and give you a recommendation. You then apply (and pay the fee £112 – $168) to the CAA for a permission to fly. Once you have the permission you can fly for payment or valuable consideration. The permission lasts for 1 year, you then have re-apply but you don’t have to do the course again, you just have to re-apply annually. The re-application fee is £56 – $112 annually. If and when you get a new UAV you need to update your operations manual and submit it to the CAA. The fee is per aircraft by the way, so it could get very expensive if you intend to operate several different types of aircraft. You also have to have public liability insurance, you won’t get your permission unless you are fully insured. And that’s about it! It sounds hard but it’s not that bad. It took me 4 months from deciding that I wanted to do it, to finally getting qualified. All the best, Ren, Manchester United Kingdom.