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An overview of recent special projects

Stormseason 2016/2017

Till sofar the stormseason 2016/2017 is not the most spectacular. Till end of December we had an autumn with only one stormy day with winds from the South, the wrong direction for high waves. Around...

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2016 overview

End of december we returned from our last end 211th photoflight of 2016. In total we were photoflying for more than 370 hours with an increasing amount of far-away missions. We visited Norway 3 times,...

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Stormseason 2014-2015

During the stormseason 2014-2015 we counted 6 days with Beaufort 8 or more and waves above 3 metres on the Northsea. Offcourse we flew the all, see the result below.

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Presentatie fotoboek Redders van Boven

Vrijdag 29 augustus vond de presentatie van het fotoboek "Redders van boven" plaats in IJmuiden. Na een spectaculaire dropping van de eerste doos boeken vanuit een helikopter voeren 4 reddingboten met...

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Stormseason 2013

October 28 and December 5 two southwesterstorms passed the Northsea. The first one developed Beaufort 10 and 11 for a short while, with poor visibility over the Sea. We took off just after the strongest...

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In Memoriam

Wednesdaymorning May 8 2013 a photoflight which began as normal ended in a terrible crash into the Northsea, 30 Nm offshore Egmond. Photographer Herman IJsseling survived and was rescued by the lifeboat...

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Lighthouses Bretagne

Beginning of February we flew to Bretagne to capture lighthouses in stormy weather. Our stormaircraft performed very well in the turbulent air near the coast. The result is a spectacular serie of...

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The first storm of the season

November 25, a stormdepression passed over the Northsea, with winds up to 60 knots and waves between 5 and 6 meters. Flying Focus executed a 3 hours flight over the shipping lanes with spectacular...

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Aztec Maiden on the beach

Friday january 20, the bulkcarrier Aztec Maiden suffered engine failure and ran aground at the beach of Wijk aan Zee, near Ijmuiden, the Netherlands. Flying Focus got special permission and took the...

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Decemberstorms

During december 2011 we executed 5 photoflights with beaufort 7 or more and waves from 4 to 6 meters. December 7 was the most spectacular flight with beaufort 10 north of Texel and waves above 6...

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Lifeboats in action

November 27 we captured the lifeboats of Den Helder and Texel in action between 4 meter waves of a northwesterly wind, beaufort 7.

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Lighthouses

During all our photoflights over the European coastline we often spot lighthouses in all kind of forms and weather, but almost everytime very attractive for an aerial photo.

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Seafog over the Northsea

During a photoflight on April 17 we saw large fields of fog drifting over the Northsea west of Den Helder. Some offshoreplatforms and large ships popped up above the low clouds. A typical weathersituation...

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Beaufort 8 over the Northsea

Friday 4 & saturday 5 february the wind was blowing with Beaufort 8 over the Northsea. Waves of 4 meter were battling the ships underway. Some ships could only make 3 knots of groundspeed!

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Storm November 12, 2010

Friday 12 november a storm with Beaufort 9 passed the Northsea. In a nearly 5 hours flight we made a lot of photos of ships fighting the waves. After landing it took us more than half an hour to...

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Photoflights over Finland

In march 2010 Flying Focus was active in the Bothnian Gulf between Sweden and Finland. In commision for various shipping companies aerial photos were made of ships in the ice up to 65 degrees North.

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Polar Photoflights

In january and december Holland was covered with snow a few times. We executed some photoflights over a beautiful landscape. Here the result!

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Icebreaking adventures

January 2010 the Dutch Markermeer was completely frozen. All the inland vessel sailing between Lemmer and Amsterdam had to be assisted by icebreakers.

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Freak waves

November 18 2009 we saw a serie of extreme high and violent waves confronting the coaster Alta Mar, resulting in an impressive serie of photos!

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First storm october 3 2009

October 3 was the beginning of the stormseason with a southwesterly storm passing north of the Dutch coast.

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Construction Maasvlakte II

Beginning 2009 a large operation started to create more harbourarea west of Rotterdam. Generally more than 6 large dredgers are working 24 hours a day to make new land for the future. An impression....

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Scotland january 2009

In january 2009 Flying Focus operated a few days near the Scotisch Hebrides to photograph the Dutch trawlerfleet during the mackerel-season. Stormdepressions were passing frequently, perfect circumstances...

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Winter 2009

An impression of two weeks Dutch winter in january 2009. Nearly everyone was skating. Ships were sailing in convoys accompanied by icebreakers. And Flying Focus was flying nearly every day!

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