One of the most obvious uses for UAVs is as affordable, safe aerial photography platforms.
If you’re any sort of sports fan, you’ve probably already seen one in action without realising it.
Over the course of the years, my experience with multirotor copters (and as a photographer) has allowed me to film some amazing locations in Australia, and put together increasingly sophisticated videos.
UAVs with cameras fitted will allow business to accomplish many things, including
- aerial shoots that previously would have required an expensive helicopter
- survey work – eg pipelines, building sites, roofing inspections
All you have to do is use your imagination and possibilities abound. Real estate agents, wedding photographers, emergency services and civil planners are but the tip of the iceberg in terms of who could benefit.
In Australia, current CASA regulations restrict the commercial use of UAVs to licensed operators only. Unfortunately, even a 500 gram quadcopter with less mass and kinetic energy than a cricket ball is just as restricted as a scale model helicopter capable of causing a great deal of destruction in an accident. Sadly, acquiring an appropriate pilot’s licence and Operator’s Certificate is an arduous and expensive process.
The good news is that CASA are reviewing theirs rules and that soon, we are told, vehicles under 2kg will be much simpler to license.
In the meantime, I am happy to offer advice and training to any business or individual who is interested in this new technology.
I also welcome filming enquiries from outside Australia, where local laws may differ.