How inspiring is it, being busy with our passion to create unique content, to run into an unmanned helicopter that can make pictures and also video in the air ? End of 2010 we started researching the pro's and con's, in spring 2011 we took our first pictures and were amazed by the quality and the results. The perspectives we can now realize are in many ways unique, especially compared to the much more expensive airplanes and helicopters.
How it works
Our OctoCopter, classified as rotorcraft, has 8 engines, connected by wires to the a pc board, that controls with the help of software the gyroscopes. Based on 2.4 Ghz. radio frequency transmission, the OctoCoper is flown by a pilot on the ground with a remote control. Through a live video link we can see on the ground the view of the camera in the OctoCopter. We always work with 2 persons for safety reasons and quality. With a second remote control the photographer/cameraman can move the camera attached to the mount left or right and up and down. The flight time is around 10 minutes and based on 2 batteries. In case of technical issues the OctoCoper will come back automatically to it's starting point.
Safety, regulations and law
Safety always comes first when using the OctoCopter. We do have permits to make aerial work and special covenants with the main airports to operate in the special zones (CTR). We strictly follow those procedures and communicate our flights when needed.
Our company was part of the initiative to start an official branch association, to deal with safety, certification, training and law. As of November 2011 DARPAS was founded and we are an official member.
When to use the OctoCoper
It's predicted that the use of remote pilot aircraft systems will grow significantly. In general used for inspections, crowd management, commercial photography & video, surveillance etc. We work exclusively for the Dutch Press agency ANP, local newspapers and magazines, so journalism is a specific area. Furthermore we do work for several real estate companies where we do offer turn key photo packages (air & ground). When it comes to video we work for corporate companies, to make complete commercials or get hired by production companies to deliver shoots for movies. For the construction sector, we perform inspections and infrared services.