WATCH: Tannum video shows potential in drone industry
A NEW business set to open in Gladstone will offer aerial photography and videography, as a trio of entrepreneurs get in at the start of what they think will be a booming industry.
Darren Jeacocke, Cory Jeacocke and Sarah McGuire will launch Queensland Aerial, based out of Tannum Sands.
They posted a video taken over Tannum Sands recently that received thousands of views in just a week.
"I put it on YouTube to show my friends and it went nuts," Darren said. "We've spent the last six months getting our licence, and have been experimenting with different things."
The business will use a high-end unmanned aerial vehicle to shoot footage and photos. In an industrial town like Gladstone, Darren expects the business to do well.
"There are all sorts of things you can use it for," he said.
"We can go up to 120m. If you need to send someone up on a roof to check a broken tile, it can result in hours of work. We can use the drone and send high definition video down immediately.
"We can inspect bridges or chimneys from all angles."
Darren, who is in a wheelchair after a BMX accident 10 years ago, is a web designer and programmer.
He controls the drone camera and edits video while Cory, an electrician and aeroplane pilot, operates the drone.
Sarah also is an aeroplane pilot and drone camera operator.
"We're hoping the business will grow into something big," Darren said.
"Australia is one of the few places in the world you can do commercial work with drones. It's an industry that is really opening up now."
What you can't do:
Fly closer than 30m to vehicles, boats, buildings not on YOUR private property or you must have permission from the private property owner.
Fly above 400ft (123m)
Fly over any populated areas such as beaches, other people's backyards, heavily populated parks or sports ovals where there is a game on.