A HELICOPTER carrying cameras and flying low over Bathurst homes late last week sparked conspiracy theories and caused concern for many residents.
But yesterday a man with the answer to the mystery walked through the door of the Western Advocate.
Kendall Plummer’s new microdrone is small, white, carries various cameras, and has been flying around the Bathurst region for the past four months.
Mr Plummer has been testing his microdrone in preparation for launching his new business, Aerial Exposure.
“The microdrone is for low-level aerial photography,” he said.
“[It’s] mainly for real-estate photography, but really any sort of low-level photography, weddings; anything like that.”
Aerial Exposure is Mr Plummer’s part-time business venture while he prepares to gain his commercial pilot’s licence.
“I was studying for a commercial [pilot’s] licence and looking for a part-time job while I was doing it,” he said.
“I am still looking to get my commercial licence.
“I have always enjoyed flying radio-controlled helicopters, so [the microdrone] was a very natural progression for me.”
The carbon-fibre microdrone was imported from Germany and there are only a handful of licensed operators in Australia.
Mr Plummer is in the process of applying for a licence to use the microdrone commercially.
“They are very new,” he said.
“I had to get approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) [to fly the microdrone].
“It is very similar to getting a normal helicopter licence.”
One of the reasons the microdrone is still so rare in Australia may be the price – it’s worth several thousand dollars.
As witnessed by Bathurst residents, the microdrone can carry several different cameras at once.
Mr Kendall currently has it equipped with a 12 megapixel Pentax and a Go-Pro Video Camera.
The drone is operated by a large remote control but can also have a flight plan programmed remotely.
To see some of Mr Plummer’s photography click here.