Tim Whittaker Photography has, over the last 3 years, been trialing and developing the Photodrone or UAPV (Unmanned Aerial Photographic Vehicle) and now has a stable high quality working platform
It has a GPS guidance system, gyroscopically stabilized, FPV (First Person View) allowing remote control using a video link. On board also there is an HD video camera and a Hi-Res stills digital camera independently controlled. The video link can be viewed by the client in real time during the flight.
The Photodrone is in addition to our fleet of services for Aerial Photographic options complimenting our fixed wing, helicopter platforms.
Primarily focusing on 3 services;
- Vertical Imaging
- Oblique Imaging
- HD Video (with live in-flight streaming)
Some of the uses will include;
- Elevated Real Estate photography
- Police crime scene surveillance
- Fire scene work
- Promotional HD aerial videos
- High Structure inspection
- Disaster zone work
- Municipal Property
- Civil Engineering projects
- Televison News
Tim Whittaker Photography & the Photodrone are based in Hawkes Bay but travel throughout the country.
Tim Whittaker has over 25 years commercial and aerial photography experience and holds Pilots Licences for Balloon, Fixed Wing (PPL), Paraglider & Paramotor. We are current holders of special New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority approval and certification for U.A.V. (Pilotless Aircraft) Operations
Please visit www.tim.co.nz or contact Tim from this site for further information.
I was asked by a “potential client” if I could quote on a Aerial panorama for a job in Manawatu. I said “sure!” Then hurriedly set about working out how to achieve this. A few experiments later ending in this shot of the Frimley Rose Gardens in Hastings.
I am going to call this images E.V.T.’s (Elevated Virtual Tours)
Click the Full Screen Button and use your mouse to take a good look around.
Today testing began on the new ship in the Photodrone fleet. The S800 Photodrone 2 arrived from USA and we have began the slow task of careful assembly and testing taking care along each stage so that balance and build quality is kept to the highest level.
Here is the first test flight checking gains and controls. Next up will be the addition of a very sophisticated Camera and Gimbal unit. This will enable ultra high quality stills and cinema style video. This amazing gimbal is able to stabilise perfectly even in windy conditions, accurate to 1x pixel. In addition we will be adding a video sending unit complete with OSD (on screen display) which transmits data about the Photodrones flight stats continuously to a ground station as well as giving the ground based pilot aerial guidance. The camera sends video to the camera operator who wears immersive goggles who can pan, tilt and roll the camera. The Photodrone also has retractable landing legs which clear the way from the gimbal to pan through 360 degrees uninterrupted .
The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has been getting nervous lately about the proliferation of U.A.V. or Pilotless Aircraft and have now made it illegal to operate them without written & signed approval. Their concern is warranted of course in the fact that these machines have the ability to fly at altitudes that other aircraft are operating and the potential threat to public safety is very real.
We are happy to announce that Tim Whittaker Photography has been issued with a certificate of authority to operate UAV. Along with that special permission and understanding to operate near Napier & Hastings aerodromes.
This news along with extended insurance cover means that the Photodrone is here to stay!
Click here to see a copy of Authorisation