Daily Archives: November 29, 2010

Showcasing Nelson + Real Estate – from up above

November 29th, 2010

Technology, cameras, HD video, GPS, remote control UAV flying, who wouldn’t want to combine them all?

This post chronicles an experience lately of some real coincidental events…..and some good news. The good news part……

...launch sequence activated - ready to go Feb 2010 Nelson NZ (click to enlarge)

...launch sequence activated - ready to go Feb 2010 Nelson NZ (click to enlarge)

Great news now to see that others can now envisage the many uses such a flying machine unit allows, and  for the operators, some recognition for the capital investment made.

Airborne and Operational - Nelson Feb 2010

Airborne and Operational - Nelson Feb 2010

This past week comes news of the launch of a BRAND NEW blog sponsored by our local newspaper, the Nelson Mail, on their website. (recently voted in 2010 one of NZ’s best Newspapers)

The Nelson Mail have covered this UAV machine before (actually it was on the front page of the newspaper) but this new blog, well…..should surely open even more eyes.

The X6 will now surely get a band of merry followers extra keen to see your next photo “from high” of our sunshine capital of New Zealand.

Video above ~ of one of Craigs UAV’s first “shakedown” flights from earlier this year, Feb 2010 in Nelson NZ. (excuse the extra “noise” thats the zoom on my digital camera – note to self here)

...now tell me thats normal standard equipment?

...thats quite an impressive list there

Lots of hard work goes into demonstrating the new technology, and other new associated technology that can now be utilised in tandem with this new type of imagery. For home sellers…anyone really preparing a home for sale in the Nelson / Tasman region, especially a “hard to see the whole home/property” at ground level one, then this should surely be one of the first things they ask their agent to include on their checklist.

Carbon Fiber - Now thats kinda serious (click to enlarge)

Carbon Fiber - now isn't that the same stuff Boeing are using on the Dreamliner, the B787

A serious little unit this……some hints here about where the cost comes from…………..Carbon fibre rotor blades.

Serious bucks requires serious telemetry - Feb 2010 Nelson NZ

Serious bucks require very serious telemetry - Feb 2010 Nelson NZ

Even the control panel is mightly impressive.

Regular readers here will recognise Craigs name from some of my past posts…………and there’s a reason for that.

one of Craigs first Nelson Mail prints (click to enlarge)

one of Craigs first Nelson Mail prints (click to enlarge)

This story presents a personal connection here. See, some time back….along with a Vancouver based partner,  and a very good contact in Sydney an opportunity presented itself to invest a sum to import into NZ some radio controlled helicopters predominately for overhead/aerial photography work………..but the 3 of us then got involved in a serious & timely debate about ROI and location.

Anjother of Craigs Nelson Aerial Photos (as always ....click to enlarge)

Anjother of Craigs Nelson Aerial Photos (as always ....click to enlarge)

A debate about whether it would launch just as well in Sydney, as in would in Nelson, NZ and therefore…..where to start first. As most everyone knows….sometimes long-range debates take a while…..sometimes too long. And as it was just as a related sideline to Real Estate, perhaps I didn’t give it the attention it may have required.

Yet another of those X6 shots (click to enlarge)

Yet another of those X6 shots (click to enlarge)

A week or so later,  I’m in town and bump into Craig.

The reason/place we bump into each other was initiated by a conversation about technology……….which of the latest mobile phones/plans I should buy/commit to today with my upgrade due imminently, so the meeting started out originally with nothing to do about the photography topic.


yet another one - gee Nelsons a great place to live (click to enlarge)

yet another one - gee Nelsons a great place to live (click to enlarge)

Anyway………low and behold “somehow” our discussion encapsulates what we have been up to over the previous 3 months since we’ve seen each other last.

What the...? (click to enlarge)

What the...? (click to enlarge)

The hint comes that he’d been keen for a while to re-explore an interest of his….photography…..but also at the same time, an opportunity had presented itself that would mean he could combine another just as serious past hobby of his, RC flying ……and…….the conversation drifted to real estate.

Looks different now ....thanks to the 2 seagulls adding to the atmo (click to enlarge)

Looks different now ....thanks to the 2 seagulls (click to enlarge)

Then  he informs me that hes already paid a good sized USD$ sum to a company in North America that is going to provide him with all the latest gear for a new aerial photography platform/solution for the Top of the South initially, but other parts of NZ as the demand increases…..and one that would be very relevant to real estate.

St Marys headon perspective - almost boring considering the prior shots ( click to enlarge)

St Marys headon perspective - almost boring considering the prior shots ( click to enlarge)

Around about here “I’m thinking”…hmmm this is starting to sound very very familiar.

I ask Craig….from a technology perspective – to describe the sort of equipment he was thinking of importing.

“Ding Dong” …..(might have been at the church above?)

Long story short…..we were both on the same page….the same technology….the same idea….the same market…..the same product….exactly the same from the same manufacturer?

Amusingly enough, neither of us knew. So yes folks there definitely is such a thing as a coincidence!

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Just how serendipitous…….?

Craigs aerial shot above of the ship Crimson Forest at Port Nelson loading up with logs……..

Crimson Forest...again...hmm?

Crimson Forest...again...hmm?

…………well it was taken with-in hours of my own pic!

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