Gad­get gets a top view

Ro­botic cam­era used to pho­to­graph rail­way tun­nels to pro­mote tourism ven­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

RYAN Pick has tun­nel vi­sion.

He spent his Easter Satur­day af­ter­noon with a re­mote-con­trolled cam­era drone that he used to cap­ture footage of the rail­way tun­nels east of Monto.

The Bur­nett Boyne Rail Line Preser­va­tion Group now plans to use the images to at­tract in­vestors to a tourist rail­way they want to cre­ate on the line be­tween Many Peaks and Mulgildie.

“I didn’t even know the tun­nels were up here,” Mr Pick said.

“I like be­ing able to help out groups like this. It’s re­ally just a bit of fun.”

Mr Pick first bought the drone about a year ago, but was al­ready familiar with re­mote con­trol air­craft.

“I’ve got 12 re­mote con­trolled planes, there is al­ways some­thing fly­ing about our house,” he said.

“I started build­ing them when I was about 15 and I’m part of the aero­mod­el­lists club in Bund­aberg now.”

The trainee pi­lot said he was not sure how far away the drone could go, but had had it up so high it had gone out of sight be­fore.

“I’ve got a lot more into photography since I’ve had it,” he said.

“I tend just to video the whole flight and then take still shots from the movie.

“But there are lots of laws about where you are al­lowed to use it. You ba­si­cally can’t have it within 30m of any build­ing or event or peo­ple.”

He even planned to build a “fly­ing tool­box” soon, which could be used to de­liver med­i­cal sup­plies to peo­ple in any fu­ture flood, for ex­am­ple.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

SKY HIGH: Ryan Pick uses a re­mote-con­trolled drone to pho­to­graph Monto's rail­way tun­nels, to help raise money for the Bur­nett Boyne Rail Line Preser­va­tion Group's pro­posed tourism idea. INSET: Ryan Pick, Brian Miller and Karen Pick ven­ture through bat-filled rail­way tun­nels on a mission to pho­to­graph the old line with a re­mote-con­trolled drone.

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