Gadget gets a top view
Robotic camera used to photograph railway tunnels to promote tourism venture
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.
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.