Australia: Drones are changing jobs and creating new ones


Melanie BurgessCareerOne

Photographers, surveyors, the TV and advertising industry and building inspectors are all embracing the relatively new technology to make their work easier, safer or more innovative, Total RPA chief executive and chief instructor Andrew Campbell says.

“Most pilots are starting their own businesses with photography or adding aerial photography to their business,” he says.

“We get lots of real estate photographers, general photographers for weddings and things like that, marketing photographers.”

About 90 per cent of the commercial drone market is in photography, followed by mapping and surveying then asset and building inspections.

“Basically, instead of having to put a man on the roof of a building, which requires barricades put up, they can fly a drone over the roof with a high resolution camera,” Campbell says.

“It’s going crazy. People are finding new uses for the things everyday.”

Software engineers are also working with drones, applying the technology in fields such as shark detection.

Andover, MA: Drone falls into crowd, injures runners during road race

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating after a drone taking aerial video of a Thanksgiving Day road race in Massachusetts crashed into a pack of runners, slightly injuring two.

Andover police say the drone clipped a tree branch shortly after the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Race began with nearly 10,000 runners. An Andover High School teacher says he was operating it to capture “aerial perspectives of the starting line.”

Police tell The Eagle-Tribune newspaper ( ) that two male runners suffered “very small lacerations.”

Daniel Brennan, who was operating the drone on a volunteer basis in his free time, had the permission of race organizers and police.

There is some confusion over whether the drone is owned by the local public access TV channel or the high school’s TV program. The size of the drone also is unclear.