Drones business set to take off in Hull

Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by KCFM

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The founder of one of the first drone companies in East Yorkshire’s predicting big things for the industry.

Chris Fenton set up Octovision Media at the start of the year after noticing drones in the news, and also to build on his hobby flying remote control aircraft.

He now owns two drones which he uses on filming and photography jobs, reaching heights and angles for shots that otherwise can’t be made.

Based out of the business incubator at Hull’s C4DI, Mr Fenton says demand for his unique work’s been high:

“It’s massive. The industry’s due to be worth billions of pounds in just a few years time. I’ve had lots of interest. At the moment, I’ve got a few things in the pipeline – one for the University Library, which has had a multi-million pound overhaul, and next Bank Holiday I’m covering RaceWars at York – two days of drag racing. That was almost made to be filmed from the air.”

But like any commercial aircraft, drones are governed by strict safety rules. Mr Fenton had to pass a two-day course to fly his two drones for business use, and is also bound by various regulations when using them. Drone pilots also need to permission of a landowner to fly over their property. Mr Fenton says because of the rules, although drones will become commonplace, we won’t be seeing them buzzing over our heads any time soon:

“I can fly in congested areas, which is cities, within 50 metres of any person, subject, or vessel. I couldn’t turn up in the middle of Hull, and fly my drone, hence why I fly over the River Hull, and other places where there aren’t many people about.”

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Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by KCFM

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