An Isle of Man estate agent is taking to the skies – to bring a whole new perspective to house sales.
Cowley Groves chairman David Creane has launched the ‘property ’copter’, a remote-controlled flying camera.
He believes the aerial photographs it produces will give a new dimension for vendors wishing to showcase their home – or potential purchasers thinking of booking a viewing.
DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision is a radio-controlled, four-rotor, mini helicopter that can fly at speeds of up to 30mph and with a flying range of up to 300m.
If it flies beyond the controller’s range or loses connection for any reason, the machine uses GPS to return to its launch point and land safely on its own.
David said: ‘The whole idea came to me a few months ago through a client we sold a house for who is now a friend. He knew we were pretty progressive and thought I would like it. So I researched it and liked what I saw.
‘Then last week another very good friend came in and said he had one – so that resulted in a demo shoot at a house in Douglas.
‘It operates using GPS and once connected to the satellites you control it by a hand held control box and an app on your phone. It’s very easy to learn how to fly. The first models had an issue with flying away never to be seen again but the 2 Version has sorted that. It also has a built-in “return to home” feature which is amazing!
‘The public in a short few days really appreciate how good it shows off a property. It also can apply to roof inspections at a fraction of the cost of a cherry picker or scaffolding.
‘I am glad we are the first to introduce it – and no doubt like other things we have done we will be copied! There are regulations and insurance implications if flying that need to be adhered to. It’s early days for us but you have to start somewhere.’
David said he had coined the name ‘property ’copter’, saying he didn’t really like the phrase ‘drone’ as that conjured up images of covert surveillance.
He said the machine would be used not just for luxury high-end properties but also those homes with grounds that could be shown to good advantage.