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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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VIDEOS: A unique bird's eye view of West Cumbria

A Seaton man is taking a bird’s eye view of West Cumbria and is using a remote controlled helicopter to do so.

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HIGH FLYER: Seaton man David Surtees with his quadcopter equipped with a video camera to do aerial photography

David Surtees, 53, of Kelsick Park, has set up Fly By Video which will allow businesses in the area to request aerial photographs and videos.

He uses a mini quadcopter, equipped with a HD camera, which he tracks by using an app on his iPhone 5.

He got the idea when golfing in Florida, USA, where several golf clubs use similar devices to capture videos so golfers can preview the course on websites.

Mr Surtees said he hoped that the business would be attractive to estate agents, hotels, councils and tourist boards.

He said: “I hope there is a market out there for it. It allows people to see things they wouldn’t normally see.”

Mr Surtees is passionate about photography and used to be a wedding photographer in his early 20s.

He has always wanted to take pictures from the air and last year he came across the quadcopter on the internet.

The device can reach 2,000ft and can travel around the same distance.

It has a battery life of up to 25 minutes.

Mr Surtees has taken several pictures and videos of Maryport, Harrington, Workington Harbour, Workington Hall and Cockermouth Castle.

He works in the nuclear industry and lives with his wife Elizabeth and has two daughters Jessica-Rose, 20, and Malissa-Ann, 15.

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