Reigate man builds remote-controlled drone
A FLIGHT enthusiast has built a remote-controlled drone which could be used for everything from the Brockham Bonfire to Hollywood movies.
Dean Wynton has designed and built an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which runs on eight battery-powered propellers, can fly 400 feet in the air and carries a digital camera.
The drone can be operated by remote control and has a GPS tracking system, meaning it can to return to a specified location if it goes out of range.
Mr Wynton, 33, said: "I have always had an interest in things that fly since I was about ten.
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"My dad used to take me to Epsom Downs to watch people flying model jets, and as soon as I could afford it I got a model aircraft. Once I strapped a mobile phone to a radio-controlled plane.
"I used to come down here to the Big Field in Brockham and fly them, and I got interested in autonomous flight using GPS programming, where you tell it where to go and it should do it and come back to the same place."
Having previously worked in construction and antique restoration, Mr Wynton registered his company, Aerosight, earlier this year and has used the UAV for corporate filming work and still photography.
He is now in talks with film studios about using it for big screen blockbusters.
"The original idea was to do corporate films for estate agent events, but after talking to Tony May (a local director of photography) it led into film work as well," he said. "I am pretty sure it will eventually replace helicopters and cranes in film and TV production."
Mr Wynton, who lives in Reigate, is already working on a second version of the machine, which will have retractable legs and full 360-degree camera movement.
His next project is to document the building of this year's Brockham Bonfire. The Advertiser will publish some of his overhead pictures.
He added: "Everything I have put into this is my own money and my own time.
"It has been an ongoing project for quite some time and it has come to this stage now that I am looking for some investment to further it."
Visit www.aerosight.co.uk or call 07861 769963 for more information.