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“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”– Leonardo DaVinci

Many of us have boarded planes, either for a business trip, or to take a break at a sunny destination far from home. If you’re not one for the aisle seats or getting bumped by the service cart every time an attendant passes, you most likely prefer the window seat. There is only so much you can see out of your tiny airplane window and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of some clouds or a bit of green earth below if the plane’s wing isn’t completely blocking your view.

On our annual family trip, I decided to take my son on his first helicopter ride. Both of us were excited, and the anticipation of taking off in a helicopter was different than that of a plane. Once we were airborne, we were taken away by the incredible view of Orlando–things looked surreal, and the landscape reminded me of the miniature train sets I used to play with as a boy. The feeling of being thousands of feet above ground was exhilarating; knowing that what came naturally to birds could only be achieved by years of human innovation and engineering. At the end of our helicopter trip, I didn’t need to ask my son if he enjoyed himself. The expression on his face said it all.

This experience left me with a strong urge to buy a helicopter to take on everyday adventures. Although I seriously contemplated it, a helicopter was a little out of my price range and I wouldn’t know where to park it. I Instead opted for the next best thing and purchased a drone.

What is a Drone?

The Dictionary definition of a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground.

Militaries across the globe have used drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to assist in terrain navigation and to gather data on opposing forces that would otherwise be in inaccessible. Drones have the benefit of being smaller than most manned aircraft and are becoming increasingly popular in industries outside of the armed forces, such as construction and development, urban planning and real estate. Currently, drones are most commonly used for aerial photography, film, and mapping. Before the introduction of UAVs, cranes and helicopters were used and due to their size in addition to the time, and manpower involved to execute a project, were very costly and offered limited results.

I am happy to announce that A Nerd’s World will acquire four new drones and will be offering the following aerial services in Toronto and the GTA:

Aerial film shooting for movies, commercials, independent documentaries, showreels and music videos
Aerial Photography for Toronto Real Estate and Construction
Area mapping and data collection

The benefits of adding Aerial Drone Footage can give you the competitive edge you need in Toronto’s property development and real estate market. Furthermore, Operating UAVs from the ground are a safer alternative, can deploy quickly (meaning less time to coordinate a project), offer dramatic cost reduction, and are eco-friendly being low to zero-emission. Stay tuned to our vlogs for more information about our exciting new service or contact us for further questions.

Thank you,
Chris A. Hughes