Drone captures shots of Walterdale Bridge progress
A drone over downtown captured views the Walterdale Bridge replacement project not seen before.
The drone was hired by Dialog, a design firm working on the project, and is believed to be the first time a commercial permit has been issued by Transport Canada to fly over downtown Edmonton.
The remote-controlled drone carried a mounted camera providing a 360-degree view from above.
Dialog's Tom Sutherland says using the drone offers a unique view of bridge construction is it progresses which it can use for promotional and marketing purposes.
Skymatics owns and operates the drone that was used — turning what started as a hobby into a real job for pilot Connor Burns.
Now, Burns said he expects more and more requests like this in the future since drones are a much cheaper option compared to the helicopters traditionally used.
Drones can also access places helicopters cannot, he said.
“I would expect over the next year you're going to see a bunch of [drone] companies pop up as more companies get special flight operation certificates,” Burns said.
“You're going to see them ... probably daily in the next five or 10 years.”