Enthusiasts of radio-controlled model aircraft models driven by the fun and the “cool” factor are the main movers behind the emerging popularity of multirotor aircraft around the world.
But there are a wide range of uses for them in the professional arena.
Aerial photographers and videographers, and even movie makers, have found a low-cost method of practising their craft – one that allows them to fly much lower than commercial aircraft and without needing clearance from the Civil Aviation authorities.
More elaborate versions are used by the military and police in surveillance and search and rescue work while mapping companies in some developed countries use them to conduct low level aerial mapping, including street views.
Many are equipped with First Person View (FPV) systems, effectively putting the flyer in the cockpit of the aircraft.
FPV allows the flyer to remotely pilot his aircraft from a first person perspective via an onboard camera, fed wirelessly to video goggles or a video monitor.