FLYING HIGH: Michael Garnham has successfully obtained his Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems licence and wants to put it to good use for the sake of Noosa tourism.
FLYING HIGH: Michael Garnham has successfully obtained his Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems licence and wants to put it to good use for the sake of Noosa tourism. Contributed

Drone to fly for Noosa tourism to the world

NOOSA'S promotional future may well be literally up in the air as a local lover of our natural attractions uses "drone" technology to strap the world into armchair overhead panoramic views.

The founder of soon-to-be launched promotional website http://www.lookatnoosa.com, professional photographer Michael Garnham, has successfully obtained his Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems licence and wants to put it to good use for the sake of Noosa tourism.

The Noosaville innovator has also obtained his Aircraft Radiotelephone Operators Certificate Of Proficiency from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and is now pioneering unmanned aerial vehicle flight in the Noosa Region.

And while many people may relate "drone technology" to the more sinister world of military and spy operations, Michael's use of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will be tightly controlled by CASA.

"The operation and use of UAVs also commonly known to some as drones, is highly regulated in Australia by CASA and operations for commercial use without the appropriate licence is totally illegal," Michael said.

He said any suspicious drone flights around Noosa should be reported to either local police or CASA.

"The last thing we all need in the Noosa Region is to see people flying unmanned aircraft willy nilly without licences, placing the general public at risk," he said.

"Prior to any launch, I am required by law to communicate with air traffic, follow rigid pre-flight checks and many other procedures before the aircraft even leaves the ground.

"This accurately recorded information, along with my licence, needs to be provided on the spot to any CASA official if requested at any time."

He will use the UAV's capabilities to capture still photography and movie footage from the air below 120m to showcase Noosa to the world "from a very different perspective".

"With the impending launch of my tourism focused web site http://www.lookatnoosa.com, the importance of tourism in the Noosa region should never be under estimated," he said.

Michael has been actively involved in the management rights industry in Noosaville for the last seven years with wife Rosa and hopes to work with Noosa Council, Tourism Noosa, and other local outlets.


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