New aerial photography technology taking off in N.C. and Cabarrus County

An emerging technology is changing the aerial photography business.

Some call them drones. The Federal Aviation Administration refers to them as UAS, unmanned aircraft systems. The fast-growing industry prefers the term “radio-controlled aerial devices,” or RCADs.

Mike Ouimet, president and owner of Aerial Captures in Concord, started his aerial photography business in September. He, along with his two sons, 11-year-old Mason and 14-year-old Michael, began flying a radio-controlled airplane – an Aeronca Champion – last spring.

As their interest in remote-control flying grew, Ouimet in May invested in his first DJI Phantom Quadcopter, which has four rotors. While flying the remote control aerial device for fun, he began to think of ways to use it to start a new business.

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