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Kenneth (left) and Candace Reid purchased a drone a couple weeks ago, and have been sharing their videos of local areas.
Kenneth (left) and Candace Reid purchased a drone a couple weeks ago, and have been sharing their videos of local areas.

Drone use is becoming quite popular around the world, even in our own backyard.

A local couple recently purchased a high-quality drone, and have begun sharing some of the beauty the Northern Peninsula has to offer online.

Candace and Kenneth Reid of Roddickton purchased a Phantom 4 drone a couple of weeks ago, and have given it plenty of use since.

Kenneth was one of a duo that won the Chase the Ace event in Main Brook earlier this summer. He and a friend split almost $25,000.

The airport employee decided to splurge a little after the big win, doing a lot of research before investing a large sum into the flying camera.

"I wanted to buy something I couldn't normally afford," he said.

Since making the purchase, Kenneth has been trying it out in different places. Cow Head was the first place he tried it the day he received it. Since then he has tried it in Roddickton and St. Anthony.

But the most unique place he was hoping to try it out was the airport. Being an employee, he knew that he would need permission to use it. So he went through process of getting approval from airport management.

What was expected to be a great adventure turned into something much different.

The screen on his iPad, which is hooked into the remote control to operate the drone, produced a warning when he tried to take off.

"It said, 'Cannot fly. You are in restricted airspace. Please contact Transport Canada for permission,'" Kenneth said.

Although he would have loved to take it for a spin around the airport, both he and his wife agreed it was a great safety feature to be built into the drone.

A local couple recently purchased a high-quality drone, and have begun sharing some of the beauty the Northern Peninsula has to offer online.

Candace and Kenneth Reid of Roddickton purchased a Phantom 4 drone a couple of weeks ago, and have given it plenty of use since.

Kenneth was one of a duo that won the Chase the Ace event in Main Brook earlier this summer. He and a friend split almost $25,000.

The airport employee decided to splurge a little after the big win, doing a lot of research before investing a large sum into the flying camera.

"I wanted to buy something I couldn't normally afford," he said.

Since making the purchase, Kenneth has been trying it out in different places. Cow Head was the first place he tried it the day he received it. Since then he has tried it in Roddickton and St. Anthony.

But the most unique place he was hoping to try it out was the airport. Being an employee, he knew that he would need permission to use it. So he went through process of getting approval from airport management.

What was expected to be a great adventure turned into something much different.

The screen on his iPad, which is hooked into the remote control to operate the drone, produced a warning when he tried to take off.

"It said, 'Cannot fly. You are in restricted airspace. Please contact Transport Canada for permission,'" Kenneth said.

Although he would have loved to take it for a spin around the airport, both he and his wife agreed it was a great safety feature to be built into the drone.

Making videos

It wasn't just about flying the drone for the couple.

Candace was encouraged by a previous experience.

"It basically went back to our days when we were living on the mainland," she explained. "We could get on YouTube looking for videos, and you could never find anything other than Skidoos skipping water... nothing of the actual land."

So when they received the drone, they realized they could do exactly that, and with a unique prospective.

In the first week the couple recorded and edited four videos and posted them to YouTube.

The first three were from the Roddickton area, and the fourth was Fishing Point in St. Anthony. The link to the YouTube channel can be found on the Pen Facebook page.

There was plenty of footage for the couple to choose from for their films, but they limited the size, so locals could enjoy them. The third Roddickton video and the St. Anthony video look like movie trailers, which Candace created with the help of iMovie.

"The Internet is so slow here," she said. "That's why we did the trailer. We have lots more footage, but it's just waiting for it to load. That little one minute clip is perfect because it's just so intense, all these shots.

"We didn't want it to be too long for people loading it on their computers."

So far, they Reids have received dozens of comments and feedback from locals and people living away, mentioning how they enjoy the unique perspective of their hometowns.

The couple wants to do more theme-specific videos in the coming months, maybe even a horror movie style trailer in time for Halloween.

Although they haven't decided where they would film next, they were excited at what they would experience during their next outing.

The drone is very user friendly. The couple's five-year-old son is able to use it himself. So it's not surprising that Kenneth is getting a lot of use out of it.

He and Candace have discussed the many possible uses they could have with the drone, and each of them is more unique than the last.

In winter, they expect to go some backcountry riding with the snowmobile and get some footage.

The area they live, there's often moose and bear sightings. They have considered using the drone to track either of these animals after they run off, but not too closely.

One of the things that the couple laughed about when asked what they have already done with the drone included a favour for a friend.

"Ken checked a friend's chimney to see if it needed to be cleaned," Candace said.

She is a photographer, so adding the drone to the arsenal is a thought they've discussed for business opportunities, but for now it's more about learning the correct way to use it, get some nice video and share the Northern Peninsula with those who want to see it.

"There's a lot of people that come to Newfoundland who don't even know what the Northern Peninsula is," Candace said. "So, we're like, 'When's your next day off work so we can go and take some videos of different communities and do the same thing.'"

Candace is from Griquet, so that is one place she's hoping to get to next, and Kenneth wants to check out Western Brook.

The one thing that is for certain, unless something happens to the drone, there will be more videos of the Northern Peninsula showcased on YouTube soon.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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