I know a lot of americans think of Oz as the wild frontier but it seems they are so much more regulated and restricted than we are here and so pedantic as well.
It seems from what I read everyone has a pre occupation with safety, insurance and getting sued.
I also feel sorry for the people there the way they are now restricted and inconvinenced in things like this due to " Security " issues. Seems every far fetched scenario is outlawed or restricted now and the people have indeed lost a lot of their freedoms. Don't get me started on the Gun thing. That will be the next thing millions of law abiding people will loose because of the actions of a few nut cases that are probably the result of a whole load of other issues that are overlooked and swept under the table in favour of media beatups and rabble rousing.
I'd like to visit the US one day but after hearing multiple accounts from friends and family, including a couple of US citizen mates about how long it takes to get through customs there when going in and out of the place, I'm far less enthused!
There seems to be a lot of negativity to this idea ( mainly from Americans worried about legalities that probably don't apply to the OP,) but I certainly think that the idea
is at very least worth taking to the next step and getting some potential client feed back.
If the homework is done properly, The op should have a good idea going in of how viable the idea is. I don't think for a minute it's going to be a walk in the park and like any other initiative there will be the ups and downs but so what? Nothings going to be served up on a golden platter.
IF it's got no chnce of being successful that ought to be apparent, If it has potential, that should be evident as well and if the OP invests a few hundred pounds and it falls on it's arse then that's not going to break him and there's still a chance another off shoot of the idea may show up and that could be very successful.
Nothing ventured, Nothing gained.
I was looking at RC helis after my last reply and was surprised to see how much they have come down in price. The difficulty in flying them hasn't changed though.
I also saw where the " Drones" and quad copters have become very popular and cheap as well. There are models that are now designed to carry Gopros available here for $500 and have in excess of 30 min flight time on a single battery charge.
There are some inspirational Vids on you tube done with the things.
I think it likley I might buy myself a cheapie to learn on and then get a decent one later on. There are a few things I could do with one even for personal projects and ideas that would make one worthwhile .
On a business level, I was talking to some Boat enthuasists the other week and they were all interested in getting pics of their boat. I thought it would be like a lot of other things, made out to be a real winner but when time came to put their hands in their pocket, the enthuasiam and merit of the idea would quickly fade.
I got the impression this was unexpectedly not the case.
When Looking at the quad copter vids, I though how great one would be for this application. Not only could you get some great views of the boats out on the water but also be able to offer Video footage of them sailing along like a full on promo or advertisement.
A lot of these boaties have a real pre-occupation with their floating money pits so I reckon there would be enough that would love something like that to make the investment in a copter have a very good return.
Wouldn't take much more than a sign at the local marina a friend owns and runs to find out in any event.
From RDKirk: First, let me check the forum heading...yes, it does say "Business of Photography" and not "Hobby of Photography." Okay. So we're talking about making money, not about hobbies. By "business" I am presuming activities that pay expenses and produce a profit over the long term.