Scott Norville – Founder of Drone Works – About Me
About Me – from an early age I have been interested in anything that flew. My Grandad used to take me to the local park to fly model planes, planes with elastic bands that I used to wind up and threw as hard as I could at the age of six to see how far it would go. He had a plethora of model planes, consisting of Spitfires and Lancasters all hand built. From this my passion and intrigue grew and those early days have played a big part on what I am doing today. Moving a few years on anything radio controlled I was very interested in, not so much the cars, probably because they couldn’t fly! I tried out a few planes which ended up stuck in trees, so that never lasted, but I always had a hankering for RC Helicopters and I promised myself that after I completed the Graphic Design course at college I would purchase. My first helicopter was 4 way controlled. Up down, left and right, but did the trick and fuelled my passion even more.
It was nothing special and only really could be used indoors and did venture outside a few times to lose it in the neighbours back garden. Very embarrassing asking for it back when your 24 years old! 5 years past and I took the plunge and purchased my first fully functional RC Heli called Align 450 SE, this was something special, and expensive may I add so I wanted to understand everything about it, how it worked, what components are used and the best and safest way to fly, as back then GPS wasn’t available. The Align was a great machine. Taught me a lot on how RC models work and yes I did crash (only twice in 7 years) but I did learn a lot. I had the 450SE for many years and really wanted to progress further and get something that not only was larger and stable but something I could learn flying skills even further. I was told from my local model shop that a new Align model was about to be launched, which was the largest RC model available and the technology was far superior than the model I already had. This was called the Align 700. The Align 700 was later purchased a few months after launch and this was truly an incredible machine. The size was very daunting, with the blades tip to tip at 710mm with all the material carbon fibre making it very durable and light for the size. After a month of flying the new machine, I booked myself onto a radio controlled course through IRCHA (international radio controlled helicopter association) the course was very intense from flight school to being monitored in the field, but passed the pilot proficiency program level 1, one month later level 2 and 3, and in the following 3 years I was awarded level 4, 5, 6 and 7. A few years past and due to work commitments in setting up a new business, Silverstone Fleet Management my hobby took a back seat, still had a hunger for RC flight and always had magazines but so busy with this new venture I didn’t have the time to think let a lone fly. Some more years past and in 2013 was a turning point, not only in RC aviation but technology in general. Quadcopters hit the scene. Because of the rise of quadcopters and the ease of use on some of the cheaper models, RC helicopters had there day as everyone wanted a machine that could not only fly straight out of the box but could also take pictures and film if required. The best part, if you ever lost sight of it, it would land back to where it took off! A lot of companies took advantage of this new phenomenon and brought to market a lot of good products. For me this is what I have always really wanted, a product that is completely safe, a product that requires skill to fly but also with a camera to take great photos going to places where you couldn’t by foot. This really intrigued me. Welcome DJI. DJI (Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co., Ltd) is the World leader in camera drones/quadcopters, for me personally they are the best by far in product, quality and innovation. Nothing comes close. My first quadcopter was a DJI Phantom 2.The P2 was a great drone, my first one didn’t have a camera it was the basic model but taught me a lot about flying drones and with the experience from flying helicopters it just felt natural. DJI did feel very ‘Apple’ in the way of packaging and feel. DJI did a great job with this drone and a lot of people purchased as there first beginner model. After a year I purchased the upgrade, the Phantom 2 Vision, this for me was another turning point as now I had the camera which filmed and took photographs which where easy to download. With the P2V this took my flying to another level, I enjoyed trips out with my father most weekends and we filmed some amazing sites, rushing back to the computer to see what we have captured. The camera was such a good feature but had the ‘fish eye’ lens which made some photos distorted, but for me at that time didn’t matter as the enjoyment was just getting out there to see what we could find and trying out new features like the return to home function which works pin point to where it took off! Very impressive indeed! With the history of flight and the passion for photography, also with a background in graphic design I wanted to capture more, enhancing the film quality as well as picture I was waiting for the next level. I did hear on the grape vine of a new product had been in testing for 6 months under strict instructions not to leak any information, it was so secret half of the DJI employees didn’t know! The DJI Inspire 1. The Inspire was and still is ground breaking, from its long range (up to 3 miles) and HD Live Feed back to a tablet this is clear its not a toy. The technology packed into this drone is overwhelming, and some have said that the technology is so advanced it hasn’t come from us! That’s another story all together 🙂 After a month with the Inspire 1 it was clear to me that the passion I have for aerial photography and film and with the knowledge of graphic design I should do something that I thoroughly enjoy doing.
Drone Works was born.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, that’s if you have managed to get this far! I am very passionate about what I do, so if you need to talk about projects or just anything in general, my mobile number is 07802331814.
Founder of Drone Works
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