Hexicopter over Lake Tapps

Richard Gillette operates his homemade hexicopter to take aerial footage for retailers looking to show off an area.

Richard Gillette of Gig Harbor starting building remote controlled helicopters after the market crash of 2008. His current hexicopter, named for the six propellers that keeps the machine stable, is made out of carbon fiber and sports a GoPro camera.

Through the eyewear, Gillette can see what the hexicopter sees, which makes for some awesome aerial shots. Gillette uses the hexicopter to survey landscape and take pictures and videos for realtors who want to show off property.He is currently working as a third party for a realtor who wants to show off Lake Tapps and Allan Yorke Park.

Gillette didn’t go to school for robotics or video work – he learned how to build the copter on Youtube. “It took six months to get to where we could get nice shots,” he said. “The biggest problem is getting smooth footage.”

Gillette said that he doesn’t like the word drone for his copter. “Drones have a bad name,” he said, talking about all the negative news about drones. “But they’re the same as those balsa wood places people have been flying for forever,” except with an electric motor and a snazzy headset.

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