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Posts Tagged ‘google earth’

Aerial Drone Craze Created By Wedding Photographers As Companies Jump In To Gain The High Ground

July 21, 2014

When most people hear the word “drone,” they probably think of killing machines that patrol war zones.Now a new kind of commercial drone phenomenon has taken off in the United States. People now use small quadcopter drones to even shoot photos and videos for their weddings.What seems like a stranger-than-fiction phenomenon is actually a new craze across the country. A congressman last month used a drone to record his own wedding and now is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the government agency that regulates the nation’s airspace, because the agency still has an explicit ban on drone flights for commercial purposes. An Iowa wedding photography company, Picture Perfect Portrait and Design, last week added aerial drone photography to its services to brides and grooms. It charges $400 for a 30-minute drone shoot. Shooting wedding photos and video using a drone has to date been very expensive, but new companies are jumping in to try to broaden the market.  Aerial wedding photographs taken to the next level.

 

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Thieves Are Using Google Earth To Rip Off Church Roofs, Church Officials To Arrange Meeting With Higher Authority

December 27, 2010

Thieves in Britain are using Google Earth to target lead roofs on Church of England buildings to sell on the lucrative metals market, a Church spokesman said.

About 8,000 churches have made insurance claims for lead theft worth about 23 million pounds during the past three years, the Church’s estate commissioner Tony Baldry said during a debate in Westminster Hall.

In many cases, churches have replaced their roofs only to be targeted again, in one case 14 times.

Many of the Church of England’s 16,000 churches are “listed,” which provides planning protection for buildings of historical value, and date back hundreds of years.

“This is a crime that has to be taken seriously. Night after night, lead is being stolen from church roofs, and thieves now use Google Earth to identify targets.

Church officials are meeting with Google to arrange a meeting with a higher authority for future action.