The Day of the Drones in Chadlington


Jamie How of Atlantic Geomatics lets children take the controls of the drone.

CHILDREN got the chance to fly a £32,000 Aibot X6 drone when Jamie Howe and Tim Vine visited Chadlington as part of a churchyard mapping project.

The flying machine, with its camera attached, has taken hundreds of photographs of the church yards in the Chase Benefice in North Oxfordshire. The data from the pictures is fed into a map to provide a record of where people have been buried. The map is then saved virtually in the cloud as a permanent record.

Jamie Howe, from Atlantic Geomatics, gave  Chadlington CE School pupils the chance to have a go with the Aibot X6. He told them: “Yesterday we were flying here and I took 250 photographs. From that we can make a map of every single grave and link them all together.”

The Aibot was a much larger piece of kit than any amateur or toy drones the children may have access to at home. Jake, aged 10, said: “It was exciting. I was a bit worried because I didn’t want to break it.”

Lucy, aged nine, said: “It was amazing. I thought I was going to crash it but he showed me the controls and I got the hang of it.”

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