by Lisa Tome
Ernie Miller isn't spying on you.
He's just trying to sell real estate.
Miller who teaches and coaches at North East High School and who also sells real estate for Re/Max Vision, is now also known for his drone. The drone, a remote controlled pilotless aircraft, is high tech.
In the fall, Miller spent about $1,500 buying the drone, batteries, and accessories. It was a business investment. He bought what is considered the top of the line consumer model drone.
He plans to use it for his real estate sales. "I'll use it for unique properties. large land, farms, and waterfront. I can get a lot of different angles with the drone. It's a whole new way of marketing," said Miller. "They are not common around here yet. But it's (the technology) is here and it's not going anywhere."
The drone has a built-in camera which takes quality photos and video. It also has stop and slow motion functions and more. The camera was also built for videography and action.
Miller didn't have any special training to use it. But he has, as required, registered it with the Federal Communications Commission. "I trained myself to use it. I watched videos and tutorials. You have to be very careful with it," he said. He is also working to upgrade his computer and is honing his photo and video editing skills.
"Every time I have it out, it's a conversation starter," said Miller, who monitors the drone via his cell phone. "It's really cool. I'm so excited to have it. It can go over 200 feet in the air. But you have to keep clear sight of the drone," he said.
He also used the drone at North East High. He took an aerial photo of the students in the school stadium. The students were all decked out in red, white, and blue for the photo.