Sean Duffey, race timer for Gulf Coast Runners, was recording times at the meet. “It benefits the runners,” he said. “It gives a different perspective. Very cool at the finish line.”
Black first purchased a drone for his personal use, then earned a grant for another drone for school use. “The drone is being used at the school in TV production for discovery education, like marine biology,” he said.“It is also used to capture school events. There are many options for school use.”
Black recently took aerial views as part of marine biology education at the school and for the Discovery Channel. Mark McGarity, marine biology teacher, said that the school has been creating videos for Discovery Channel for the past two years. “It is also an enhancement for the classroom. It’s pretty cool,” he said.
Black uses his drone for “vacation, anytime I want to get a good aerial video for my own pleasure.” He also used the drone to give the city of Marco Island aerial views of its recreational properties.
Reactions to seeing the drone are immediate, Black said. “It becomes the center of attention,” he said. “It’s different and fun.”