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Yukon company aims to tap into growing market for drones

01/13/2015 11:00 EST | Updated 03/15/2015 05:59 EDT
A Whitehorse company says it's getting in early on the emerging market for drone photography and videography in Yukon.

Drone Thugs is the brainchild of Darren Susin, Brianne Bremner and Gary Bremner.

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The Bremners became interested in drones as a way to expand the services offered by their company GBP Creative, which provides photography and video services and organizes publicity campaigns. 

Gary Bremner says drones offer different angles, aerial footage and new business opportunities.

"Finally, it's like there's a technology happening that I have skills to be able to utilize, and I can actually start doing this in the beginning of it, in its infancy," he said. 

"People are coming up with new uses for these things, literally, every month."

Drones not new in Yukon

Drones have been used in Yukon for several years in fields such as mineral exploration, where they're used in mapping, but Susin says the market is still wide open. 

"There's not a lot of people doing it up here, so we get in early, and it's just something that we enjoy," he said.

Brianne Bremner says there is a lot of interest.

"We have everything from different government departments talking to us, different local businesses, even things going into inspections and mapping," she said.

Operating drones is not without controversy. Aircraft pilots have reported near misses. People have complained about drone operators violating their privacy.

Gary Bremner says for now, Yukoners don't seem bothered.

"Don't know if it's a different place, people are a little more chill, people are just stoked to see interesting things happening," he said.

"We haven't had any negative pushback or anything at all from it at all. In the end, there's nobody in the air, so if it falls out of the sky, it sucks, but nobody dies, you know, so it's got huge advantages.

"Darren and I joke about this, like this is every 12-year-old's dream — you get to fly things in the air for a job. That's pretty cool."

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