An eye in the sky: Swing Wing soars above Destin

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Brian Boe demonstrates the six-prop, remote-control helicopter model.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 03:42 PM.

A small black contraption hovered 15-feet above the beach and an unfamiliar whirring sound caught the attention of several passersby on Wednesday afternoon at June White Decker Park.

The sound was Brian Boe, with Swing Wing Productions. He was flying his remote-controlled multi-rotor helicopter specifically designed for aerial photography.

“This multi-rotor technology is only about three to four years old now on the market,” said Boe. “We custom built this one, but you can customize it to do just about anything.”

Three years ago Boe joined up with his friend Kris Barton in Austin, Texas to create the unique aerial photography business. Previously a Destin resident, Boe returned to the area in October of last year and launched Swing Wing Productions on the Emerald Coast.

“We have two models in Destin,” said Boe. “We do indoor video tours, real estate, golf courses, sporting events, and boats.”

When asked if the company could do weddings, Boe explained that he prefers to photograph only before or after the ceremony as he said, “I don’t want to take away from the big day, it’s not loud but it gets peoples attention.”

Boe told The Log that a typical photo flight lasts about nine minutes before the helicopter needs a new battery, and if a second go-round is needed he has nine backup batteries charged and ready to go. Prices vary by job requirement, but he described a basic half-dozen photo package ranges from about $350.

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