Man's aerial camera takes flight at sporting events - KCTV5

Man's aerial camera takes flight at sporting events

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A remote-controlled camera that looks like a miniature alien-type helicopter is getting second looks at some area sporting venues and other iconic locations.

Lance Nash's new hobby allows him to take cool and unique pictures of the Kansas City area, including still photos at the Sporting Kansas City game last weekend.

"I only go about as far as I can see it," Nash said.

He laughs at the criticism on some radio shows and websites, saying this is not a drone.

"It's a hex-a-copter. It's not an unmanned aerial vehicle," he said. "When you go to a stadium there are cameras on you that are way more invasive than what I'm doing."

The device can go up to 400 feet straight up and Nash controls its movement from the ground. It cannot zoom in.

"Some of these places I'm going to are the most iconic places in Kansas City," he said. "If you want a picture I took, I will give it to you."

He has invested about $2,000 in the camera, which he began operating at the start of the year. So far, he's not charging for any of his photos.

He said he wants to show people a side and angle of Kansas City that they've probably never seen before.

"It's very cool and the response has been overwhelming," he said.

Nash calls it HEX FX Aerials. You can go to see his Facebook to see more pictures. Click here.

Congress is working to define the difference between remote-controlled aircrafts and drones, which typically can be programmed to fly on their own and can fly miles away from the operator.

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