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Burbank’s drone takes a new view of county

July 10, 2014


Citizen editor

TJ Burbank is a gadget guy. Besides spending time with Amy, his wife, and their three children, he likes electronic devices: computers, cell phones and now, drones. His drone is a helicopter that can hover over areas. It also has a camera and is controlled by a joystick. It’s quiet, light and can be stored in the back of his car.

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He had been looking for a video drone that would go to work, no assembly required.

“I’ve flown small ones and thought I would go to the next step and get one with a camera, if could find something I could fly right out of the box,” Burbank said. “I watched the market and pulled the trigger when I found one ready to fly.”

The Preston businessmen bought the radio-controlled helicopter and has it in a protective case he can take anywhere. Recently, he heard about a truck fire in Egypt east of Preston. He arrived on the scene, pulled the white electronic four motor helicopter out and took some aerial video of Franklin County firefighters at work.

TJ Burbank retires his drone after videoing a truck fire east of Preston recently.

TJ Burbank retires his drone after videoing a truck fire east of Preston recently.


TJ is just getting started. He has been using the drones to document other things, too. Burbank has a website with several videos he’s finished and posted online. Besides the one of the truck fire, there is another of the Mugs and Banana Drag Night and one of the sugar factory south of Preston. Some of the videos, like the sugar factory video, were mixed with some music, making it a fun piece of video to watch. The video shows views in the sugar factory that cannot be seen any other way.

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