On Sunday, drone pilot Evan Kilkus in Napa flew his unmanned miniature aircraft around town, offering close-up glimpses of the earthquake damage that would be hard for, say, a news copter to capture. According to SFGate, Kilkus edited five hours of video down to about seven minutes, with stops along the way at the historic Napa County Courthouse, the Post Office, the First Presbyterian Church, and at least one wine bar, the Carpe Diem. "This is probably one of the first times a drone has been used to do this type of assessment," Kilkus writes on his YouTube page, "and the results speak for themselves. This probably should be another tool in the EMS toolbox. We should see there is no need to fear a quadcopter/drone."
· Man's Drone Footage Shows Napa Quake Damage [SFGate]
· Napa Earthquake 2014: Quadcopter Test Video [YouTube]