With New Drone, Fallen Pilot Alan Purwin’s Dream Takes Flight

ShotOver's U1 Drone Gives Wings to

Famed flyer’s last brainchild was the ShotOver U1, built for aerial cinematogrpahy

by David S. Cohen

If anyone still held doubts that drones have arrived as tool for TV production, a visit to the NAB Show floor would silence them.

Or, more precisely, drown them out.

The trade show floor is literally abuzz with drones. Pick your size and application, and there’s probably a drone for you, with a whine to match.

One drone, though, is something more than a cheap, noisy way to get a camera airborne. ShotOver’s U1 was the last brainchild of the company’s late owner, Alan Purwin, who died in a plane crash in the Andes after completing a shoot of Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie “Mena” in Colombia. Purwin was arguably the best-known and most respected pilot in the movie business, but was also an entrepreneur, who had helped build up several companies, including ShotOver.

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