The college bought the new $800,000 Robinson R44 helicopter to give students the opportunity to learn aerial photography and it claims to be the first media school in the world to have personal access to a chopper.
Students from Byron Bay and other SAE campuses will be given free and exclusive access to the helicopter for filming. It will also be made available for other members of the media and film industry in the region.
SAE Institute president Tom Misner said the helicopter was bought to give students ‘unique and unprecedented access to a helicopter’ to get invaluable aerial photography and filming experience.
“As far as I am aware, we are the only media school in the world who can offer students this kind of opportunity,” he said.
The helicopter, which will be kept at Tyagarah Airport, was handed over to the college last week and will be available for use once aerial photography equipment has been obtained, which should be within the next few months.
SAE, a film and audio engineering school founded in 1976, with the Byron Bay campus opening in 2002.
It has qualified teachers with extensive experience in aerial photography.
It has since become a government-accredited, degree-granting institution offering courses in areas of audio, film and multimedia.
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