A young businessman who turned his life around after dropping out of a Chester school has become one of the youngest drone licence holders in the county.
Sam Moodie, who left Queen’s Park High School at the age of 15 was determined to change his ways and is now in the early stages of running his own business with his dad, Ken.
The 20-year old from Chester has set up Creative Aerial Services – an aerial video footage and photograph business by using a drone aircraft.
Having earned his Civil Aviation Licence at the end of August, Sam has begun flying his 1.5kg drone which is around 0.5m long above properties and golf courses, taking birds eye shots and videos to feature on company websites.
Having worked with Padeswood & Buckley Golf Club, North Wales and Moortown Golf Club, Leeds since obtaining his licence, Sam and his dad are planning to provide aerial images and footage for a number of other services across the country including estate agents, high-level building inspections and site surveys for architects and engineers.
The new company is part of Ken’s Creative Golf Design group, a firm of golf course architects who provide design and consultancy services to the industry.
“It’s going really well, the business is just picking up and I’m loving it,” Sam said.
“My dad had the idea to start the business after he thought it would work well with his own company.
“He always used to try and get me involved with his business, but I never thought I had the brains for that. He’s got a degree.
“So now, he’s helping me set up this business and it’s going really well.
“I’m really enjoying it and I’m good at it.
“When I was younger, I would use a controller a lot because I played on my Xbox all the time so I was naturally quite good at controlling the drone.
“I’m much better than my dad.”
Now a dad to two-year-old Kayman, Sam explained after being thrown out of school at the age of 15, he began working as a labourer on a number of building sites around Chester.
“I hated labouring, I was doing the hardest work and the hardest jobs for little money but I had to do it to provide for my son,” he said.
“I wanted to do better for Kayman, I’m doing this for him and for my girlfriend.
“I never expected to get where I am today, I would never have got here without my dad.
“I enjoy working with him, we get on really well.”
Sam’s next project will fly over Soughton Hall Hotel, near Mold and is hoping to take the business abroad in the near future.