UAS provides dramatic video of Las Vegas water park construction

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Las Vegas Fox 5 meteorologist Ted Pretty has been hard at work making the most out of his DJI hexcopter, and helping a construction company document progress on a new water park.

Pretty has made three trips out to the development of Wet 'N' Wild water park, located in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley, taking a mix of photos and videos, and capturing the park in various stages of development. In an email, he said the construction company that is working on the park was most interested in depicting progress on construction at a low cost, as opposed to flashy camera work.

"I arranged a once-per-month schedule with them where I shoot around 10 aerial photos of the construction site," Pretty wrote.  "They are thrilled with the photos."

The $50 million water park, which is anticipated to open in time for Memorial Day weekend, will have more than 25 slides and attractions, according to its website.

Pretty, who operates Las Vegas Sky Cam and is a member of DroneJournalism.org, said that the opening of this park is highly anticipated by the Las Vegas Community.

"Wet "n' Wild water park is actually a big deal here in Las Vegas," he wrote. "Wet 'n' Wild used to have a location on the Strip, but it closed about ten years ago."

Pretty added that he plans to air his footage on the Fox 5 channel as part of a weather segment. But he also added that the valley is famous for strong springtime winds, which can keep his rig grounded temporarily.

Watch his video below, and visit Pretty's YouTube account for more aerial "drone" footage.

Posted on March 3, 2013 .