Press Release: Aerial Services is flying Drones!

SenseFly eBee Drone

Aerial Services is now authorized to fly drones for commercial purposes anywhere in the U.S.!

The FAA granted our request for a Section 333 exemption on May 25, 2015. We are authorized to fly the SenseFly eBee at or below 400′ above ground level anywhere in the U.S. (except over populated areas and near airports). Additional unmanned aircraft systems will be added to this exemption.

This marks an important milestone for Aerial Services as we move into a mapping future that exploits the powerful capabilities of unmanned remote sensing systems. The continued rapid innovation and development of this technology promises to revolutionize remote sensing.

We are working on new solutions for precision farming, aggregate volumes, infrastructure inspection, real estate, and many others. Our clients in forestry, agriculture, utilities, transportation, and many other markets will see real benefit from the application of this astonishing new technology.

Aerial Services’ promise to provide geospatial services with accuracy, speed, and innovation is affirmed by this exciting development.


5 thoughts on “Press Release: Aerial Services is flying Drones!”

  1. Can you define “populated areas” and “near airports” more specifically? Your marketing above article is extremely vague, the entire state of New Jersey is a populated area.

    1. Hey John,
      the exemption allows us to fly anywhere in the US below 200′ except in the types of areas not allowed like populated areas, near airports, heliports, etc. So, yes, you are correct. In most of NJ and in any other “populated area” flying under this exemption or any Sec 333 exemption would NOT be allowed.

  2. The article is a bit vague, and short. But it’s good news that Aerial Services is authorized to fly drones! I read a press release just last year “Flying a drone near aerial firefighting aircraft doesn’t just pose a hazard to the pilots,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “When aircraft are grounded because an unmanned aircraft is in the vicinity, lives are put at greater risk.”
    Since it’s not allowed, how come a “drone” interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations? is it also for commercial purpose only? Maybe it’s better if the one who will be controlling the drone must have a license first, to avoid interference and accident.

    1. Lot’s changed since this article was written. Last August the FAA released the “final rules” on flying UAS (drones). Current rules prohibit anyone flying drones within several miles of an airport (without special permission). Although a pilot’s license is NOT required under the new rules, one must obtain a “UAS Operators Permit” (similar to a driver’s license). Further, drone operators must steer clear of other aircraft (manned or not). Additionally, temporary “no fly” zones can be created by gov’t officials when and where needed. For example, around forest fires, the White House, parades, the Super Bowl, etc. But as you know, just because the law says “no” does not mean everyone will obey it. Professional drone operators like Aerial Services always operate according to the rules and encourage education and compliance. Does this help?

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