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Principles of Remote Sensing and Mapping Using Drones

[spb_gallery gallery_id=”14434″ display_type=”slider” columns=”5″ fullwidth=”no” gutters=”yes” image_size=”full” slider_transition=”slide” show_thumbs=”yes” autoplay=”yes” show_captions=”yes” enable_lightbox=”yes” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_boxed_content type=”coloured” box_link_target=”_self” padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Since the FAA Part 107 rules were released, the future of UAS commercial data collection is looking up. Although the size of the UAS market under Part 107 is a mere fraction …

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Q&A: Remote Sensing & Mapping Drones

How are surveying and mapping benefiting from drone technology today? Drone technology has eliminated most of the barriers to entry to remote sensing and mapping. Aerial Services is celebrating our 50th year (ASI history) in this profession, and we,  like our competitors, are accustomed to thinking about using multi-hundred-thousand-dollar aircraft and million-dollar sensors to produce …

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Drones … There I said it!

(This article was originally published in 2014 online for POB Magazine. It has been revised for republication here in October 2017.)   Drones. Drones. Drones. There! I said it. DRONES! As a member of the geospatial community, I’m not to use this word.  It’s “bad”. It arouses terrible images in people’s mind. Supposedly, when folks …

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Aerial Services, Altavian & sUAS

Project information written by Jason Dolf, Flight Coordinator at Aerial Services. Aerial acquired geospatial data used for mapping, remote sensing, orthophotography, aerial enlargements, or GIS applications must be high quality, high resolution, and distortion free. Aerial Services’ five-decade reputation of acquiring such data is well known. Legally and safely deploying small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) …

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“Commercial” Drones but Just Barely

Article by Mike Tully “This article was originally written just before the Final UAS Rule was published in August 2016. Although these UAS regulations established the commercial use of drones most of the flight restrictions remain burdensome and continue to limit their incredible economic potential. FAA Section 333 exemptions allow operators to fly drones in the …

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Just How Accurate is Your Drone?

Article Written by Mike Tully Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) continue to influence the profession of remote sensing and mapping like few things ever have. Advances in computer technology, global positioning, and miniaturization have conspired to remove considerable barriers to entry. Many new practitioners are buying drones and providing these services and data for the first time. Much (not …

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FAA Announces Proposed Rule for Commercial Use of sUAS

[spb_column width=”1/3″ el_position=”first”] [spb_single_image image=”6383″ image_size=”full” frame=”borderframe” intro_animation=”none” full_width=”yes” lightbox=”yes” link_target=”_self” caption=”NPRM Process” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [/spb_column] [spb_column width=”2/3″ el_position=”last”] [spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] We have waited years for this! The NPRM for sUAS (drones) has finally been released. The DOT’s FAA today proposed a framework of regulations called a Notice of Proposed Rule Making …

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UPDATED for 2015: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Database Available for Download

[spb_column width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] New & Improved for 2015 Aerial Services completed this market survey of existing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in September 2012 and has been updating it continuously to document the fast changing market. It contains nearly 150 different models of small unmanned aircraft (sUAS) sensors and photogrammetric software …

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A Plan to Integrate Drones Safely into the National Airspace Today

[spb_column width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Today anyone can strap wings on a pig, stick a GPS on its ear, call it a drone and go fly it. Of course, they have to fly it secretly, under the radar, because most uses are still prohibited by the FAA. In the current regulatory environment …

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