Our aerial services division provides a number of services that utilize small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) or as they are commonly known, drones. Each of our pilots are FAA part 107 certified which allows us to fly commercially and in locations that recreational pilots are not permitted to fly. FAA certification includes training in a verity of topics including inclusion into the National Airspace System, aviation weather, airport operations and communications, and more. Additional training is provided for night time operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training, and other training as needed.
Aerial photography can give a unique view and can provide a real-time overview of an entire area. Aerial photography can track progress of a building project or site construction. Additionally aerial imaging can be used to survey building roofs to look for storm damage without the unnecessary risk to human life.
What is thermal imaging? Thermal imaging allows you to visualize the energy being emitted from and object in the from of heat. This technology allows you to see what could otherwise not be seen. One common use can be looking for water under roof membranes, water will absorb energy while exposed to the solar load of the sun, and once the load is off the water will continue to hold and release heat, allowing you locate that water.
Thermal imaging also allows you to see thermal energy escaping from your building through windows, doors, vents, and more. We can locate potential bad sections of solar panels, or large solar farms faster and less expensively than walking on foot. We can help locate pets, livestock, wild animals, people that are lost or missing over a much wider area from the air versus on foot.
All of our thermographers are certified through ITC.
We maintain a small fleet of aircraft that we use for the primary purpose of general photography. Our standard workhorse is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. This platform offers a full frame sensor and provides great daylight and nighttime photography. It is also a rock solid platform allowing us to fly in moderate winds and still get motion free images. Drone payloads vary from aircraft to aircraft. Through our rental partner, we have access to other cameras and sensors such as a multi spectrum camera for NVDI studies of crops. If you need a specific payload, please allow some extra time to secure any sensors we don't currently have.
Our aerial platforms that we use for photography are all also capable of recording video up to full 4K resolution. We have the ability to fly larger platforms for specific use cases. If you need to fly a DSLR or perhaps a RED or similar cinema camera, we would be more than happy to help as well. So no matter your project, give us a call and we can make it happen.
In most states across the country, you must be a state licensed surveyor to provide survey grade data. We do not maintain any licensed surveyors on our staff, however if you need GPS accurate maps we can still help. There are many cases where legal survey grade data is not required.
We are able to fly your site once a week, once a month, or as often as you would like. Aerial mapping offers a unique product. You can certainly load an online satellite map to check out your site, but in some cases that data can be up to 3 years old, so your project will likely be done before the satellite captures an updated image. Aerial mapping allows us to provide imagery that is less than 24 hours old. Our mapping can deliver GPS accurate ortho maps, 3d modeling, 360 degree panoramas and more.
We currently maintain a part 107 daylight waiver to allow us to operate beyond the normal part 107 sunrise to sunset time frame. Night operations may incur an additional fee due to the required additional personnel required to safely operate at night.
We also maintain Wide Area authorizations (WAA) for our local major airports including KBWI (Baltimore Washington Intl), KIAD (Washington Dulles Intl), KFDK (Frederick Municipal), KHGR (Hagerstown Regional), KESN (Easton Airport), KSBY (Salisbury-Ocean City Airport). Other Airports operate under the LAANC system and airspace authorizations are near instant. Special authorizations and waivers may take up to 90 days to obtain.
While we would love to take every single job, there are certain places we simply are not allowed to fly. Places include close proximity to major airports, near major sporting events, certain prohibited airspace including Washington DC and some surrounding areas (DC-FRZ; 15nm around DC). When you contact us, we will do an initial online map survey and reference your location against FAA sectional charts. In the event that your mission can not be flown due to airspace prohibitions or temporary flight restrictions (TFR) we will try and come up with an alternate plan. Under certain circumstances we can accomplish the same end result with an aerial pole and camera. Please understand that airspace changes sometimes happen rapidly and are out of our control.