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AEROLOGIX GIS FAQ
-WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF UAV-BASED AERIAL SURVEY?
#1 = COST: Our market research indicates we can deliver equivalent or superior GIS and Civil Engineering products for 40-60% less than conventional providers.
#2 = FLEXIBILITY: The AeroLogix GIS system conducts small-scale collections on demand. It is often not cost-effective for conventional providers of Aerial Survey and GIS products to dispatch a conventional aircraft, crew and equipment for small areas. In many cases, Aerial Survey on a small scale was simply not available. The AeroLogix GIS system opens up affordable Aerial Survey and GIS production to projects and areas that were previously unobtainable.
#3 = HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGERY: Collecting at low altitudes with advanced digital imaging systems results in products that are incredibly detailed and accurate.
-WHAT IS GIS?
GIS stands for Geospatial Information Systems. When conventional aerial survey, map-making and geography entered the digital realm of computers, any data with the attributes of geographic positions and elevations became “geospatial” data. GIS imagery is generally sourced from aircraft and satellites. It is captured and processed in such a way as to “geo-register” the images. Geo—registered imagery contains imbedded data that identifies the positions and elevations across the image. This data allows computer programs like “Google Earth” to interpret and display the imagery in geographically accurate locations. Obviously, GIS imagery must be accurately geo-registered or it is useless. Accurate geo-registration requires sophisticated methods of collection and data processing. Capturing the photographs from the air is only the first step of a complex process.
-ISN’T IT ILLEGAL TO FLY DRONES COMMERCIALLY?
Without a specific authorization, it is currently against FAA Regulations to operate drones/UAVs commercially. AeroLogix obtained Minnesota's first commercial FAA Certificate of Waiver and Authorization (COA) for its contract operations with Le Sueur County, MN. AeroLogix has now been approved by the FAA to conduct broad commercial UAV operations under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. our “333 exemption” allows AeroLogix to operate GeoStar UAVs commercially to private and public customers.
-WHAT IS A 333 EXEMPTION?
Beginning in August of 2014, the FAA began granting a small number of exemptions to commercial drone operators. The exemptions are granted under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The first were to a group of Hollywood production companies that wanted to use drones on movie sets. Others have followed that permit commercial drones to inspect towers and offshore oil rigs, perform aerial surveys, etc. Applications are reviewed individually by the FAA for technical and operational safety. There have now been thousands of exemptions granted for a variety of commercial drones operations. AeroLogix was the second commercial UAV operator in Minnesota to obtain a Section 333 Exemption.
-WHERE AND HOW WILL YOU BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE?
Operations will likely be limited to the more rural areas and will need to remain outside of airport areas. Airspace authorization for a commercial operation under the 333 exemption will need to be obtained in advance. The FAA is saying it will take 2-3 weeks to obtain such authorizations.
AeroLogix GIS operates Minnesota's first FAA authorized commercial UAV operation
AeroLogix founder and president, Tim Briggs is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer who served his country on active duty for over 22 years.
AeroLogix GIS leverages breakthrough technologies in imaging, remote sensing and data processing to deliver world-class GIS products.
AeroLogix GIS is an end-to-end provider of advanced Geospatial Information products.
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