GEO Jobe, a leading GIS software and solution provider offering UAV mapping services, is pleased to announce they have received official authorization to conduct UAV aerial mapping flights on designated airport lands in Mississippi. This tough to secure security and flight clearance opens the doors for GEO Jobe UAV Services to conduct aerial mapping missions and 3D data collection via UAS as part of a recently awarded contract. The need for the authorization is based on the Airport authority’s requirements for topographic maps and ortho photos of an industrial site planned to market for development. This is an economic development application of drone based aerial mapping.
Authorization for such projects are required by FAA regulations, and are not easy to come by. Interesting to note, 3 months after Part 107 went into effect, there were only 81 approvals granted for approximately 1,000 requests – less than a 10% approval rate. Recall, FAA Part 107 prohibits remote pilots from flying at night for example. If a pilot wants to do that, he must request a waiver from those prohibitions. Controlled airspace around major airport is a restricted activity. If a pilot wants to fly in that airspace, he must get authorization to conduct operations in the controlled airspace. GEO Jobe UAV Services is now part of a very small group of professional UAV service providers successfully completing these requirements.
From Neill Jobe, CEO of GEO Jobe GIS, “This latest project and authorization will enable GEO Jobe UAV services to complete UAV flights and subsequent mapping and analysis for a project that few contractors have experienced. This experience will pave the road for additional, related special infrastructure aerial mapping projects that require experience and skills securing proper authorization and clearance to fly on restricted Federal and public lands.”
For more information about GEO Jobe’s UAV and aerial mapping services, including sample projects and images see www.geo-jobe.com/