Pickett wins FAA exemption allowing unmanned aerial system surveys

Surveying and mapping firm Pickett and Associates obtained an FAA Modernization and Reform Act Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration authorizing commercial aerial data collection from small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones. Data acquired from sensors aboard the UAS will be used for mapping, surveying, and inspection purposes.

To better provide for its clients, Pickett worked for more than a year to incorporate advanced UAS technologies into its business model and petition for the FAA exemption. The exemption granted on June 5, 2015, marks the successful culmination of those efforts.

“This is a huge boon for our clients as the FAA authorization enables the UAS to place actionable information in our hands within minutes, whereas our manned methods required days and extensive man hours. UAS can also provide higher quality still imagery and video than traditional aircraft,” says Mike Leahy, Pickett’s Chief Operating Officer. “The authorization opens the door for new business opportunities as we harness the advantages of this advanced technology.”

Pickett is required to closely follow operational restrictions imposed by the FAA when operating the UAS to ensure the protection of persons and property on the ground or in the air. Pickett is in the process of establishing procedures and practices to ensure full compliance with the FAA authorization and will begin providing commercial UAS services in July 2015.

For more information about Pickett’s turnkey surveying, aerial remote sensing and mapping services for commercial, utility, government and agricultural operations, visit http://www.pickettusa.com or call (863) 533-9095.

Pickett and Associates, Inc. is a licensed surveying and mapping firm headquartered in Bartow, Florida, that provides recurring services for commercial industries, utilities, government agencies, and agricultural operations. Our primary surveying and mapping service area covers the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. In addition to these areas of focus, we have completed projects across the United States and Canada as well as in Central and South America. Pickett is a registered professional surveying firm in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.


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