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Even More Eyes in the Sky! AmaTerra's UAS Division Adds Third Part 107-Certified Drone Pilot

We are so excited and proud to announce that James Ray, one of AmaTerra's staff biologists, recently passed his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification Test! James is AmaTerra's third FAA-certified Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS; aka "Drone") pilot. James is looking forward to adding this new and dynamic perspective to his wetlands studies, wildlife habitat and nest surveys, and more.

For those who may not be familiar, the FAA's Part 107 certification is a legal requirement for all UAS pilots who use drones in a professional capacity. It's no simple affair - James didn't just have to fill out a form and get his license a few weeks later. The FAA treats UAS pilots as... well... pilots. They must prove their understanding of the principles of flight, navigation, and weather, and piloting aircraft safely and conscientiously in the public airspace. It's no slouch of a certification test.

Congratulations to you, James!

AmaTerra biologist, James Ray, pilots AmaTerra's UAS to document surface water features in North Texas.

Drones in Environmental Consulting

We are all aware of the growing list of benefits that drones bring to the world of environmental and cultural resource management. Drones can be used for detailed aerial photography and videography, high-resolution and current ortho-imagery, precise three-dimensional landform modeling through photogrammetry, safe-distance nesting investigations - to name just a few. All of this - and a lot more - collected more quickly, more efficiently, and more safely than with ground-based methods alone.

AmaTerra's UAS team is always eager to get out there and fly around. Give us a call to discuss how our eyes in the sky can help you!


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