• HMLP inspection in busy airspace This month we finished inspecting 235 high mast light poles (HMLPs) for New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), subcontracted by S&R Engineers, which specializes in transportation inspections. These poles are used at major intersections. As you can see on our map, this means they are concentrated in the northeast part of the state, where busy airports are also concentrated. So for much of this project we were working under FAA waivers allowing us to operate in controlled airspace. These included what was to our knowledge the first waiver allowing drone flights in Class B airspace around Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR). Our Newark waiver, along our waivers for Teterboro (KTEB), Essex County (KCDW), and Trenton (KTTN) are attached.As ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:29 AM by George Finlay
  • Fleet refreshed for 2017 Now we are flying 2 DJI Inspire T600 Pros and have a T601 (Inspire 2) on order. Here's why:We needed the Zenmuse X5 with remote camera controls and a long lens to inspect HMLPs (high mast light poles) for NJDOT (NJ Department of Transportation) without getting uncomfortably close to the subject matter. We are looking for cracks at joints. These poles are 100+ feet high so they are transported in sections and assembled on site. The slip joints, particularly the high joints, are hard to see from the ground. Our aim with the Inspire 2 is to upgrade for TV and movie production.
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 7:49 AM by George Finlay
  • Part 107 and NYC The new FAA rules for small drone operations have made commercial drone flights in NYC easier, but as you would expect there are still requirements to be met.The day after the rules took place on Monday August 29, we were able to shoot test shots for a TV job on Governors Island in NYC without a COA, without filing NOTAMs, and without a permit from OFTB. The entire island is within 2 Nautical miles (nm) of Downtown Manhattan Heliport (KJRB). Under our Section 333 exemption we had applied for a COA to allow us to fly within 2 nm of KJRB, and been denied.Of course we were in close touch with the Trust for Governors Island, but all ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:41 AM by George Finlay
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