Shore Aerial Gets FAA Approved To Fly Drones
PHOTOS: Shore Aerial Photography Introduces FAA-Authorized Unmanned Aircraft; First in Area to Receive distinction from Federal Government
Shore Aerial Photography is proud to announce it is the first company in the Ocean-Monmouth County area granted federal authorization to utilize an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to capture stunning high definition photos and videos. With only about 900 such systems authorized for commercial use throughout the county—and even fewer in New Jersey—Shore Aerial Photography is excited to offer its services using this unique aircraft.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to better serve our clients, and our UAS is another way of doing so,” said James Komsa, who co-owns Shore Aerial Photography with his wife, Patricia, of Lakewood’s UEZ. “With this system, we can continue to provide high quality aerial photography services while reducing the fuel and operating costs associated with flying a traditional aircraft. We pass on this savings to our customers, keeping our services affordable.”
Based in central New Jersey, Shore Aerial Photography specializes in commercial and residential aerial photography. Customers include builders, attorneys, real estate agencies, government agencies, homeowners, and many more. All images captured by Shore Aerial Photography are professionally edited for no additional fee, and the client retains all ownership rights to their pictures.
The UAS joins Shore Aerial Photography’s fleet of well-maintained fixed wing aircraft. Known as the FAA 333 Exemption, the authority for Shore Aerial Photography to pilot a UAS for commercial use was granted on July 15, 2015, after the company was vetted through a thorough application process. Though not required to earn the exemption, Komsa, a licensed fixed wing pilot, completed training with Intelligent UAS in Riverdale, Maryland, to ensure he and his staff operate the new system with the utmost concern for safety in our National Airspace.
With six electric motors powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, the UAS, a DJI S900 hexacopter model, has a flight time of about 12 minutes. The lightweight unit is environmentally friendly, does not require gasoline, emits no dangerous emissions, and operates quietly. The professional-grade 24 megapixel camera mounted on the UAS captures stunning photos and high definition video.