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Hi from Piper in Northern California! Our two companies, Leading Edge Aerial Technologies and Leading Edge Associates, Inc, are expanding (yaay!) and we would like some recommendations on how to find experienced pilots to hire. Since we are one of the very few commercial UAS companies in the US that perform aerial applications (i.e. spraying) by unmanned aerial systems and we work in many states, we fit into a very unique category when it comes to the drone business. Having worked in the mosquito control industry for over 30 years, we have focused our efforts in vector control which is very rewarding although challenging work. Now we are adding precision applications for agriculture, forestry and weed control to our business profile as well as imagery and aerial surveillance. While we work in many states in the West (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona) performing our applications, California (as some of you may know) has been a tricky state when it comes to regulations for UAS pesticide applications and requirements for pilots. So, the pilots we need to hire need more than just a Part 107 certificate. Additionally, since we are in this interesting "niche" of aerial work, we have been designing and flying our own custom drones and flight planning software for over 5 years now. Just another cool thing we do :). Any suggestions from the community on where we can find the right people for this kind of work? Thank you in advance! -Piper Kimball, Vector Biologist Leading Edge Associates/Leading Edge Aerial Technologies
The article mentions 1500 pound drones. Probably a new class of certification will be available as well. Other applications and further relaxation of drone laws for commercial use in other areas are also mentioned in the article. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/16/florida-county-to-battle-mosquitoes-through-federal-drone-program.html