Flight Testing – Finding Oil Wells with a Magnetometer

Today’s flight testing went great!!!

We were doing some test flights today for our big magnetometer capture next week at a Mississippi natural gas storage facility.  So glad we did some test flights to determine the best speeds, heights and workflow to ensure a good capture next week.


Published in the Los Angeles Times!!! Tiny Homes Project in North Hollywood

Wow! We woke-up to a surprise. Since most of our work involves converting pretty pictures to data… it was neat to see our image for a local architect published in the Los Angeles Times today.  Not only is this a great project to help house the homeless — but the architect makes the community a happy and fun design!




Testing New FLIR TZ20 Sensor — WOW!!!

We had the opportunity to capture some great footage on the new FLIR TZ20 sensor for FLIR’s marketing of the product. And besides the rooftop inspections, this capture of seals on a barge in Redondo Beach Harbor was most interesting since you can see the “coolest” member of the family on the top of the pack (just exited the water.)


Burbank Airport – 180 Degree Panorama of American Airlines 3094 Takeoff

Working with Burbank Airport air traffic control (ATC) has been amazing over the last year+ to support the Avion Burbank construction progress.  And this was a little “thank you” we created for the ATC team.


Need 720,000 sqft of Warehouse Space? The Freeway Business Center is Complete.

After close to 2 years visiting this job site adjacent to March ARB, the Freeway Business Center is complete. The designers/architects made this 720,000 sqft warehouse nice on both the inside and outside.  Standby for a future time lapse of the project that is going to be awesome!

Roof Inspection Turns into Thermal Bee Hive Hunt

The homeowner knew there were bees coming into their house… and thought it might have been from a window.  But, with a 3 story home and terracotta roof (which is very brittle) — our roof inspection ended-up finding the bee hive without ever needing to walk on their roof.

Visually we found the bees easily, but to see in the crevice on the roof the thermal camera found the bees beautifully!

Thank you to www.connexicore.com for one of the most interesting projects of the year!!!

Solar Module Inspection – String Out!

Over the summer (when we thought schools would be going back this Fall) we did multiple school solar module inspections.  A perfect time to do it when there are not any cars or people on campus.  And wow, we found multiple arrays with full strings out!

It really is amazing how solar module issues are so clearly visible via thermal/infrared inspection.  Also, doing this manually would take almost the whole day and cost thousands of dollars… with a drone it was a fraction of the time/cost.

New Construction Progress Project Located in Burbank Airport “Zero Grid”

Our new client is building a great project and wanted to capture aerial construction progress images… the challenging part was that the location is adjacent to Burbank Airport. Technically, the property was airport property. With the reduced air traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic and additional safety mitigations, we were able to coordinate and received airspace authorizations from Burbank Airport Air Traffic Control (who has been terrific to work with) for a safe flights to meet this customer’s needs.

This project is not only very close to Burbank Airport, but the construction of the Avion Burbank project is on a historic site.  The site is the location of the old Lockheed Aircraft location which built the P38-Lightning Fighter during World War II and the was home to the “skunk-works” which built the SR-71 “Blackbird” up until 1998. So flying a drone where aviation history was written makes the project even more special.

Here’s a marked-up photo showing how close to the airport we received authorization to fly:

Construction Progress – Onsite adjacent to Burbank Airport in “Zero Grid” airspace.

New 30x Zoom Capabilities for Industrial Inspections and SWPPP Site Reviews (with live-stream feeds)

We just did a demo for a potential client and converted the footage captured into a short 1 minute video.  Check out the amazing detail you can see with this 30x lens.

Also, we are able to live-stream the video feed for a remote inspector to review in real-time.


Creative COVID-19 Billboards Displays to Slow Traffic on the 405 Freeway

With almost no Los Angeles traffic during the Stay-At-Home orders, it’s amazing to see the lack of traffic (and creative electronic billboards) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here are billboards next to the 405 freeway just South of LAX.

My favorite from this day was:

Panda Express – COVID-19 Billboard