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FAA approves FPV Catalog for commercial use of drones

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) related business in Southern Arizona received a Federal Aviation Administration exemption to fly drones. FPV Catalog, an online source for multirotors and winged aircraft parts and accessories, is one of the first retail sites in Arizona to be granted authorization from the FAA to fly its UAVs for commercial and educational purposes.

After submitting an application in January 2015, FPV Catalog and its founder, Bruce Pogosaew, received the FAA’s approval on April 17.

“As a new business, we were expecting to wait several months or longer to hear from the FAA,” said Mr. Pogosaew. “To be granted an exemption and receive a response within 90 days is remarkable.”

FPV (First Person View) Catalog materialized in 2014 after its owners, Bruce and Michelle Pogosaew, recognized the need for UAV enthusiasts to have one source where they can purchase compatible parts and accessories. Having over 18 years of experience in Information Technology and a passion for unmanned aerial vehicles, Mr. Pogosaew immediately realized how their business would benefit from receiving an FAA approval, as well as the technological boost it would provide for the local community. Michelle Pogosaew, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and is a beginner FPV enthusiast. While her husband has been a lifelong Remote Control enthusiast and DIY hobbyist –he tears apart and rebuilds aircraft models regularly- business development is her area of expertise and she is thrilled to be part of a rapidly expanding industry. “I’ve always loved to fly, but little did I know the skills I developed in a university science lab-examining frogs and insects- would help me to dissect Quadcoptors and UAVs as part of my career later in life.”

The authorization creates a wide range of possibilities for FPV Catalog’s husband and wife team. The most significant enabling them to test products and post instructional videos on FPV Catalog’s website as a way to strengthen quality control. The idea being that they can test the durability and flight capabilities of UAV and FPV products not only for customer review, but for new suppliers and entrepreneurs wanting a place to launch their inventions.

“Quality is important to our business and having the capability to review and film products commercially under the 333 Exemption allows us to create these videos without being fined,” said Mr. Pogosaew. “And because the FAA was still fine tuning the exemption details for commercial use of drones, FPV Catalog requested an exemption for only two types of models: a Fixed Wing and a Multirotor-with the thought that the 333 Exemption will act as an umbrella and cover other models down the road.”

Additionally the FAA certification allows Mr. Pogosaew to produce educational and promotional videos for the agricultural and construction industries, real estate agencies, schools, universities and government agencies. He is listed in the National SARS (Search and Rescue) database and is available to help support search and rescue missions.

On a broader scale, and more importantly to the owners of FPV Catalog, receiving an exemption within a short period of time symbolizes the Federal Aviation Administration is loosening their reins. They believe the FAA is acknowledging the importance of the UAS industry and the role it will have in stimulating the US economy. America needs small businesses with innovative and creative people at the helm who are willing to compete locally and globally.

“We don’t know what the future holds, but we are proud to be part of it now with the FAA’s approval.”

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Velocity Retail Group takes flight with UAV technology

For years Velocity has invested in cutting-edge technologies to service our clients and help them stay in front of the competition. Velocity is already known for delivering high-quality photography and video for our listings, tenants, and our events. Now UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) will allow us to provide our clients a much different perspective than they’ve had before. All without paying a fortune for custom aerial photography.

Having the ability to get a prospective buyer or tenant above the rooftop of shopping center, or building provides them with a unique view of the trade area. From this angle important details like traffic flow, ingress and egress, surrounding tenants are easily viewed. Another benefit is the ability to see the current conditions of the roof and other structural features that can not be seen from the ground.

“We are known for seeking out the newest technologies for our clients. UAV’s are one of the most exciting tools we have had that we think will impact our clients ability to make more informed decisions,” remarked Dave Cheatham. “We researched many UAV units and chose one that had plenty of safety features, advanced flight capabilities, stabilization, and the ability to deliver high-resolution stills and video.”

John Jackson is one of our experienced pilots and real estate agents. He specializes in listing shopping centers in the Phoenix market and believes this will be one more tool in the box that sets Velocity Retail Group apart. “As a remote-control aircraft pilot, I have a passion for getting up in the air. The fact that I can do this for my clients makes it even better,” said John Jackson. “The unit we fly is the most stable one on the market, even in the wind conditions that we can experience in the Phoenix area.”

We predict this technology will change the retail commercial landscape for our clients. As retailers expand into our market, they will have a more comprehensive view of the best sites, the best intersections, and their competitors. Our shopping center owners will also have the benefit of greater exposure to national tenants who are not currently in the local market. Through aerial video and photographs they can virtually walk a shopping center that was shot a day or two prior without having to fly to Phoenix.

Watch the video to see first hand just what a UAV can do in marketing a shopping center.