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Parametrix Employee-Owner Receives Remote Pilot License

Courtney Purdin | 8-02-2018

Parametrix has been using drones (also known as UAV or UAS) for several years to document preconstruction conditions, construction progress, and to gain perspective of hard to reach places like under bridges, above landfills, over waterways, and along cliffs.

Parametrix received an FAA 333 Exemption in the early stages of drone applications to fly commercially and now requires all of their operators to be FAA certified Remote Pilots. That’s when Parametrix employee-owner Brad Rhoades, LSIT decided to join the highly skilled UAV team at Parametrix. Brad is a surveyor in our Bend, OR office. He decided to get his Remote Pilot License so that he can fly drones on projects for our clients. He said he believes that the use of drones will increase over the next several years and he wants to be a part of those future opportunities. He also adds “plus they’re just cool and it’s a chance to relive some childhood fun of operating remote-control vehicles.”

The process of obtaining a Remote Pilot License with an sUAV Rating took Brad 4 months from identifying the requirements, to seeking out a training program, and studying to pass the knowledge test.

Parametrix has an on-call pilot based in the Puget Sound region but Brad will add full-time UAV capabilities to our Oregon region. He says “the perspective provided from UAV’s is really different” and he’s excited to be a part of something that will enhance our existing products. He will mainly be using drones to create Digital Terrain Models, for inspection work, and for marketing/promotional materials.

Interested in Parametrix’s UAV capabilities? Learn more here.