Vortex UAS Gets FAA Exemption, Signs Agreement With PrecisionHawk

Chicago-based Vortex UAS has been awarded a Section 333 exemption for the commercial use of drones and has signed an agreement to provide PrecisionHawk hardware and software products in the Midwest.

Under the exemption, Vortex UAS is authorized to operate drones for missions including aerial photography and videography, precision agriculture, geosurvey, aerial mapping, aerial monitoring services for first responders, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilot training, utility inspection, and real estate inspection.

According to the exemption, the company can operate the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, DJI Spreading Wings S900 and PrecisionHawk Hawkeye Mk-III.

PrecisionHawk, based in Raleigh, N.C., and Toronto, Ontario, is a provider of unmanned aircraft and software to collect, manage and analyze aerial data across civilian applications.

The agreement with PrecisionHawk allows Vortex customers to also have access to DataMapper, PrecisionHawk’s cloud-based software partner, which includes the ability to automatically process, manage and analyze aerial data.

“We are honored to be a source of representation for PrecisionHawk in the Midwest,” says Vince Donohue, owner and president of Vortex UAS. “We believe we are in the perfect location to reach the agricultural, critical infrastructure, mining and construction markets that are thriving in this region. Our goal is to provide powerful and cost-effective information to help all of them run sustainable operations with significant cost savings and efficiencies.”

Vortex UAS says it will also be holding a UAS training event in Rosemont, Ill., on Aug. 15.


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