With the advent of revolutionary mapping techniques such as satellite constellations and unmanned aerial photographic platforms, the traditional means of obtaining stereoscopic pairs has been turned upside down; manned aircrafts are no longer the answer to every need, but there are still applications that would benefit from these reliable techniques. One clear example is the mapping of large areas at small scales, clearly a job for a plane with a geo-referenced camera system flying at high altitudes.
FAA regulations in the USA and local General Aviation Directorates in the rest of the world, have imposed restrictions to the use of drones allowing the continuation of established methodologies and proven, approved methods. If drones are not the answer to your needs, we at JBPC can help your organization by:
Launch of a photogrammetry company in the USA with six Citation II and three Piper Azt
In 1980 our founder began his career as aerial navigator and camera operator for a private fleet of photogrammetric aircraft.
Between 1981 and 1984 Juan completed over 750 hours of aerial navigation and camera operation in aircraft as varied as Lear Jet 25C, Cessna 210, WWII B-25 and Beechcraft Queen Air.
These flights resulted in the implementation of projects involving the use of revolutionary techniques such as vertical profiling lasers and early attempts at reducing the need for ground control points using inertial navigation. In 1992 he oversaw the introduction of RTK (Real Time Kinematic) in Venezuela resulting in the elimination of 90% of ground control points in all aerial surveys in isolated areas such as the Amazon Jungle and Guyana Plateau mines.
In 2004 Juan obtained his pilot license and a few months later added his IFR (Instrument Flying Rules) certification.
This blend of navigational and camera operation expertise with pilot experience offers a unique perspective on the deployment of photogrammetry projects both using manned and unmanned aerial vehicles.