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Drone business taking off

BY JEFF WILKINSON jwilkinson@thestate.com The drone business is about to take off in South Carolina. Changes to Federal Aviation Administration regulations that went into effect Aug. 30 are opening up the industry to a new group of entrepreneurs who can perform a wide spectrum of jobs, from inspecting solar panels…

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Drone dos and don’ts

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Drones can be popular holiday gifts, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants new users to know the remote-controlled aircraft come with a strict set of rules. FAA guidelines require drone owners to register the unmanned aerial system (UAS) if the device weighs more than 0.55…

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Eyes in the Sky

The CEO of Skyview Aerial Solutions, Tom Fernandez, gingerly caressed the contents of the box, softly uttered a brief goodbye then turned to the man best known for being Berkeley County’s coroner. “She’s all yours now,” Fernandez said. Bill Salisbury smiled. “We’re so excited to have her.” Flanked by an…

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Drone Business Rising

Last July, a private Cessna C-150 and an F-16 fighter jet collided midair in Moncks Corner - leaving numerous emergency responders scrambling to find survivors and debris. Parts of the Cessna crashed into a body of water near a rice field. The F-16 crashed about 10 miles away. Berkeley County's…

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Berkeley County Company to Donate Drone for County Rescue Efforts Next Week

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Berkeley County Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Duane Lewis announced today that a local company will donate and present a drone for the county’s rescue efforts next week. Berkeley County-based SKYVIEW AERIAL SOLUTIONS, who donated their equipment and time for the rescue…

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Tornado Touches Down in Berkeley County

The National Weather Service Office in Charleston recently examined photographs provided by Berkeley County Emergency Management and aerial drone footage by Skyview Aerial Solutions LLC and determined that an EF-0 tornado touched down shortly before 4 a.m. on Wednesday. The tornado reportedly occurred for about one minute at Carolina Nurseries—about…

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Biz – Sci – Tech:Taking Off

Remember the video of Shadowmoss Plantation under water from late-summer rains? How about the aerial photos of folks forming a heart in Marion Square in the wake of the Emanuel AME tragedy, or the news reports about drones aiding in search-and-rescue after a Moncks Corner plane collision? Well there’s one…

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How to Turn a Hobby into a Business

Tom Fernandez, co-founder of SkyView Aerial Solutions, shares the story of how his company got started (a conversation over a box of pizza). This Charleston, South Carolina based company builds their own multirotor copters to fit client specifications, as well as providing services and training for business and government. Fernandez…

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