Gowdy Brothers Aerospace helps pave the way in drone usage

Local Minnesota company helps their customers be the first to use commercial drones

By Alli Peters
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shakopee-based Gowdy Brothers Aerospace has taken advantage of the surge in demand to fly sUAV's (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) commercially. In order to be able to fly sUAV's, companies have to petition for an FAA 333 Exemption under Section 333 of the Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This is where Gowdy Brothers Aerospace comes in. They consult clients on how to file an exemption based on thousands of hours of research they've put into understanding the process.

In simpler terms, you could compare the FAA 333 Exemption to doing your taxes. Doing them by yourself causes the risk of not getting the most optimal refund back, or worse, being audited by the IRS. This is why most people have someone who has years of experience do their taxes for them. Except, unlike taxes, drones are relatively new. Although the first creation of drones dates back to World War I, the unmanned vehicles were almost solely for military use and didn't go mainstream  for personal or commercial use  until about 2013, according to an article on CNN.

Commercial drones are increasingly being used in real estate photography, photo journalism and delivery services from companies like Amazon. And Gowdy Brothers Aerospace jumped into this booming industry at the perfect time.

The FAA has so far approved 20 of Gowdy Brothers' customers for 1,120 drones. Jason Christenson, president of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace. said in a recent press release that, "Virtually every Drone or sUAV ever manufactured under 55 pounds is on the Gowdy Brothers approved lists of 1,120 Drones." Gowdy Brothers Aerospace has truly shown how far the Minnesotan hard work ethic can take you.