All Realtors Need This..

I see it far too often.. “10 ACRES FOR SALE!” with a snapshot from Google Earth showing about where the property is located with some unofficial property boundaries drawn on the photo, likely using paint. I’m not being sarcastic, because I would do the same exact thing if I was attempting to sell some property without my current expertise..

1I’m writing this short blog because I want property owners,  real estate agents, and real estate companies to realize that it is incredibly simple and incredibly cheap to up your marketing game in this area. All you need to do is find a licensed drone pilot with some basic knowledge of GIS, tell them what property you want updated imagery for, and pay them when the job is done. With what I do, you wouldn’t just receive photos from a drone showing you the property, you’d receive a product similar to how google earth works. You can click, drag around, zoom in and out, and really see what the property looks like in the now. Imagine clicking on that “10 ACRES FOR SALE!” link and getting to look around the property in high resolution. That’s much more attractive than looking at a Google Earth snapshot, or even looking on Google Earth Pro!

It’s more than just up-to-date high resolution imagery though. If you had me go fly a property, you’d get the aerial, a digital elevation display, a 3D model, and a vegetation health display. It’d go something like this…

“Hi {x name}! I just finished processing your job request for {x property address} and it looks good! Here’s your link. You can share this link with whoever you’d like and they can see everything the way you can. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me! I just shot you an email with your invoice. Thank you so much!  – Trent”

If you’re interested in this kind of product, shoot me an email. Just put your name and email in the form below. I’d love to go fly for you. I keep it simple and convenient. I believe it should be super seamless for people to get this kind of product when they want it. I promote the idea of my customers shooting me a text when they want something flown. It should be THAT easy. (btw, that hyperlink takes you to an example property)



I am indeed a licensed drone pilot as well as a GIS professional. I’m based out of Claremore, Oklahoma and am willing to do projects pretty much anywhere in Eastern/Northeastern Oklahoma. I know there are people like me elsewhere too so please find them if you’re too far for me. I want to be able to look at land for sale in random places and actually be able to see the land that is for sale haha. People like myself who can pair drones with GIS with real estate agents could revolutionize what it’s like to look for property.



GIS & U.S. Presidents 

From time to time I get an urge to create geospatial datasets by doing half-hearted research online. It’s just a nerdy hobby of mine but it’s something I enjoy. With this research though, my goal is to produce maps that display my data in a variety of ways. I query my datasets to narrow down something that I think would be interesting to see spatially…

I became interested in following American politics and global events roughly 2 or 3 years ago. With my growing interest, I always come up with mapping ideas for current events and trending topics, but I never seem to act on them because I stay so busy with work.. Recently I did some simple research and created a table of data on our Presidents. The dataset I created is relatively extensive and I will likely create a few more maps from it, but these two are the two I have made so far. 

I think it’s interesting to see on a map where our presidents were all born. And in a morbid way, it’s also interesting to see where they have died. I think this mapping idea of mine was extremely simple but unique at the same time. 

The ESRI User Conference’s Impact on a Young GIS Professional


I’m 24 years old and I’ve been in the world of GIS for only 4 years. 3 of those years being a mixture of internships and college classroom exposure . I didn’t realize my passion for GIS until I had completed my first 40 or 50 hours of school… I’ve now been working as a GIS Analyst in the energy industry for a little over a year.

This year I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the world renowned User Conference that esri puts on every summer. There were a staggering 16,000+ GIS professionals in attendance. We came from all over the world. I met so many people that I lost track of them in my head. I mingled with folks from Sweden, India, Abu Dhabi, Japan, and a trillion others who live right here in the United States. One of the most important aspects of this conference is networking and sharing perspectives with other like minded individuals. I believe that in itself makes coming to this conference worthwhile.

I sat through session after session, workshop after workshop, speech after speech, and demonstration after demonstration to let it all wash over me. I was so energized and excited about ideas I had come up with for my current employer that I sat up late into the nights working on them. It’s difficult to describe the atmosphere of the ESRI UC, but it’s refreshing to experience. I’m looking forward to the conference next year already. I’m hoping some of my college GIS friends will be able to attend so we can experience it together, as well as the San Diego night life. I’ll be bringing Tay to this thing next year no doubt. I want to expose her to this environment. I think she’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

Until next year!

Passing the FAA’s Remote Pilot Exam

There is no question that drones are the future in GIS. Sure they have an enormous presence in the industry today, but at a capacity that is microscopic to what it will be in the future. ESRI has even taken recognition by launching the robust Drone2Map software. If you haven’t had the chance to play with this software or at least watch some tutorials on it, I would highly recommend you do so.
So about the CFR Part 107 Exam

Back in August of 2016 the FAA instituted regulations that must be adhered to when piloting any UAV. This means you must obtain a certificate for commercial use here in the United States. Commercial use simply means that you’re either flying on behalf of your employer or you’re flying it personally to earn money. 

Now to get your certificate you must pass an aeronautical exam that was developed by the FAA and is administered by the FAA. This is no joke either.. It isn’t  something you can go and pass using the product of elimination or just plain common sense. You MUST STUDY. As long as you care about passing the exam and you study for a good week (about 2 hours per night), you’ll be fine. 

Some basic info to know if you’re going to go after your certificate. 

  • There are 60 multiple choice questions
  • There are 3 answers to choose from
  • You must earn a 70% to pass
  • You must take it at an FAA testing center
  • The test costs $150.00
  • You must wait 2 weeks to retake it if you fail on your first attempt
  • When you finish your test, you’ll know right away what your score is

My studying approach…

I chose to read the actual Part 107 study guide that the FAA released word for word. Once I read all 70+ pages and let it wash over me, I went back through and made some notes. On top of this, I watched YouTube videos discussing airspace classifications, how to interpret weather reports, how to read sectional charts, and other things that I found to be a bit abstract from the FAA’s study guide. Once I did all of these things I had created quite the study guide. Well… my girlfriend had created quite the study guide haha. She took it upon herself to organize all the information into an interpretable document that she could quiz me with. We studied for roughly 5 or 6 days and then I went and took the exam. I earned an 83%. I felt that the amount of studying I did was a bit of an overkill, but I learned quickly during the exam that I was lucky I studied as much as I did. I expected an A, but an 83% gets me off the ground so I was happy with that. 

If you’d like to discuss the exam with me please just shoot me an email. I’d love to help in any way I can.

Here is the FAA issued study guide to get you started:
Good luck!!

    Picher Perfect|An Oklahoma Ghost Town

    I had just recently passed my remote pilot exam, and I was itching to take to the skies. I wanted my first drone outing to at least be somewhat purposeful and interesting, so I thought it would be fitting to document what was left of Picher, Oklahoma. Picher is an abandoned town located in the Northeastern part of the state. Toxic levels of lead, zinc, and other harmful metals litter the town and forced residents to evacuate years ago. The large mounds in the video are piles of excavated lead and zinc materials from subsurface mining. These piles are commonly referred to as “chat”. I know a good amount of people who played on these piles and swam in these rivers before it was known to be an extreme hazard.

    This video is what we put together of our day. We were a crew of three. I flew my 3DR Solo drone to capture the aerial footage, my girlfriend Taylor was my visual observer, and Paxton used his Canon T5i to get the ground video.