raSmith’s Greg Kirstein Obtains UAS (Drone) Pilot Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration

July 18, 2019


Greg Kirstein, graphic design specialist at raSmith, has obtained remote pilot certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS, otherwise known as a drone) for commercial purposes. The certification allows Kirstein to use UAS technology to take aerial photographs and videos, enhancing raSmith’s in-house marketing capabilities.

“We’re excited about Greg’s accomplishment of receiving UAS certification,” said Karen Wiesneski, raSmith marketing manager. “It not only supports his professional growth, but it also presents new opportunities for the marketing department at raSmith. We’re looking forward to incorporating more aerial photography and videos into our marketing communications to help amplify the raSmith brand.”

Kirstein has over six years of experience as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer. At raSmith, his responsibilities include graphic design layout and illustration, photography, video, branding and web. Kirstein has an associate degree in graphic communications from Gateway Technical College, Elkhorn.

Additional Information: UAS Services at raSmith
Today, raSmith has six UAS and five FAA-certified UAS pilots. UAS services are one of several tools in raSmith’s land surveying toolbox, complementing conventional surveying services that have been provided since 1929. UAS technology at raSmith is used for a variety of project applications including topographic and planimetric mapping, volumetric surveying, orthorectified imagery, inspection imagery and others.

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