First Industrial Drone Company in Utah Receives FAA’s Permission to Fly

Pete CodellaBusiness

Silverhawk Aerial Imaging of South Ogden, Utah has received confirmation that their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 333 exemption has been approved. The coveted exemption gives the company permission to fly their drones for commercial purposes.

“The exemption from the FAA is important to us since companies come to Utah from all over the world to work with us,” said David Terry, CEO and President of Silverhawk. “The exemption is fairly difficult to get. We are one of the first companies in Utah to receive this type of federal approval.” Along with his own resources and expertise, Terry consulted with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Mountain West Unmanned Systems Alliance (MWUSA) to successfully complete the application process.

The FAA 333 exemption holds Silverhawk to a higher standard for both drones and operators. The exemption requires proof their vehicles are airworthy, safe, and receive regular maintenance. The only individuals allowed to fly the drones are licensed pilots. The additional accountability ensures the drones are following national airspace regulations. Silverhawk utilizes the exemption for commercial/industrial imaging, 3D modeling, surveying, and inspection.

Silverhawk Aerial Imaging consults for UAV/UAS industry leaders such as GoPro and 3D Robotics. The company uses drones to perform asset monitoring, 3D mapping, and aerial photography. They specialize in providing practical data and images for industrial solutions. For more information, please visit