Few things have come on the scene as quickly
or had as much impact as drones. Until a few years ago, a drone
was an unmanned military aerial platform used for visual reconnaissance.
While keeping some of these attributes, the world of sUAV (small
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) systems has changed our world. Now anyone
can go to a local hobby shop or retail store and purchase a drone.
In fact, if things continue as planned you will be able to go
online to Amazon and have a drone deliver your drone.
Sentry Robotics got involved in this arena near the very beginning.
In 2001, when we first purchased a broken "toy" drone
off ebay it was a purchase made more out of curiosity than necessity.
The ability to get a camera in the air and get stable photos
or video would play nicely into our video production projects.
And as usual with our team of people, once the broken drone arrived
it was only a matter of hours before our guys were disassembling
it and looking at ways to improve its capabilities.
What started out as a curiosity quickly developed into a passion
for an improved aerial platform. Our tech guys were constantly
flying odd aircraft out of the workshop, sometimes alarming our
neighbors, sometimes dealing with the occasional visit from local
law enforcement responding to a "UFO sighting."
The motto became "Build - Fly - Crash - Learn - Build Again
. . . and have fun doing it."
Persistence paid off and now with two patents and four provisional
patents, Sentry Robotics has established itself as a reliable
source for custom built drone systems. We primarily build systems
for search & rescue agencies, law enforcement and military
contractors. But we still build the occasional system for dedicated
individuals that want something special.
Another aspect of SRL our customers appreciate is our experienced
pilots. We have been providing aerial imaging since 2005 for
both individuals, companies and organizations. No one in the
north Alabama area has more experience flying civilian multirotor
drones than our team. As this hobby has developed into an industry,
it stands to reason that government regulations would come into
play. Like it or not, FAA regulations are here to stay. The team
at SRL realized this and wasted no time in getting involved in
the regulation process as a respected resource. Our Operations
Manager served as a consultant to Gov. Bentley on the Alabama
Drone Task Force. He has also been actively involved in helping
establish "reasonable" drone regulations. In addition,
ALL our drone pilots are registered, licensed, bonded
and insured. Our team members and pilots are involved with such
organizations as the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics), DPA
(Drone Pilots Association) and RCAPA (Radio Controlled Aerial
Platform Association). We abide by all safety regulations and
our team members also travel to local schools to perform technology
demonstrations with drones. Our pilots conduct classes for police
departments and civic groups to help introduce the technology
to the general public. In addition, our Operations Manager has
served as a mentor for the local high school and Technology Center
robotics team for the past few years - where he instills into
each young mind: "Build - Fly - Crash - Learn - Build Again
. . . and have fun doing it."