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Get to know your Peoria business: Precision Aerial Solutions

Posted 9/17/22

Get to know Peoria-based Precision Aerial Solutions

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Get to know your Peoria business: Precision Aerial Solutions

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Name: Shawn Waling

Business name: Precision Aerial Solutions

When did you start your business?: July 2022

Where did the idea come from?: My dad passed away in December 2021. In thinking about what our family should do with his ashes, I thought about how cool it would be to spread his ashes in the deep ocean; it was expensive to do so with some of the available companies and options. Being an avid RC user, I thought it would be cool to drop ashes from a drone, and that got me researching new drones. After purchasing a commercial drone and some equipment, I quickly found all of my spare time occupied with my new hobby. Soon after, my wife recommended I try to make an income from using the drones since I enjoyed them so much. Now here we are! I am not quite in the position to deploy cremated remains yet, but that is still something I am looking into doing.

What is the nature of your business?: I provide aerial photos and videos for all sorts of uses including, but not limited to, real estate, business marketing/advertisement, roof inspections, weddings, special events, homeowners looking for aerial photos of their yard, landscape and solar installations and much more.

Why was it important to start the business in Peoria?: I’m a native Arizonan. I was born and raised in Glendale, and I have lived in Peoria for the past 10 years. Peoria is my home, and Peoria has given my family a lot of good memories.

What is unique about your business?: Being that I offer services using a drone from up to 400’ in the air is something that always interests people! I think that drones are extremely versatile and they can put a unique twist to otherwise outdated services, such as real estate photos and videos. It used to be if you wanted Aerial content, you either had to hire a helicopter, pay an astronomical price for custom satellite photos, or rely on Google Earth. Now, I can send a drone up into the air within a few seconds and provide high-definition photos and videos to you in minutes.

How did your business adjust to the pandemic?: How have you changed your business model?: I started my business after the pandemic, so I have been fortunate to not be affected by it. However, I have taken best practices from other companies, such as offering completely touch-free services to where we never even have to meet face-to-face for any stage of the customer experience.

Anything interesting to share about you and the business?: I am a U.S. Army military police veteran, and a family man. Honesty, loyalty, integrity, and hard work are some of the values that I bring forward to my business. I have been flying drones recreationally now for more than 10 years. One of the requirements to become a commercial drone operator that surprises people to hear, is that I had to study some of the same material airline pilots do, and pass a written aeronautical knowledge exam from the FAA. Not only do I have the experience to fly drones, but I have the knowledge to do so safely and am approved by the FAA. You can find more information about myself and my business at www.PrecisionAerialSolutions.com.

What are the hours?: Currently, I have a regular full-time career outside of this business, so my hours are adjusted to accommodate that. I am available Monday through Friday after 4:30 p.m., all day Saturday and Sunday, and can make myself available for other times during the day, as needed with advance notice.

Will you branch out and expand at any point/What are your plans for the future?: As my company grows, I would love to expand and hire at least one employee. I also plan to expand my offerings to target more commercial operations for major corporations, such as telecommunications. Finally, my wife and I have discussed adding traditional photography services to our offerings in the future as photography is an interest of hers.

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