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THE GIST

Making a Living with Drones
Chris Moody says Autonomous Flight Technologies of Roanoke is one of the few drone video
services in the region, though there are "several
doing it illegally [and] no one else is offering surveying and map-making services." It's a new field
with new technology in a new age.
"People come to this business from one of two
routes," says former journalist Moody, who owns
AFT with founder Josh May and Paul Stoutamire.
First is the hobbyist and "Paul and Josh built their
platform that would emerge in the new media. ... I

Chris Moody, Josh May
and Paul Stoutamire
offer drone video service
in the valley.

bought one to focus on working for golf courses."
The business-videography, photography,
surveying and map-making using drones-is five
years old "technically," says Moody, but "in this

Charlottesville to Floyd Fest to APCo to the West-

"Drone technology allows us to make maps that

incarnation a little more than two." The FAA gave

ern Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke County De-

are far more accurate and a bit cheaper than

its approval in October of 2015.

partment of Tourism, National Weather Service

has been possible, but the biggest change is the

and the Greenway Commission.

amount of time it takes to create them. What

The quality of the videos, used for marketing,
promotions and showcasing, says Moody, "is
movie-projection level."
Customers are varied: from a developer in

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Costs vary wildly, depending on what the client requires, but the service often adds something unavailable in the past: speed. Says Moody:

took weeks to complete can be returned in one
or two days."
info@autonomousflight.us -DAN SMITH

THEROANOKER.COM

DAN SMITH

own drones for years ... I saw drones as a great


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker May/June 2017

Worth a Click
From the Editor
Lunch With
Streets of Roanoke
The Gist
Events Calendar
Best of Roanoke 2017
Architects on our Architecture
Fun & Functional: Inside the Glickfield Home
Roanoke Valley Health & Wellness: The A-Z
Tacos ā€˜nā€™ BBQ: A Great Spot for Each
The Dish
Where are They Now?
The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Intro
The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Cover1
The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Cover2
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Worth a Click
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - From the Editor
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Lunch With
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Streets of Roanoke
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - The Gist
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Events Calendar
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Architects on our Architecture
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Fun & Functional: Inside the Glickfield Home
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Roanoke Valley Health & Wellness: The A-Z
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Tacos ā€˜nā€™ BBQ: A Great Spot for Each
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The Roanoker May/June 2017 - Where are They Now?
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