DRONES
More Than a Bird’s Eye View
FLIGHT.
By Karen Bolick

The thought of soaring across the heavens as the birds do has been a subject of fascination for mankind since the dawn of time. In 3500 BC,

a golden coin from ancient Sumer features their king riding on the back of an eagle. An Incan founder, Auca, was purportedly “winged” and was thought to have the ability to fly. The ancient Chinese developed massive kites to airlift their warriors into battle as long ago as 1000 BC. Leonardo da Vinci dreamed and planned various methods for manned flight, but it wasn’t until the dawn of the 20th century that the Wright brothers turned those dreams and plans into reality.

In just a few short decades from the Wright brother’s famed 12-second flight, man has flown around the world and beyond its atmosphere to the moon. Currently, plans are being formulated for mankind to journey beyond the moon to Mars. Incredible but true! Even more incredible are the machines that go places men can’t, or don’t want, to go. Enter the era of the drone.

More Than a Military Device

In general, the term drone brings to mind secret spy missions or a long-distance bombing raid. In reality, these tiny flying machines are true workhorses with a multitude of applications.

Drones, officially named Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) can be useful in many industries, including the home building industry. They can be outfitted to perform a variety of tasks including surveying, communication, and security to name a few. The technology drones offer increase productivity, reduce man-hours spent on collecting and processing data, and monitor sub-contractors’ performance at the job-site.