When I first learned about drones, I knew this was going to be a game-changer. I have always been interested in flying; as a kid I dreamed of becoming a pilot.

Every day I would come home with something new to take apart and, hopefully, put back together. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be an electrical engineer. I went to OSU and eventually OIT before I graduated with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. We affectionately refer to ourselves as engi-NERDS or GEEKS. After nearly 15 years in the industry, I was called to change my career path. A couple years after that, I decided to start my own web design business. That is when Lewis Design, LLC was born. I became a self-employed web designer and have been working hard ever since to build my company.

Recently, in a conversation with my brother-in-law, we came up with the plan to purchase an aerial drone to start up a new department in my company. Now, I have Salem Aerial - a branch of Lewis Design - to not only supplement my income but also to fuel my love of flying and electronics.

Right off the bat, we knew this was one of the best investments we had made. We purchased the DJI Inspire 1, and it's incredible to say the least. Drones are really cool. In spite of the news about hobbyists abusing the air space with their drone exploits, drones are safe tools for adventure, photography, and support.

Businesses are now able to get better images of their properties and construction sites in just a few minutes by having or hiring someone with a drone. When used responsibly, drones can be a wonderful way to explore the reaches of the Earth's beauty without requiring a helicopter or airplane. These small air crafts are revolutionizing the photography business. Not to mention the perspective they give, but some drones like the DJI Inspire 1 have cameras attached via a gimbal which allows for maximum movement while maintaining a stable shot.

Basically, I am extremely excited by the ability to fly around for fun, and I look forward to opening the commercial aspect of Salem Aerial as soon as my 333 exemption from the FAA has been processed.

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Jason is a professional website developer and soon-to-be pilot in the Salem-Keizer, Oregon area. He loves problem solving, flying, and eating chocolate covered raisins.


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