The explosion of ‘Unmanned Aerial Systems’  (UASs) enable new approaches to existing tasks that are often significant cost savers.  It also opens the door to solutions that have not been imagined yet.

Floating Cameras, LLC keeps up with what is happening in the UAS industry and identifies services that are emerging. The UAS industry is in its infancy and our primary focus is to:

  • Identify useful UAS services
  • Explain which  UAS services might benefit a business and how
  • Creating flight plans and delivering those services

Today’s Market

Drones have hit the mainstream with every major camera maker coming up with some kind of offering.  Drones are cool, but what are people doing with them besides taking selfies and flying them around?

Drones perform the ‘zip line’ operation without the restriction of a physical wire.  Instead of being attached the the camera floats from position to position.  It is possible to to follow complex paths with precision over and over again so retakes possible.  Not only can you do more, setup only takes seconds. With computer aided and autonomous flight the possibilities are limitless.

Evolving Market

First Person Visual (FPV – Goggles) are a natural marriage of technologies and the drone racing industry has emerged. This is incredibly exciting to watch and is catching on everywhere.

Much more than aerial photography, the evolution has just begun.

Things to do with you UAV

There are online services, DroneDeploy.com, Altizure.com to name a couple that offer a program for capturing images with a drone.  Regarless of how the images are captured these sites provide an online services for ‘stitching’ them together. Visit their sites for details on their offerings, but here is a quick summary.

  • Photogrammetry:  A 3D virtual image. This provides an accurate map that can be imported by many of the software packages for designing landscapes.  This is a potential service that would be inexpensive and provides an amazing tool for the home-owner, landscaper, or property owner/developer.
  •  Mapping:  Highly detailed, custom maps to scale.  These can be used in agriculture to help identify crop health, landscaping for planning,  site assessment, and more.
  • Construction: Site history in the form of time lapse aerials or 3D models.  Keep complete histories of projects with incredible detail.  Flying regular ‘missions’ to create a collection that provides a birds eye view. This is a powerful tool for tracking progress because it captures ‘meta data’ making it possible to determine details like trenching, completion times, job duration, material deliveries and consumption, and more.


The ability to utilize a drone effectively business is a lot more than flying the drone.  For construction it means establishing a series of flight plans which would be based on services desired.

Fly your own missions?

Absolutely.  The majority of services begin after a mission is completed so it doesn’t matter who flies the mission.  For example you may find working with the 4K video captured by a drone difficult.  Let us help you discover services that are reasonable and enable you to accomplish your goals.

Commercial use of drones requires that a Part 107 Remote Pilot operates the UAS.  We provide certified pilots on referral allowing us to offer our services anywhere.


FPV Racers

Probably the most exciting evolution in sUAS has been the racers.  With Goggles and incredibly responsive little craft that are inexpensive it is possible to fly at outrageous speeds through complex obstacle courses.

For the Do It Yourself-er or adrenaline junkie  building your own multi-rotor is an amazing way to get into flying drones.  In learning to race you will crash a lot.  Assembling your aircraft from parts helps you in diagnosing and fixing your aircraft after flying through a bush or crashing into the ground at a high speed.

Follow the adventures as I venture into the world of FPV and racers.


This site has been established with the intent of creating a useful resource for unmanned aerial vehicles enthusiasts and people looking for information on what a drone could do for them.  I will share my techniques and experiences and I encourage others to join the community and share theirs.




Floating Cameras, LLC provides drone related services in the Vancouver, WA area. In addition this site offers an online community designed to encourage Pilots, Engineers, and drone enthusiasts to share ideas and communicate ideas and techniques.

I have been a television cameraman and photographer, a private pilot, and had a long career as a software engineer.  I have been following drones for years now and it has been exciting to see all of these interests come together in drones.

This site will provide:

  • Customer Portal – View your projects, schedule a job, find a pilot, more…
  • Pilots Portal – Free to Remote Pilots – A gallery for your work! A place to advertise your services.
  • Guides for all Drone Operators – Skills building and helpful tips and tricks from the Floating Camera community.
  • Learning and Sharing – Connect with Pilots and Businesses using drones in your area.  Lots of links to training materials, classes, and opportunities to fly.
  • Discovery – You may have an idea of how UASs could work for you, or have an idea for a unique drone service.  Ask pilots and other businesses that use drones for guidance. Connect with the people who have experience.

If  you are Remote Pilot and would like to participate be sure to check the box. It is important that as we grow our skills we share knowledge to keep the industry safe.  When you let me know you are a Remote Pilot I will grant you additional access.  As a pilot you can display your work and participate in the pilot discussions.  Take the opportunity to interact, share, and learn from your peers.

The technology is advancing at an amazing speed and I want to be an active participant in its evolution.  Everything we do at this point in time will shape the industry. Join me by participating in the Floating Cameras community.



My Thingiverse experience

Today I thought I’d talk about the Thingiverse environment and the community as I’ve experienced it, so far.  My Thingiverse experience started with sharing my mounting solution for the Prusa MMU2S filament buffer. Immediate responses It has been a couple of days and the initial comments and likes have diminished.  I see when someone adds …