The UVM SAL UAS team is one of the most experienced in the nation, having flown more 600 UAS missions throughout the United States—from responding to floods in Vermont to mapping hillsides in Hawaii. They have been using UAS since 2012 for a broad range of environmental mapping and have done aquatic invasive species mapping in both the Lake Champlain and Lake Tahoe basins, allowing them to apply the right technology to solve problems. Their record of success has garnered them a national reputation for excellence. Their team has assisted agencies in three separate states with their UAS integration plans and they’ve given over 20 invited presentations on UAS at local, regional, and national conferences, and their work in Vermont has resulted in a national award. The UVM SAL UAS team are part of a select group of organizations currently on the UAS/GIS retainer contract, authorizing them to provide UAS services to state agencies.
Safety is paramount during UAS operations and the team has developed a set of planning and flight checklists that have set the standard for safe and effective UAS operations. They also keep detailed records of flight operations that allows users to view the flight information, equipment used, and personnel involved.