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SALOCALLOWDOWN.COM DRONE continues from pg. 12 There are limitations to where a drone can fly, such as near airports. Moore said that his model, which is controlled by an iPad, has a system that prevents it from lifting off near a no-fly zone, demonstrating a conscious effort by manufacturers to deter wrongdoing. Believing that drones can save lives, Moore has offered his drone and services to the Fire Department, such as for a search and rescue mission. Below 400 feet is too low for a helicopter or manned aircraft, making a drone the perfect replacement. With its ability to get into nooks and crannies, and ease of flying around buildings, it erases the need for manpower, firefighters said. “In the past, if we would ever need an aerial view, we would have to call for a helicopter, which we really don’t do,” said Fire Chief John Butrico. “There’s cost involved, there’s time involved for the helicopter to get up in the air and get out there.” Butrico added they are able to get a real-time view of what is happening from the ground with the drone. Future exercises are planned with the firefighters so they can learn to operate the drone. When Moore isn’t working at USAA,

spending time with his wife, Shannon, and daughter, Sarah, engaged with the EDC or running the bike club in Hollywood Park, he’s snapping photos with the drone for other organizations. He’s collaborated with the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department, the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center and Green Spaces Alliance. Working with Parks & Recreation was one of his first “drones for good” projects. Janet Martin, the department’s assistant director, said drone photography is a great asset to the department. “Utilizing a drone for photography takes the images to an entirely new level, allowing residents to see many of our parks from a bird’s-eye view and enabling (us) to make note of all the great amenities located in the park,” Martin said. She added Moore has provided aerial images of 30 of their parks and along the Leon, Salado and

Medina River greenway trails. “He is always looking at ‘the big picture,’ literally and figuratively,” said Patsy Inglet, the education outreach chairwoman for San Antonio Audubon Society and a member of the Stewardship Board at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. “He has been volunteering his time and his drones to nonprofit organizations in and around San Antonio and is always eager to help organizations that are working to conserve the quality of life we all value.” Inglet added the drone enabled the society to design a new nature center that offers a view of the lake and wetlands. “In short, we in Audubon are Justin Moore Fan Club members and are most grateful for his skills and willingness to share them,” Inglet said. To see some of Moore’s work or contact with him, visit TexasByAir. com or email justin@texasbyair.com.

THIS TECHNOLOGY IS GROUNDBREAKING AND IT HAS SO MANY CAPABILITIES THAT CAN BENEFIT COMMUNITIES. JUSTIN MOORE, HOLLYWOOD PARK RESIDENT

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