Drone technology has been on the rise within the past few years, so it's only natural that it's found its way to Montevideo.

Drone technology has been on the rise within the past few years, so it’s only natural that it’s found its way to Montevideo.

Harlan Garbe has always had an interest in airplanes, as well as photography, and has found an outlet for those interests in drones.

Drones, also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), have been gaining popularity within the general public for the numerous capabilities they offer. Garbe plans to take his interest and turn it into a small business opportunity for himself.

So far, he has used drone technology to take aerial pictures of churches, and is hoping to see more interest from the community in the future.

The drone Garbe uses is a DJI Mavic. What makes this particular model unique is its ability to fold up into the of the palm of a hand. Unfolded, it is smaller than most drones, measuring 18 inches in width.

In order to turn aerial photography into a business investment, Garbe had to be certified by the Federal Aeronautics Association and the State of Minnesota. To receive the certification, he took a study course comparable to that of regular aircraft ground school; he must also be recertified every two years. When you are certified, you are considered a Pilot In Command.

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