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Licensing and Certification:

South Plains Aerial Imaging: Experience Beyond Mere Certification.

Jonathan Lindley, our Co-Founder and Chief Pilot, is licensed under 14 CFR § 107 to operate commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems across the United States. Mr. Lindley’s aviation journey began with his initial licensing under 14 CFR § 61 in 2004. As a certified pilot, he has skillfully piloted 16 distinct aircraft models, spanning coast-to-coast flights in both the East and West of the nation, and navigating the challenging terrains of New Mexico and Colorado’s mountains. His experience encompasses the intricacies of national airspace, air navigation, aviation communications, aircraft performance and limitations, adverse weather operations, federal regulations, and emergency procedures.

Mr. Lindley’s extensive background includes pivotal roles within private and corporate aviation fixed-based operators, contributions to flight academies, and over 15 years of technical operations for a prominent US air carrier. Notably, he also proudly and honorably served in the United States Army as a Combat Medic for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 8th Mechanized Infantry Regiment.

Mr. Lindley’s love of photography began by capturing the timeless beauty of iconic Warbirds from World War II. The elegance of these aircraft soaring through the skies, against the splendor of the natural world, inspired him to delve into the realm of aerial photography, fueled by his experiences as a pilot. Capturing stunning aerial images has become his passion, whether it is lush dense forests, jagged mountain tops, amazing golden sunsets, or newly fallen snow. Mr. Lindley has also pursued amateur astro-photography.

For you, our respected clients, this translates to a partnership characterized by minimal risk and liability. Our aerial imaging is captured with the upmost focus on quality and precision. Our unmanned aircraft operations prioritize flight safety through a culmination of 20 years of aviation proficiency. When you choose South Plains Aerial Imaging, you’re not only hiring a licensed drone operator; you’re enlisting a seasoned aviation specialist with almost two decades of flight experience and a skilled aerial photographer dedicated to quality, fortified by a background in the United States Armed Forces.

Jonathan Lindley

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