MSA is pleased to announce that Aviation Project Engineer Ryan Falch, PE, recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Exam, earning his Remote Pilot License for flying drones. This certificate marks the expansion of the company Aerial Solutions team, with Falch adding the capacity to provide aerial support to airport engineering and construction services.
Receipt of this certificate requires passing an aeronautical knowledge test as required by the FAA at an approved knowledge testing center, registration and operation of drones only within parameters as defined by the FAA, subject to inspection or testing upon request. Testing topics include knowledge of regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft, rating privileges, airspace classification, flight restrictions, emergency and radio communication procedures, airport operations, flight operations and an understanding of maintenance and preflight inspection protocol.
Falch’s licensure makes him the fourth certified drone pilot for the company, all of whom work across company disciplines to capture high quality data for client deliverables. The data is frequently applied to visualization and rendering software, used for real-time infrastructure and surveying needs, and assists with 3D modeling and mapping for community planning and public engagement purposes.
Falch joined MSA in 2014 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and works from the MSA Madison office.