MIAMI – The dreaded Atlantic hurricane season is underway a week early with the emergence of Subtropical Storm Alberto off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the western Caribbean. Alberto is projected to remain a tropical storm until it makes landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast early Tuesday morning, according to forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.
The arrival of the 2018 summer storm season is prompting Airborne Response™, the nation's premier provider of high resolution aerial imagery for emergency management and disaster response operations, to expand its force of FAA-certified remote pilots for commercial and emergency UAS/drone operations across the U.S. “Our seasonal ramp-up of UAS operators was already underway,” according to Christopher Todd, President, Airborne Response. “The arrival of Alberto, combined with several new aerial imagery and data contracts, is prompting us to build additional capacity for ‘gray sky’ operations just a bit more rapidly than we had originally anticipated.”
Airborne Response clients include Fortune 500 companies in the energy, insurance, telecommunications, and A/E sectors, as well as both state and municipal public safety and emergency management agencies, said Todd. The company has experienced an incredible surge in interest surrounding their drone services after an extremely active 2017 hurricane season.
“Last year established a baseline for demonstrating the practical use of unmanned aircraft systems for disaster response and recovery operations,” says Todd. “Major hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria were each a unique storm that allowed UAS operators to showcase various capabilities across a diverse array of mission sets.” Airborne Response is currently seeking independent contractor remote pilots with specialized skill sets for emergency management and disaster response deployments throughout what is projected to be very busy hurricane and wildfire seasons. Remote pilots can obtain more information about open positions at jobs.airborneresponse.com
The formation of Alberto in the western Caribbean was not a surprise to meteorological service provider StormGeo. Tropical forecasters with StormGeo have been citing above-average water temperatures in the Gulf and Caribbean Sea as potential contributing factors for the favorable development of tropical cyclones during the 2018 season. Whether this will serve as a driving force throughout the summer remains to be seen. StormGeo is predicting another above-average hurricane season for the U.S. and Caribbean. For more information, please visit stormgeo.com