New Drone Photography Book

Purchased a drone and want to improve your photography? Considering aerial photography as a new, exciting product for your existing photography business? Have you lived in South Texas and want to see familiar places from a whole new perspective? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, listen up!

Our owner and chief pilot Justin Moore is the author of the upcoming book Drone Photography Basics: Your Guide to the Camera in the Sky published by Amherst Media.

Justin Moore earns Photographic Craftsman Degree

Justin Moore in San Antonio, TX has earned the photographic craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Moore by PPA president Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 14-16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Moore has met the standards of excellence set by PPA.  He has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of his service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.

Moore's degree—and all the expertise it requires—illustrates his accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

"Our clients choose Airborne Aerial Photography for our stunning aerial photography, videography and mapping services.  This degree reflects our dedication to becoming the drone service provider of choice for South Texas." said Moore upon receiving the degree.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA

Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA

Airborne Over Texas - 2017, an Incredible Year!

First of all, THANK YOU to our clients, enthusiastic supporters, friends and family.  Our success in 2017 is a direct result of your support!

Here's a recap of 2017:

  • 17 local presentations/information sessions including 7 elementary schools and 5 rotary clubs
  • participation in 3 webinars as a panelist (hosted by Skyward, Drone Deploy and our own)
  • became the nation's first Certified Drone Photographer and helped the Professional Photographer's Association create the program and accompanying test
  • 2 major speaking engagements including Interdrone 2017 in Las Vegas, NV and the Texas PPA's "Summerfest" at Lake Conroe, TX
  • earned our Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographer's Association
  • covered several major events including the Migratory Bird Festival, River Relay and the Cibolo Nature Center's "Thirst for Nature" event
  • authored several drone-related articles that were published in Professional Photographer Magazine
  • used #dronesforconservation to include being a part of a scientific paper on how our drones saved time/money for environmental scientists studying Bigtooth Maple Trees

...WOW...what a year!

Please take a moment to experience the sights and sounds of 2017 with us...

Justin reviews DJI's Inspire 2 Drone

Airborne Aerial Photography's chief pilot and owner Justin Moore reviewed DJI's new flagship drone, the Inspire 2 for Professional Photographer Magazine.  Justin highlights the Inspire 2's innovative new features including collision avoidance, 5K video, longer battery life through a dual-batter system and a more advanced, 20-megapixel camera system.

Read the full review here:
Inspire 2 Review - Professional Photographer Magazine


Certified Drone Photographer

South Texas Photographer Earns Certification

Justin W. Moore of Airborne Aerial Photography in Hollywood Park, Texas has earned the Certified Drone Photographer credential from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

Moore earned this credential after completing an intensive program that measures his technical competence and aerial photographic proficiency. 

Professional Photographers of America ( is the leading body for certifying professional photographers. Certified Drone Photographers must be certified through the FAA, meet a requirement of 30 logged flight hours and pass a comprehensive exam before achieving their credential. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continued confidence in the professionalism and safety of Certified Drone Photographers. 

For more information on certification, visit

Building A New Drone Business

Airborne Aerial Photography's chief pilot and owner, Justin Moore, joined three other industry leaders in a webinar hosted by drone mapping company, Drone Deploy.

The webinar was focused on providing best practices and critical insights for drone pilots interested in starting their own commercial drone business.

The webinar is now available for viewing, for free, with the following link:

10 Best Drone Practices

Our latest article for Professional Photographer Magazine highlights ten best practices for newly minted Remote Pilots.  In August 2016, the FAA published its Part 107 regulations which govern the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems.

While the FAA lays the groundwork for safe operation of drones, our 10 best practices go beyond these basics and focus on operating a conservative, safe drone business dedicated to offering great products and exceptional service to customers.

You can read the full article here:  10 Best Drone Practices - Professional Photographer Magazine

Drones for Conservation

Drones are great tools for science and we are honored to be featured by Drone Deploy in their new story, "Drones Offer Big Potential, Small Footprint for Conservation".  The story highlights our collaboration with local environmental scientists to use drones for mapping a nature preserve, studying a bigtooth maple tree population and monitoring a great blue heron rookery.

Airborne's Chief Pilot featured in Drone Safety Video

To provide the best possible drone service to South Texas, it's imperative that we understand the latest updates in the drone industry.  We attended Interdrone, the International Drone Conference in Las Vegas and our chief pilot, Justin Moore, was featured in a Drone Safety video created by our friends at Skyward.

Safety is our number one priority so we were honored to share our perspective on this topic.  Let us know how we can use our drones to help YOUR business succeed!

Compass Award Winner

Justin Moore, owner of Airborne Aerial Photography, received the Compass Award from the City of New Braunfels Parks' Department for his #dronesforgood project which involved capturing breathtaking video of several New Braunfels city parks.

The video showcases the beauty of the Guadalupe & Comal Rivers and encourages park visitation by letting viewers see New Braunfels Parks from a whole new perspective.



Airborne Aerial Photography featured in the San Antonio Business Journal

Our chief pilot, Justin Moore, was interviewed by the San Antonio Business Journal on a story focused on the new "Part 107" drone regulations.  Justin talks about how the FAA's new regulations have "opened up the sky for business" due to airspace changes and a more business friendly set of operating conditions.

You can find the full article here:

Airplane Pilot Photographer sees potential in SA drone operator market

Photo (c) 2016, Carlos Javier Sanchez

Photo (c) 2016, Carlos Javier Sanchez

Already flying under "Part 107"

Our chief pilot, Justin Moore, has already received his temporary Remote Pilot certificate, just a day after the new drone-related pilot's license became available in the U.S. on Monday, August 29th.

What does flying under "Part 107" mean for Airborne customers?  More access to airspace which means more flying locations that are immediately available to commercial drone flights.  

This means more opportunities to bring our aerial photography, videography and mapping services to South Texas construction companies, architecture firms and marketing organizations.

If you have a business and are ready to take your storytelling to the next level, please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page!

Part 107 image courtesy - our partner in drone operation management

Part 107 image courtesy - our partner in drone operation management

Pearsall Park Grand Opening

It wasn't long ago that Pearsall Park, on the southwest side of San Antonio, Texas, was a municipal waste dumping ground.  In the last few years a big push by local officials has resulted in an incredible transformation.  

We were there to document the grand opening of what has now earned the distinction of being the largest city park with a huge number of amenities.  We are excited for what this means to the local neighborhood and to San Antonio residents in general.

We pulled out all the stops for this event - launching our Inspire 1 Pro and Phantom 4 platforms to capture the 5K run and the excitement of everyone as they explored all that this new park has to offer!

Citizen Science Project at Mitchell Lake Audubon

We're passionate about using #DronesForGood.  Recently, we teamed up with Hidden Forest Elementary School to design a field trip to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.  We say "design" because our objective was to use our drones, the brilliant minds of elementary school children and the needs of Mitchell Lake to create a citizen science project.

We divided the children into three teams - Team Alpha was our safety team that evaluated the area for flight safety, pulled weather briefings and maintained a safe zone while our drones launched and landed.  Team Bravo was our spotter team - they were our drone pilot's extra pair of eyes by keeping the drone in sight and pointing out any airborne hazards (like hawks!).  Team Charlie was our news crew that documented the project using multiple cameras and angles.

The result?  A fun field trip for the kids and some great aerial photographs, video and maps for our friends at Mitchell Lake Audubon!

Supporting the Mission Reach Flotilla Festival

We launched our Phantom 3 and Phantom 4 drones into the air to support the San Antonio River Foundation's Mission Reach Flotilla Festival.  The event drew hundreds of spectators and culminated in a flotilla parade where residents decorated their kayaks, canoes and more in festive, Fiesta colors.

We enjoyed donating our drones and time to help capture highlights of this fun community event.  Here's our highlights reel which shows how aerial platforms provide a unique perspective to "tell your story" in a way that just couldn't be a few years ago!

Airborne's Justin Moore featured in LOCAL Community News

Airborne's chief pilot, Justin Moore, was recently featured in the cover story of LOCAL Community News.  The story highlights Justin's efforts to promote UAS/drones as a tool to benefit parks, conservation and communities.

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