Fly Your Flag

We wanted to announce our Fly Your Flag Project. We are using the ArcGIS StoryMap format to create a crowd-sourced map of photos and locations where you are flying your flags.  Too many people are protesting the Stars and Stripes and the National Anthem.  This is our opportunity to fight back.  As a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business VerticalGeo employs 7 veterans of the Armed Forces.  We are a very patriotic company, and we are proud of our flag and our National Anthem.  If you are proud of our flag and you fly your flag or you know of a flag you want to post to our map you can either send me your photos and addresses at rick.marshall@verticalgeo.com and I can post them for you or you can upload them yourselves at the Fly Your Flag App we built located here.

The end result, the crowd-sourced Fly Your Flag Map, can be viewed here.  Keep checking back to see the locations on our map grow or to add your own flag photo.

The Value of Mapping Vertical Obstructions

 

We have been locating, documenting, and mapping vertical obstructions for one of our many customers.  As a retired US Air Force C-130 Navigator I flew low level missions at 300 feet almost every day.  I know the value of knowing where your vertical obstructions are located before you go fly.  We recently worked on an area with an incredible amount of new obstructions.  The red dots on the above screenshot represent powerline pylons and the blue dots represent light standards either along roads or within athletic areas.  Every dot on the map represents an obstacle that is taller than 50 feet.  Most are between 50 and 100 feet, but there are occasional vertical obstructions that reach up to 1,000 feet or more.  Those could ruin your fun day of flying whether you are in a C-130 or a Cessna 172.  For safety of flight reasons it is imperative to know where these obstacles are.  The work we do eventually makes it into FAA and DoD flight charts to help promote safety of flight.