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Press Release: FAA Approves 1,120 Drones (sUAV) for Gowdy Brothers Aerospace

FAA 333 Exemption


SHAKOPEE, Minn., March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division (Federal Aviation Administration) announced today that the 20 of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s ( customers were the first ever to receive 1,120 Drones/sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on their Section 333 Exemption petition grants.

The FAA requires all individuals and companies desiring to fly a drone/sUAV for commercial purposes to petition the FAA and receive a Section 333 Exemption grant.








This is the largest grant of drones on an exemption since Measure, a 32 Advisors Company, LLC, was awarded 324 drones on August 28, 2015 under FAA Sect 333 exemption #12646.

“Virtually every Drone or sUAV ever manufactured under 55 pounds is on the Gowdy Brothers approved lists of 1,120 Drones.” According to Jason Christenson, President of Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC.

“This new process of adding 1,120 approved small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) to Gowdy Brothers Aerospace’s customers petitions will expedite the commercial UAV operators approval process and meet both the FAA, Airman and Airspace Rules Division’s objectives and Congress’ Modernization and Reform act of 2012, to safely integrate UAS/UAV’s into the National Airspace System (NAS),”according to an Washington, DC, FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division source.

As of March 7, 2016, the FAA has been working to review and approve 3,799 Section 333 petitions to fly drones/sUAVs commercially from the 13,712 submissions within the past 12 months.

About Gowdy Brothers Aerospace

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC ( is the nation’s leader in providing consulting services and assistance to organizations, companies and individuals who are seeking to petition for an exemption to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) commercially under Section 333 of the Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.  Gowdy Brothers Aerospace leads the field in FAA section 333 petition filings. Gowdy Brothers assist with COA (certificate of authorization/wavier), LOA (letters of authorization) to air traffic control, traditional N-number aircraft registration and amendments to add 1,120 drones and additional purposes such as motion picture, television, closed set filming and search and rescue operations to existing exemptions.

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC History:

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC has carved a unique sector of business in one of the fastest growing industries in the world, as an independent consultant for hundreds and hundreds of companies and individuals wishing to petition the FAA for an exemption to fly sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) commercially under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC was founded in April of 2015.  “Our team has a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to offer.  We are not lawyers – we are licensed pilots, businessmen and experienced enthusiasts that can bring practical experience, knowledge and compliance to individuals and companies who wish to capitalize on the massive growth in the drone industry,” commented by Jason Christenson, President, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.

“We are relieved that the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rules for sUAV in 2015, but until the proposed rule, or any other proposed legislation becomes a final, to fly commercially and legally a Section 333 exemption grant is still required,” according toZack Gowdy, UAV Specialist, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.

“As a 333 Exemption holder ourselves, and helping a little short of a thousand customers from virtually every state and multiple foreign countries, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, with the massive amount of submissions we have filed, has become intimately familiar with the nuances of filing and receiving an approved FAA 333 Petition grant,” says Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace.

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Client Traffic Controller
Tel: 763-463-5885

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC
8170 Old Carriage Court N., Suite #200
Shakopee, MN 55379

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Drone operators … prepare to be fined!

FAA is grounding all drone and sUAV activity used for commercial purposes, unless you have submitted and received the FAA Section 333 Exemption grant.


SHAKOPEE, Minn.June 16, 2015PRLog — “The FAA cease and desist letters and fines have begun!” says Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot at Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC.

The FAA has stepped up their efforts and issued fines and notices to cease and desist Drone/sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)/Quad Copter operations.

FAA UAV enforcement officers are making direct phone calls daily to companies and individuals who pose a medium to serious threat to the NAS (National Airspace System).

FAA UAV officials have shared with Mr. Gowdy, “Drone operators who are providing commercial services with their personal Drones and operating in a reckless manner are the most likely to be fined. Drone operators who do not have an FAA Exemption certification grant or who are operating without a FAA Private Pilot’s license will be given cease and desist letters and phone calls at a minimum,and should prepare to be fined.”

“We figure the operator gets the message once we call them and share the facts and sometimes they just hang up on us … we never hear from them again, we figure they got the message,” says an FAA official who requested to remain anonymous.

FAA recently settled a $10,000 fine, after many months in court Mr. Pirker, a University of Virginia, Professor, settled for a reduced $1,100 fine. Mr. Pirker flew his drone over the University of Virginia campus for commercial purposes without an FAA Exemption.

Cease and Desist letters to immediate stop drone operations from the FAA have been handed out to aerial video photographers, flower delivery companies, Universities, real estate agents and beer companies trying to deliver beer to fish houses in the winter.

The FAA has even sent a letter to stop posting drone videos on YouTube because the user was “Commercially” receiving revenue from the ads Google placed before the video played.

Drone operators … Do not stay grounded!

Today, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC announces its Summary Grant Approval Process. Gowdy Brother’s helps companies gain FAA compliance and certification to operate their Drones/sUAV’s within the law with most approvals in less than 80 days.

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace has reviewed every FAA Section 333 submission and compiled all of the data into a retrievable database, providing the specific exemptions and listing all of the approved exemptions numbers who have cleared the way for a summary grant approval process. The summary grant streamlines their client’s approval process.

About us:

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC is a sUAV consulting firm assisting start-ups and existing businesses with Drone Business Development, FAA Certification, Drone Ground school and Practical Flight training with operations in Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, DC.


Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot
Gowdy Brothers Aerospace, LLC

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