Who We Are

Back Forty Aerial Solutions is a drone services provider headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. Our founder and owner, Eric Harkins, has a diverse professional background in GIS, Forestry, Mapping & Surveying, and IT. In 2016 Eric began full-time operations at Back Forty Aerial Solutions with a heavy focus on aerial mapping for land development and heavy civil construction. Since then our focus has been to master the equipment, softwares, and workflows that allow us to serve as the on-demand drone services department for many public and private entities.

In short, we're Subject Matter Experts in not just drone operations, but the data that we generate from them like infrared thermography, lidar, and visual spectrum imaging.

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Who we are

A team of FAA certified & internationally insured drone pilots located in the capital city of Columbia, South Carolina.

We've brought our passions from our past lives and professions into a collaboration of knowledge, skills, and resources that focuses specifically on airborne data collection (remote sensing).

With experience in Photography, Video Production, Enterprise IT, GIS, Forestry, Land & Wildlife Management, Real Estate, and Construction we've got real life insights and experiences in the industries we serve.

Our goal is to deliver drones, not just as a service, but as a solution! We leverage our professional friendships and communities to stay on the forefront of innovative techniques and hardware solutions within the drone industry to provide our customers with the best service and support.

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What we do

  • Industry standard equipment, software, and practices aren't enough. We take the time to learn each customer's pain points so we can provide the right solutions to meet, and exceed, their needs. After all, "you don't know what you don't know."

  • Thinking of in-sourcing drone operations? We're here to help with that too! We realize contracting isn't right for every situation. We guide you to the right hardware, software, and knowledge.

  • Looking for hands-on training for yourself, your team, you entire organization (or even your kids) ? One of our favorite things to do is share our passion with others! After flying over 2200 total miles, we've picked up valuable insights we've compiled into our training curriculum!

We'll Let Our Work Speak for Itself