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Why Us?

Sierra Pro Aerial Imaging is a professional, full-time aerial imaging service provider using small unmmanned aerial systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. Why choose us?

  • Current FAA Part 107 certificate, renewed every two years
  • FAA-registered aircraft with N- tail numbers
  • We carry a minimum of $2M in liability insurance
  • Compliant with local, state,and federal regulations
  • Authorizations and permits are acquired as necessary
  • Robust mission planning to maximize safety and project outcome
  • Better Business Bureau A+ Accredited
  • Hiring us enables clients to focus on their core competancies


John Monaco is the president, CEO, and chief UAS pilot of Sierra Pro Aerial Imaging. John started the company in 2014. He brings 25+ years of experience in line and project management roles from high-tech firms including Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, NEC, and Agilent Technologies.


What is important to us and our clients?

  • Safety. Keeping people, property, animals, and other aircraft safe during flight operations.

  • Excellence. Customer experience and operational excellence.

  • Privacy. Respect and preserve privacy and civil liberties.

  • Professionalism. Honest, ethical, and reliable business conduct.


Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, are tools that use technology that is constantly evolving.

UASs. We use DJI Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 solutions.

Ground gear. Centered on Sony α6300, 3-axis Ronin stabilizer, 4th axis stabilizer, and hand-held monitor for clients.


  • Various mission planning solutions
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Final Cut Pro
  • FLIR Tools
  • Pix4D Mapper
  • Agisoft Metashape
  • Esri ArcGIS


Safe operations, compliance with ordinances and laws, and production of quality deliverables that meet client requirements when using UASs necessitate the utilization of robust operating procedures. Our overall process includes:

  • Specifying project scope of work and deliverables
  • Flight mission planning
  • Shot planning
  • Acquiring FAA, state, and local authorizations when applicable
  • Site risk assessment and mitigation planning
  • Weather assessment, both earth and space
  • Flying the mission, payload operation, image capture
  • Post-production processing


  • AEC - Architecture, Enginineering, Construction
  • Commercial real estate sales , leasing, property management
  • Entertainment, recreation
  • Environment conservation, wildlife management
  • Insurance
  • Marketing, advertising
  • Public agencies
  • Solar, renewables
  • Surveying, mapping
  • Telecommunications

Primarily 400 mile radius of Rocklin, CA


Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS Rating

A+ Rating

sUAS Level 1 Thermographer


Aerial Drone Photographers of America™


Adobe Stock Photos

Chip Allen Architectural Images

Association for Unmanned Aerial Systems International

American National Standards Institute Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative