| My How Far We've Come


Aerial imagery was invented by a German apothecary named Julius Neubronner. Julius used pigeons to deliver medicine around Kronberg, Germany. He also had an interest in photography and filmmaking.

Neubronner combined his medicinal delivery profession with his interest in photography inventing aerial imagery in 1907 by mounting a tiny camera on one of his medicine delivery pigeons. Neubronner’s German patent application was initially rejected, but then granted in December 1908 after he produced authenticated photographs taken by his pigeon mounted cameras.

He publicized the technique at the 1909 Dresden International Photographic Exhibition, and sold some images as postcards at the Frankfurt International Aviation Exhibition and at the 1910 and 1911 Paris Air Shows.

It was the rapid development of aviation that drove pigeon borne imagery into the curiosities of history but not before Neubronner could develop 5 types of aerial imagery specific cameras and engrain into the world a photographic technique that lead us to where we are today.




| Who We Are


JAV Imagery LLC was created in 2013 to provide fit for purpose aerial imagery solutions to our client, EagleView Technologies.

We began as a single plane operation based in Alaska and flying the summer imagery seasons of 2014 and ’15. In 2016 we were offered to expand into three 172s and participate in the Lower 48 flying season. After a successful 2016-17 season we joined a select group of vendors to participate in implementation of a new imagery platform flown on Piper Aztecs. In early 2018 JAV established a base in St. George, UT and acquired two Aztecs. We currently operate 6 Cessna 172s and 5 Turbo and Non-Turbo Piper Aztecs, 'E' and 'F' models.

JAV is expanding operations into a 150’ x 90’ facility at the St. George Regional Airport and now are EagleView’s western region vendor. We will maintain our base in Alaska and fly imagery in the state as requested.

More Aztecs are on the way, we’ll be hiring A&P mechanics and the 2019 - ‘20 172 imagery season is kicking off in October. Keep an eye on our employment page for opportunities!

Our Mission

JAV Imagery LLC exists to provide EagleView Technologies with fit for purpose aircraft platforms capable to efficiently deliver specified aerial imagery.

Our Vision

While JAV Imagery LLC’s primary mission is delivery of high quality aerial imagery, general aviation is our true passion which aspire to share with pilots and mechanics. JAV Imagery seeks to create opportunities for individuals that share our passion for aviation.

OUR STAFF

Stephanie Painter

Stephanie Painter

Owner
Stephanie Painter is a 4th generation Alaskan born to a flying family. Her grandfather owned a Pacer and her father took 4-week-old Steph for her first flight in that Pacer on floats. Steph’s Dad spent 42 years flying as a commercial pilot recently retiring from Alaska Airlines after 26 years in their 737s. After getting a degree in Geography Steph returned to Alaska and went to work with the Municipality of Anchorage first as a city addresser, then as a planner. She acquired her private pilot’s certification during this time. She moved into the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility in 2010 as a GIS technician and eventually became an Operations and Maintenance Superintendent in charge of the utility’s work management system. In the fall of 2016 she left her career with the city to run JAV Imagery full time. Since transitioning into running the business Steph has shepherded JAV’s rapid expansion adding 4 aircraft, two hangars and bringing on a full-time maintenance manager all while running the 172 imagery season.
Josh Morales

Josh Morales

Owner
Josh Morales is a born and raised Alaskan. Josh’s taste for aviation came from riding in the back of super cubs as a hunting guide in western Alaska. After college Josh returned to Alaska and ended up working in the Prudhoe Bay oil field. He and Steph met in 2010 and by the following year had purchased a Piper Pacer they used to explore Alaska. After 7 years in Prudhoe Bay, Josh landed a job in Iraq and for 6 years worked a month on / month off rotation in the south of the country. Josh’s oilfield career has spanned all Wells disciplines, but he specialized in well workovers and well integrity with his last posting as a Workover Engineering Team Lead looking after well engineering for 9 workover rigs. Josh has since left his oilfield career to take on JAV Imagery full time, helping Stephanie expand the fleet and get set up in Utah. Josh Morales is a born and raised Alaskan. Josh’s taste for aviation came from riding in the back of super cubs as a hunting guide in western Alaska. After college Josh returned to Alaska and ended up working in the Prudhoe Bay oil field. He and Steph met in 2010 and by the following year had
Kelly Vrem

Kelly Vrem

Maintenance Manager
Kelly Vrem hired on as JAV Imagery’s Maintenance Manager in January 2018. To say Kelly comes with a wealth of aviation experience is an epic understatement. Kelly started flying in Alaska in his early 20s and has never stopped. He’s been a hunting outfitter for 35 years, run his own repair station, has been a part 135 operator, a director of maintenance, chief pilot and jack of all aviation trades. He is a mastered super cub pilot and can fly anything from small piston helicopters to DC-6s. With more than 15,000 Alaska hours in the book Kelly is the aviator you want around when things go wrong. More importantly he’s the person that keeps things from going wrong at all. Now it’s JAV’s privilege to have Kelly working to keep our fleet operating safely and efficiently. Kelly Vrem hired on as JAV Imagery’s Maintenance Manager in January 2018. To say Kelly comes with a wealth of aviation experience is an epic understatement. Kelly started flying in Alaska in his early 20s and has never stopped. He’s been a

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