Longmont company makes, sells high-end commercial drones

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- Skip Miller is a bit of a renaissance man and a lot of entrepreneur. From building breweries to manufacturing wood products to today’s high-flying industry: Drones.

Miller is the founder and CEO of the Longmont-based UASUSA, unmanned aircraft systems, USA. Miller’s company makes and sells high-end, state-of-the-art commercial drones.

Miller’s drones are used in utility line inspection, precision agriculture and helping to catch elephant poachers in Botswana.

"(The drone) will be able to reconnaissance around the area as obviously the poachers are trying to hide," Miller said.

The pride of Miller’s fleet is the Tempest. It has a 10-foot wingspan, is fixed wing and weighs about 10 pounds. The starting price is $28,000 and can reach a price tag of $120,000.

With permission from the Federal Aviation Administration's certificate 333, Miller and his company are allowed to fly and demonstrate the drones to potential customers.

Before FAA-333, the customer would have to rely on video clips and previous customer testimony. That’s like trying to sell cars without a test drive.

In Miller’s business, that would never fly.