EmpowerUAV is a drone aerial media company specializing in industrial and commercial drone applications. An employee-owned corporation based in San Diego, we handle projects all over the western United States. Founded in 2014, it became operational in 2015. In 2019, Empower merged with a fellow drone company Code 3 Media. Specialties include agriculture, solar, roof, wind turbine, transmission and distibution line inspection, along with construction/real estate photography, and 3D mapping.

Empower UAV has been leading the way in providing superior data, cultivating safe working environments, and education in FAA legal compliance.


All of our pilots have a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA, under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107).

Jeff Riolo

Founder of Empower UAV in 2014. League representative and founding member of FAA Safety team for UAS for two years. Conducted monthly educational drone seminars, which promoted industry safety at a critically developing time. (This was the only monthly FAA drone educational program sanctioned in the United States at the time.)

Senior Pilot

Chris Marquart

Director of Aerial Aviation Operations Founder and lead pilot of Code 3 Media since 2016. Former firefighter and current state certified paramedic. Served as lead safety officer on SDG&E UAS inspection program.

empower uav faa part 107 drone pilot justin brower

Justin Brower

Pilot One of EmpowerUAV's original hires.

empower uav faa part 107 drone pilot Todd Young

Todd Young

Pilot Empower UAV pilot.

Mackenzie Maxwell

Pilot. Specializes in aerial videography and commercial real estate. (Favorite Drone: Mavic 2 Pro)

Drone Pilot

Violet Burns

Pilot Newest member of Empower UAV. (Favorite Drone: Mavic 2 Enterprise)