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Aerial Services, Inc. Named USDA "2005 Small Business Contractor of the Year"

June 7, 2006
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Cedar Falls, Iowa, June 2006--Aerial Services, Inc. has been named the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Farm Service Agency (FSA) "2005 Small Business Contractor of the Year". This is the 13th year the USDA has recognized various types of business with this honor.

Kirk Fisher, Vice President, will accept the award in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2006. The USDA FSA's Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) nominated the company for its outstanding work in 2005.

Geoff Gabbott, Contracting Officer for the USDA FSA APFO, stated, "USDA is extremely satisfied with Aerial Services' performance on the imagery contracts they have with APFO. They have always provided us with exceptional work in a timely manner, with the best customer service relationship".

ASI has completed numerous projects for the USDA. Since 2002, ASI has acquired imagery of more than 42,500 primary sampling units (PSU). ASI has worked with the USDA on NAIP (National Agricultural Imagery Program) since its inception in 2001. In 2005 ASI flew roughly 134,000 miles of photography in Iowa and Minnesota for NAIP and plans to fly approximately 265,000 miles of photography in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Oklahoma in 2006.

Since its founding in 1967, Aerial Services has grown from three to thirty-four employees', and now has four aircraft and camera systems. The company is equipped with advanced computer systems, robust quality control processes, and well-trained mapping and GIS professionals. ASI also owns and operates its own FBO located in Waverly, Iowa that they staff with three certified aircraft mechanics. "Mapping Your World®" using quality geospatial services has been the company's business focus to its Clients around the country. This award recognizes their commitment to that focus.

For more information, visit the company's website at .


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