Darnell Banks

Darnell Banks


Mr. Banks started with Midwest Aerial in 2001.   In Mr. Banks’ current position with Midwest Aerial  is as Airborne Data and LiDAR Production Manager. He is responsible for airborne GPS flight planning, Airborne GPS/IMU post processing, GPS geodetic ground surveys and digital aerial camera and LiDAR training operations,  and he also serves as an aerial sensor operator.

Mr. Banks has experience in all areas of aerial survey image acquisition. He is experienced with film cameras, the Zeiss DMC II-140 and DMCII-230 digital camera system and the Optech Galaxy Prime LiDAR, He is also experienced in all aspects of the Z/I Mission flight planning software, Z/I Inflight flight management software and Leica’s Flight Pro FMS for Zeiss/Intergraph digital cameras.

Mr. Banks has photographed several thousand film and digital projects in his career at Midwest Aerial and thousands of LiDAR line miles. These include numerous countywide/statewide aerial photography missions for digital orthophotography and traditional photogrammetric projects as well as numerous and energy transportation projects for LiDAR collection throughout the United States and Eastern Canada.

Mr. Banks also performs all GPS and AGPS/IMU post processing for all of Midwest’s Digital mapping products. He is proficient in all aspects of AGPS post processing utilizing Graf-Nav PPP and WayPoint software.

Mr. Banks’ continuing education in the industry has included the Eastman Kodak Film Seminar held in Rochester, New York in September 2000, the Agfa Film Seminar held in Antwerp, Belgium in September 2004, and Waypoint’s GrafNAV-GrafNET users seminar in Calgary, Alberta in June of 2009 and recently, Teledyne Optech’s LiDAR sensor training. Mr. Banks also currently holds a private pilot certificate.

Mr. Banks is certified by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) as a LiDAR Technologist.