Company Awaits Approval to Fly sUAS for Chemical-Plant Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 24, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Business Operations

Aetos Group Inc. (AGI) has requested Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to operate Aeryon small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the petrochemical industry.

According to Aeryon Labs, AGI is looking for Section 333 Exemption to deploy Aeryon Labs' Aeryon Scout and Aeryon SkyRanger to conduct aerial inspections and environmental monitoring of chemical plants.

AGI provides services using robotic technology specifically targeted at the petrochemical and oil and gas industries. The sUAS technology can bring immediate and significant improvement to facility operations by providing high-resolution imagery and data of infrastructure, including flare stacks, elevated pipelines, tanks and columns.

The data will be used to create products that maintenance and reliability engineers use to make decisions, says Aeryon Labs. Using sUAS technology significantly reduces risk by eliminating AGI’s need for inspection personnel on elevated structures – allowing for higher quality, more frequent inspections and improvement of overall facility safety.

Aeryon Labs explains that the petrochemical industry operates within extremely strict safety guidelines. AGI has worked with these industry leaders through a failure mode and effects analysis to approve Aeryon sUAS for safe operations within each plant. The approval process took several months, and the sUAS platform was laboriously examined for its safety features and reliability in the field.

“AGI has been operating the Aeryon sUAS platform successfully for years,” says Dave Kroetsch, president and CEO of Aeryon Labs. “They have the expertise in aviation, robotics, as well as inspection and monitoring that ensures they can provide, under Section 333 exemption, the end-to-end solution that is required by their clients.”

Photo: Aeryon SkyRanger, courtesy of Aeryon Labs

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