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Nevada Utility Completes UAS Pilot Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 02, 2016

With the help of several partners, Nevada-based NV Energy has completed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot program to inspect, collect and analyze data on sections of the utility’s transmission and distribution lines. NV Energy says all of the flights [Read More]

University & Utility Collaboration Establishes UAS Flight Pavilion

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 15, 2015

Kansas State University Salina and industry partner Westar Energy, an electric utility company in Topeka, have collaborated on a new outdoor flight facility for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) education, training and research. The UAS Pavilion, constructed on K-State Salina’s campus, [Read More]

UMEX, Cyberhawk Bring Drone Utility Infrastructure Inspections to U.S.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 31, 2015

Colorado-based Unmanned Experts (UMEX), a consultancy and training company in the U.S. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market, has joined forces with Scotland-headquartered Cyberhawk Innovations, a provider of UAS aerial surveys, to deliver critical infrastructure inspections (CII) throughout the U.S. According [Read More]

Utility Turns to UAS to Battle Inhospitable Hells Canyon

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on July 09, 2015

Idaho Power Co., an electric utility serving over 500,000 customers in Idaho and Oregon, recently received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for what the agency calls ‘low-altitude environmental research and monitoring.’ With the go-ahead to [Read More]

Companies Team Up for UAV-Based Utility Asset Inspection Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 04, 2015

GeoDigital, FLoT Systems and Environmental Consultants Inc. (ECI) have formed a partnership to bring utilities remote asset inspection capabilities via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The program combines high-resolution imagery collected by FLoT Systems' beyond line-of-sight-capable UAV, analytics and location-based work [Read More]

Utility Giant Gets FAA Approval for Unmanned Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 20, 2015

Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight western and midwestern states, has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct inspections with drones. According to the Section 333 exemption granted, Xcel [Read More]

Utility Company Approved for Aeryon sUAS Applications

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 08, 2015

Southern Company Services Inc. (SCS), a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 exemption to explore the use of the Aeryon SkyRanger small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) for utility applications. Under the exemption, [Read More]

SoCal Public Utility Granted Section 333 Approval

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2015

Allowing the utility to conduct aerial inspections of its facilities, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Section 333 approval for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations. Through the exemption, SDG&E can operate UAS to [Read More]

Inside ComEd’s UAS Exemption for Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 04, 2015

Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd), a unit of Chicago-based energy provider Exelon Corp., recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to inspect lines. The UAS will be used on a trial basis to inspect and [Read More]

Finnish Company Demonstrates Benefits of UAV Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2015

Sharper Shape, a Helsinki, Finland-based supplier of drone-based automated asset inspection and maintenance planning services, has demonstrated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with advanced sensors in public test flights. The flights were part of a completed research project conducted with the [Read More]