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University-Utility Partnership Goes Big on Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus and Kansas-based power company Westar Energy say they are increasingly using drone technology to advance electric utility inspection and maintenance methods. With a focus on increasing reliability for customers, improving employee safety and reducing costs, [Read More]

Strat Aero Inks Contract for UAV Wind Turbine Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 19, 2016

International aerospace company Strat Aero PLC says it has been awarded a contract with Kansas-based utility Westar Energy to provide wind turbine inspection services via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Under the terms of the contract, Strat Aero will initially inspect [Read More]

Kansas Utility to Increase Worker Safety Through New UAS Exemption

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2016

Topeka, Kan.-based electric utility Westar Energy Inc. has been granted a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations for infrastructure inspections. Touting itself as the state’s largest electric utility, Westar provides [Read More]