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Lawmaker Introduces the ‘UAVs for Energy Infrastructure Act’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 18, 2016

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., has introduced the “UAVs for Energy Infrastructure Act,” which he says would ensure critical infrastructure operators are able to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). S.2684 would direct the U.S. secretary of transportation to develop a [Read More]

Cyberhawk Conducts Offshore UAV Work at Grand Banks of Newfoundland

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2016

Livingston, Scotland-based drone inspections provider Cyberhawk Innovations says it has completed an offshore unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection in North America for an oil and gas supermajor. The project was completed over the course of two weeks in Newfoundland. Cyberhawk [Read More]

Atlantic AerialworX Offers Drone’s-Eye View of Wind Turbine Assembly

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 24, 2016

Atlantic AerialworX, a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company based in Nova Scotia, has used a drone to show the construction process of a wind turbine. According to a Facebook post from the company, the aerial footage – captured in [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]

Drone Inspections Provider Launches for U.K. Solar Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 19, 2016

Push Energy Ltd. and Buzzflyer Ltd. have established Above Surveying Ltd. as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections company for the solar photovoltaics market in the U.K. Above Surveying says it incorporates its patent-pending geo-referencing aerial pyranometer (GAP) technology and [Read More]

Sterlite Grid Teams Up with Sharper Shape for UAV Tech

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2016

Sharper Shape, a Finland-headquartered supplier of drone-based infrastructure and utility asset management solutions, and Sterlite Grid, India’s largest private developer of independent transmission systems, have formed an alliance to bring unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to the power transmission industry. [Read More]

Helicopter Services Provider Invests in, Partners with Sky-Futures

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 09, 2016

Bristow Group Inc., a provider of helicopter transportation services to the global offshore energy industry, has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, which offers drone inspections for the oil and gas industry. Bristow says the investment, which also includes an exclusive [Read More]

Xcel Energy Kicks off Drone Survey Beyond the Visual Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2016

Xcel Energy, an electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight western and midwestern states, is partnering with Environmental Consultants Inc. and FLōT Systems to fly an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) [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]

Sky-Futures’ Offshore Drone Inspection Marks its First in Gulf of Mexico

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 21, 2016

Global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections provider Sky-Futures has completed what it says is its first offshore oil and gas inspection legally carried out in the Gulf of Mexico. Conducted for a major oil and gas service and drilling company, [Read More]