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T-Mobile Takes First Delivery of Aerialtronics UAV

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 30, 2015

For the purpose of inspecting antenna masts in the Netherlands, T-Mobile has now taken delivery of the Aerialtronics Altura Zenith unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Jeffrey Leentjes, network specialist at T-Mobile, explains that telecoms companies can save time and significant operational [Read More]

College’s Wind Energy Program Integrates UAV Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 24, 2015

The Wind Energy Department of Cloud County Community College (CCCC) recently held a two-day, 12-hour ‘Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Community Enrichment’ class in Concordia, Kan. According to CCCC, the class – taught by Monte Poersch, a wind energy [Read More]

Michigan Energy Company Debuts Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 23, 2015

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, recently launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near a Jackson County electric substation to help determine how the technology can improve how the company monitors power lines, wind turbines and other equipment. Consumers Energy says [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]

JetBlue Co-Founder Joins VDOS Global Advisory Board

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 03, 2015

VDOS Global LLC, the U.S.' first Federal Aviation Administration-approved supplier of unmanned aircraft services for the industrial, energy and environmental sectors, has announced that Al Spain, a co-founder of JetBlue Airways, has joined the company's advisory board. VDOS Global, which [Read More]

Drone Restores Telecommunications for 20,000 Texans

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 02, 2015

After a downed fiber-optic cable affected 20,000 people in a Texas town, a drone came to the rescue and played a vital role in restoring communication services, according to Time Warner Cable (TWC). TWC explains in a video that due [Read More]

Boston-Based Engineering & Construction Firm Gets UAV Exemption

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 26, 2015

CDM Smith Inc., a full-service engineering and construction firm headquartered in Boston, has been granted an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the Section 333 exemption, the firm is authorized to [Read More]

Telecom Provider Bringing Post-Hurricane Drone Surveys to Caribbean

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 26, 2015

As the Caribbean prepares for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1, Cable and Wireless Communications (C&W) has begun to test drone technology that would help expedite network and connectivity restoration after natural disasters. According to C&W, a [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]

SkySpecs Teams with Wind Company for UAV Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 20, 2015

San Diego-based UpWind Solutions Inc., an operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for the North American wind energy industry, has partnered with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) provider SkySpecs to offer unmanned blade inspections. UpWind explains that turbine inspections via UAV [Read More]