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Europe’s Biggest Drone Investment Goes to Sky-Futures

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 11, 2015

Sky-Futures, an international provider of drone inspection services for the oil and gas industry, has raised 2.5 million British pounds ($3.88 million) from venture capital fund MMC Ventures. According to Sky-Futures, this is Europe's largest-ever investment in drone technology. The [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]

Drones Offer Safe, Efficient Style of Wind Turbine Inspections

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on May 04, 2015

Inspecting wind turbines is often a potentially dangerous task. However, thanks to the increasingly widespread prevalence of unmanned technology, it does not always have to be. With the issuance of a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) [Read More]

A Fleet of UAVs Inspecting Power Lines in Spain

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 04, 2015

Multinational power company Endesa has deployed a total of 14 drones in Spain to inspect the country's electricity lines. The drones will be used in all the areas where Endesa has overhead power lines: Catalonia, Andalusia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands [Read More]

Sky-Futures Approves Three New Remote Pilots

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 20, 2015

Sky-Futures, a global provider of unmanned aerial system (UAS) inspections in the oil and gas industry, has approved – under its Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) National Qualified Equity (NQE) status – three new remote pilots. Two join Sky-Futures following distinguished [Read More]

French Companies Developing Drone Solutions for Industrial Clients

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 02, 2015

French electric utility company GDF SUEZ has announced an investment in Redbird, a France-based provider of civilian drone-acquired data. GDF SUEZ New Ventures, GDF Suez's corporate venture capital subsidiary, invested EUR 2 million. According to Gérard Mestrallet, chairman and CEO [Read More]

Joint Research Project Tests UAS for Pipeline Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2015

EagleView Technology Corp. – a provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions – has announced an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research project awarded to Pictometry, an EagleView company, by NYSEARCH/the Northeast Gas Association (NGA). The project will bring [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]

Infrastructure Inspections Firm Gets Exemption for Aibot X6 UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 30, 2015

Solusia Air LLC, a services firm that uses unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide asset audits and safety inspections for wireless carriers, tower owners and utilities, has received one of the Section 333 exemptions recently issued by the Federal Aviation [Read More]

T-Mobile Replaces Cherry Pickers with Aerialtronics UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 26, 2015

Telecom provider T-Mobile will now use an Aerialtronics unmanned aerial system (UAS) to inspect 5,000 antennas in the Netherlands. Aerialtronics will also provide UAS training for T-Mobile, which will use its own pilot. Having already tested the UAS in the [Read More]