National Association of Tower Erectors Creates New UAS Resource

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has created an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety video as part of volume two of its Climber Connection series.

NATE is a nonprofit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry. It provides a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies.

The new UAS operations video, showcased by NATE during a presentation at the 2017 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, N.D., shines a spotlight on the important role that drones are playing in the communications tower industry. The video also provides a detailed overview on the best practices associated with conducting drone operations at a tower site, the current regulatory environment governing commercial drone operations, and the industry resources available to UAS operators to ensure that these activities are performed safely and efficiently. Additionally, the video includes aerial footage of a tower crew deploying a UAS at a tower site.

“Drones are changing the game in the communications tower industry from a safety, quality and efficiency perspective,” states Jacob Cowart from Phoenix Tower Service LLC in Horton, Kan. “NATE’s UAS operations video is a great resource and a must-watch for everyone working in our industry.”

The Climber Connection Volume 2 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee. It is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the association’s message directly to the industry’s workforce.

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