Phoenix Air Unmanned recently completed our ARGUS Unmanned Safety Audit and has again earned a Platinum Rating, the highest level that can be achieved within the ARGUS rating system! This rating is only awarded to experienced UAS operators and requires a well-developed Safety Management System as well as a clear and workable Emergency Response Plan, effective policies and procedures and documented records for all major aspects of UAS operations and maintenance. The renewal of the ARGUS Platinum rating is a testament to Phoenix Air Unmanned’s culture of continuous improvement and dedication to safe and reliable commercial UAS operations. Thank you to all Phoenix Air Unmanned personnel for leading by example.

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Military, Small UAS Business, Verizon Team to Research UAS Delivery of Emergency Medical Supplies to Remote Areas
– By Marc Selinger

A small unmanned helicopter recently demonstrated the ability to deliver a 10-pound trauma kit to a wounded soldier in a hard-to-reach area and beyond the visual line of sight of the aircraft’s pilot.

During the demonstration, which took place late last year at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, a National Guard base near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a canvas bag containing the trauma kit was attached to the belly of a Vapor 55 built by Pulse Aerospace of Lawrence, Kansas. The unmanned aircraft took off and flew seven miles to the top of a building, where it hovered down to a point 10 feet above the flat roof.

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Empire District Electric successfully tests LiDAR enabled unmanned aerial system for vegetation management on a 345-kV line.

Jason Grossman, Empire District Electric Co., and Nick Ferguson, NM Group

In July 2016, a team of industry experts stood next to a 345-kV line in Missouri, U.S., ready to conduct tests for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights with an unmanned aerial system (UAS). The objective was to test an aerial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) payload and then analyze the data for use in vegetation management of the line.

Increasing penetration of UAS in consumer and industry markets has raised the question of how electric utilities can benefit from autonomous flight. LiDAR-enabled UAS have the potential to facilitate utility vegetation management through the perpetual refresh of dimensional information.

 

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