Drone Pilot Stories: Managing Risky Situations

Oct 18, 2018 9:11:10 AM |  Posted in Drone Pilots

A career as a Drone Pilot can be very rewarding for the right person.

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[Case Study] Increasing Solar Inspection Efficiency with Drones

Sep 10, 2018 11:44:57 AM |  Posted in Solar, Data

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Introduction

UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) technologies provide operational efficiency gains to solar asset management. To quantify these gains, Measure compared time, costs, and results of its 100% IR drone inspections to relevant manual inspection scenarios across four solar sites. These comparisons, documented below, yielded the following results:

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How One Utility Worker’s Hobby Has Helped His Company Save 24,000 Hazardous Manhours

Aug 22, 2018 10:07:10 AM |  Posted in Training
Six years ago, he walked into a manager’s meeting, dropped a drone on the desk and said, "This is the future."

 

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The Mysterious World Inside a Boiler: Inspection by Drone

Aug 15, 2018 11:40:36 AM |  Posted in

Using traditional methods, a boiler inspection is a long process: 3 days for the boiler to cool off; 2 days to install scaffolding, up to 4 days to do the inspection, and another 2 days to remove the scaffolding. And then there is the cost of all that downtime, about $30,000 per day in net profit loss for a typical 500 MW coal plant.

This process requires up to 40 contractors, numerous hazardous man-hours, and a great financial investment; the costs involved with the scaffolding alone can be upwards of $140,000, depending on the size of the boiler. 

But  energy companies can use drones to cut inspection time 4 days to 1, with no scaffolding required. Hazardous man-hours are drastically reduced and inspections can be completed at a fraction of the cost. 

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There is No Substitute for Hands-On Drone Pilot Training

Jul 17, 2018 12:48:56 PM |  Posted in Training

As shared by: Andy Justicia, Lead Pilot for sUAS Training and Standards

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Be Prepared when the FAA Comes to Town

May 24, 2018 4:20:00 PM |  Posted in Insights

It was night time, an uncommon time of day for a drone mission. Our pilots Grant and Eric were flying a mission with a new client in Miami when they noticed another drone in the distance flying recklessly and not adhering to the FAA's Part 107 Rules and Regulations.

Dismissing the reckless drone operator as an amateur, our pilots continued with their mission as planned.

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3 questions to ask before buying a drone for your solar business

Jan 26, 2018 2:14:38 PM |  Posted in Energy, Partners, Utilities

 

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Drones in the Power Sector

Jan 26, 2018 2:11:49 PM |  Posted in Energy, Partners, Utilities

 

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How to Start a Drone Business

Mar 10, 2017 12:07:36 PM |  Posted in Insights


Valued at $127 billion, the drone industry is flying high. That’s a promising outlook for aspiring entrepreneurs and drone enthusiasts seeking to invest in a lucrative market. Measure, the first nationwide commercial Drone as a Service® company, helps qualified individuals launch their own commercial drone business that services enterprise-level clients.

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Drones: Autonomous or automated?

Dec 15, 2016 4:20:00 PM |  Posted in Insights

As with any emerging technology, the American drone industry is full of visionaries and dreamers, awake to the promise of what the technology could mean for them, their respective businesses, and the nation’s economic dynamism.

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