SKYDRONE UAVS’ CTO Ernie Ziesman, working with S&C Lavalin’s T&D division has just completed 180 mission flights for the inspection of transmission lines. S&C Lavalin recently became aware of a manufacture defect in the power line marker cones used on a portion of a recently constructed transmission line. In the companies attempt to immediately identify and correct any potential problems they looked to use UAV technology. Mr. Ziesman identified a small quad copter equipped with an 13 MP video recorder for the inspection of the individual cones. The inspection was successfully completed in the same time frame as a conventional helicopter however the inspection was accomplished at a dramatically reduce cost and no risk to life.
SKYDRONE UAVS is currently working with Transport Canada to have Grand Forks Municipal Airport [ZGF] designated as Canada first official UAV testing airport.