The recent F.A.A. Rule changes for commercial drone use have given Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative Line Inspectors a new tool in their tool bag. A flying eye in the sky that can zoom in on problems and potential problems more cost effectively than ever before. In the past, line inspection was limited to annual helicopter inspections of transmission lines and on foot inspection, from pole to pole, of distribution lines. By taking advantage of new F.A.A. rules, Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative is now authorized to use a drone for these inspections.
"Drones can get different shots and angles for photos than what's possible by helicopter or by foot" said Monte Simpson, Bowie Cass Line Inspector. Mr. Simpson recently received his F. A. A. Certification to be the first drone pilot for the cooperative. The new rules allow utilities to fly drones ...Read More.
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