PrecisionHawk Launches Drone Skills Program for Rural Electric Co-ops

PrecisionHawk Launches Drone Skills Program for Rural Electric Co-ops

A drone inspecting power lines

Source: PrecisionHawk

North Carolina-based drone firm PrecisionHawk is powering up a brand new partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to show electrical co-ops the ABCs of UAVs.

The new course and skills assessment are designed to boost pilots’ data and confidence to inspect electricity transmission and distribution property extra safely and effectively. The expertise evaluation is predicated on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) requirements for UAS.

The program will embody roughly 10 hours of flight time the place drone pilots can “be taught the dos and don’ts of flying, security suggestions for navigating hazardous environments and emergency conditions and UAS trade greatest practices for sustaining gear and growing its lifespan,” a PrecisionHawk spokesperson mentioned.

“The full expertise evaluation will finally take a look at pilots on talent competencies concerning drone-led power inspections and methods to effectively run a single pilot operation. Upon completion, individuals will obtain a certificates of accomplishment.”

“We’re proud to work with NRECA to convey this new program to co-ops, which play a vital function in powering and reworking communities,” Robert Henley, PrecisionHawk VP of Energy Solutions mentioned.

“Many licensed FAA Part 107 Pilots lack reside flight expertise, and our program is particularly designed to present them hands-on subject expertise to assist them perform inspections of their transmission and distribution property with larger confidence and better ranges of security.”

Covering plenty of floor

Rural electrical cooperatives present energy to greater than half the nation’s landmass, proudly owning and sustaining 2.7 million miles of electrical distribution strains throughout 48 states. Roughly 300 electrical co-ops presently use drones as a part of their operations processes, PrecisionHawk states.

“Developing your flight expertise and with the ability to use them in real-world conditions is a crucial subsequent step after passing the FAA examination to grow to be a FAA-certified drone pilot,” mentioned Stan McHann, NRECA Sr. Research Engineer and Chief UAS Pilot.

“This program assesses attendee’s UAS piloting expertise and helps them perceive the UAS sensors in quite a lot of complicated environments. Participants who efficiently full the PrecisionHawk and NRECA expertise evaluation could have further instruments and data to boost their skill to finish knowledge acquisition and utility inspection missions for his or her co-ops.”

What is the NCREA?

The NRCEA represents practically 900 native electrical cooperatives. From rising suburbs to distant farming communities, electrical co-ops function engines of financial improvement for 42 million Americans throughout 56 p.c of the nation’s panorama.

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