Sky-Futures USA, a Houston based company offering drone inspection services to the oil and gas industry has been awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption permitting the use of its Ascending Technologies Falcon 8 drone in the United States National Air Space (NAS).
Strong track record in the global drone inspection market
Sky-Futures will now begin commercial operations in the USA of its oil and gas drone inspections. The company has a strong track record in the global drone inspection market and has delivered commercial inspections to the world’s largest oil and gas companies that include Talisman, Chevron, ConocoPhilips and Apache amongst others. It now adds the USA, the biggest potential single source marketplace for commercial drone technology, to its global operations footprint and looks forward to working with its substantial existing client base in the US.
Vice President of Business Development Jason Forte commented, “Now Sky-Futures USA can operate commercially, this technology will provide jobs, promote innovation and most importantly lead to improved safety for the oil and gas market in America. Our unique blend of veteran unmanned technology expertise and significant oil and gas experience is already enhancing safety with proven savings of US$4 million+ for offshore drone inspections.”
Increasing safety and reducing inspection times
Drone technology allows infrastructure inspections to take place without putting rope-climbers at risk and significantly reduces inspection times and associated costs. These inspections substantially increase the efficiency of inspection and maintenance routines saving clients millions ‘’
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn