This July, FlyLogix, a privately owned UK company announced a 50 nautical mile civilian drone flight - the longest of its kind in Britain. FlyLogix, a company that performs energy inspections, flew the drone round trip from Blackpool to energy company Centrica's unmanned gas production platform, located in the middle of the East Irish Sea. The company needed special permission from UK's Civil Aviation Authority to fly the drone from Blackpool, out of the pilot's line of sight.
FlyLogix's drone is called Condor, it has fixed wings and resembles a small airplane. The drone was deployed to capture high-quality infrared images of the outpost for inspection. Since the drone is unmanned the company was able to inspect the outpost at huge savings to the company.
ARE YOU USING A DRONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2: Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.