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Drone View of Wind Turbine

Breaking Wind: Drones And Turbines

Drone innovation hasn’t stopped yet! A firm called Aerones has created a drone that can de-ice a wind turbine while workers remain safe on the ground. As wind farms continue to gain in popularity, it seems logical that they will need to be de-iced regularly in areas that experience frigid temperatures. This used to mean workers climbing hundreds of feet in the air, but not anymore!

This giant tethered drone has 36 propellers, can lift up to 220 pounds and spray 26 gallons per minute.  This is great news for general maintenance but also helps to increase the turbines power efficiency. Snow and ice buildup on a turbine’s blades slow the rate at which it is able to produce power and can even bring it to a complete halt. The cost is also less than hiring climbers; cleaning by drone costs around $1,000 whereas hiring climbers is $5,000 and up!

This drone opens up the market for other drone uses including help in rescue situations, firefighting, delivery and of course industrial cleaning. The possibilities are endless. Now is a great time to get into the Drone business. Learning to fly commercial drones is just a few keystrokes away at


Individuals piloting drones for commercial purposes must pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command  Exam in order to obtain a certificate.
Certified Training Institute offers online video exam prep to ensure you pass the exam on your first try!


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