Inspectioneering
Inspectioneering Journal

Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Regulatory Landscape

By Nick Harwood at Aetos Group, and Aaron Cook at Aetos Group. This article appears in the March/April 2015 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

Introduction

Since the dawn of mankind, elevated perspectives have provided situational awareness for hunters and warriors. The ability to gain this unique perspective has recently become easier and safer with today’s technological advancements and is relevant for those reading this article because it can now be used for inspecting in-service assets in the O&G and chemical processing industries.

This new technology comes in the form of a miniature flying machine, better known as a drone or small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS). These systems can be a modified hobby aircraft or highly reliable, military grade aerial robots. These flying robots can carry a myriad of payloads that gather large amounts of actionable data from which decisions can be made. In the petrochemical and oil & gas industries, this technology can allow plant managers to gather critical information safer, cheaper, and faster than ever before. Predictive reliability can be more accurate and budgets can reflect a truer timeframe for repair or replacement.

Federal Aviation Administration

In 2007 the FAA started to notice these aircrafts were being used for commercial endeavors and quickly prohibited their use for anything other than recreational purposes. This was done primarily because regulators did not have a standard in place to ensure a safe National Airspace.

This content is available to registered users and subscribers

Register today to unlock this article for free.

Create your free account and get access to:

  • Unlock one premium article of your choosing per month
  • Exclusive online content, videos, and downloads
  • Insightful and actionable webinars
GET STARTED
Interested in unlimited access? VIEW OUR SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS

Current subscribers and registered users can log in now.


Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.

Interested in equipment reliability & integrity? Sign up for weekly updates.

Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Job Postings

Discover job opportunities that match your skillset.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.

Blog

Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.

Acronyms

Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.

Asset Intelligence Reports

Download brief primers on various asset integrity management topics.

Videos

Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.