FAA allows Sky-Futures USA to use drones for oil and gas inspections

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 US National Air Space (NAS).

Sky-Futures conducts oil and gas drone inspections and will now begin commercial operations in the US. Globally, Sky-Futures has delivered commercial inspections to oil and gas companies that include Talisman, Chevron, ConocoPhilips, and Apache, among others. It now adds the US to its global operations footprint.

Heading up the team is Jason Forte, Sky-Futures US vice president business development. He was an armed forces pilot in the USAF, amassing over 6,500 hours flying both manned and unmanned aircraft, and also has oil and gas credentials from experience working as an engineer in the Gulf of Mexico after his military career.

Drone technology allows infrastructure inspections to take place without putting rope-climbers at risk, and reduces inspection times and associated costs, thus increasing the efficiency of inspection and maintenance routines, and potentially saving clients millions.

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