Energized powerline inspections test completed with small UAS
Chesapeake, VA February 13, 2015– HAZON Solutions (HAZON) successfully completed an intense five month test program using small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to conduct aerial infrastructure inspections of power-line towers and switching stations. HAZON, the leading developer of Unmanned Aerial Systems, (UAS) service operations, training, safety and management programs was the first company in the Mid Atlantic region to conduct this testing with Virginia Tech, one of six FAA authorized sUAS test sites.
HAZON CEO David A. Culler, Jr. stated, “This, first of its kind, test program validated our operational procedures, training program and safety procedures. In this environment, getting it right the first time is essential. I am proud that HAZON’s capabilities will mitigate risk and prevent serious injuries to our customers future workforce.”
HAZON conducted over thirty individual test flights in close proximity to complex power-line towers and support equipment. The final test flights were successfully conducted in proximity to energized conductors and equipment, validating the concept of using sUAS to inspect towers rather than accepting the risk associated with personnel climbing towers to perform these mandated inspections.
Jon Greene, Associate Director (Virginia) of the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership noted that, “HAZON has a proven leadership team with unmatched commitment to safety, standardization and mission execution that makes them ideally positioned for success in this new frontier. They have established and set the highest standards for sUAS operations.”
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HAZON Solutions is the leading developer of UAV operations and management programs. The company's singular focus is providing subject matter expertise in the area of aerial platform asset management and operations. The company has deep roots in Naval aviation, nuclear propulsion and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and recon) systems. This unique skill set permits them to assist Fortune 1000 companies in the development of operations, maintenance, safety and security programs and policies that enable the independent validation and verification processes.
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