FlyLogix has announced the launch of a North Sea drone initiative with the oil and gas multinational, Total.
The project aims to overcome the challenges associated with drone inspection activities in the North Sea and allow commercial operators easier access to controlled airspace in the UK for BVLOS flight.
The four-partner collaboration is developing and testing a concept for drone operations that will allow UAV operators to react within hours of an inspection request and enable routine BVLOS in the North Sea.
It involves extensive consultation with stakeholders and aims to establish a leading example of safe and reliable drone operations alongside existing users in controlled airspace.
Charles Tavner, executive chairman of FlyLogix, said: “We are delighted to partner with Total, NATS and OGTC to enable routine beyond the horizon unmanned aircraft operations in the North Sea. This project enables us to conduct daily inspections and emissions measurement without the cost and risk of sending deploying personnel offshore.”
Daryl Heaselgrave, NATS general manager at Aberdeen Airport, added: “NATS has long been an integral element of aviation safety in North Sea operations and we are excited by the opportunity to help develop beyond visual line of sight capability.
“We recognise that such autonomous technology can bring huge benefit to the oil, gas and renewables sector and we believe we can help unmanned aerial vehicles and current airspace users operate safely in an integrated North Sea environment.”